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The Importance of Being Seven Audiobook

The Importance of Being Seven

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Publisher's Summary

Perhaps best known for his No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, #1 New York Times best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith delights fans around the world with his warmhearted 44 Scotland Street novels. In the series’ sixth entry, the residents of 44 Scotland Street grapple with problems both trivial and severe, but none so great as when six-year-old Bertie Pollock - who longs to be seven - mislays his mum and learns a valuable lesson about wish fulfillment.

©2010 Alexander McCall Smith  (P)2012 Recorded Books

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    E. Childs Birmingham, AL 01-30-13
    E. Childs Birmingham, AL 01-30-13
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    "This continues to be a strong series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I love this series...it is my favorite of McCall Smith's. I always choose to listen to these as audiobooks rather than read them because the narrator does such a terrific job.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the characters that have been developed over the course of this series. The book is very witty.


    What does Robert Ian Mackenzie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love his Scottish accents. He does a great job of distinguishing the characters without being distracting.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    poetjk 08-27-16
    poetjk 08-27-16 Member Since 2009
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    "My Favorite Scotland Street novel so far"

    My Favorite Scotland Street novel so far. That may Brust because I liked the ending so much. Culminations of love in this one and so much fun. I am a romantic. I like resolutions.

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    lerone ST-CATHARINES, ontario, Canada 05-05-16
    lerone ST-CATHARINES, ontario, Canada 05-05-16 Member Since 2010
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    "A journey"

    Really enjoyed this book the narrator made sure that you are always interested in the development of the characters. I will continue to read I will continue to enjoy the series

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    cyndyloowhoo 04-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "delightfully slow paced"

    44 scotland street shows us that it's often the trivialities of life that are the most significant. loved it.

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    Sarah BOERNE, TX, United States 07-11-15
    Sarah BOERNE, TX, United States 07-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "This series just keeps getting better!"

    I think this is my favorite Scotland Street book so far. I have listened to several of these books more than once - including this one. I love that Bertie has a new, sane psychologist and can't wait to see his situation continue to improve. The sections about him are my favorites. I will listen to this book again while I wait for a new credit.

    This author is one of the greatest of the 21st century in my opinion and this is the best series so far of any I've read. The narrator at least doubles the pleasure - he is a remarkable talent.

    Exquisite!

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    Anna Wold 06-22-15
    Anna Wold 06-22-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Clever"

    I would recommend this book to everyone! I can't wait to read the next in the series.

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    Ann Hearn 06-02-15
    Ann Hearn 06-02-15 Member Since 2013

    I enjoy classics and history - things I should have read but somehow missed. A good walk and a good book=perfect!

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    "Love the Writer, Love the Series"
    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to most of the 44 Scotland Street series now, but as this was the first one I listened to, it remains my favorite (so far). I've described it as Portlandia for Edinburgh, but the gentle poking fun of modern culture, the low and high, is exquisite. The characters really live - oh, if one could meet Angus and Cyril! - Angus' "poem" here is my favorite. Sweet, funny, dear, lovely. (Hint: after a bit of listening, I found the pace too slow for my ear. 1.25 speed works perfectly for this American ear.)

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    M. Levine 04-23-15
    M. Levine 04-23-15
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    "I love this series"

    It's just fun to listen to the ongoing story of these characters. They grow and evolve and get into jams, but the author understands that we don't want really horrible things to happen.

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    Marco levanto, Italy 03-14-15
    Marco levanto, Italy 03-14-15 Member Since 2016
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    "you should probably read the other books first"

    a nice tell of the lifes of the neighbors that live in a street in Scotland.

    it had some fun parts but as this is the only book I have read it felt disjointed and mostly unimportant all that happened.

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    Michelle Ventura, California, USA 03-11-15
    Michelle Ventura, California, USA 03-11-15 Member Since 2010

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    "Alexander McCall Smith hits the mark again"

    Alexander McCall Smith hits the mark again as usual. If you enjoy everyday storytelling, you will probably enjoy these tales.

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