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The Importance of Being Seven | [Alexander McCall Smith]

The Importance of Being Seven

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.
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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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    Writer Within OH 08-27-13
    Writer Within OH 08-27-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Glad to have found it!"
    If you could sum up The Importance of Being Seven in three words, what would they be?

    sincere, funny, real


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Importance of Being Seven?

    When Bertie made a friend.


    What about Robert Ian Mackenzie’s performance did you like?

    the whole book was real because of him. it always takes awhile to get into a voice and then you are hooked!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The love that each character had for each other. Loyalty. When Matthew does everything he can to show love for Elspeth from timing her eggs, fluffing her bed, and buying her a home it really gives a person a wonderful feeling inside.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I had started with the first in the series. not sure if going backwards would help or matter. hmm.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robinson Winter Park, Fl 02-11-13
    Robinson Winter Park, Fl 02-11-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Fabulous listen for the car"
    If you could sum up The Importance of Being Seven in three words, what would they be?

    Bertie gets free!


    What other book might you compare The Importance of Being Seven to and why?

    Irish country doctor series. Mitford series


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

    The narration brings the whole neighborhood to life...you know each of the character voices and the tone that he sets.


    Any additional comments?

    Love the series!I have loved the 44 Scotland street series...it is a fun slice of life series with hilarious characters that is a perfect listen for running around as the format is serial like.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rio Delta Wild Harlingen, TX 12-31-12
    Rio Delta Wild Harlingen, TX 12-31-12 Member Since 2004

    I enjoy mysteries, NOT thrillers, contemporary fiction, especially about diverse cultures, and sometimes history, if it doesn't involve too many dates. I often listen to a book multiple times, discovering unnoticed details in the retelling.

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    "I love Bertie!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I've already bought a copy of this for my daughter. Each of the characters in McCall Smith's books are complex and imperfect, as are we all. I look meeting them. Anyone who has wanted to adopt Bertie in past books, as I have, will be gratified by little "Ullyses," who innocently brings the revenge of Bertie upon their mother.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    There is a minute-to-minute on-the-edge-of-your-seat-"ism" with each of the books in this sequence, as there are always several plots interwoven.


    Have you listened to any of Robert Ian Mackenzie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    His performances are great, as was this one!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely, I would probably have glued on my headphones, if that were a feasible option.


    Any additional comments?

    More Bertie! More Bertie!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara United States 12-24-12
    Barbara United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Another charming tale"
    Would you listen to The Importance of Being Seven again? Why?

    Here is another charming tale about Berdie, one of my favorite characters in McCall-Smith's books. These are light, engrossing tales with enter weaving plot lines and engaging character flaws and traits that we all share to one extent or another. I love these books and look forward to Berdie growing older.


    What other book might you compare The Importance of Being Seven to and why?

    Another of my recent listens - Beautiful Ruins - which also has interlocking plot lines. Beautiful Ruins was a very good read!


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

    He brings the texture of the language, the accents and the engrossing forcefullness of his character.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    ??


    Any additional comments?

    no

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy 10-24-12
    Kathy 10-24-12
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    "Terrific fun!"

    Bertie is back in great form, and romance is blooming among the elderly. Just when you think 44 Scotland Streeet couldn't get any better, any funnier or any sweeter, it has. You'll be cheering for Bertie's dad, feeling anxious about Matthew's impending parenthood and getting weepy when Angus finally makes his move. Enjoy!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Amherst, MA, United States 10-21-12
    Jennifer Amherst, MA, United States 10-21-12 Member Since 2011

    bekind

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    "Enjoyable, but not the best in the series"

    I'm a big fan of the 44 Scotland Street series, and have read or listened to all of the previous books. As usual, the performance of Robert Ian Mackenzie was spot on, and I really enjoyed listening. However, I found the plot of this book to be much darker than the previous books, which I did not enjoy. And the feminist in me took umbrage more than once, for example (hopefully this is not a spoiler): a conflict between women ending in hair pulling. Really?
    But overall I really enjoyed listening to this book, and will certainly listen to future books in this series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ralph Ridgewood, NJ, United States 10-09-12
    Ralph Ridgewood, NJ, United States 10-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Mr. Smith triumphs again."
    Would you listen to The Importance of Being Seven again? Why?

    no, too many other wonderful books to read, including the upcoming Isabel Dalhousie books.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Just waiting for the next bon mot.


    Which character – as performed by Robert Ian Mackenzie – was your favorite?

    Elspeth


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A smile for the soul


    Any additional comments?

    a book of kindness and smiles

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan NY, NY, United States 09-29-12
    Susan NY, NY, United States 09-29-12 Member Since 2009
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    "great entry in a great series"
    If you could sum up The Importance of Being Seven in three words, what would they be?

    witty, engrossing, educational


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Satisfying characters going through life in a similar but different culture


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

    The accent of Edinburgh


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No - wanted to make it last


    Any additional comments?

    Love all his books, but this is my favorite series

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Annsi 08-21-13
    Annsi 08-21-13

    Ann

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    "Couldn't relate - impossible to follow"
    What was most disappointing about Alexander McCall Smith’s story?

    Simply couldn't follow the narrative. Most uninteresting.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Robert Ian Mackenzie?

    Would depend upon book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Nothing!


    Any additional comments?

    Not my kind of book. I depend upon other reviews. Didn't find them helpful.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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