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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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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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    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 2015
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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
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. C. King Los Angeles, CA USA 10-30-14
    K. C. King Los Angeles, CA USA 10-30-14 Member Since 2014
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    "where is the plot?"
    What disappointed you about The Importance of Being Seven?

    There is no plot to speak of, and it's a bit treacly.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Jane Smiley's Some Luck


    What aspect of Robert Ian Mackenzie’s performance would you have changed?

    Faster pace


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Good descriiptions, occasional good moments of dialogue.


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    AudioAddict 10-18-14
    AudioAddict 10-18-14

    I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!

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    "Good book, but not what I expected"

    STORY (fiction) - This story takes place in Scotland, sometime near the present day. When I bought this book, I was expecting a heartwarming family-oriented story about a six-year-old child. There is that component to the story and it's very sweet (Bertie and his overbearing mother), but there's two other story lines of equal importance -- a story about some newlyweds and another about two women vying for the attention of one man. The stories are all basically about navigating through life's various ups and downs, and there's lots of character development. I almost returned this book after about an hour or so of listening to it because there wasn't enough going on to hold my interest, but I persevered. Soon I became involved with the characters and their various personal journeys.

    PERFORMANCE - Good job.

    OVERALL - Recommended for adults only. Even though there's no sex or profanity, children would find it boring. It's part of a series, but the story stands alone. This book is basically rambling around in the daily lives of richly developed characters. I prefer a little more "going on" in books so I won't be continuing with the series, but I enjoyed this book nonetheless.

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    Writer Within OH 08-27-13
    Writer Within OH 08-27-13 Member Since 2015
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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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