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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I enjoy classics and history - things I should have read but somehow missed. A good walk and a good book=perfect!
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.)
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.
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.
Alexander McCall Smith hits the mark again as usual. If you enjoy everyday storytelling, you will probably enjoy these tales.
There is no plot to speak of, and it's a bit treacly.
Jane Smiley's Some Luck
Good descriiptions, occasional good moments of dialogue.
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!
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.
sincere, funny, real
When Bertie made a friend.
the whole book was real because of him. it always takes awhile to get into a voice and then you are hooked!
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.
I wish I had started with the first in the series. not sure if going backwards would help or matter. hmm.
Bertie gets free!
Irish country doctor series. Mitford series
The narration brings the whole neighborhood to life...you know each of the character voices and the tone that he sets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
His performances are great, as was this one!
Absolutely, I would probably have glued on my headphones, if that were a feasible option.
More Bertie! More Bertie!
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