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The World According to Bertie | [Alexander McCall Smith]

The World According to Bertie

i>The World According to Bertie is the fourth in the series and revolves around the many colorful characters that come and go at No. 44 Scotland Street. McCall Smith handles the characters with his customary charm and deftness - the stalwart Tory chartered surveyor, the pushy mother, and, most importantly in this novel, the beleaguered Italian-speaking prodigy, Bertie. This is classic McCall Smith - clever, witty and entertaining - and beautifully illustrated.
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The World According to Bertie is the fourth in the series and revolves around the many colorful characters that come and go at No. 44 Scotland Street. McCall Smith handles the characters with his customary charm and deftness - the stalwart Tory chartered surveyor, the pushy mother, and, most importantly in this novel, the beleaguered Italian-speaking prodigy, Bertie. This is classic McCall Smith - clever, witty and entertaining - and beautifully illustrated. A chance encounter with Armistead Maupin in San Francisco inspired Alexander McCall Smith to write this series of novels based around the fictional No. 44 Scotland Street in Edinburgh's New Town.

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©2008 Alexander McCall Smith; (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC

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    glamazon The Coast of Rhode Island 11-27-08
    glamazon The Coast of Rhode Island 11-27-08 Member Since 2014

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    "Great visit to 44 Scotland Street"

    I have always enjoyed the McCall Smith characters and the various series, whatever their locations, Edinburgh or Botswana. I grab each one as soon as it is available for download and I am never disappointed in the economy of expression yet attention to nuance contained therein. McCall Smith has an excellent grasp of the various moral and situational ambiguities inherent in modern life and is proficient as well as entertaining in expressing them.

    I thought this latest episode left a few compelling threads dangling, however, although perhaps that was intentional, leaving the reader wanting more. There was also a significant variation in my attention level, as the narrative went from yawn to laugh-out-loud hilarity.

    There were a few passages that were not really critical to the story lines that could have been shorter, in my opinion, but at least this listen was around 11 or so hours instead of the usual 6, so there is access to a longer interlude with the inhabitants of 44 Scotland Street and their cohorts.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Sally A. Enright BLOWING ROCK, NC, US 11-04-12
    Sally A. Enright BLOWING ROCK, NC, US 11-04-12 Member Since 2014
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    "McCall Smith: What an incredible treat!"

    I read a review of one of the 44 Scotland Street series which was not at ALL complimentary, to say the least. I was saddened because the writer missed the whole point of these fabulous books and one of the best narrators I have ever heard: Robert Ian MacKenzie. Was he looking for blood? Perhaps, guts? These aren't those kind of books. Instead, McCall Smith gives us a glimpse into an absolutely incredible world of (gasp) ORDINARY people. And I have fallen in love with them. Totally. When one book ends, I feel as if all my friends went on vacation at the same time and I am left bereft and alone...well, maybe that might be overstating it a bit...but, honestly, Bertie, Big Lou, Olive, Domenica, Matthew, Miss Harmony and Tofu, etc... are so very wonderful.

    No one was more surprised as I, that I could simply adore books which weren't jam-packed with the requisite blood and guts. You go, Alexander McCall Smith and Robert Ian Mac Kenzie! I'm hooked!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    William Carmichael, CA, United States 11-26-09
    William Carmichael, CA, United States 11-26-09
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    "As good as usual...but"

    Mr. Smith is as good a writer as there is, however, why is this book titled The World According to Bertie? The character Bertie is just about the least mentioned character in the story. I was looking forward to getting a story FULL of information about my favorite Smith character, Bertie. What we get is a pitifully tiny installment on Bertie. I feel as though I've been hoodwinked, promised one thing and getting so much less. I'm very disappointed.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Miller Massachusetts, USA 04-10-09
    Heather Miller Massachusetts, USA 04-10-09 Member Since 2015
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    "One of my absolute favorite authors!"

    Alexander McCall Smith is a wonderful author. I love all of his series. The great narration makes these books a fun listen, too. I highly recommend all of his books.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joanne Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada 01-18-09
    Joanne Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada 01-18-09 Member Since 2012

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Another Hit for McCall Smith"

    The ongoing saga of Scotland street. Thoroughly enjoyed this title as much as the others in this series. Like a soap opera for your ears. Watching the characters evolve...the end of the book is always bittersweet because your left hanging until the next on comes out.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lydia Mandeville, LA, United States 03-24-15
    Lydia Mandeville, LA, United States 03-24-15 Member Since 2007
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    "My New Addiction!"

    This is the fourth novel in the author's "44 Scotland Street" series. The newest one (his 9th) caught my eye so I decided to start the series from the beginning. His stories are amusing and his characters are truly all "characters"! The narrator is very good!!! Now, on to the next stop in my marathon!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 02-03-15
    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 02-03-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Delightful"

    This is the fourth in the series and I think it was my favourite. I certainly enjoyed it more than number 3, Love Over Scotland, which seemed to drag a bit for me. I prefer if things are a tad farfetched, because I don't actually want to feel sad about Bertie's life or how awful it is if a dog is suffering somewhere and this one seemed to keep reality at just a slight distance. When that is the case, the comedy underneath can really shine. I'm all set to dive into the next one. The narrator was startlingly good, conveying each character, including the dog, perfectly and squeezing every bit of nuance out of the text.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    edward Purcellville, Vatican City State (Holy See) 12-06-08
    edward Purcellville, Vatican City State (Holy See) 12-06-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Poor Bertie"

    Interesting title for this book as poor Bertie is finding out that HIS world is located in the "Twilight Zone." For the last five years now, Bertie wakes up every morning and he's still six years old, trapped in some Dantian ring of Hell. Luckily for them, everybody else at 44 Scotalnd Street seems to be moving on with their lives. Watch out Mr. Matheson; Alexander McCall Smith is challenging you as the new master of the horror genre.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah BOERNE, TX, United States 05-22-15
    Sarah BOERNE, TX, United States 05-22-15 Member Since 2013
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    "After 4 books from this series - still loving it!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, definitely. It is clever and fun and can be read in small segments. The author's philosophy and view of life are woven into the story with humor and grace.


    What other book might you compare The World According to Bertie to and why?

    The Number one Ladies' Detective Agency


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

    He gives the characters life - I have read segments from the printed book to clarify small portions I missed while listening, and there is no comparison. I love the way the narrator does the characters and really miss this when I'm just reading the text.


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

    Not really. Since the point of view shifts every few chapters it's easy to listen for short periods of time. It's fun to get back to the characters later and see what they are up to now. I have come to feel that I know these people.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm ready for the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diane 05-15-15
    Diane 05-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A vacation for my brain"
    If you could sum up The World According to Bertie in three words, what would they be?

    insightful, hilarious stories


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    you don't actually like any of them, maybe i like Bertie's dad...they are all interesting and irritating.


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

    superb, his ladies are great, the men, expressive...the canine is the best!


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

    Nothing and everything in Scotland


    Any additional comments?

    I am very very attached to this writer, in particular the books set in Scotland. Erudite, kind, observant, refined, a fabulous writer and thinker!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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