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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 2003

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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.

    11 of 11 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.

    3 of 3 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 2007
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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!

    2 of 2 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 2012
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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.

    2 of 2 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 2006

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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.

    2 of 2 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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    Sue A. Sherrill United States 06-22-14
    Sue A. Sherrill United States 06-22-14 Member Since 2012

    zoeq is a trained chef an innkeeper. Currently she is writing a cookbook for the family cook. She lives in Florida and loves kayaking.

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    "Best one yet!"
    Where does The World According to Bertie rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Number 1


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bertie is my favorite because he has more sense than anyone and he says it like it is.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Whenever Bertie talks about his baby brother looking like the psychiatrist about whom he thinks is mad. He's really onto his mother and hopefully this will finally put her in her place.


    If you could take any character from The World According to Bertie out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Mathiew because he needs some good advice.


    Any additional comments?

    At first, I thought this series would be slow and boring. Not so! I have changed my mind as I go through the series and now can't wait to hear the next one. The reader is very pleasant to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lyn Relph United States 03-11-13
    Lyn Relph United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2013

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    "McCall Smith's Scottish Series Delightful"
    Would you listen to The World According to Bertie again? Why?

    Yes I would listen again because these characters worm their way into your heart. They all become old friends and acquaintances, neighbors as if you too live in Ediinburgh.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How the boy Bertie becomes the hero.


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

    Angus. He's so needy and shy.


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

    No, stretch it out, make it last.


    Any additional comments?

    This whole series has brightened my life for years now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vicky Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada 03-10-11
    Vicky Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada 03-10-11 Member Since 2009

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    "Don't expect Ladie Detective Agency quality"

    While this is a 'nice' book, like a slightly boring visit to a loved maiden aunt, this series in general does not even come close to the Ladies Detective Agency series.

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    Pauline Redlands, CA, United States 01-06-13
    Pauline Redlands, CA, United States 01-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Talky"

    Talk tends to outweigh plot, as is typical of the later books in whatever series this author writes. This volume is no exception. While I usually enjoy his observations about life, only Scots would be interested in most of the discussions that are in this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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