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Unbearable Lightness of Scones | [Alexander McCall Smith]

Unbearable Lightness of Scones

Precocious six-year-old Bertie joins the scouts to escape his mother, Matthew learns to handle the challenges of marriage, and Domenica deals with loneliness. Even four-legged Cyril gets in on the action, finding himself a bit of canine romance.
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling, award-winning author Alexander McCall Smith delivers the fifth entertaining novel from his 44 Scotland Street series.

Precocious six-year-old Bertie joins the scouts to escape his mother, Matthew learns to handle the challenges of marriage, and Domenica deals with loneliness. Even four-legged Cyril gets in on the action, finding himself a bit of canine romance.

©2009 Alexander McCall Smith; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"It is impossible to come away from an Alexander McCall Smith novel without a smile on the lips and warm fuzzies in the heart." (Chicago Sun-Times)

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    Benedict San Francisco, US, Canada 01-16-10
    Benedict San Francisco, US, Canada 01-16-10 Member Since 2003
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    "Touching bit of love"

    I really like Alexander McCall Smith's writing and his sentiments about the important little bits of life.

    I can imagine some readers new to the series might wonder why he gets such good ratings. For me, I like the touching characters, their ethical concerns about how to behave and the author's very realistic view of what we really think day to day.

    The warmest character has been ending each book in this series with a poem about love that is very real, and I like that very much.

    I find myself setting aside my duties in life to listen to any book I buy authored by Smith.

    The narration is exquisite.

    27 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 08-23-10
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 08-23-10

    trying to see the world with my ears

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    "always hated books about kids and dogs"

    but I look forward to the next installment of the 44 Scotland Street to learn how Berite and Cyril are faring. I listened to all five available audiobooks in the series this summer and marvel at how McCall Smith keeps me addicted to his story lines and characters. MacKenzie's narration is a big part of the charm.

    I look forward to the next in the serial (I hear that Bertie turns 7) and I wish Audible could exchange its complimentary subscription to the NY TImes for the Scotsman so I did not need to wait!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    carmen OFallon, MO, United States 04-09-13
    carmen OFallon, MO, United States 04-09-13 Member Since 2011

    Favorite author: Alexander McCall Smith Favorite narrator: Gerard Doyle Favorite listen : Burton and Swinburne Trilogy

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    "More adventures of our freinds on Scotland St"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Unbearable Lightness of Scones to be better than the print version?

    Ian Mckensie brings all the characters to life. I love the way he makes every day people doing normal things endearing and interesting. A lot of that is a testament to Alexander Mcall Smith who does that best. All of his books are about etraordinary ordinary people.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the way Angus and Mathew are so protective of Big Lou. Poor Big Lou, like most of us, seems to always attract the wierdos.


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

    I think I probably would not have enjoyed Dominica as much because I probably would have read her as snooty and antagonistic. Ian mckensie reads her as a normal person who is flawed. That makes you kind of love her.


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

    The moment that moved me to tears was between Mathew and Big Lou. Where you really got a sense that Big Lou has a big heart and Mathew is just inherently a good person. The funnier parts were Berties adventures although, if you were Bertie, you would probably be moved to tears.


    Any additional comments?

    The series started out with Pat moving to the big city and these are the people she meets and the things that happen. At least in my mind. I am sure everyone has their favorites, but to me Pat was the heart of it. When her and Mathew broke up I was sad but not disapointed because it was obvious that Miss Harmony and Mathew belong together. However, Pat was barely mentioned in the book except to say she was happy for Mathew and since moving out of edinborough she lost touch with Dominica and Angus. I am kind of disapointed because I was waiting to see if Pat would find love too or at least start collecting cats. I am still listening to the next one when I get my credit in four days.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sue A. Sherrill United States 07-09-14
    Sue A. Sherrill United States 07-09-14 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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    "Very enjoyable"
    What made the experience of listening to Unbearable Lightness of Scones the most enjoyable?

    Love the wisdom and humanity McCall Smith infuses his characters with.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    At the moment Bruce is my favorite - he seems to be getting his head on straight.


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

    Consistently good.


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

    Listen to the kid. He knows something.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Reisterstown, MD, United States 09-05-10
    Amazon Customer Reisterstown, MD, United States 09-05-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Could. Not. Finish."

    I tried. I really tried. The story (stories) were like a bad sitcom - not even really funny. Just sad pitiful people living sad, pitiful lives. I wish I had all the time back.

    2 of 14 people found this review helpful
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