If that name made you smile, this book is for you. I admit that I put this one aside when it came out because it didn't seem on par with the 44 Scotla..Show More »nd Street series (which it resembles in format), but after a bad week at work, I needed a cheering listen and re-loaded it. Two hours later, my husband thought I was in some kind of distress when he found me writhing on the couch, guffawing. I've already downloaded the second in the series from Audible and (if you hurry) the Telegraph is still running the podcast of novel 3 on itunes. Even if you miss the podcast for #3, I suspect that, like novel 1, the other installments are worth a credit. I'm saving #2 and #3 for those times when I start to dislike humanity -- McCall Smith puts all the "small stuff" in perspective so that I can return to work with a smile.
It may take a few chapters to enter the world of Cordroy Mansions, but oh - what a remedy for a bad day at the office! We all know an Oedipus Snark! (and my colleagues probably think it's me...)
Corduroy Mansions is a fun, rewarding story--humorous, but not laugh-out-loud funny. It's comfort food in literary form. We look forward to every book..Show More » in every one of his Alexander McCall Smith's series, but this series, his newest, is one of our favorites. Set in an apartment house in London, it's a contemporary soap opera with a low level of angst and a high level of pleasant personal intrigue. Life feels kinder and gentler for the hours spent with Corduroy Mansions. Could listen to Simon Prebble all day--soothing and skillful reader.
McCall Smith is currently writing two novels in daily instalments in British newspapers. This is the third part of the one set in Corduroy Mansions, L..Show More »ondon. The chapters narrate the lives of several of its inhabitants.
You won't like this if you are looking for lots of suspense in a novel. It's more like being part of people's life for a while. Pretty day-to-day things are happening to them, they are falling in and out of love, get or lose jobs, sometimes rather absurd events come their way.
If you like Alexander McCall Smith, you will like this audio book. Fortunately, it's unabridged and therefore maintains all its fine humor. The reader does a convincing job communicating this humor and the empathy towards the characters that make this unconventional novel so loveable.
I only wish audible would publish unabridged versions of 44 Scotland Street, McCall's other daily novel, set in Edinburgh.
Somehow Alexander McCall Smith has a gift for developing characters that seem like ordinary, everyday people yet he can craft their ordinary, everyday..Show More » lives into stories that capture a reader's interest. The first two books have been the ones I've listened to most in my large Audible library and I had to have this one on Audible as soon as it was released.