Sunday Philosophy Club
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  • 1
    The Sunday Philosophy Club: An Isabel Dalhousie Story, Book 1 | Alexander McCall Smith

    The Sunday Philosophy Club: An Isabel Dalhousie Story, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Hilary Neville
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    Amateur sleuth Isabel Dalhousie is a philosopher who uses her training to solve unusual mysteries. She edits the Review of Applied Ethics and hosts The Sunday Philosophy Club at her house in Edinburgh. Behind the city's Georgian facades its moral compasses are spinning with greed, dishonesty and murderous intent. Instinct tells Isabel that the young man who tumbled to his death in front of her eyes at a concert didn't fall. He was pushed.

    Not too light, not too heavy,easy listening.

    Like most of Alexander McCall Smith's stories, 'The Sunday Philosophy Club..'
    is a little gem. At odd points you are nudged into thinking ever s..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 30 2011 by Sandy (BUCKETTY, Australia)
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    The Sunday Philosophy Club: An Isabel Dalhousie Mystery | Alexander McCall Smith

    The Sunday Philosophy Club: An Isabel Dalhousie Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    New York Times best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith, winner of the first-ever Saga Award for Wit, has entertained millions with his beloved No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency mysteries. Now this phenomenally popular author introduces a fresh series, brimming with the charm and humor his stable of dedicated fans can't get enough of.

    Not Number One Ladies Detective Agency!

    This is a well-narrated, gentle tale told in very good prose but, if the SETTING of Number One Ladies Detective Agency is important to you as it is to..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 06 2008 by connie (Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada)
  • 2
    Friends, Lovers, Chocolate: The Sunday Philosophy Club, Book 2 | Alexander McCall Smith

    Friends, Lovers, Chocolate: The Sunday Philosophy Club, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    In this delightful second installment in Alexander McCall Smith's best-selling new detective series, the irrepressibly curious Isabel Dalhousie, editor of the Review of Applied Ethics, gets caught up in an affair of the heart, this one a transplant.

    A gem!

    As usual, listening to an Alexander McCall-Smith book is a much richer experience than reading it, although I enjoy that too. The narrator does a won..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 20 2005 by Lovin' life and winding down (Parker, CO USA)
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    Friends, Lovers, Chocolate | Alexander McCall Smith

    Friends, Lovers, Chocolate

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    Isabel Dalhousie thinks often of friends, sometimes of lovers, and on occasion of chocolate. As an Edinburgh philosopher, she is certain of where she stands. She can review a book called In Praise of Sin with panache and conviction, but real life is...well, perhaps a bit more challenging....

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  • 3
    The Right Attitude to Rain: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel | Alexander McCall Smith

    The Right Attitude to Rain: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    Isabel's life is thrown for a few loops when her cousin Mimi arrives from Dallas with her husband Joe. Through Mimi and Joe, Isabel meets Texas hotshot Tom Bruce, who is about to marry someone Isabel suspects of gold-digging. Further complicating matters, Tom seems to have an unusual level of interest in Isabel. Meanwhile, Isabel has her own feelings to deal with, not to mention those of her beloved niece Cat, whose romantic interest may not be up to snuff.

    brain candy

    I love this entire series, and found this book to be different than the last two, but still great. One of my favorite things about Mr. McCall-Smith's..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 05 2007 by Marija (Denver, CO, USA)
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    The Right Attitude to Rain | Alexander McCall Smith

    The Right Attitude to Rain

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    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    Mysteries of love, romance, and truth-telling lie at the heart of Isabel Dalhousie's concerns in Alexander McCall Smith's new Sunday Philosopher's Club novel. Isabel's niece, Cat, is still worshipped by the young musician, Jamie, but Cat has a new and unsuitable love interest. Meanwhile Isabel's Texan cousins have arrived in Edinburgh and are provoking a quite separate set of dilemmas.

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  • 4
    The Careful Use of Compliments: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel | Alexander McCall Smith

    The Careful Use of Compliments: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    Award-winning New York Times best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith, creator of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series of novels, delivers the fourth tale from his charming Isabel Dalhousie series, featuring the highly ethical and plucky protagonist. She's now a mother, but has an uncertain relationship with her son's father. She must also deal with academic politics and, of course, a mystery: did a Scottish painter drown, commit suicide or fall victim to a murder plot?

    Another McCall Smith hit

    I am hooked on Alexander McCall Smith books and enjoy Isabel's saga alot. Although books are regularly added to the series, the next addition never s..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 15 2008 by Joanne (Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada)
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    The Careful Use of Compliments | Alexander McCall Smith

    The Careful Use of Compliments

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    For philosophically-minded Isabel Dalhousie, editor of the Review of Applied Ethics, getting through life with a clear conscience requires careful thought. And whilst juggling the arrival of baby Charlie, a passionate relationship with his father Jamie, a truce with her furious niece Cat, and struggles for authority over her son with her formidable housekeeper Grace, Isabel finds herself drawn into the story of a painter's mysterious death off the island of Jura.

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  • 5
    The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel | Alexander McCall Smith

    The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    The fifth novel in New York Times best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith's beloved Isabel Dalhousie series has the ethical problem solver from Edinburgh finding comforts in unlikely places.

    The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday

    Another pleasant visit with Isabel Dalhousie. The narrator, Davina Porter, is absolutely terrific!

    Reviewed on September 23 2009 by Joyce D. Delario ()
  • 6
    The Lost Art of Gratitude: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel | Alexander McCall Smith

    The Lost Art of Gratitude: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    When Isabel bumps into Minty Auchterlonie for the first time in years, she is skeptical (again) of Minty's integrity. But Minty mentions the bank where she works is having internal troubles, and Isabel must determine, once and for all, if Minty can be trusted.

    slow moving but enjoyed development

    The main character Isabel always trusts people and will try to help when asked. But when an acquaintance asks a favor, it turns out she's not telling ..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 01 2010 by Cynthia (Lake Linden , MI, USA)
  • 7
    The Charming Quirks of Others: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel, Book 7 | Alexander McCall Smith

    The Charming Quirks of Others: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    Beloved author Alexander McCall Smith’s seventh Isabel Dalhousie tale finds the ethical philosopher doing background checks on several candidates for the same job. In the process, Isabel learns quite a bit about herself, as well.

    Love it

    I don't really know which of the Alexander McCall Smith series I love most, but I love Isabel Dalhousie, Jamie, and Mr Fox. By now they are old frien..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 18 2010 by Amazon Customer (TX USA)
  • 8
    The Forgotten Affairs of Youth: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel | Alexander McCall Smith

    The Forgotten Affairs of Youth: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    In the eighth installment of Alexander McCall Smith’s best-selling Isabel Dalhousie series, the inquisitive heroine helps a new friend discover the identity of her father. Jane, a visiting Australian philosopher on sabbatical in Edinburgh, has more questions than answers. Adopted at the age of six, she knows little about her father, other than he was a student in Edinburgh years ago. Always up for a challenge, Isabel is more than happy to help.

    Smitten by Smith once again!

    I can never decide which characters I like best in the McCall Smith universe. Is it Precious Ramostwe in Botswana and her #1 Ladies' Detective Agency?..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 17 2011 by Pamela Harvey (The Coast of Rhode Island)
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    The Forgotten Affairs of Youth: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel | Alexander McCall Smith

    The Forgotten Affairs of Youth: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lesley Mackie
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    The continuing adventures from Isabel Dalhousie, Edinburgh philosopher and curious observer of the behaviour of her fellow man.

    a light enjoyable read

    This was a light enjoyable read, but the attempt to reproduce an Australian accent was absolutely dreadful. For an Australian living in Sydney to have..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 16 2012 by Paddington (Sydney, Australia)
  • 8.5
    The Perils of Morning Coffee | Alexander McCall Smith

    The Perils of Morning Coffee

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 39 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Karlyn Stephen
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    Summer in Edinburgh is a season of delicate sunshine and showers, picnics with loved ones in blossoming gardens and genteel celebrations of art and music. But Isabel Dalhousie's peaceful idyll is broken when a single meeting over coffee with fellow philosopher Dr George McLeod brings an irate phone call from his wife, Roz, who implacably accuses Isabel of conducting an affair with her husband.

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  • 9
    The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds | Alexander McCall Smith

    The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lesley Mackie
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    As a mother, wife, employer and editor of the Review of Applied Ethics, Isabel Dalhousie is aware that to be human is to be responsible. So when a neighbour brings her a new and potentially dangerous puzzle to solve, once again Isabel feels she has no option but to shoulder the burden. A masterpiece painting has been stolen from Duncan Munrowe, old-fashioned philanthropist, father to two discontented children, and a very wealthy man.

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    The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel, Book 9 | Alexander McCall Smith

    The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    One afternoon over coffee at Cat’s delicatessen, a friend of Isabel’s shares a call for help from Duncan Munrowe. Crafty thieves have stolen a prized painting from his collection, a work by the celebrated French artist Nicolas Poussin that was earmarked for donation to the Scottish National Gallery. Munrowe has been approached by the thieves and hopes that Isabel will assist him in recovering the painting. Never one to refuse an appeal, she agrees, and discovers that the thieves may be closer to the owner than he ever would have expected.

    Great story, simply gorgeous narration...

    Oftentimes the first thing I do when I log onto Audible is check if there is a new story by Alexander McCall Smith. If there is, I always immediately..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 29 2012 by Benedict (SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States)
  • 10
    The Novel Habits of Happiness: Isabel Dalhousie, Book 10 | Alexander McCall Smith

    The Novel Habits of Happiness: Isabel Dalhousie, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Karlyn Stephen
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    From a small town outside Edinburgh comes the news that a young boy has been recounting vivid recollections of a past life: a perfect description of an island off the coast of Scotland which he couldn't possibly know and a house there where he claims to have spent his former life. When the boy's mother asks Isabel to investigate his claims, she feels she must - of course! - help them learn the truth, and she and her husband, Jamie, set off for the island.

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    The Novel Habits of Happiness | Alexander McCall Smith

    The Novel Habits of Happiness

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    From a small town outside Edinburgh comes the news that a young boy has been recounting vivid recollections of a past life: a perfect description of an island off the coast of Scotland that he couldn't possibly know and a house there where he claims to have spent his former life. When the boy's mother asks Isabel to investigate his claims, she feels she must - of course! - help them learn the truth, and she and her husband, Jamie, set off for the island.

    OK if you're already a fan

    Yes if the friend already likes the series, but would certainly not start someone on this one

    Reviewed on September 15 2015 by A. Kiss (Washington, DC USA)
  • 10.5
    At the Reunion Buffet | Alexander McCall Smith

    At the Reunion Buffet

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 57 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Karlyn Stephen
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    Isabel Dalhousie - philosopher, mother and friend - is taking on the mammoth task of hosting her school reunion. In the hours before 25 former classmates descend on her home and the caterers arrive to set up a buffet, Isabel has time to reflect. She is mindful of the fact that reunions can bring up all sorts of uncomfortable feelings. Later that night, with the party in full swing, Isabel realises that the pull of the past remains as strong as ever.

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