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  • The Colors of All the Cattle

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374

When Mma Potokwane suggests to Mma Ramotswe that she run for a seat on the city council, Mma Ramotswe is at first unsure. But when she learns about the proposed construction of the flashy Big Fun Hotel next to a graveyard, she allows herself to be persuaded. Her opponent is none other than Violet Sephotho, who is in the pocket of the hotel developers. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By Jean on 11-15-18

Simple, familiar narrative,

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-18

Chief detective settles a case of hit and run and wins an election, but still maintains her alpolm . Botsuana rocks!

  • The Revolving Door of Life

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422

Once more we catch up with the delightful goings-on in the fictitious 44 Scotland Street from Alexander McCall Smith. With customary charm and deftness, Alexander McCall Smith gives us another installment in this popular series, now running in its ninth season in The Scotsman. Anything could happen to Bertie and the gang....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best in the series

  • By Candik24 on 02-16-16

A whole lot of fun

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-16

As one gets to know Bertie, one comes to love him and his family, which include artists, Bedouins, his elementary school class, his martini drinking grandmother and the Scottish nudists.... what a great ride!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

  • By: Katarina Bivald
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham, Lorelei King
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 871
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 804
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 804

It all began with a correspondence between two quite different women: 28-year-old Sara from Haninge, Sweden, and 65-year-old Amy from the small town of Broken Wheel, Iowa. After years of exchanging books, letters and thoughts on the meaning of literature and life, Sara, mousy, disheveled, who has never been anywhere in her life - has really lived only for her work in a beloved bookshop, which has just closed its doors for the last time - bravely decides to accept her unknown friend's invitation to visit.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed - no depth & poor narration

  • By Kelly on 01-28-16

Waste of money

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-10-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If the author had bothered to write about something or some place she knew about, the book might have been more successful.

What was most disappointing about Katarina Bivald’s story?

The Iowans in the story are completely unbelievable. I grew up in very small towns throughout the section of the state that she writes about. Iowans are readers, highly educated and quirky. They are to a fault honest and will tell you what they think. The story was completely unbelievable and not charming, more confusing because even as Americans the characters are unfamiliar.

Would you be willing to try another one of Fiona Hardingham and Lorelei King ’s performances?

Iowans do not have southern accents nor do they sound like they are from Appalachia. I thought perhaps the story was really placed in Tennessee? Iowans live in the Midwest and they sound like most newscasters in terms of accents.......even farmers sound that way.

What character would you cut from The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend?

None of these characters strike me as being from Iowa, nor do they strike as being American.......they are stateless and do not belong to a country as far as I can figure....I could cut them all.

Any additional comments?

I could not listen to this book after the first hour. I thought perhaps the author had attended the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop and her impressions of Iowa had been formed there. But then I found she had never even been to the United States. .

11 of 15 people found this review helpful