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  • 44 Scotland Street

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,331
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,010
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,009

The brilliant Alexander McCall Smith became an international sensation with his New York Times best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels. His award-winning wit, made famous through that series, is fully on display in 44 Scotland Street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smith's answer to Maupin

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-23-05

Smith's answer to Maupin

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-23-05

This book is a fun listen, and it is literally Smith's take on Maupin's Tales of City, but set in his beloved Edinburgh. It seems that many who have adored the Mma Ramotswe series can't get into anything else Smith has done, previously or subsequently. It's understandable, since the Botwana books are masterpieces. However, Smith is one of the best storytellers of our time, and it is unfortunate to always compare his other books (such as this one) to the Ladies' Detective Agency tales and then find them lacking. This story is full of all of the humanity, thoughtfulness and warm humor that his other stories have had. I can't wait for more of the serial.

44 of 44 people found this review helpful

  • The Sunday Philosophy Club

  • An Isabel Dalhousie Mystery
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 688
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 382

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Number One Ladies Detective Agency!

  • By connie on 06-06-08

Great audiobook

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-05

This is the first book in Smith's latest series, and I enjoyed the narration as much as I did with the Mma Ramotswe audiobooks. The Mma Ramotswe stories are such a universal success because they are universally accessible and warm, but Smith's previous characters have, like this one, been more academic in their musings. While the Ladies Detective Agency series is surely his masterpiece, this new series is wonderful literature to look forward to as well.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful