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Publisher's Summary

The story revolves around the comings and goings at No. 44 Scotland Street, a fictitious building in a real street in Edinburgh. Immediately recognisable are the Edinburgh chartered surveyor, stalwart of the Conservative Association, who dreams of membership of Scotland's most exclusive golf club. We have the pushy Stockbridge mother, and her prodigiously talented five-year-old son, who is making good progress with the saxophone and with his Italian. Then there is Domenica Macdonald who is that type of Edinburgh lady who sees herself as a citizen of a broader intellectual world. In McCall Smith's hands such characters retain charm and novelty, simultaneously arousing both mirth and empathy. 44 Scotland Street is vintage McCall Smith, tackling issues of trust and honesty, snobbery and hypocrisy, love and loss, but all with great lightness of touch. Clever, elegant and funny, this is a novel that provides huge entertainment but which is underpinned by the moral dilemmas of everyday life and the characters' struggles to resolve them.

©2005 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2011 Hachette Digital

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  • Ruth
  • Brisbane, Australia
  • 08-04-13

Blah

What would have made 44 Scotland Street better?

getting to the point quicker - it rambled on and on about nothing of importance

What could Alexander McCall Smith have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

cut out at least 50 chapters. Created characters that had at least some redeeming qualities - they were all vapid, boring , self obsessed and insipid.

Which character – as performed by Hilary Neville – was your favorite?

she did a great job considering how little she had to work with

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

not really

Any additional comments?

completely mis represented in the reviews. Did these people actually listen to this drivel??

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  • Louise
  • 03-02-12

A gentle read full of delicious humour

A great book if you are looking for a gentle read. The book is full of interesting characters, subtly and amusingly portrayed - with hints of the completely absurd, which just add to the fun. I can't wait to read/listen to the next one!

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  • Miss Tammy Finnigan
  • 12-19-16

Great observations beautifully weaved into fun stories

Modern classic! Gentle, whimsical and very compelling. Such a fun book full of great observations! Really liked the narrator, the voice can make it break the book but Hillary was an excellent choice. Loved no1 ladies detective agency and think I'm going to love this series just as much, have ordered the next one already!

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  • Larraine
  • 07-01-16

accents

would have liked to have listened to the story bring told in a scottish accent

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  • Tracey
  • 05-17-16

Even Better than book.

Wonderfully quirky tale of everyday life in Edinburgh with remarkably well-drawn characters and fine narrating.

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  • Mary Carnegie
  • 08-20-14

Edimbourgoisie tenderly mocked.

I haven't much time for his African novels, but I consider Edinburgh my home, though I only lived there for nine years, medical school and early work life.
I adore these well observed loving satires on middle class Edinburgh mœurs. I recognise these characters, and even, to some extent, myself.
A few years of my Edinburgh life were lived just round the corner from Scotland Street (and, therefore close to Ian Rankin's Rebus base in Gayfield Square: the shadow side of our glorious capital)
That's Edinburgh for you - the Enlightenment, David Hume, Adam Smith, James Boswell ad infinitum.., but still annoyed at being the youngest of the four universities, until 1960s created new ones, allowing us to think that 1583 wasn't so parvenu!
It's also the city of Burke & Hare, Deacon Brodie (respectable by day, burglar by night) Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, of Sherlock Holmes' creator.
London's too big to be so magical, so individual, so European, both inward looking and forward looking.
When I die, I hope that Heaven will be a lot like Edinburgh except maybe a wee bit warmer - I may have to do time in Purgatory (Glasgow) first. ( Apologies, I know some folk who like Glasgow.)

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  • Mandy G.
  • 08-19-18

Nothing happens, characters are irritating .....

Use your time more wisely than I did. Most disappointing.
I kept expecting something worthwhile to happen, but was left feeling cheated.

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  • spider
  • 08-07-18

beautiful story

insightful, very well written and read. short chapters kept interest in the carefully crafted characters

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  • AliBerks
  • 05-03-18

A good listen

typical of Alexander McCall Smith books. lovely book nice pace, nothing exciting in the storyline.

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  • Sister F
  • 02-07-18

Wonderful

I was unsure whether I would like this after reading the other reviews, which are pretty mixed. I was so pleasantly surprised, Alexander McCall Smith has created a world in which the reader/ listener can get totally immersed. The wonderful cast of characters and their day to day triumphs and tribulations, make for compelling listening.
This is definitely a character rather than a plot driven work, but it is certainly not dull! Very well narrated, funny and poignant; I highly recommend this audiobook.

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  • Kathleen Margaret Doherty
  • 11-12-17

gentle read.

a bit like listening to your auntie telling stories of her younger days. not gripping but mildly interesting. would probably appeal more if you're Scottish. many geographical references to Edinburgh and Scotland. wouldn't rush to read any more but the kind of book you can read in short bursts because there isn't a need to find out what happens next.