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Corduroy Mansions, Pimlico is an oasis of old-fashioned civilisation, its inhabitants considerate and peace-loving. But beneath the polite exterior seismic change is stirring.

Barbara Ragg makes an eye-popping discovery about her stolid Scottish suitor’s past, while Oedipus Snark – newly appointed and tirelessly self-interested Government Minister – has a close encounter in Switzerland that leaves him a new man all together. Then plucky canine Freddie de la Hay goes missing, and his owner, widower William French, is so shaken by an unexpected declaration of love that he seriously considers making a disappearance himself.

Goodhearted, well-intentioned but often to be found barking up the wrong tree, the residents of Corduroy Mansions remain a thoroughly entertaining example to us all.

This unabridged audio download edition includes exclusive additional interviews with the characters of Corduroy Mansions, voiced by the wonderful Andrew Sachs.

©2011 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2011 Hachette Digital

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Intelligent humor, best unabridged

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, London. 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.

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Disappointing

I enjoyed his other books but this series is awful. Mindless dribble at best. And the narration leaves a lot to be desired. Nothing worse than fake accents.

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Great narrator!

I wish this narrator did all of McCall's audibles! gorgeous voice. Plus, courduroy mansions is such a great and easy read!

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Good fun

Would you listen to A Conspiracy of Friends again? Why?

Yes, maybe I would. I love the conversations and encounters of the people in McCall Smiths novels.

What other book might you compare A Conspiracy of Friends to and why?

It is in tune with most other books by McCall Smith

Have you listened to any of Andrew Sachs’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Just as good as in the others.

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  • Helen
  • 05-28-11

Evelyn Waugh Revisited

This really reminded me of Waugh's work (which I love) and that was strangely unsettling because there were a lot of modern references to technology... yet this story really felt as if it belonged in the 1930s or 40s. I liked it, and enjoyed listening to it, but I couldn't say I was utterly compelled or drawn in by any of the characters. It was very much an ensemble piece. Nice if you're on a long journey, or doing the iroing!

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  • 01-16-15

A great read!

The author reflects humourosly and seriously about everyday life. He uses incidents in the lives of the residents of the flats in an old mansion and in the lives of their friends in order to provide an opportunity to reflect on ethical dilemmas and everyday challenges

Andrew Sachs does a fantastic job narrating the book.

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  • gill
  • 04-24-20

will lift your spirits.

this is a real joy. beautifully read by Andrew Sax. very very funny indeed .

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  • George
  • 01-30-20

Perfect in every way

Oh how I wish Alexander McCall Smith would write more books about these amazingly colourful characters in Corduroy mansions.

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  • Indigo
  • 07-04-19

Humoured and compulsive listening

Another C M saga. Very funny at times. The narrative can be a little 'Miss Marple ish' at times and a little repetitive but still insightful. Loved the refs to Iris Murdork and other authors