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44 Scotland Street Audiobook

44 Scotland Street

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Publisher's Summary

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.

When Pat rents a room in Edinburgh, she acquires some interesting neighbors, including a pushy Stockbridge mother and her talented, sax-playing, 5-year-old son. Pat's job at an art gallery hardly keeps her busy, until she suspects one painting in the collection may be an undiscovered work from a Scottish master. As Pat handles the mystery of the painting, she and the people surrounding her confront issues of trust, love, and loss.

Chalk up another winner for McCall Smith, whose endlessly entertaining and perceptive novel is filled with delightfully authentic sketches of all the archetypes of Edinburgh society.

©2005 Alexander McCall Smith; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Readers needn't possess plaid clothes or a brogue to savor this wise, witty send-up of Edinburgh rogues." (Booklist)
"The possibility of romance, the ongoing ups and downs of the large, well-drawn cast of characters, the intricate plot, and the way Smith nimbly jumps from situation to situation and POV to POV...works beautifully." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Georgia Rollinsville, Colorado, United States 10-06-11
    Georgia Rollinsville, Colorado, United States 10-06-11
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    "Learn While Laughing"

    I was driving east with my daughter's family, Colorado to Pennsylvania, when I first heard Alexander McCall Smith's work, The Incredible Lightness of Scones, and no warning either. It was a while before I picked up on it, some nonsense about using moisturizer. Then I just relaxed into chuckling and laughter with the rest of the family; I was converted. As soon as I got on the Internet I ordered 44 Scotland St from Audible. And of course, it isn't nonsense at all, or just a funny story, more like an easy path to enlightenment. The play between Bertie, mother Irene and the psychiatrist is a gentle study of defective child rearing that should put us all on notice. Learn while laughing. Why not?

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 07-02-10
    Lisa 07-02-10
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    "Delightfully Addicting"

    I must confess, I haven't experienced anything by McCall Smith yet - I know, I know - the detective agency books are supposed to be great, so my mom tells me. But, the idea of daily life in Edinburgh appealed to me more, so I started with this, not knowing what to expect. The narrator is just great - really stays in the Scottish accent and even gives each of the characters a bit of a twist. I loved that. The book itself might be considered slow to some - and so it is. Yet, as it slowly unfolds, one develops a deep investment the characters, which is why this book was so surprisingly addicting for me. When it ended, I just stopped everything I did and went to download the next installment! I can't wait to start the next! Just a really, really great book - what my mom would affectionately define as "brain candy." It's true!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    kgohl WORCESTER, VT, United States 10-08-12
    kgohl WORCESTER, VT, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Charm"

    There's a charm and shallowness to this book, with its many short segments and quirky characters, that make it a good diversion while doing such things as running, gardening, knitting, or whatever. I'd not call it great literature, but it is well written and has a certain silly sensibility that I found fairly delightful. The reader was outstanding, with a light Scots accent that gives a feel for the characters without being unintelligible.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Caitlin 01-02-13
    Caitlin 01-02-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Like sitting in a small town coffee shop"

    The story is pleasant, because it's like listening to all of the small town gossip. It's all very interesting, the plot moves slowly but you hardly notice, because it's all such juicy tidbits. I like that it is written in short spurts of story, so that you can listen in short pieces at a time. The reason I ranked the performance low was simply that I really disliked the narrator's voicing of the children and the women. His voice, so beautiful for men, was cringe worthy for the softer toned characters. With that said, I will probably go back and get the next audiobook, because I have learned to tolerate( but not like) his annoying voice tones, and the storyline is so nicely set up for my daily 40 minute commutes.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    PlantCrone OREGON 08-27-14
    PlantCrone OREGON 08-27-14
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    "Funny, well contrived with great characters"

    equals a fun novel to listen to. I laughed so many times while listening, and had a smile on my face when I wasn't laughing!.
    Alexander McCall Smith is a new author to me, as is Robt. Mackenzie as a narrator..what a match. Great Energy of this author and narrator. I can't wait to listen to the second book.

    This is a case where the narrator increases the readers (listeners) experience of the book.

    I couldn't decide on a genre..romance? Psychological novel?, Lost Love? there are so many fun characters that you grow to enjoy.

    GET THIS!!!!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cascadiapnw 02-09-17
    Cascadiapnw 02-09-17
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    "Building Interesting Characters"

    A fun listen, with excellent narration. The story is character driven and told with a good deal of humor - a lot tongue in cheek. The story focuses on the lives of people living in an apartment building in Edinburgh, particularly centered around a young woman who is trying to find her way, transitioning into adulthood, and her flatmate, a self-infatuated hunk of a young man. All the characters are quite interesting and lovingly drawn. Some are neurotic, some sweet, some generous - all seem to walk off the page, they are so believable. I thought the story went on a bit long, but I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next in this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Martha Rolland 01-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Tremendously personalities with hilarious incites into human nature!"

    A master of personality development & a labyrinth of descriptive scenes, Alexander Mc Call Smith describes Edinburgh Society down to a tee! You know people just like he describes in real life & his ability to " take the Mickey" out of his characters paints a picture of Edinburgh society as no one else can!
    My husband & I lived in Edinburgh 1969-1977, and we recognize characters & names of real people! It is very REAL to us & Hilarious to read!
    Martha Suhr Rolland

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen F. Moran Vt 10-28-16
    Karen F. Moran Vt 10-28-16 Listener Since 2006
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    "I wish it would never end"

    I never write reviews but this has been one of my favorite books out of the 3-400 that I've listened to. The characters were great and the narrator the best!!! I'm so sad to have it end!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    laurie 04-30-15
    laurie 04-30-15
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    "But Will I Love It As Much As the Moisturizer?"

    Twenty years ago, my niece recommended a small-batch skincare line made in New Mexico. I've been using it ever since. So when she recommended Alexander McCall Smith's books, I could hardly say no. But could she be right again? Would I like this series as much as the moisturizer?

    The answer is yes!

    This first volume (and I have already finished the second because I now I cannot live without Smith) is so screamingly funny, I texted my niece with the lines that made me laugh, so she would know how much I love this writer. She endured a steady stream of messages from me all day long.

    The core of quirky, lovable or "hatable" characters live in a Georgian structure divided into flats. The residents get to know each other, and we get to know them and their friends, child, and dog.

    Readers can detect a lot of inside jokes that citizens of Scotland in general and Edinburgh in particular will understand. Surely they will be rolling around in their kilts and howling. Even though I wasn't privy to the jokes' meaning, just recognizing they are there was fun enough for me.

    The novel isn't all laughs, of course. Smith shares many profound observations about life, our world, politics, and human behavior.

    As for the narrator, he was perfect. He had a very dry delivery, his accents were on target, and he intensified my enjoyment.

    And so on to Volume 3.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca K. Evans 09-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    Any additional comments?

    I'm not sure about this one. I read that it was funny, but I only found a few places where I chuckled. I guess I don't understand Scottish humor. It was an interesting story that seems to have no real ending for a few of the characters. For me, it was sort of like a sitcom without the chuckles. I guess it was just not my style.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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