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Publisher's Summary

Perhaps best known for his No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, #1 New York Times best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith delights fans around the world with his warmhearted 44 Scotland Street novels. In the series’ sixth entry, the residents of 44 Scotland Street grapple with problems both trivial and severe, but none so great as when six-year-old Bertie Pollock - who longs to be seven - mislays his mum and learns a valuable lesson about wish fulfillment.

©2010 Alexander McCall Smith  (P)2012 Recorded Books

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  • Michelle
  • Ventura, California, USA
  • 03-11-15

Alexander McCall Smith hits the mark again

Alexander McCall Smith hits the mark again as usual. If you enjoy everyday storytelling, you will probably enjoy these tales.

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where is the plot?

What disappointed you about The Importance of Being Seven?

There is no plot to speak of, and it's a bit treacly.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Jane Smiley's Some Luck

What aspect of Robert Ian Mackenzie’s performance would you have changed?

Faster pace

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

Good descriiptions, occasional good moments of dialogue.

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Glad to have found it!

If you could sum up The Importance of Being Seven in three words, what would they be?

sincere, funny, real

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Importance of Being Seven?

When Bertie made a friend.

What about Robert Ian Mackenzie’s performance did you like?

the whole book was real because of him. it always takes awhile to get into a voice and then you are hooked!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The love that each character had for each other. Loyalty. When Matthew does everything he can to show love for Elspeth from timing her eggs, fluffing her bed, and buying her a home it really gives a person a wonderful feeling inside.

Any additional comments?

I wish I had started with the first in the series. not sure if going backwards would help or matter. hmm.

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Fabulous listen for the car

If you could sum up The Importance of Being Seven in three words, what would they be?

Bertie gets free!

What other book might you compare The Importance of Being Seven to and why?

Irish country doctor series. Mitford series

What does Robert Ian Mackenzie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narration brings the whole neighborhood to life...you know each of the character voices and the tone that he sets.

Any additional comments?

Love the series!I have loved the 44 Scotland street series...it is a fun slice of life series with hilarious characters that is a perfect listen for running around as the format is serial like.

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I love Bertie!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I've already bought a copy of this for my daughter. Each of the characters in McCall Smith's books are complex and imperfect, as are we all. I look meeting them. Anyone who has wanted to adopt Bertie in past books, as I have, will be gratified by little "Ullyses," who innocently brings the revenge of Bertie upon their mother.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

There is a minute-to-minute on-the-edge-of-your-seat-"ism" with each of the books in this sequence, as there are always several plots interwoven.

Have you listened to any of Robert Ian Mackenzie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

His performances are great, as was this one!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely, I would probably have glued on my headphones, if that were a feasible option.

Any additional comments?

More Bertie! More Bertie!

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Another charming tale

Would you listen to The Importance of Being Seven again? Why?

Here is another charming tale about Berdie, one of my favorite characters in McCall-Smith's books. These are light, engrossing tales with enter weaving plot lines and engaging character flaws and traits that we all share to one extent or another. I love these books and look forward to Berdie growing older.

What other book might you compare The Importance of Being Seven to and why?

Another of my recent listens - Beautiful Ruins - which also has interlocking plot lines. Beautiful Ruins was a very good read!

What does Robert Ian Mackenzie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He brings the texture of the language, the accents and the engrossing forcefullness of his character.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

??

Any additional comments?

no

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  • Jennifer
  • Amherst, MA, United States
  • 10-21-12

Enjoyable, but not the best in the series

I'm a big fan of the 44 Scotland Street series, and have read or listened to all of the previous books. As usual, the performance of Robert Ian Mackenzie was spot on, and I really enjoyed listening. However, I found the plot of this book to be much darker than the previous books, which I did not enjoy. And the feminist in me took umbrage more than once, for example (hopefully this is not a spoiler): a conflict between women ending in hair pulling. Really?
But overall I really enjoyed listening to this book, and will certainly listen to future books in this series.

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  • Ralph
  • Ridgewood, NJ, United States
  • 10-09-12

Mr. Smith triumphs again.

Would you listen to The Importance of Being Seven again? Why?

no, too many other wonderful books to read, including the upcoming Isabel Dalhousie books.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Just waiting for the next bon mot.

Which character – as performed by Robert Ian Mackenzie – was your favorite?

Elspeth

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A smile for the soul

Any additional comments?

a book of kindness and smiles

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  • Susan
  • NY, NY, United States
  • 09-29-12

great entry in a great series

If you could sum up The Importance of Being Seven in three words, what would they be?

witty, engrossing, educational

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Satisfying characters going through life in a similar but different culture

What does Robert Ian Mackenzie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The accent of Edinburgh

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No - wanted to make it last

Any additional comments?

Love all his books, but this is my favorite series

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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What disappointed you about The Importance of Being Seven?

I purchased this book based on ratings and my enjoyment of reading No. 1 Lady's Detective Agency. After reading 10 chapters of this book, can't see any underlying theme to this novel.

Would you ever listen to anything by Alexander McCall Smith again?

Not for this series.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful