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Long-suffering child genius Bertie Pollock has much to contend with in the latest instalment of life at 44 Scotland Street, not least the birth of his brother Ulysses. Bertie had hoped that caring for a new baby would command all of his mother's attention, but he quickly sees that his dream of being left to his own devices is not destined to come true.

Overprotective Irene bans Bertie from the playground, but then forgets little Ulysses outside the delicatessen and suffers a deeply embarrassing moment when she unwittingly retrieves the wrong baby.

Meanwhile, for the other residents of Scotland Street, all's fair in love and friendship. Big Lou finds a new man, Matthew and Pat edge their relationship towards something more permanent - although this development is not without complications, when a glimpse of someone who just might be her handsome, caddish ex-flatmate Bruce sets Pat's pulse racing - and Domenica's friendship with Antonia is tested to the limit when an assortment of her belongings mysteriously appear in Antonia's new flat.

©2008 Hachette Audio; (P)2008 Alexander McCall Smith

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"It is McCall Smith's particular genius to be able to look on the brighter side of life, and he's seldom done so more enjoyably." (The Scotsman)

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  • Mary Carnegie
  • 08-20-14

Unabridged version, please.

I love the 44 SS series, and David Rintoul brings these wonderful characters to life, but if you listen to the whole series, the abridgment means there are gaps in the continuity from one book to the next.
There are so many truly memorable characters, but wee Bertie and Cyril, the dog with a gold tooth are probably my favourites. Bertie's pretentious and dogmatic mother Irene is so completely lacking in insight, that we just have to hope that some day she'll see hersel' as ithers see her - but not too soon, since her present monstrous self is just too amusing.

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  • Tracey
  • 05-30-16

Disappointing Performance. ..

It's difficult to understand why there are abridged versions in this series amongst the unabridged. At a mere 5 chapters long, the abridged versions are, of course quite lacking in depth. The narrator was an ill-fit for 44 Scotland Street; creating pompous voices for characters who have previously been portrayed as interesting. He calls Irene; Ireney. His voice was gravelly, loud and grating and it's clear he's not capturing the spirit that McCall has created in 44 Scotland Street. Sadly I bought three unabridged versions with the same narrator at once.

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  • Margaret
  • 11-18-16

gentleness and consideration

In a time where crassness is the order of the day Alexander McCall Smith's novels are balm for heavy hearts. I absolutely adore his stories and the world according to Bertie' was no different.

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  • Michelle
  • 04-18-16

loved it

A relaxing listen that warms the heart with tales of everyday life. surprisingly addictive once you start