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Once more, we catch up with the delightful goings-on in the fictitious 44 Scotland Street from Alexander McCall Smith. With customary charm and deftness, Alexander McCall Smith gives us another instalment in this popular series, now running in its eighth season in The Scotsman.

©2012 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2014 Recorded Books

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Rewarding As Always

The beginning of this book was most promising; I could happily have accompanied Angus and Domenica throughut the novel. We begin with Angus bumbling about on the morning of his wedding, and his delightful character sings. I was fine with following the many other characters about while Angus and Domenica embark on honeymoon, but I waited eagerly for their return. The book had a finality to it. I would enjoy following other characters--especially poor Bertie who needs to age a bit--but if not, I also feel satisfied and the series feels complete.

I am surprised at needing to make one critical comment. For some very strange reason, the author--not even disguised as a character--tirades against the world of felines so loved by many readers. As a cat owner, I observe, in Smith's unwarranted ramblings off-topic, an immensely inaccurate judgement and a sad lack of knowledge and experience with these gentle animals. He calls them non-trustworthy, non-adoring, and non-companiable! He couldn't be more misguided. In all of his writings it has appeared to me that Smith is a promoter of liberality and patience in dealing with ignorance and suggests, instead, pursuing understanding of characters--and, er--pets. While I am content to believe his tribute to dogs as companions is worthy of my respect, I am sad to see that he has never been held accountable for doing the same towards cats.

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This deserves 10 stars!

What made the experience of listening to Sunshine on Scotland Street the most enjoyable?

Alexander McCall Smith is unequalled as writer. His books are masterpieces – and Sunshine on Scotland Street does not disappoint. Psychologically, philosophically, sociologically and soulfully, The characters we have come to know and love in Edinburgh move forward on their journey with Smith's customary charm, wit and are fascinating. Bravo!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sunshine on Scotland Street?

It's impossible to narrow it down to one memorable moment. -- every character has memorable moments throughout the book.

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

This is the only one I have heard to my millage.

If you could take any character from Sunshine on Scotland Street out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Probably Bertie– And after dinner I would kidnap him! Smith has made looking into this child's mind pure delight.

Any additional comments?

I can recommend this book strongly enough! It's a must read! Thank you, Alexander McCall Smith, for making the literary world a much deeper, richer, brighter place.

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  • Toby
  • Portsmouth, NH, United States
  • 08-14-14

Another enchanting addition to this series

What did you love best about Sunshine on Scotland Street?

Being able to spend time again with the cast of characters. I would have liked a bit more of Pat, but this series just keeps one wanting more and more.

What did you like best about this story?

The adventures of Bertie and the manipulative ways of Irene, his mum. It was entertaining that the husband finally stood up a bit. Comical, yet so real.
I also always like the attention AMS pays to architecture and societal customs and changes.

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

Yes, all in the series. He is talented.

Who was the most memorable character of Sunshine on Scotland Street and why?

This was answered above. In general, I cannot pin it down to one event. Not possible. The overall is the total of my enjoyment.

Any additional comments?

I only wish it was longer! I hope the next one will not take so very long to be available on Audible.

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great visit with quirky characters

I thoroughly enjoy this series by Mr. McCall Smith. The narrator adds a great dimension of Scotland to the book. The characters are a delight to read about as they wrestle with life's problems.

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So Odd, but Delightful

This book is the epitome of observational narrative fiction. The best part for me was the dog.I'll never look at a dog the same way again.

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Wonderful life lessons

there is always a subtle lesson to be learned in each encounter in Dr. McCall Smith books. Funny and heartwarming.

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  • christy
  • Plano, TX, United States
  • 02-22-17

The lost car, Cyril and that nutty Irene...

I love this series. I feel like a fly on the wall in these characters lives, and there is something so soothing about the narrator and writing. (Spolier alert) I love the outcome on Bertie's red Volvo. I was almost relieved. It seemed more than they could manage, which is ridiculous. Irene is such a piece of work. I love that Ulysses throws up on her. And BRUCE! What is the world was he thinking. I get the appeal though. I can't wait to read the next one.

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  • Maria
  • Somerset, NJ, United States
  • 11-03-16

One more

fine work from Alexander McCall Smith! I'm ready for the last installment of 44 Scotltland, but I'm sad to be leaving the characters, especially Bertie, behind soon.

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  • lerone
  • ST-CATHARINES, ontario, Canada
  • 06-06-16

Bruce or Bruce

Would you listen to Sunshine on Scotland Street again? Why?

Yes; the depth and the life on the characters lead you too wanting more knowledge of their existence in Scotland.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sunshine on Scotland Street?

Bruce finding out the about his double; similiar but yet different morally.

Which scene was your favorite?

Bruce almost getting away with the lottery winning

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

Bruce or Bruce

Any additional comments?

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Still in love with this series

Another lively, comforting installment of the 44 Scotland Street series. As always, it was beautifully written and narrated and I enjoyed listening to it immensely.