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The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday

An Isabel Dalhousie Novel
Narrated by: Davina Porter
Series: Sunday Philosophy Club, Book 5
Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
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The fifth novel in New York Times best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith's beloved Isabel Dalhousie series has the ethical problem solver from Edinburgh finding comforts in unlikely places.
©2008 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 10-28-18

Charming

I discovered that I had missed reading this book which is the fifth book in the Isabel Dalhousie’s Philosophy Club Series. I love the meandering of Isabel Dalhousie’s mind. This book has the familiar activities of Isabel. She is helping Cat in the Deli for a week, while Cat is away on holiday. She is sticking her noise in people’s business, per usual. The one item that is different is Isabel is jealous.

The book, of course, is well written. It was published in 2008. Because I did not read it until 2018, one of her philosophical ponderings had more meaning to me now than if I had read the book in 2008. The topic is lying and the value of truth. Considering the current problems with lying today, I found this subject most interesting.

The book is seven hours and 41 minutes. Davina Porter does an excellent job narrating the book. Porter is one of my favorite narrators. She has a beautiful voice. She also has a delightful mild Scottish accent for this book. Porter has been narrating since the early 1980s and has won many awards for her narration. She won the Voice Arts Award for Best Voice-Over in Fiction as well as many Earphone awards.

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The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday

Another pleasant visit with Isabel Dalhousie. The narrator, Davina Porter, is absolutely terrific!

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  • JILL
  • Albuquerque, NM United States
  • 09-20-16

Thought provoking and still thoroughly enjoyable.

Such a pleasure to find an enjoyable novel with well drawn likeable characters wrapped in a philosophical discussion. Isabel ponders ideas we all should consider.

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great story and series; poor choice narrator.

This writer is always enjoyable. The narrator, though, is not suitable to this role, and actually quite jarring to listen to overall. I wish Audible would test their narrators and conduct polls to determine how well they are received!

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Too insecure!

What happened to the confident Isabel? She was so obsessed with Jamie! This was my least favorite book of the series.

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