44 Scotland Street Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 52 minutes|
|Author||Alexander McCall Smith|
|Narrator||Robert Ian Mackenzie|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||June 17, 2005|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #25,014 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#64 in Urban Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#76 in Satire Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#469 in Fiction Urban Life
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However, with 44 Scotland Street, I was disappointed. It certainly isn’t the author’s writing as it is full of the nuances I’ve come to love. The characters each have a story to tell but their connections to each other seem tentative. And while the location – Scotland – isn’t as colorful as Botswana it is rich in history. So why didn’t I like this story?
It is almost as though the author is trying to create a book without a story. Viewers of the old Seinfeld Show will know exactly was I’m talking about. The writer has chosen to take something mundane and spin a story (episode) about it. In Seinfeld-speak, “it’s a show (story) about nothing”.
44 Scotland Street was, for this reader, boring. It was easier to put it down than to resume reading. Thus I’ve only made it through 80 percent of the book.
These were written as articles in a newspaper, like Sherlock Holmes originally appeared in Strand Magazine. The chapters are short, engaging, and for the most part not deep.
A perfect light-weight escape into another world as ours languishes.
Besides the enjoyment of being able to read as much or little as you wish at a time, the individual tales hold you captive in their ability to make you want to know what happens next.
There is Pat, a 20 yr old, second year gap student, trying to make her way in the city. She leases a shared flat with Bruce, a clerk with a surveyor company. Bruce is very aware of his beauty to all. Pat attains a job with Matthew, an art gallery owner with his own issues.
A lovely widow, Domenica lives across the way and befriends Pat with her tales of life and adventure.
Downstairs, is a family, Stuart, Irene, and their five year old Son, Bertie. Bertie is a genius, according to Mummy, and is forced to play the Saxophone (tenor at that,) and learn Italian. Bertie? Well, he loves trains.
We meet characters from outside the apartment house as well. Big Lou, owner of the coffee house who reads everything she can, and Angus, a portrait painter with his pooch, Cyril (who sports a gold tooth and love of ale.)
I read this first volume in a day. It was a compulsion to see what happened next. Not to mention to figure out the mysterious painting...
Indulge yourselves and share in a good gossip. It is a guilty pleasure in this case.
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I've just started on Vol 4 and have to say that I can't bring to mind any other series which I could enjoy reading consecutively to this extent - except, perhaps The No.1......So, there you have it; it must be the author's imagination and style.