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  • The World According to Bertie

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • gentleness and consideration

  • By Margaret on 18-11-2016

gentleness and consideration

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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-11-2016

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.

  • The Comfort of Saturdays

  • Sunday Philosophy Club, Book 5
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Hilary Neville
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Isabel Dalhousie is a new mother and a connoisseur of philosophy; she'd rather not be a sleuth. But when a chance conversation at a dinner party draws Isabel into the case of a doctor whose career has been ruined, she cannot ignore what may be a miscarriage of justice. Because for Isabel ethics are not theoretical at all, but an everyday matter of life and death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How to get an education in morality

  • By Margaret on 19-08-2016

How to get an education in morality

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-08-2016

All Alexander MCCALL's books get your thinking gear working. All of them real gems with their gentle understanding of human nature.

  • My Italian Bulldozer

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Timothy Ackroyd
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

When writer Paul Stewart heads to the idyllic Italian town of Montalcino to finish his already late book, it seems like the perfect escape from stressful city life. Upon landing, however, things quickly take a turn for the worse when he discovers his hired car is nowhere to be found. With no record of any reservation and no other cars available, it looks like Paul is stuck at the airport. That is, until an enterprising stranger offers him an unexpected alternative.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heartwarming

  • By Margaret on 06-07-2016

Heartwarming

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-2016

Absolutely loved the story. Made me want to go to Tuscany straight away.
There is a gentleness to Mc Call Smith's stories that show his deep understanding of humanity without having to resort to exaggeration.

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  • Bertie Boggin and the Ghost Again

  • By: Catherine Sefton
  • Narrated by: Judy Bennett
  • Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Bertie Boggin is the smallest of the Boggins. His older brother and sister won't play with him and he has nothing to do. Then he sees the notice on the coalshed - and there inside is the Ghost!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nostalgia comes flooding back.

  • By Margaret on 09-01-2015

Nostalgia comes flooding back.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-2015

I absolutely loved it. All the memories from listening the first time came flooding back.