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44 Scotland Street: Series 1-3

Full-cast radio adaptations of the much-loved novels
Length: 3 hrs and 24 mins
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Alexander McCall Smith's much-loved series of novels is the basis of this full-cast dramatisation about the inhabitants of an Edinburgh tenement building.

Anthropologist Domenica MacDonald observes the lives of her neighbours and the neighbourhood in Edinburgh's New Town. Pat, a new young tenant, arrives at 44 Scotland Street to flat share with Bruce. Bruce is a surveyor with more of an eye for the ladies than a sound property.

We're introduced to five-year-old Bertie, who is controlled by his pretentious and intellectual mother, Irene - he's learning the saxophone, speaks Italian, and is extremely knowledgeable about many subjects. And then there's Matthew, setting up the Something Special Gallery with little knowledge of artists or paintings! 44 Scotland Street began life as a serial in The Scotsman before becoming a best-selling series of novels and now a BBC Radio 4 serial.

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  • Jamie S. Gibson
  • 15-05-2019

Author's way with words LOST

I just wanted a good reader to read this book to me. The author's humor and his way with words were lost in this format. I will pay closer attention and not purchase another "performed" book. I didn't like it at all.

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  • mz
  • 29-04-2020

Fast pace and character development not present

I've listened to all the original books in the 44 Scotland Street series before listening to this performance. The first time I listened to this, right after finishing the series, I gave up after an hour because I couldn't stand how the rewrite changes things. Months later, I came back for a second listen, only because I wanted to finish all my unfinished books.

The performance goes at a very fast pace, and I think unless you've read the original books, you'd have no idea what is going on and who's who. Ulysses pops out of nowhere with no introduction of who he is. A lot of the character development and humor that made this series charming is just not there at all.

It sounds like someone wanted to get a synopsis of the work and went through it in a whirlwind.

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  • Innkeeper
  • 05-07-2018

Great Performance...

Enjoyed very much, but a little hard to listen to in auto. Have to crank up volume. That's only complaint about this type of performance.

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  • ALAN
  • 20-10-2017

Superdoopa

If you know Edinburgh you can picture life in the New Town here lovingly described.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-04-2020

Great performances

Excellent to enter the magical world of Scotland Street, great performances could have been longer can’t wait for next instalment

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  • Why Worry
  • 07-03-2020

Did not disappoint

Already being a fan of Alexander McCall Smith I was confident I would enjoy this. The performances are excellent but it's the sense of place that makes it; Edinburgh is the main protagonist in these stories and its atmosphere of faded gentility is all-pervasive. No great drama but gentle, affectionate observation of human nature in its many forms - or at least, those forms deemed acceptable in Edinburgh society. You won't forget Bertie, whose mother is determined to make him into something without having the least interest in whom he actually is; the bold yet proper Dominica who isn't afraid to take action when she senses an injustice, nor Cyril the dog, falsely accused and facing the ultimate sanction. The perfect coffee time escape from pressures of modern life.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-03-2018

Fun listen great characters well acted

Great characters well cast. Fine fun leaving you wanting more. A must for all fun loving Scots