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Publisher's Summary

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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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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  • 04-29-20

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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Charming dramatization of the first few Scotland Street books

Warm, humorous and thoroughly enjoyable! Fans of Bertie and the others will love this audiobook. Wonderful cast of readers—especially Bertie! Have loved reading this series over the years and so happy to have discovered the dramatized versions.

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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
  • 10-20-17

Superdoopa

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

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  • 03-20-21

RIDICULOUSLY IDIOTIC & HIGHLY IRRITATING MOTHER

The programme is utterly ruined by the character ‘the mother of Bertie’. The woman is a child abuser she is a Control Freak and hen pecks her husband, and no one I know finds this utterly ridiculous idiotic highly irritating mother amusing. The child Bertie has no life of his own, he is not allowed to make any choices for himself nor is he is he allowed to think for himself, nor can he choose what he wants to do nor what he likes, the mother makes these choices for him, Bertie is constantly NAGGED by the mother who rules his life 100%. When the poor child asks to do something he wants the mother immediately takes the stand “No Bertie ... you have to do your Italian lessons or your Yoga lessons etc.. he is not even allowed to have a male friend (he has to have a female friend) and the mother does not believe anything that Bertie tells his mother when he is being abused and physically hurt by his new female friend when he is hurt by the girl his mother forced him to play when the girl took blood from Berties arm during playing nurses,, but his mother accuses Bertie of fantasising when he tells her he is in a lot of pain in the arm. Take the mother out of this show and yes I like it, but I and many other people are OFFENDED by the Mother.

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  • Smornie
  • 04-14-20

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
  • 03-07-20

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
  • 03-18-18

Fun listen great characters well acted

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-12-22

Disappointing if you have read the books

Would recommend this to people who want to get an idea of the books , before they decided to get all the books . I do love Mr McCall-smith ‘s work❤️