A Conspiracy of Friends : Cordouroy Mansions

  • by Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by Andrew Sachs
  • Series: Cordouroy Mansions
  • 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Corduroy Mansions, Pimlico is an oasis of old-fashioned civilisation, its inhabitants considerate and peace-loving. But beneath the polite exterior seismic change is stirring.
Barbara Ragg makes an eye-popping discovery about her stolid Scottish suitor’s past, while Oedipus Snark – newly appointed and tirelessly self-interested Government Minister – has a close encounter in Switzerland that leaves him a new man all together. Then plucky canine Freddie de la Hay goes missing, and his owner, widower William French, is so shaken by an unexpected declaration of love that he seriously considers making a disappearance himself.
Goodhearted, well-intentioned but often to be found barking up the wrong tree, the residents of Corduroy Mansions remain a thoroughly entertaining example to us all.
This unabridged audio download edition includes exclusive additional interviews with the characters of Corduroy Mansions, voiced by the wonderful Andrew Sachs.


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Intelligent humor, best unabridged

McCall Smith is currently writing two novels in daily instalments in British newspapers. This is the third part of the one set in Corduroy Mansions, London. The chapters narrate the lives of several of its inhabitants.
You won't like this if you are looking for lots of suspense in a novel. It's more like being part of people's life for a while. Pretty day-to-day things are happening to them, they are falling in and out of love, get or lose jobs, sometimes rather absurd events come their way.
If you like Alexander McCall Smith, you will like this audio book. Fortunately, it's unabridged and therefore maintains all its fine humor. The reader does a convincing job communicating this humor and the empathy towards the characters that make this unconventional novel so loveable.
I only wish audible would publish unabridged versions of 44 Scotland Street, McCall's other daily novel, set in Edinburgh.
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- Katharina

Good fun

Would you listen to A Conspiracy of Friends again? Why?

Yes, maybe I would. I love the conversations and encounters of the people in McCall Smiths novels.

What other book might you compare A Conspiracy of Friends to and why?

It is in tune with most other books by McCall Smith

Have you listened to any of Andrew Sachs’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Just as good as in the others.

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- Espen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-05-2011
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK