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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.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I wish this narrator did all of McCall's audibles! gorgeous voice. Plus, courduroy mansions is such a great and easy read!
This really reminded me of Waugh's work (which I love) and that was strangely unsettling because there were a lot of modern references to technology... yet this story really felt as if it belonged in the 1930s or 40s. I liked it, and enjoyed listening to it, but I couldn't say I was utterly compelled or drawn in by any of the characters. It was very much an ensemble piece. Nice if you're on a long journey, or doing the iroing!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
The author reflects humourosly and seriously about everyday life. He uses incidents in the lives of the residents of the flats in an old mansion and in the lives of their friends in order to provide an opportunity to reflect on ethical dilemmas and everyday challenges
Andrew Sachs does a fantastic job narrating the book.
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