A Conspiracy of Friends : Cordouroy Mansions

  • by Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by Simon Prebble
  • Series: Cordouroy Mansions
  • 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It seems the universe itself is conspiring against the residents of Corduroy Mansions, as they all find themselves struggling with their nearest and dearest. Oedipus Snark’s mother, Berthea, is still at work on her scathing biography of her son - the only loathsome Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament; literary agents Rupert Porter and Barbara Ragg are still battling each other for first crack at the manuscript of Autobiography of a Yeti; fine arts graduate Caroline Jarvis is busy exploring the blurry line between friendship and romance; and William French is still worrying that his son, Eddie, may never leave home, even though Eddie’s got a new wealthy girlfriend.
But uppermost in everyone’s mind is William’s faithful terrier, Freddie de la Hay - without a doubt the only dog clever enough to have been recruited by MI6 - who has disappeared while on a mystery tour around the Suffolk countryside. Will Freddie find his way back to Pimlico? Is Corduroy Mansions starting to crumble?

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Customer Reviews

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Heartwarming and funny

What did you like best about A Conspiracy of Friends? What did you like least?

I love AMS's characters. They are like old friends - full of all of the characteristics that make us human. The story is a blurr. Not much really happens, but there is still suspense and resolution. Fun to read, but very light.


If you’ve listened to books by Alexander McCall Smith before, how does this one compare?

A bit shorter than most. What's not to enjoy? Wonderful dog, well meaning people occasionally going astray. Redemption for the wicked. Nice ending which leaves the reader wondering what will happen next.


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

I've listened to others in this series. All first rate.


Did A Conspiracy of Friends inspire you to do anything?

Try to appreciate my friends more!


Any additional comments?

Waiting for the next by Alexander McCall Smith - Botswana, Scotland or England.

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- M. Phinney

melrose place has gone to the dogs

Where does A Conspiracy of Friends rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Alexander Mccall Smith is one of my favorites. I always enjoy reading/listening to his books. He makes the ordinary etraordinary and makes us think it's ordinary.


What did you like best about this story?

The way the characters are intertwined. Like it is a big world but a small world. Plus they all have their pluses and minus. Since All my Children is off the air this is my new soap opera only it is funny.


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

I have listened to other cordoroy mansion series. I love all his characterizations.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Actually I did listen to it all in one sitting I was home sick and I just laid in bed and listened.


Any additional comments?

Alexander mcCall Smith is so great. I also listen to No 1 ladies detective and portugese irregular verbs. I love it.

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- carmen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-12-2012
  • Publisher: Recorded Books