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I love the 44 SS series, and David Rintoul brings these wonderful characters to life, but if you listen to the whole series, the abridgment means there are gaps in the continuity from one book to the next.
There are so many truly memorable characters, but wee Bertie and Cyril, the dog with a gold tooth are probably my favourites. Bertie's pretentious and dogmatic mother Irene is so completely lacking in insight, that we just have to hope that some day she'll see hersel' as ithers see her - but not too soon, since her present monstrous self is just too amusing.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
It's difficult to understand why there are abridged versions in this series amongst the unabridged. At a mere 5 chapters long, the abridged versions are, of course quite lacking in depth. The narrator was an ill-fit for 44 Scotland Street; creating pompous voices for characters who have previously been portrayed as interesting. He calls Irene; Ireney. His voice was gravelly, loud and grating and it's clear he's not capturing the spirit that McCall has created in 44 Scotland Street. Sadly I bought three unabridged versions with the same narrator at once.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
In a time where crassness is the order of the day Alexander McCall Smith's novels are balm for heavy hearts. I absolutely adore his stories and the world according to Bertie' was no different.
A relaxing listen that warms the heart with tales of everyday life. surprisingly addictive once you start