The Careful Use of Compliments : Sunday Philosophy Club

  • by Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by Davina Porter
  • Series: Sunday Philosophy Club
  • 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Award-winning New York Times best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith, creator of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series of novels, delivers the fourth tale from his charming Isabel Dalhousie series, featuring the highly ethical and plucky protagonist. She's now a mother, but has an uncertain relationship with her son's father. She must also deal with academic politics and, of course, a mystery: did a Scottish painter drown, commit suicide or fall victim to a murder plot?


What the Critics Say

"Witty, ruminative, and wise." (The Times-Picayune) "Completely absorbing...will captivate and enthrall." (Detroit Free Press)
"Enchanting...Delicious mental comfort food...The 'intimate' city of Edinburgh is an appealing character is its own right." (Los Angeles Times)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A tip...

I am an A.M.S. fan. I loved his No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. The key to reading his books is really following his characters from the first book--his character development is truly exceptional and while the books aren't fast- paced, they are interesting. However, when you read his books out of sequence, they are not as engaging and in fact are a bit slow. I ordered this book not realizing that it was the 4th book in this series. I think that I would have enjoyed it more, if I had already listened to the first 3 books--this is based on my knowledge of this author. The Narrator did a great job but I don't recommend listening to this book if you haven't listened to the 1st three books.
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- Shaddi

Another McCall Smith hit

I am hooked on Alexander McCall Smith books and enjoy Isabel's saga alot. Although books are regularly added to the series, the next addition never seems soon enough. I am left "waiting" to find out what happens next. Always the sign of a good series I think. If you enjoy a light easy listen why not join the group of folks waiting to see what Isabel will uncover next.
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- Joanne "Tell us about yourself!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-17-2007
  • Publisher: Recorded Books