The Sunday Philosophy Club : Sunday Philosophy Club

  • by Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by Hilary Neville
  • Series: Sunday Philosophy Club
  • 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Amateur sleuth Isabel Dalhousie is a philosopher who uses her training to solve unusual mysteries. She edits the Review of Applied Ethics and hosts The Sunday Philosophy Club at her house in Edinburgh. Behind the city's Georgian facades its moral compasses are spinning with greed, dishonesty and murderous intent. Instinct tells Isabel that the young man who tumbled to his death in front of her eyes at a concert didn't fall. He was pushed. With Isabel Dalhousie, Alexander Mccall Smith introduces a new and pneumatic female sleuth to tackle murder, mayhem - and the mysteries of life.

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What the Critics Say

"Vintage McCall Smith, written with a characteristic twinkle in his eye and the graceful clarity of an aesthetically attuned lawyer." (The Herald)

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Not too light, not too heavy,easy listening.

Like most of Alexander McCall Smith's stories, 'The Sunday Philosophy Club..'
is a little gem. At odd points you are nudged into thinking ever so gently.
Nothing too hard.
Isabel Dalhouse is easily drawn into trying to understand why a young man died.
It is a plausible entry to the mystery. And that is unusual.
I found the reader's clipped style of reading distracting. At times I had to go back and listen again for that reason, to follow the story.
If you commute by train and can pause to look out a window to contemplate a little from time to time, and you like McCall Smith then you could really enjoy this story.
Hilary Neville's style of reading distracted me, it may not distract you. Listen to the sample.
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- Anniebligh

Review of Ethics

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Unfortunately I did not find this one of Mr McCall Smith's best works. The main character seemed pretentious and spent a lot of time questioning the ethical ramifications of others speech, actions and behaviours. While some time might have been spent on this more could have been done with the actual investigation and subsequent consequences.


Has The Sunday Philosophy Club turned you off from other books in this genre?

While this book didn't grab me, I will treat this as an anomaly and still listen to the next one in the series before making that determination.


Which character – as performed by Hilary Neville – was your favorite?

Ms Neville is a good reader but her performance did not generate any feelings towards any of the characters.


Do you think The Sunday Philosophy Club needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Most certainly this novel needs a follow up. McCall Smith has put a lot of effort into fleshing out the characters another novel might show them with some spunk.


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- Kerri

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-05-2008
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books