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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,688 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alexander McCall Smith Narrator: Robert Ian MacKenzie Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The 44 Scotland Street Series Release Date: July 2006 ISBN: 9781440745461
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Change is part of life, and it's no different at 44 Scotland Street. Not earth-shaking change, just the little differences that growing up, love affairs, careers, and items for gossip can bring. Have a cup of coffee and learn more about the residents of t Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Irresistible … Smith has rendered another winner, packed with the charming characters, piercing perceptions and shrewd yet generous humour that have become his cachet. Chicago Sun-Times on 44 Scotland Street

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo | 2/18/2014

    " Very enjoyable second of the series wherein poor Bertie finds some small bits of happiness and his inept psychotherapist comes to blows with the object of his faux success. Dominique and Angus Lordie are quite wonderful, I hope to hear more of them both in the next edition as well as Pat, Matthew and Bruce the narcissist, not to mention Big Lou. I'm rooting for Stuart and his newly found courage, perhaps he will be able to best the domineering Irene. I have heard all I ever wanted to and more about Ramsay Dunbarton, the bore. Hopefully no more of his memoirs will be shared in the next addition, which I will be read asap. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mirah W | 2/17/2014

    " Another look into the trials and tribulations of the residents (and their connections) at 44 Scotland Street. I was kind of bored with the chapters about Ramsey Dunbarton (thus the 4 stars instead of 5 stars) but I enjoyed the chapters about Bertie, Stuart, Matthew, and Pat. I'm still waiting for karma to visit Irene and Bruce so I'm looking forward to the third installment of the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terje Äkke | 1/30/2014

    " stories of lives of people, worth of reading because of Bertie, a six-year-old boy "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mairi | 1/22/2014

    " A charming continuation of the lives of these wonderful characters: Bruce, Pat, Bertie, etc. They all seem so real. I love these books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 1/8/2014

    " I love this series! Bertie is my favorite because he has to deal with a crazy, helicopter mother. All of the characters are very real (but not always very likeable). Can't wait to see what happens next! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hope | 12/28/2013

    " A light, pleasant, and enjoyable series, with likeable characters. A perfect read for a rainy evening. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 James R. | 12/21/2013

    " First part of the book was a two but the last part ended up as a three. This book was not as good as the "Ladies Detective Series" which I would give a four. So! After all is said I was disapointed in the book. His books are not page turners but they are fun to read. So if you want to read McCall Smith read the "Ladies Detective Series" first, because if you read "Espresso Tales" first you might never read another of his books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 12/18/2013

    " I like this series better than the #1 Dectective Agency. McCall Smith has a way of bringing ordinary characters to life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fritzov | 12/1/2013

    " This series is about absolutely nothing but it's charming and great fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 11/21/2013

    " Some parts laugh out loud funny. Other parts pretty dry. Worth reading just for little Bertie's story. Overall this series not quite as good as Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency series,. I'm listening to it so its good for my daily commute. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sepi | 11/10/2013

    " Love these quirky characters. Especially Bertie!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 11/3/2013

    " This was OK - easy to read, interesting characters. I would probably have enjoyed it more if I'd read an episode a day in the paper (as it was written) rather than all in one book. There's something about the flow of it I found a bit irritating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vinita | 10/1/2013

    " Another good one (maybe not his best, but still a pleasant read). Makes me want to be one of the neighbors! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth Pratt | 9/10/2013

    " Alexander McCall Smith writes lovely books, and this is no exception. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie G | 7/20/2013

    " I love his stories and characters. I listened to the first in this series and read this one. Either way is great. You have to laugh at the foibles of these very human people whom you also grow to like very much. I hope he keeps going with this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria "Teng" A.L. | 2/20/2013

    " Something you would want to read over a weekend. Light and easy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LaSchelle | 1/20/2013

    " I enjoyed this, but I liked the first one better. Enjoying all the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea Decker | 11/24/2012

    " I think this book was easier to get into than the first because we already knew all of the characters. I was definitely happy with how some things worked out, and I'm interested to see what Alexander McCall Smith has in store next. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Evelyn | 10/10/2012

    " Light fiction first published in The Scotsman newspaper as a series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 6/5/2012

    " I enjoy his books so much and this one was no different! I can't wait to read more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorothy | 5/9/2012

    " This second in the trilogy was just as quick a read as 44 Scotlan Street. Continues to look into the lives of people occupying a small apartment complex. Tracking teir lives may seem slow and bothersome but McCall does it nicely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 3/20/2012

    " I love his humor and his bits of philosophy on life he throws in through each character. You'd probably enjoy it more if you're familiar with Edinburgh, Scotland, but it's still witty and clever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catie | 2/6/2012

    " Expresso Tales picks up on the lives of the characters in 44 Scotland St. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittney | 1/10/2012

    " Wonderful ongoing story of endearing characters. I just re-read it and there are some parts, especially in the first half that are absolutely hilarious. Skip over the guy writing his memoirs after you have read it once. Very entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melody Rudenko | 11/26/2011

    " Better than the first, very pleasant characters. Interesting insights in to Edinburgh culture. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet Meissner | 10/28/2011

    " I already read The World According to Bertie which follows this book, so this one is boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 7/8/2011

    " The sequel to 44 Scotland Street. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet | 6/28/2011

    " I already read The World According to Bertie which follows this book, so this one is boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nic | 6/12/2011

    " Book 1 was more about Pat, book 2 is more about Bertie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eloise | 6/8/2011

    " I listened to this book. The reader is terrific and makes McCall Smith's dry wit all the more delightful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 5/25/2011

    " Very enjoyable light reading. The short chapters work well for listening to in the car. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 5/20/2011

    " I adored this book. Most people know Alexander McCall Smith for his #1 Ladies Detective Agency series, but the Scotland Street books are a riot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 4/25/2011

    " Alexander McCall Smith writes lovely books, and this is no exception. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsten | 4/14/2011

    " I'm glad Bertie is getting liberated a bit. I wonder if Bruce will be in the third installment, now that he's moving to London. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rose | 4/9/2011

    " I love the number one ladies dectective agency series but this one just didn't keep my interest. I like the Bertie Story line but a couple of the others seemed to have no purpose. I almost quit in the middle which is not like me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 4/6/2011

    " Not earthshaking but I enjoyed it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 4/3/2011

    " Absolutely delightful. Your heart breaks and soars along with that of a five year old boy named Bertie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mom | 3/31/2011

    " second Serialized novel in series published first in Scotsman newspaper about tenants in an apartment building in Edinburgh. Resembled Tales of the City by Maupin written about similar building in San Francisco in 80s.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 3/9/2011

    " Bertie Pollock rides again. Laugh out loud funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 3/8/2011

    " Another delightful read from the Scotland Street series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 2/14/2011

    " Lightly amusing. Nostalgia trip: mention of Crieff Hydro "

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