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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,086 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alexander McCall Smith Narrator: Emily Gray Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A heart-warming stand alone novel about the life-affirming powers of music and company during a time of war, from the bestselling and beloved author of The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.

When Lavender (known as La to her friends) moves to the Suffolk countryside, it’s not just to escape the London Blitz—but also to flee the wreckage of a disastrous marriage. But as she starts to become a part of the community, she detects a sense of isolation, and her deep love of music inspires her to start an orchestra.  Little did she know that through this orchestra she would not only give hope and courage to the people of the community, but also that she would meet a man, Feliks, who would change her life forever.

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  • La’s Orchestra Saves the World is crafted with the author’s usual wit, wisdom, and grace. Like a pianist putting listeners at ease with the opening phrase, McCall Smith immediately makes us feel confident that this is a true and resonant tale.”

    Washington Post

  • “Alexander McCall Smith writes about the enduring, patient qualities of love…The novel pays heed to our national yearning for a story to chew on.” 

    Times (London) 

  • “Unlike anything else in McCall Smith’s work.” 

    Independent (London)

  • “The evocation of war-torn England, with its palpable mood of defiance, determination and survival, is beautifully caught.”  Scotsman
  • “Delightful…McCall Smith once again creates unforgettable characters and a story that will resonate with readers across generations…A fresh and unforgettable story about the power of human kindness. Highly recommended.” 

    Booklist (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the December 2009 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mim | 2/16/2014

    " A great story of the trials of war in people's lives living in the countryside and making ends meet. Great characters, living in a community with the same issues. La's orchestra became a salve to help the daily life seem bearable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sarah Oakey | 2/12/2014

    " beautifully stunning. Relished every page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jessica | 2/7/2014

    " What a joy to read. It was fun to be in England for while. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Janet | 1/22/2014

    " Good book to listen to while doing PT. Thanks for the suggestion Ruth. "

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