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The Careful Use of Compliments Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample The Careful Use of Compliments, by Alexander McCall Smith
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.99 (4,237 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alexander McCall Smith Narrator: Davina Porter Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Isabel Dalhousie Series Release Date:
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Award-winning, New York Times bestselling 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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Enchanting…Delicious mental comfort food…The ‘intimate’ city of Edinburgh is an appealing character is its own right."

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Completely absorbing…will captivate and enthrall.”

    Detroit Free Press

  • “McCall Smith, a fine writer, paints his hometown of Edinburgh as indelibly as he captures the sunniness of Africa. We can almost feel the mists as we tread the cobblestones.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “Witty, ruminative, and wise.”

    Times-Picayune

Listener Reviews

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Charlotte | 2/10/2014

    " I finally finished. Not because this is a difficult book, just the opposite. I kept finding other things that were more compelling. It's a pleasant enough book to have kept me coming back, even though the plot is mostly musings of the main character and descriptions of Scotland scenery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Trudy | 1/15/2014

    " Smith's books are read and enjoyed by many, but I can't really get into them. This was just okay for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Nancy (NE) | 1/12/2014

    " I LOVE Alexander McCall Smith. His books are just plain delightful. They are my comfort zone. Like-able characters, fun plots. While his writing does make me think, he has a light handed touch at ethical dilemas and current events. I love the way the main characters often have a rambling train of thought that allows the author to weave around lots of life's little issues without hitting you over the head with it. Fleeting references to a world view. The books are like those old "Little House" type TV series - that always had a message and ended well. McCall's books make me feel good when I've been dealing with other heavy reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Bria | 1/9/2014

    " Compliments hooked me almost immediately and lost me shortly thereafter. I had expected a witty mystery story and instead found a rather pretentious tale with no intrigue at all. "

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About the Author
Author Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, the 44 Scotland Street series, and the Corduroy Mansions series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served with many national and international organizations concerned with bioethics. He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and was a law professor at the University of Botswana. He lives in Scotland.

About the Narrator

Davina Porter has been enthralling listeners for over twenty-five years with her ability to mine the psychological depths of the characters she reads and bring them convincingly to life. She has been honored as an AudioFile Golden Voice and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2006.