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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,741 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: September 2011 ISBN: 9781461847045
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In the eighth installment of Alexander McCall Smith’s best-selling Isabel Dalhousie series, the inquisitive heroine helps a new friend discover the identity of her father. Jane, a visiting Australian philosopher on sabbatical in Edinburgh, has more questions than answers. Adopted at the age of six, she knows little about her father, other than he was a student in Edinburgh years ago. Always up for a challenge, Isabel is more than happy to help. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renny | 2/20/2014

    " Well written with plenty of thoughtful explorations of some of the choices, responsibilities, consequences, sorrows and joys of the human condition along the way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gizzard | 2/17/2014

    " McCall Smith makes his heroine a philosopher so he can philosophize. Tedious is what I call this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J. D. | 2/16/2014

    " Thank Providence for such human writers as Alexander McCall Smith. What else can I say? I'm a fan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 2/8/2014

    " Alexander McCall Smith is always an enjoyable read. I especially like the Isabel Dalhousie series because of the way we get into her philosopher's brain--sometimes maddening, but fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsten | 2/6/2014

    " How does McCall Smith reveal the deep mysteries of human behavior so convincingly through Isabel's musings? Brilliant, as always. I'd love to meet him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 2/5/2014

    " I hope he never stops writing these books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 2/3/2014

    " Another enjoyable installment in the Isabel Dalhousie series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty | 1/11/2014

    " I fear this is the last in the Isabel Dalhousie series. Her life is settled, but I will miss her musings. I wish I had a friend like Isabel. I don't agree with everything she things by any means, but I love that she THINKS! One question to think about that this story brings up...is it okay to lie (or at least withhold very significant facts) if the unfactual knowledge contributes to someone's great happiness? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie G | 1/9/2014

    " I have loved every one of McCall Smith's books. At first I was less enthusiastic about the Isabel Dalhousie series, but now I have come to understand why she contemplates absolutely everything. I love her diversions, and I love the way she loves Jamie and Charlie. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michale | 12/19/2013

    " This has been my favorite series of his, but, sadly, this installment fell flat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jina Howell-Forbes | 12/14/2013

    " I love to join Isabel in her musings over philosophical questions. She questions the moral choice in even the most mundane of her activities. I also love stories that take place in Scotland. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gaylen | 12/8/2013

    " Another Isabel Dalhousie novel. Somehow I had missed this one! I love all her philosophical musings and the situations that she finds herself in are intriguing. An enjoyable, thought provoking read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 12/6/2013

    " I love Isabel Dalhousie but it has been a while since I have read A Sunday Philosophy Club novel and I found this book a little more drawn out than McCall Smith's earlier books in the series. I did enjoy the read but didn't find it as humorous and the pace was a little slow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 12/5/2013

    " Always a quirky, light read, but the "mystery" didn't grab me as much this time, and Isabel's ramblings grated on me a bit this time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doneen | 4/25/2013

    " Loved it--just waiting for the next one. Because of the adoption issues in this one, I could get into the issues. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Priscilla | 4/18/2013

    " Isabel gets on my nerves a little bit but I still love the atmospherics of Edinburgh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenna Mills | 4/12/2013

    " I just love the way this flows along, although I'm sure having conversations with someone like Isobel would drive me mad! The usual twists and turns and moral dilemmas. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michele | 2/12/2013

    " Essentially this is just soap opera with posh bits. Bit of a yawn and rather ridiculous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ngdecker | 1/3/2013

    " I really enjoyed this latest book in the series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Mehsikomer | 7/21/2012

    " I usually love the Isabel Dalhousie books, but this one was a little dull. There was the usual philosophizing about life, but too much of it this time. The mystery plot in the story was intriguing but almost forgotten in the philosophical musings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 7/3/2012

    " I really like this series. It always makes me happy when I see a new one on the new book rack at the library. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth Pieterse | 6/19/2012

    " So pleasing, like eating ice cream - always sorry when a Isabel Dalhousie book ends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 5/17/2012

    " This series never fails to please. This is a well written and gentle story a charming protagonist. I like the frequent philisophical questions raised and the descriptions of Edinburgh. A very soothing read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Duckpondwithoutducks | 5/16/2012

    " I love the titles of all of Alexander McCall Smith's books, and while most of the titles of this series only tangentially touch the story, this title really describes the case that Isabel looks into. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 3/3/2012

    " As always, comfort reading at its best. "

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About the Author
Author Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith is the New York Times bestselling author of the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, and the 44 Scotland Street series. He has also written numerous stand-alone novels, books for children, and nonfiction works. 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 taught law at the University of Botswana.

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. In 2006, she won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Female Narration and in 2004 for Best Inspirational Literature Narration.She has been honored as an AudioFile Golden Voice and has won nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she has appeared on stage at the Vineyard Playhouse and The Square One Theater, among others.