The Poetry of Scotland Audiobook, by Robert Burns Play Audiobook Sample

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Author: Robert Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson, Walter Scott Narrator: Alan Cumming, Hannah Gordon, Daniela Nardini, Gordon Kennedy Publisher: Copyright Group Audio Length: Release Date: February 2014 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781780002200

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Scottish poetry is a powerful, beautiful expression of country and culture. It’s proud history includes such figures as Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson and many other illustrious figures. This volume of poetry is a perfect compendium of the words and works of Scotland.

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    " It took a little while to get into this book; however when I got to know all the characters, I found the book a delightful selection. It was originally written as a serial novel for a daily newspaper. The author says that the discipline is interesting because you can't go back and edit earlier segments! I plan to read the second book, Espresso Tales, which also uses this format. "

    - Lynne, 2/18/2014
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    - Bethany, 2/15/2014
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    " slow start for me, but good enough to read the next book... "

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    " A little predictable but still funny. "

    - Chiara, 1/29/2014
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    " Like other books by McCall Smith, the writing of this little charmer is often witty, sometimes humorous, and usually understated. The appeal here is the unique format: each chapter was originally published in serial form in a newspaper. Although it's quite well done, and I enjoyed the characters, the plot never really thickens. It was easy to put down. McCall Smith is one of those authors that is like eating soup--one enjoys the pleasant flavors, but rarely needs to chew. And it's a single course without ever getting to the meat or dessert. "

    - Linda, 1/18/2014
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    " a light holiday read...preferred the 2nd in the series. "

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    " I read the Number 1 Lady's Detective Agency series so I knew this would be good. Each chapter was originally a daily installment in a newspaper in Scotland. So it is busy-reader friendly and each chapter leaves you wanting to know what happens next in the lives of these intriguing characters. I highly recommend the book. "

    - Stephanie, 1/5/2014
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    " I love Alexander McCall Smith - I loved the #1 Ladies Detective Agency books and so I picked this up. All of his books are easy reads that generally leave you with that warm, fuzzy feeling, but the language is always enchanting. This particular book leaves a lot of loose ends, but as none of the story lines were gripping, the reader isn't really left feeling any iniquity...the book is just about people and Edinburgh - you don't really need to know what happens. "

    - J, 1/1/2014
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    - Jan, 10/2/2013
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    " Fun little read that made me totally miss Scotland. Took a few chapters to get into the typical British humor, but really kept my attention after that. Glad there are more books in the same series. "

    - Stacey, 9/25/2013
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    - Brigid, 9/3/2013
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    " Alexander McCall Smithis absolutely delightful. "

    - Erin, 4/30/2012
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    " too slow moving and rather juvenile "

    - Lhoulette, 4/15/2012
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    " A collection of stories about the very interesting people that live in an apartment building in Edinburgh, Scotland. I loved the first book so much that I have read all of the books in the series. "

    - Lauraileen, 4/3/2012
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    " On to Espresso Tales!!! Love this author. He always manages to take one away to a different location around the world whether it be Africa or Scotland. "

    - Theresa, 4/1/2012
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    " I love all AMS's books. They take me to a feel good place about life and make me smile. I dream of visiting Edinburgh one day! "

    - Susan, 1/4/2012
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    " A fun read, not for everyone though. Very interesting and likable characters. It's chapters were originally written for daily publication in Scotland, so each chapter has a little golden nugget that carries you to the next. I thought it was a fun approach to regular people and their lives. "

    - Jenn, 11/16/2011
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    " Very light, very sweet, very readable, very Edinburgh. Fluffy and lovely - enough to make me want to read the follow-up "

    - Fiona, 8/30/2011
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    " This was an ok book. I guess I just need more excitement in a book. "

    - Emily, 5/16/2011
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    " This is the series that I love. I think it is mostly because I love the ensemble cast and each is such a complete picture of someone human and eccentric and interesting. Bertie! We love him, particularly. The scraps and misunderstandings and rigidities are all too possible and too hilarious. "

    - Martha, 12/8/2010
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    " not sure if I am missing the point as I know this authors books are very popular but I gave up mid way as I just didn't find it that funny or entralling - felt I may enjoy it if I was 63 rather than 36 "

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About the Narrators

Alan Cumming is an award-winning actor, singer, writer, producer, and director. He recently starred in an acclaimed one-man staging of Macbeth on Broadway and appears on the Emmy Award–winning television show The Good Wife. Cumming won a Tony Award for his portrayal of the Emcee in the Broadway musical Cabaret. He is the winner of the 2015 Audie Award for Best Autobiography/Memoir narration and Best Narration by the Author Award as well as six Audiofile Earphones Awards. He hosts PBS Masterpiece Mystery and has appeared in numerous films, including Spy Kids, Titus, X2: X-Men United, The Anniversary Party, Any Day Now, and Eyes Wide Shut.

Hannah Gordon is a Scottish actress who is well known in the United Kingdom for her television work, including My Wife Next Door, Telford’s Change, and Upstairs, Downstairs. In addition to her television performances, she has also lent her voice to several audio books as well as narrating Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf in a Christmas concert with the Corinthian Chamber Orchestra in London.