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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,477 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: November 2008 ISBN: 9781436185011
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The residents and neighbors of 44 Scotland Street and the city of Edinburgh come to vivid life in these gently satirical, wonderfully perceptive serial novels, featuring six-year-old Bertie, a remarkably precocious boy—just ask his mother. 

There is never a quiet moment on 44 Scotland Street. In The World According to Bertie, Pat deals with the reappearance of Bruce, which has her heart skipping—and not in a pleasant way. Angus Lordie’s dog Cyril has been taken away by the authorities, accused of being a serial biter. Unexpectedly, Domenica has offered to help free him. As usual, Big Lou is still looking for love, and handing out coffee and advice to the always contemplative Matthew. And Bertie, the beleaguered Italian-speaking six-year-old prodigy, now has a little brother, Ulysses.

Beautifully observed and cleverly detailed, The World According to Bertie is classic McCall Smith and a treat for his avid fans as well as his first time readers.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miette | 2/16/2014

    " Enjoyable, but not enough Bertie! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 2/9/2014

    " I love this series! Ready to read The lightness of Scones, just have to order! Bertie, may you always be six years old! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen Brandt | 2/6/2014

    " One of my favorite series for when I'm in the mood for something light. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 1/12/2014

    " Lots of lovely tales intermingled in short little bites. Poor bewildered, clever Bertie is still my favourite inhabitant of Scotland Street and related places, although Big Lou has plenty of my sympathy too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 1/11/2014

    " 44 Scotland St always provides a respite; in spite of the quirkiness of individual characters, problems are generally resolved and our appetites are whetted for our next visit to the Edinburgh cast. McCall Smith has a remarkable ability to draw the reader into the setting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eileen | 12/31/2013

    " Enjoyed the whole series. Looking forward to the next book which is coming out in January. Had a feeling when I finished the last book that the characters all come across as being very dumb in a way. Maybe the point is that we are all "dumb" in some way, but I felt that the characters came across in an almost negative light because of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 12/27/2013

    " I'm continuing to enjoy this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jue | 12/22/2013

    " Very funny book, easy to read, could not put it down "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vincent | 12/13/2013

    " A really Charming book. Poetry and Humor. What a delight. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jas | 11/23/2013

    " I was home sick with the flu and indulged myself by reading this book. It's a fun read, although all that happens is, well, life. I liked this one the most in the series because the characters seemed more multi-dimensional. Highly recommended for a rainy Sunday or a day home sick. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Elizabeth Payne | 10/23/2013

    " Didn't like :( - Audio book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 10/15/2013

    " Always enjoy this author and all the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jiunn Wei Chin | 9/27/2013

    " A great continuation from the previous book. Again, the development of the characters is great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Qi Zeng | 4/12/2013

    " This is a subtlely funny book. A good escape book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tiffiny | 7/1/2012

    " not my favorite in the series so far - I almost put it down 2/3 through - luckily the last 1/3 was better "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mila | 11/1/2011

    " I like the line quoted from Auden: "If equal affection cannot be / Let the more lovig one be me." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 10/18/2011

    " I am listening to this book and it is very funny in sections. I am enjoying the flavor of Scotland that he writes and Bertie is quite a smart little boy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Oleksiw | 1/1/2011

    " This is a leisurely read with a group of comfortable characters. I enjoy watching them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 10/17/2010

    " Very enjoyable read. I enjoyed this light -- and sometimes laugh out loud -- humorous story. I always enjoy a story about small European towns and introduction to the quirky personalities that inhabit them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Colleen | 9/20/2010

    " Maybe this series has run its course for me or the story has evolved to the point where I find the inane conversations simply tedious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 tammi | 4/9/2010

    " Love this series! A very fun read. Bertie is a fabulous character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 11/10/2009

    " Charming, as ever. Love this series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice | 9/6/2009

    " Another very enjoyable Scotland Street book. Poor Bertie! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rosemary Whitfield | 8/2/2009

    " Felt very sorry to Bertie. "

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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

Robert Ian Mackenzie became an actor after holding a wide variety of other jobs, including everything from London policeman to water ski instructor in Greece. Since then, his acting career has encompassed straight theater, musicals, opera, films, television, voice-overs, commercials, and recorded books. His audiobook narration has won him seven AudioFile Earphones Awards.