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Bertie Plays The Blues Audiobook

Bertie Plays The Blues: 44 Scotland Street, Book 7

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Even down to its well-set Georgian townhouses, Edinburgh is a hymn to measure and harmony. But on Scotland Street, domestic accord is in short supply. Matthew and Elspeth welcome three new arrivals, though the joys of multiple parenthood are somewhat lost due to sleep deprivation and the difficulties of telling their brood apart. Angus and Domenica are to marry, and Domenica has ambitious and disturbing plans for their living arrangements, especially when it appears that Antonia, in Italy recuperating from Stendhal Syndrome, may not return. And little Bertie, feeling blue, puts himself up for adoption on eBay. Can Edinburgh's most deliciously dysfunctional residents forsake discord and learn to dance to the same happy tune?

©2011 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2011 Hachette Digital

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    Jill Besterman Jersey, Channel Islands United Kingdom 17/10/2011
    Jill Besterman Jersey, Channel Islands United Kingdom 17/10/2011 Member Since 2005
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    "The continued tales from 44 Scotland Street"

    Another delightful update about the residents of 44 Scotland Street (and their near neighbours in Moray Place, India Street and other areas of Edinburgh's New Town). Mature love for Domenica and Angus, young love for Matthew and Elspeth (and their triplets), questionable love for Pat and the horrible Bruce, married love (?) for Irene and Stuart and the possibility of new love for Big Lou form the background to the continued story of Bertie. He is still struggling to make his mother understand that there is more to life than psychotherapy, clarinet lessons and Italian conversation whilst he makes drastic plans with his new friend "Braveheart" (with the spindly legs) and battles on against the repellent Olive. Is Bertie's sweetness, innocence and perpetual optimism to be rewarded by light at the end of the tunnel - listen to the wonderful reading by David Rintoul and find out!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08/12/2011
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    "Brilliant!"

    I've always been a huge fan of Alexander McCalls books and wondered how they would be on Audible. I'm not disappointed..I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this and the narrator has done a fantastic job.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tracey 07/06/2016
    Tracey 07/06/2016 Member Since 2015

    Tracey Hoy Author of Black Irish, Rhuddlan, Conwy, Pádraig, Galen's Child, Lilláen of the Lake, What Brainstem? Cadwy's Haircut...

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    "Another Pleasant Trip into Edinburgh..."

    Fantastic story; did not disappoint. Enjoyed Berties little adventure with Ranald Braveheart MacPherson and my heart leaped at Angus and Domenicas relationship ups and downs. Has Big Lou finally found someone special, and can Matthew and Elspeth finally settle? The only thing I cannot enjoy is the narrator who is professional but not very well suited to this series; tending rather, at times, to making some of the characters sound snobbish and partly inebriated. Overall though. ..I love this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom 22/11/2013
    C Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom 22/11/2013 Member Since 2013
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    "delightfult tale, not so well told"
    Would you try another book written by Alexander McCall Smith or narrated by David Rintoul?

    Love AMS's Scotland Street stories; not so taken with David Rintoul's somewhat 2 dimemsional reading. Hilary Nevile's performance was much more characterful. I'm sorry that she is not able to complete the series


    Would you be willing to try another one of David Rintoul’s performances?

    Not so keen. Though perhaps another type of book would better suit his style.


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    Mrs Melksham, United Kingdom 14/04/2013
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    "Brilliant!"

    The Scotland Street series is my favourite set of Alexander McCall Smith characters and this is another enjoyable instalment. I would strongly recommend it to other listeners. I think it works for those that haven't read earlier books in the series but you may enjoy it more if you already know the characters, especially Bertie.

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    rachy102 13/04/2013
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    "Great Listening"

    Another highly entertaining, witty and observant book from Alexander McCall Smith. For those of you that have already read the previous novels in the Scotland Street series you will not be disappointed with this latest edition. However this can be listened to as a stand alone, without listening to the others first. This is my first audio book and I was uncertain that I would enjoy listening to an entire novel, however the wonderful narration by David Rintoul greatly added to the enjoyment of the story. I'm now hooked on audio books!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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