Sunday Philosophy Club
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(4.0 based on 151 ratings)
  • 1
    The Sunday Philosophy Club: An Isabel Dalhousie Story, Book 1 | Alexander McCall Smith

    The Sunday Philosophy Club: An Isabel Dalhousie Story, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Hilary Neville
    Overall
    (30)
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    (16)
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    Amateur sleuth Isabel Dalhousie is a philosopher who uses her training to solve unusual mysteries. She edits the Review of Applied Ethics and hosts The Sunday Philosophy Club at her house in Edinburgh. Behind the city's Georgian facades its moral compasses are spinning with greed, dishonesty and murderous intent. Instinct tells Isabel that the young man who tumbled to his death in front of her eyes at a concert didn't fall. He was pushed.

    Disappointing

    The book was well read but having recently listened to, and thoroughly enjoyed, the 44 Scotland St series of books I found the reference to crushed st..Show More »

    Reviewed on 13 September 2013 by fiona (Shipton Bellinger, United Kingdom)
  • 2
    Friends, Lovers, Chocolate | Alexander McCall Smith

    Friends, Lovers, Chocolate

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (15)
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    (13)
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    Isabel Dalhousie thinks often of friends, sometimes of lovers, and on occasion of chocolate. As an Edinburgh philosopher, she is certain of where she stands. She can review a book called In Praise of Sin with panache and conviction, but real life is...well, perhaps a bit more challenging....

    3rd in Isobel Dalhousie series

    I loved this book. I wonder so much about Alexander McCall-Smith, the author. He was a classicist like me. Then he went into the law. Then he taught. ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 02 January 2017 by Alison (Petersfield, United Kingdom)
  • 3
    The Right Attitude to Rain | Alexander McCall Smith

    The Right Attitude to Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (8)
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    (8)
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    Mysteries of love, romance, and truth-telling lie at the heart of Isabel Dalhousie's concerns in Alexander McCall Smith's new Sunday Philosopher's Club novel. Isabel's niece, Cat, is still worshipped by the young musician, Jamie, but Cat has a new and unsuitable love interest. Meanwhile Isabel's Texan cousins have arrived in Edinburgh and are provoking a quite separate set of dilemmas.

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  • 4
    The Careful Use of Compliments | Alexander McCall Smith

    The Careful Use of Compliments

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
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    (18)
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    (18)

    For philosophically-minded Isabel Dalhousie, editor of the Review of Applied Ethics, getting through life with a clear conscience requires careful thought. And whilst juggling the arrival of baby Charlie, a passionate relationship with his father Jamie, a truce with her furious niece Cat, and struggles for authority over her son with her formidable housekeeper Grace, Isabel finds herself drawn into the story of a painter's mysterious death off the island of Jura.

    The Careful Use of Compliments

    This time the curious Isabel Dalhousie interferes in an authenticity conundrum over an Andrew McKinness painting. Ironic parallels are drawn with her ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 07 January 2017 by Alison (Petersfield, United Kingdom)
  • 8
    The Forgotten Affairs of Youth: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel | Alexander McCall Smith

    The Forgotten Affairs of Youth: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lesley Mackie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (8)
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    (9)

    The continuing adventures from Isabel Dalhousie, Edinburgh philosopher and curious observer of the behaviour of her fellow man.

    Wrong voice

    I bought this not realising the narrator was different from the previous stories and I am afraid the change made it un-listenable for me! Can't finish..Show More »

    Reviewed on 17 July 2012 by Karen (Crediton, United Kingdom)
  • 8.5
    The Perils of Morning Coffee | Alexander McCall Smith

    The Perils of Morning Coffee

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 39 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Karlyn Stephen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (4)
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    (3)
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    (3)

    Summer in Edinburgh is a season of delicate sunshine and showers, picnics with loved ones in blossoming gardens and genteel celebrations of art and music. But Isabel Dalhousie's peaceful idyll is broken when a single meeting over coffee with fellow philosopher Dr George McLeod brings an irate phone call from his wife, Roz, who implacably accuses Isabel of conducting an affair with her husband.

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  • 9
    The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds | Alexander McCall Smith

    The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lesley Mackie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (20)
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    (9)
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    As a mother, wife, employer and editor of the Review of Applied Ethics, Isabel Dalhousie is aware that to be human is to be responsible. So when a neighbour brings her a new and potentially dangerous puzzle to solve, once again Isabel feels she has no option but to shoulder the burden. A masterpiece painting has been stolen from Duncan Munrowe, old-fashioned philanthropist, father to two discontented children, and a very wealthy man.

    Delightful

    A lovely gentle book - as with all of McCall Smith's writing - that reminds you of the importance of considering the meaning of life. Isabel Dalhousi..Show More »

    Reviewed on 24 December 2012 by Self-help junkie (Birmingham, England)
  • 10
    The Novel Habits of Happiness: Isabel Dalhousie, Book 10 | Alexander McCall Smith

    The Novel Habits of Happiness: Isabel Dalhousie, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Karlyn Stephen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
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    (22)
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    From a small town outside Edinburgh comes the news that a young boy has been recounting vivid recollections of a past life: a perfect description of an island off the coast of Scotland which he couldn't possibly know and a house there where he claims to have spent his former life. When the boy's mother asks Isabel to investigate his claims, she feels she must - of course! - help them learn the truth, and she and her husband, Jamie, set off for the island.

    Poor quaility recording!

    I liked the scottish theme and family life of Isabel but as I have the volume up loud because I am deaf the recording was poor and crackly!

    Reviewed on 02 June 2015 by Julie White ()
  • 10.5
    At the Reunion Buffet | Alexander McCall Smith

    At the Reunion Buffet

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 57 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Karlyn Stephen
    Overall
    (3)
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    (3)
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    (3)

    Isabel Dalhousie - philosopher, mother and friend - is taking on the mammoth task of hosting her school reunion. In the hours before 25 former classmates descend on her home and the caterers arrive to set up a buffet, Isabel has time to reflect. She is mindful of the fact that reunions can bring up all sorts of uncomfortable feelings. Later that night, with the party in full swing, Isabel realises that the pull of the past remains as strong as ever.

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  • Sweet, Thoughtful Valentine: An Isabel Dalhousie Story | Alexander McCall Smith

    Sweet, Thoughtful Valentine: An Isabel Dalhousie Story

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Karlyn Stephen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Edinburgh basks in glorious, but brief, summer sunshine, and Isabel Dalhousie - philosopher, philanthropist and mother - searches for the perfect birthday present for her husband Jamie. While carefully seeking out a gift, Isabel finds herself at a viewing for an auction, and happens upon an old friend in distress - a friend who decides to unburden herself of her secrets, and to reveal a clue within a painting hanging on the walls of the auction house.

    Wished it was longer!

    Highly enjoyable as ever. I love the Isobel Dalhousie books. She's an inspiration.

    Reviewed on 08 March 2017 by Albert ()