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Corduroy Mansions Audiobook

Corduroy Mansions

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Publisher's Summary

From the author of the global best-seller The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency comes a brand new serial novel set in the heart of London.

Corduroy Mansions is the affectionate nickname given to a genteelly crumbling mansion block in London's vibrant Pimlico. This is the home patch of - among others - a lovelorn literary agent, possibly the first ever nasty Liberal Democrat MP and Freddie de la Hay, an urbane terrier trained to be vegetarian and respectful of feline rights.

Loafers, wine merchants, vitamin evangelists, and the occasional psychoanalyst pass each other on the stairs of this delightful metropolitan des res. With his trademark wit, charm and lightness of touch, Alexander McCall Smith introduces a colourful cast of characters, full of the life, laughter and humanity so beloved in his writing.

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©2008 Alexander McCall Smith; (P)2009 Hachette Digital

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    Vivien Coleraine, Co. Londonderry, United Kingdom 08/08/2009
    Vivien Coleraine, Co. Londonderry, United Kingdom 08/08/2009 Member Since 2011
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    "Like chocolate for the ears."

    Aaaaah. Just relax and enjoy this novel. If you have read any of the 44 Scotland Street novels, you will know what to expect plot-wise - an array of characters all with (fairly minor and often amusing) problems. But the best bit for me was Andrew Sachs' narration. Remember the ad for a famous food store that featured a chocolate pudding with melted chocolate oozing out ('This is not just a chocolate pudding...')? Remember how it made you feel (apart from hungry!)? Well, that's the effect Andrew Sachs' voice has. Your muscles relax, the stresses of the day float away. if you want a relaxing, undemanding, amusing listen; download this one.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Maggi Edinburgh, United Kingdom 15/10/2009
    Maggi Edinburgh, United Kingdom 15/10/2009
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    "Scotland Street Re-Located"

    I found Corduroy Mansions very enjoyable and funny, as I have read the whole of the Edinburgh set "44 Scotland Street" and the subsequent books. Well drawn characters, including (as in Scotland Street) a very intelligent dog. A mixture of the well established and confident types, mixed with the "threshhold of life" student, will they-won't they affairs and a wonderfully drawn total innocent who drives into a field and thinks the track he made is a crop circle! I hope this will become a series, as you actually begin to care about the characters!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    catsatcastle 20/08/2009
    catsatcastle 20/08/2009 Member Since 2011
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    "A delight"

    This is a charming, witty and gentle story and Andrew Sachs reads it superbly.

    I have only gone as far as 4 stars because I felt there were some loose ends not quite tied up - I think I know why but it was a just a bit dissatisfying. However, it is only very minor and I would heartily recommend the book and especially this reading.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Martin Brighton, United Kingdom 16/04/2011
    Martin Brighton, United Kingdom 16/04/2011 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderfully whimsical"

    I'd never really been interested in listening to Alexander McCall Smith's Ladies' Detective Agency novels, but had heard his Portuguese Irregular Verbs, which I had enjoyed. I then came across Corduroy Mansions, and found the whole thing immensely comfortable, witty, erudite and thoroughly British in its sense of whimsy. Superbly drawn characters equally superbly brought to life by Andrew Sachs, who is the perfect reader for this warm and charming book, somehow as familiar as a well worn pair of carpet slippers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heather 02/10/2010
    Heather 02/10/2010
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    "Relaxing"

    This is an entertaining and gentle comedy. It bumbles along and is a relaxing listen. It's a bit like watching 'The Waltons' on TV, you can relax as you know everything will be turn out well in the end. It's what I would expect of an Alexander McCall Smith book and is beautifully narrated by Andrew Sachs.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Teddington, Middlesex, United Kingdom 24/03/2010
    Jean Teddington, Middlesex, United Kingdom 24/03/2010 Member Since 2017
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    "A Lovely Listen"

    What a lovely listen - gentle, entertaining but insightful. And another wonderful dog with his patient, trusting, long-suffering human relationships.

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    Leigh 11/01/2018
    Leigh 11/01/2018 Member Since 2017
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    "But what happened to ...?"

    The master of cliff hangers! But how I long to know what has happened to all the different characters. How about a book which follows ONLY one character, Bertie or Isobel or Freddie. Brilliant stories but also calming listening in bed at the end of a busy day. Sends one to sleep with a smile.

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    Cassandra 21/10/2017
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    "Gentle"

    Very gentle story, little bits of silliness which make it relatable. A relaxing listen, ideal for bedtime :-)

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    sandy 10/05/2017
    sandy 10/05/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "enjoyable"

    took a little while to warm up to some of the characters but in the end they were developed quite nicely. i love that there is a dog (like 44 Scotland street). there isn't really a plot per se....it's more an introduction to the characters ready for the next few books.

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    Steve_Morris 13/10/2014
    Steve_Morris 13/10/2014 Member Since 2017
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    "Edinburgh is better"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Corduroy Mansions to be better than the print version?

    I love the Scotland Street series, so I was looking forward to something else in the same genre. But somehow I didn't warm to the characters of Corduroy Mansions as much as their Scottish counterparts. It may be that I don't like London life as much as life in a provincial city. Nothing wrong with the style and format, and well read by Andrew Sachs, but not just quite so good for me.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Alexander McCall Smith? Why or why not?

    Yes I have read many of his books. I sometimes find the philosophising irritating, especially in the Isolbe Dalhousie novels.


    Which character – as performed by Andrew Sachs – was your favourite?

    The dreamy Morris Minor driving brother.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me smile at times.


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  • Michaela
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    29/08/16
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    "One of my fav books"

    I love the gentle storyline and the characters in this wonderful novel. A very relaxing and enjoyable experience.

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  • Susan McLean
    22/06/16
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    "Another Enjoyable McCall-Smith"

    It was lovely but I am finding he repeats a lot of themes/sentiments in different books.
    The narrator was good.

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  • Sadie-jane Nunis
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    08/09/15
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    "Andrew sachs ... fawlty tower genius"

    main reason why I didn't just read the book but listened to the audiobook as well is because it is read by the brilliant Andrew sachs

    admittedly I thought it would start off great but I felt he didn't pick up momentum until a little later on in the book and then it got good.

    looking forward to the other 2..

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  • Virginia Waldron
    21/04/14
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    "Pointless"

    I wanted to like this book so much but it was utterly bland and tedious. The narrator was well chosen for such a waste of time.

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  • Ruth
    Bellerive, Australia
    13/08/12
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    "Really enjoyed this"

    Somehow works better in Audio than No1 Ladies detective series. Andrew Sachs has a great voice for Pimlico.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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