The World According to Bertie is the fourth in the series and revolves around the many colorful characters that come and go at No. 44 Scotland Street. McCall Smith handles the characters with his customary charm and deftness-the stalwart Tory chartered surveyor, the pushy mother, and, most importantly in this novel, the beleaguered Italian-speaking prodigy, Bertie. This is classic McCall Smith-clever, witty and entertaining- and beautifully illustrated. A chance encounter with Armistead Maupin in San Francisco inspired Alexander McCall Smith to write this series of novels based around the fictional No. 44 Scotland Street in Edinburgh's New Town.
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by Alexander McCall Smith
"Alexander McCall Smith's 44 Scotland Street series is a masterpiece of quiet domestic drama, and Robert Ian Mackenzie's narration of the latest installment is a triumph. His performance--especially his various accents and carefully portrayed emotions--is modulated to give just the right flair to each of the many characters' personalities. The story celebrates the little intrigues, trials, ironies, and tribulations of the oh-so-normal lives of the residents of 44 Scotland Street in Edinburgh, Scotland. There are no intense or action-packed events. Yet the combination of McCall Smith's comforting prose and Mackenzie's soothing narrative is riveting. M.L.K. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"
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