This book review, and others I do about an audio book, will include a comment on the narrator.
The narrator for this version is Robert Ian MacKenzie and he does a fabulous job of painting the characters through his choice of voices. There’s not dramatic accent, just a tiny change in tone and you know who’s speaking. He covers a range of voices from six-year-old boys and girls to rough Glaswegian gangsters.
The book is delightful. I’m mainly a reader of gritty mystery or urban fantasy and this is a gentle story of a group of Edinburgh neighbors. Each is given their own story and each story dances around the other to form a tale of love, near death, nationalism, and quirky Jacobites.
By Alexander McCall Smith
Here’s the bio from Amazon.
Alexander McCall Smith was born in what is now Zimbabwe and taught law at the University of Botswana. He is now Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh. He has written more than fifty books, including a number of specialist titles, but is best known for The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, which has achieved bestseller status on four continents. In 2004 he was awarded British Book Awards Author of the Year and Booksellers Association Author of the Year. He lives in Scotland, where in his spare time he is a bassoonist in the RTO (Really Terrible Orchestra).
It’s different from what I normally read, but I find his stories charming. You’ll like this if you liked the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency for it’s characters and little surprises.