Audiobook – The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith

>> Wednesday, January 31, 2007

This is the first of his books I’ve listened to that have not been part of his Botswana series. It was quite different. The story itself is quite slow moving and at least in the beginning, not all that interesting. Isabel Dalhousie is an independently well-off woman, living in Scotland, who is the editor of the journal “Review of Applied Ethics”. She witnesses a young man fall to his death from a concert hall balcony. Her sense of moral obligation leads her to find out more about this young man and his death. Along the way we meet other characters including Isabel’s beloved niece Cat, her possibly unfaithful boyfriend Toby, Isabel’s opinionated housekeeper Grace and others.

Isabel spends a lot of time thinking about and discussing ethical dilemmas. At first this seems a bit heavy handed, but at I got to know Isabel and delved deeper into the story, it was actually interesting enough to continue listening. She doesn’t have the ability of Precious Ramotswe (From McCall Smith’s Botswana series) to come out with the kind of verbal gems that ought to be on greeting cards or refrigerator magnets. I haven’t decided yet, whether or not I’ll listen to any more of this series. It lacks some of the charm and humor I found in the Botswana series, but knowing my habits, I’ll probably end up listening to at least one more in the series.

4 comments:

Marg 2/02/2007 12:52 AM  

I completely agree with you, and the second one wasn't all that much better for me! However, the third one had lots of unexpected events!

SuziQoregon 2/02/2007 8:21 AM  

Marg: Glad I'm not the only one. Thanks for stopping in and thanks for the info about the follow up books.

Joy 2/02/2007 12:07 PM  

Hi Suzi! I'm surprised you didn't like this one more.

Do you plan on reading The 44 Scotland Street series? I'm curious about those.

SuziQoregon 2/02/2007 7:17 PM  

HI Joy - I don't know. I may listen to at least the first one, eventually. Right now I've got a couple of series I'm working through as audiobooks, so it may be a while.

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