I feel like I know the characters personally and love each one. I've read each book multiple times and now I'm listening and Ms Lecat does an excellent job.
loved this continuing story of a culture and its personalities . It reminded me that there are good people everywhere. That we are more alike than dissimilar. And the characters are entertaining.
Another good entry in the No1 Ladies Detective agency. As usual held my attention from beginning to end. I like the way the McCall-smith weaves several stories together at the same time in a natural way. The characters keep developing and stay true to their original form.
The books we read or listen to have an effect on us, and when I've had enough of crass or greedy behavior, I need to escape to comedy or a story where people are decent. This fit the bill.
The story is interesting, and the writing is subtle and sophisticated in its observations of human behavior.
The narrator is excellent and makes the story come alive.
After listening to Alexander McCall Smith's books, I feel much better.
This story tied beautifully with the first in the series. While there was much intrigue, the motion in this book is what captured me most. Looking forward to the next one!
Writer & daddy.
The second book in Smith's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series continues the great story from book 1. And he expands the characters and (unlike many mystery novels) they continue to grow. I cannot wait until I start book 3.
I am enjoying this series of books and especially prefer to hear it read than to be reading it in book form.
If hard-boiled detectives with baffling cases and turgid prose is your thing then Alexander Smith's series is not for you. If, on the other hand, you're looking for an extremely warm, entertaining story set in a place both exotic and familiar, it would be difficult to find much better. For myself, an extreme consumer of non-fiction with a smattering of P D James and Louise Penny tales of murder, I find Smith's work both comforting and life-affirming. It is the break one occasionally needs from the aforementioned books. And besides, I have run through all the works of Collin Cotterill (light mystery) and Simon Winchester (non-fiction).
Since this is number two in the series, I have a few more "breaks" from military history, finance, science and fictional mayhem. I plan on listening to all of them.
Don of Queen Creek AZ
Not only is the story interesting, but the pace is an unusual combination of casual, as though meandering down a pathway, and that suspenseful curiosity that pulls you forward. The rich and lovely voice and accent capture you, taking you directly to Botswana...! Charming!!
This book picks up with the same characters as in the first book. Not much happened in that book and though some children were added to the cast of characters not much really happens.
I like these books for their simple sing-song wording and the description of African life as seen through African eyes, not how an American sees African life. These people are very content with what they have and proud of their country. It's hard for an American listener to believe they are content with life, when by American standards they are so poor. But the characters don't have a lusting for material goods. It's more about people and relationships. The love of the land and their heritage are important to these characters.
No, but I like off beat, quirky books. I'm not much into Hollywood style blockbuster movies and I don't watch much commercial TV. I care more about these characters than the whole Kardashian family.
She can properly pronounce the names of the characters and places. A very enjoyable narator.
Only on BBC TV. Too slow paced for American TV and with no blood, violence , sex or even much mystery for that matter,it wouldn't be very popular here. PBS might run it and I would certainly watch.
A great series of books that are best listened to one after another. If you plan on listening to the series get them all at once. Don't listen to a lot of books in between or the characters will become confusing since thir name are hard to understand.