Great story - the reader Lisette Lucat brings the richness of the story alive with her voice. A full 5 star rating - have already ordered ALL of the other books by Alexander McCall Smith based soley on his skills in telling the story of Mma Ramotwse
I've heard this one and Tears of the Giraffe -- first of all, the narrator is perfect. I'm so glad I got these from Audible, because the accents and pronounciations add so much to the story. They are about Botswana as much as anything, so the voices are very important. Other than that -- great stories.
Delightful book. It was very unusual and refreshing. I'm amazed that this wasn't written by a women. Great read!
A gentle story about a gentle woman. A woman who does not make personal judgments but understands human faults and sometimes overlooks but most often forgives. This is not a narration but a painting. The descriptions of the characters and Botswana are so vivid you swear you met these people and been to these places. Very nice read. Sweet ending.
I normally read non-fiction; but I really enjoyed this. I highly recommend it. I'll probably listen to others in this series (after I tackle some more history!)
This is the story of a woman who takes up her own life and decides to do what she always liked to do: find out about people and help them learn the truth about themselves. The author clearly loves Africa and the book was like a window on a different world. The social commentary especially was very well done, I thought. It's a piece of "light" literature that is not only very pleasant to listen to, but nicely sectioned into a few inside stories. It was an easy book to put aside and return to, if you can choose the breaks. (I couln't always in the subway and it took a little while to get back into the current story, however.) It didn't leave a lasting impression like other books, which is also nice in a way, not to be haunted. And yet, it was very pleasant to read and I'll read another book by Alexander McCall Smith as soon as I have another credit free.
This is one of the best novels I have listened to in the 2 years of my membership. I would most definitely recommend this for all the armchair travellers that will never see the country, land and people in this book.
I feel quite awful to admit to this, but I could not even finish listening. There did not seem to be any sort of continuity between the chapters. I feel the author gave little for the listener/reader to make the main character someone we felt compelled to follow. I found myself listening only to hope it would get better, when it didn't i began to listen out of determination to complete the journey. When I began to see this was not a journey but more a disjointed collection of stories I started to listen by guilt very shortly after which I needed to give up. Maybe it's a better read than listen.