By far, this was the slowest book I've listened/read in a long time. I felt that McCall Smith was writing because he had to get this next book completed, but didn't have enough to write about, so belabored every thought each character was thinking. Also, the story was way too predictable. The long wait for this book ended up being a sad disappointment.
I can't imagine just reading this series. It would be like reading plays--you get the gist and can even appreciate wonderful writing, but the words don't really come to life until you hear them performed, especially in this series since there are a lot of words in a language most of us don't hear spoken very often. I find that when those words appear in print, they interrupt the story since I want to stop and figure them out, but when Ms. Lecat reads them, they add to rhythm and flow to the narrative.
Not exactly an "edge of the seat" series, but in this one there was a nice little twist that I hadn't expected.
She is always remarkable in this series,so much so that she is integral to my enjoyment of the stories, but my favorite narrations are ones in which she gets to show her acting chops like this one. She can do subtle shifts in accents as well as obvious differences, so the careful listener gets clues before the print reader does. She must read the books & make a chart of pertinent traits of each new character; I'd love to hear her talk about her process.
Yes,the resolution of the heir mystery.
A hopefully helpful hint: I adore listening to these books but I find the pace of narration a bit slower than I like. Discovering that I could listen at 1.25x speed has made them close to perfect.
Double Good Listening!!
Each character is so well developed. I wish I could meet them in person. In this book Mma Grace Makutsi. Without giving away the plot, I admire her strength and her vulnerability in this story. It is difficult to choose a favorite among characters I would love to know as friends. I would love to go shoe shopping with Grace, we have the same love of shoes. I wonder if she has the same love of purses as I?
OH MY!!!! She brings EVERYTHING !!!! She breathes the life of Botswana into every word. Her accent, her expressions, and the ability to change between characters makes one think there are more than one narrator. She has a wonderful talent in relating the story and bringing it to life.
No, because it is like a wonderful dessert. It would be gone all too soon. Though I do worry about the characters "in between listenings" : )
I am very sad that I am so near the end of the series. I guarantee, you will find yourself wanting to visit Botswana by the end of the first book, and looking for travel information by the end of the last!!!
This book had no substantial story! I was hoping for a detective story - If asking someone if they did something and they said yes is considered a dectective story than, here you go. This book is about the unspoken feelings of modern Botswana women (think 1950's American women). Mildly interesting but I kept waiting for some interesting twist in the story, but there are none. The title refers to a Safari Club which comes up in one chapter and again, boring.
Yes of the Ladies Detective Agency
Lisette Lecat did a great job reading the book. I would definitely listen to other books by her.
I liked the reference to that old--love without freedom isn't really love. I felt like the author just reused old stuff and gave me a happy ending. Who doesn't like when things fit together nicely.
Lisette Lecat was a fabulous narrator! Truly an excellent interpretation as I like to think the narrator brings a unique window to the words.
Hmmm..... It seemed to simplify the people of Botswana and made me a bit uncomfortable.
I specifically like when she talked about the "comfort of an old friend" where "you can close your eyes". I don't know--nothing sticks out as fabulous. I liked how the husband respected his wife and she him. They worked hard & were respected for it. They respected themselves.
Do whatever you can do to bring to others....... I don't think it was really an inspirational type of story.... Just a quick escape sort of story.
Some listeners found this book slow; I found it thoughtful. It took me a while to warm to this series when I began with the print version. Having discovered the Audible version, I'm a fan. All the books have something to say about ethics and behavior. This one in particular asked what is the right thing to do vs what is the kind thing? How does one best respond to a certain type of person and how can one best teach? And, of course, there's the fond touch of human foolishness and Smith's deep affection for his characters.
Fun, enlighteing, wise
All in his series of Ma Ramotsway.
She sounds exactly like I picture the characters. Lovely cadence.L
Felt sorry sometimes but definitely laughed.
Just when I think there's no more to be said or done in the lives of these characters, here comes another engrossing and expanding book! Wouldn't miss a one of them, and haven't! I'm ready for more!
I can't get enough of The No.1 Ladies' Detective series, always entertaining and different. I recommend the series often to readers I know would love this series. It refreshing to get away from the overly descriptive books.
Alexander McCall Smith wrties lovely, gentle stories about ordinary people. His insights into our pettiness and kindness are universal. I love the No. 1 Ladies Detectvie Agency series!