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  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2733)
    Performance
    (1242)
    Story
    (1245)

    Mma "Precious" Ramotswe sets up a detective agency in Botswana on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, making her the only female detective in the country. At first, cases are hard to come by. But eventually, troubled people come to Precious with a variety of concerns. Potentially philandering husbands, seemingly schizophrenic doctors, and a missing boy who may have been killed by witch doctors all compel Precious to roam about in her tiny van, searching for clues.

    Gene says: "Transcends its Genre"
    "If You Like Brer Rabbit...."
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    Would you try another book from Alexander McCall Smith and/or Lisette Lecat?

    No. I found the book condescending to Africans in the same way that Disney's "Songs of the South" was condescending to African Americans.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Alexander McCall Smith again?

    No. His very, very white male authorial voice counterpointed by a black female protagonist makes the book jarring and painful.


    What three words best describe Lisette Lecat’s performance?

    Urbane, Flat, Slooooow.


    What character would you cut from The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency?

    All of them. They're very, very flat and stereotypical.


    Any additional comments?

    Truthfully, the protagonist reminds me of no one other than Brer Rabbit, with all the trickster stuff and class problems and the rest. The book is obviously written by a white male who thinks he has a clue about women and being black, but what comes out is how little he does know below the surface. Very disappointing book.

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