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Tears of the Giraffe: More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency | [Alexander McCall Smith]

Tears of the Giraffe: More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Now engaged to Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, Mma Ramotswe must contend with the hostility of her fianci's unscrupulous maid, who quickly begins plotting the disintegration of the arrangement. Then an American woman asks for help to learn the truth behind her son's disappearance in Africa, and Mma Ramotswe has all the troubles she can handle.
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Publisher's Summary

In this thoroughly entertaining book, the best-selling, critically acclaimed author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency continues the story of Mma "Precious" Ramotswe, the clever proprietor of the only detective agency in all of Botswana.

Now engaged to Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, Mma Ramotswe must contend with the hostility of her fianci's unscrupulous maid, who quickly begins plotting the disintegration of the arrangement. Then an American woman asks for help to learn the truth behind her son's disappearance in Africa, and Mma Ramotswe has all the troubles she can handle.

Part detective story, part comedy of manners and part African travelogue, Tears of the Giraffe is an indisputable joy.

Listen to the other titles in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.

©2000 Alexander McCall Smith; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC

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"I haven't read anything with such unalloyed pleasure for a long time." (The Sunday Telegraph)

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    Barbara Marietta, GA, United States 08-30-05
    Barbara Marietta, GA, United States 08-30-05 Member Since 2004
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    "A tender tale, sweetly told"

    Rare is the book which is more satifying heard than read. The richness of the reader's voice, the rhythm of the language and the purity of her accent all combine to make a delicate and fulfilling dish in this early one of Smith's Precious Ramotswe stories. This tale involves an American, peripherally, whose connection to Botswana is kindly and believeably crafted. I started listening the these books out of order, and I'm going back and listening from the beginning now, which is helpful to me, but each stands alone, and the characters are consistent and wonderful. Every one of Smith's books is a love song to the people of Botswana, and to the possibilities of the heights of dignity and kindness in all of us.

    This particular story contains some of the most heartbreaking circumstances one can imagine and these are handled with insight and compassion which supercedes most of the behavior on this planet. I don't know if this is an accurate portrayal of life along the Kalahari or not, but it is a wonderful one, and I thank Mr. Smith for every one of his books, and Lisette Lecat for her pure and perfect narration.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Angie Kansas City, MO, United States 03-21-06
    Angie Kansas City, MO, United States 03-21-06 Member Since 2005

    Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.

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    "Excellent"

    After finishing the #1 Ladies Detective Agency I could not wait to listen to Tears of a Giraffe. I loved this book as much as the first. The narrator is so great and creats such wonderful characters with her voice. I have become a true Alexander McCall Smith fan and I can't wait to read more.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Elana Shrewsbury, PA, USA 09-17-05
    Elana Shrewsbury, PA, USA 09-17-05 Member Since 2005
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    "wonderful"

    This second book in the series continues in the wonderful story telling voice of Smith. I love the gentle plot twists he puts in, and his character development is superb. The reader also does a wonderful job, adding character to an already rich book, and I would rather listen to then read it.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Marshall, VA, United States 12-05-03
    Rebecca Marshall, VA, United States 12-05-03 Member Since 2001
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    "Tears of the Giraffe Review"

    The reader has marvelous pronunciation and a lovely accent; the story rolls along pleasantly. Made me wish for the next edition...

    21 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Knob Noster, Macau 05-03-05
    Robin Knob Noster, Macau 05-03-05 Member Since 2002
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    "Every bit as good as the first book in the series"

    This second book in the "No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" series is another outstanding story. The reader is excellent and by the time you're into this second book you realize that she IS the voice of the series. You'll also want to visit Botswana as a result of this series.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 06-17-12
    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 06-17-12

    Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!

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    "Wonderful Performance!"

    I have loved this series - and "Tears of the Giraffe" is my favorite. If you have read Smith but not heard Lisette Lecat's performance, then you have missed a real treat. The series has always offered a delightful respite from the "real world". Their strength is more in the gentle appeal of these addictive characters than in any traditional "mystery" in the plots. The Audio versions add so much to the experience! I will choose the audio over the written version of all Mma Ramatswe's adventures in future.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jan NJ, United States 08-24-05
    Jan NJ, United States 08-24-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Worthwhile But Slow"

    Tears of the Giraffe has all the charm of the first book in this series but is severely lacking in plot and suspense. It was over a half-hour of listening before there was a hint of the main mystery, and there were few of the fun side-cases to be solved. At points I found the book boring and I considered not listening to the rest. However, I am glad I listened to the whole book because there really is a lot of redeeming quality. When Precious Ramotswe gets the chance to work on a case, she demonstrates all the intelligence and common sense that made her a great character in the first book. The writer also includes discussion of such things as ?old Botswana morality,? which I found very interesting. The characters are well crafted and generally believable and I found the ending satisfying. There are some aspects of the reading that I found annoying, but otherwise, I enjoyed the reader. She did a good job making the characters distinguishable by their voices. All in all, I would recommend this book as long as the listener understands it is not strong on plot, as would generally be expected in a mystery. It takes some patience to reap the benefits this book has to offer.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Kansas City, MO, USA 09-17-05
    Sandra Kansas City, MO, USA 09-17-05 Member Since 2005
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    "If you liked the first book, you'll like this too."

    This is beautifully read. The reader does an excellent job with all the characters and accents. My favorite parts are the interaction between Mma Ramotswe, Mr JLB Matekoni and their family. The middle of the book lagged just a little bit for me but this is still a very good book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    reader 08-01-14
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    "Thought-provoking, interesting, & comforting"

    I read this book several years ago when it was first released and the series has become one of my favorites. Hearing it read aloud makes it even better. Narrator makes Smiths's well-developed characters come alive. I am sure I will listen to this more than once.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 04-10-14
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 04-10-14 Member Since 2009

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "Africa is starting to feel like home . . ."

    The story, as well as the narration, in Tears of the Giraffe are excellent. It's been a while since I listened to the first book in the series, and as soon as I started this one, it was like meeting up with an old friend again. It's hard to explain how one can become completely engrossed in a culture and place that they've never been, but that's exactly what happens in this series. The quiet love and respect between Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni and Mma Ramotswe is so sweet. The "old" African ways, the heart of Mma Ramotswe toward her detective cases, and Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni's love of engines in his garage. All I can say is that this series is so DIFFERENT, so refreshing, and such a blessing to the human spirit, that I can't wait to start the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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