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The Kalahari Typing School for Men: More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency | [Alexander McCall Smith]

The Kalahari Typing School for Men: More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Precious Ramotswe's comfortable existence as the only detective in Botswana is suddenly rattled when the Satisfaction Guaranteed Detective Agency opens, and its brochure proclaims, "Don't take any chances! Entrust your enquiries to a MAN!" As if the development isn't enough, Mma Ramotswe has also taken on two difficult cases, one of which hits close to home. But with wisdom on her side, Mma Ramotswe figures to crack both cases and upstage her competition.
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Publisher's Summary

International best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith delivers another delightful tale from his critically acclaimed No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.

Precious Ramotswe's comfortable existence as the only detective in Botswana is suddenly rattled when the Satisfaction Guaranteed Detective Agency opens, and its brochure proclaims, "Don't take any chances! Entrust your enquiries to a MAN!" As if the development isn't enough, Mma Ramotswe has also taken on two difficult cases, one of which hits close to home. But with wisdom on her side, Mma Ramotswe figures to crack both cases and upstage her competition.

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

©2002 Alexander McCall Smith; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"A dose of easy humor laces the pages, as McCall Smith throws in wry observations, effortlessly commenting on the vagaries his protagonist encounters as she negotiates Botswana bureaucracy. This is another graceful entry in a pleasingly modest and wise series." (Publishers Weekly)
"Lisette Lecat, a native South African, offers a near perfect narration...Lecat handles male voices exceptionally well, and her version of Mma Ramotswe is the definitive voice of that remarkable woman." (AudioFile)
"One of the most entrancing literary treats of many a year...A tapestry of extraordinary nuance and richness." (Wall Street Journal)

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    Richard Maple Park, IL, United States 07-15-04
    Richard Maple Park, IL, United States 07-15-04 Member Since 2001
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    "Audiobooks don't get any better than this"

    The Alexander McCall Smith books are jewels, and Lisette Lecat, the reader, makes every facet sparkle. Pick one. Pick them all. They are gems.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie houston, TX, USA 08-09-07
    Bonnie houston, TX, USA 08-09-07
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    "Another World"

    As in each of the A.McCall books, this one, again, takes me to a place of peace/without boredom; learning and discovery/without condescension; and, excitement/without adrenaline. The Reader, Lizette, is not "good." She is brilliant. I would love to see her perform, for she must be a splendid actress onstage/film, as well as on recorded books. Give yourself a wonderful treat with all these Botswana books...careful though, might make you want to move there - soon.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Anthem, AZ, United States 02-17-11
    Linda Anthem, AZ, United States 02-17-11
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    "Great series, great narrator"


    I usually only buy audible books that have 10 hours plus listening time (more for the money!) but bought The Kalahari Typing School for Gentlemen when I was sick with a cold and wanted to listen to something light (I had read the previous 4 books the old-fashioned way). But after listening to Ms. Lecat's narration, I've ordered the next in the series from Audible too. Both she and Mma Ramatswe rock!

    If you haven't listened to a No. 1 Detective Agency Series, i recommend it. Not exciting crime here --just human foibles investigated by a delightful cast led by the traditionally build Mma Ramatswe.

    I have never had much interest in visiting Africa but after reading this series (and seeing the HBO/BBC television mini series), I find myself wishing I could go to Botswana and walk the streets of Gabarone, visit the African mall, and drink bush tea on the porch of a nice, traditionally built Botswanan woman, though I doubt if any real person could measure up to Precious Ramatswe.

    3 of 3 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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    "Wonderful"

    This one does not disappoint! I like that we got to learn more aout Mma. Makutsi. Simply charming.

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    "Wonderful people in a different culture."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I overheard a conversation by two attendees at the Utah Shakespeare Festival last summer. They were discussing their favorite series: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. I had been looking for a new series to get into and this overheard recommendation seemed worth trying. They were right! Much to his amazement, my husband enjoys it too.

    We like the people. They are real, they are funny and imperfect. The plot moves along nicely, but it's the people we like.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Lee Seibert Sarasota FL 02-06-12
    Mary Lee Seibert Sarasota FL 02-06-12 Member Since 2002

    Carly's mom

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    "No. 1 Ladies Det. Agency keeps you smiling"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you want a fun read without expectations of fast moving adventure and deep mystery, this book will keep you interested and smiling at the two ladies and their friends and the pictures the book conjures in your mind of the African bush country. I recommend this book for reading when you just want to chill out with a fun story and colorful characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Kalahari Typing School for Men?

    The shoes that Mma Cotswai (sp?) was able to buy with her earnings from the Typing School.


    What does Lisette Lecat bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Wonderful accent and speech pattern.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Hamilton, ON, Canada 08-30-09
    Sarah Hamilton, ON, Canada 08-30-09
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    "Great if you like the series, but..."

    If you're in the mood to visit a whole other world, where life moves at a slower pace, people have good intentions, where it's okay to be 20lbs overweight and driving a used car, then you can't do better than this series. (If you're in the mood for action, snappy dialogue, and plot twists, this is NOT the book/series for you.)

    I liked this book as much as the previous ones read by Lisette Lecat. But there were some continuity issues on small details which drove me nuts.

    For example:

    In the previous book, Mma Makutsi says she makes 'better money than she could at any other job'; in this book, she suddenly isn't making enough money, but no explanation why (was her salary reduced? rent increased?).

    In the previous book, Mma Makutsi's brother's illness is secret from Mma Ramotzwe, but in this one Mma Ramotzwe knows all about him - again, no explanation why.

    But that kind of stuff bugs me more than other people, so I wouldn't let it stop you from getting this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Kansas City, MO, USA 10-22-05
    Sandra Kansas City, MO, USA 10-22-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Good book"

    If you're a fan of the series you'll like this one too. I especially like reading more about Mma Makutsi.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    R. Braud Seattle, WA 02-20-14
    R. Braud Seattle, WA 02-20-14 Member Since 2012

    Hunter

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    "I cant pick a favorite in this series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Kalahari Typing School for Men to be better than the print version?

    I love all the stories about the No. 1 Ladies Detective agenices and just can't pick of favorite but I esp liked this one.


    Have you listened to any of Lisette Lecat’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    One of the best!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    P. Tremblay Loveland, CO United States 12-28-13
    P. Tremblay Loveland, CO United States 12-28-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Another Great Intstallment"
    If you could sum up The Kalahari Typing School for Men in three words, what would they be?

    Sweet. Funny. Familiar.


    If you’ve listened to books by Alexander McCall Smith before, how does this one compare?

    I have read all of the Ladies Detective Agency books, but this is the first one I listened to on Audible. It starts out very, very slowly and I almost gave up on it but I was glad I stuck it out. It is perhaps not as exciting as some of his previous installments in this series.


    What does Lisette Lecat bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her narrative is smooth and lyrical, which fits the story well. She pronounces the names so effortlessly and I immediately fell into the rhythm of her voice. She kept me listening even through the slow first part of the book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did not have an extreme reaction, but it did make me smile and occasionally mist up.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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