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The Miracle at Speedy Motors: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency | [Alexander McCall Smith]

The Miracle at Speedy Motors: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Mma Ramotswe is busy investigating her latest case: a woman who is looking for her family. The problem is, the woman doesn't know her real name of whether any members of her family are now living. Meanwhile, Phuti Radiphuti has bought Mma Makutsi a glorious new bed. Unfortunately, it will inadvertently cause her several sleepless nights.
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Publisher's Summary

In the latest installment of this infinitely enjoyable and best-selling series, Precious Ramotswe is doing what she does best--helping people with their problems and enjoying the simple pleasures of life.

Mma Ramotswe is busy investigating her latest case: a woman who is looking for her family. The problem is, the woman doesn't know her real name of whether any members of her family are now living. Meanwhile, Phuti Radiphuti has bought Mma Makutsi a glorious new bed. Unfortunately, it will inadvertently cause her several sleepless nights. And life is no less complicated at Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, where Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni--Mma Ramotswe's estimable husband--has fallen under the sway of a doctor who has promised a miracle cure for his daughter's medical condition, which Mma Ramotswe finds hard to believe. But Precious Ramotswe deals with these difficulties with her usual grace and good humor, and in the end discovers that the biggest miracles in life are often the small ones.

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

©2008 Alexander McCall Smith; (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC.

What the Critics Say

"Alexander McCall Smith's big-hearted Botswanan stories [allow] his readers to escape into a world of simple, picturesque pleasures and upstanding virtues." (The New York Times Book Review)
"The best, most charming, honest, hilarious, and life-affirming books to appear in years." (The Plain Dealer)

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    F. Girlando Santa Barbara, CA USA 05-03-09
    F. Girlando Santa Barbara, CA USA 05-03-09 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "I love these books!"

    I love these books! I love the characters, I love their names, I love the narrator, and I love the poignant stories. If you are just getting interested in this series, maybe from watching the excellent HBO series, then start at the beginning and keep on going. You won't be disappointed. This book is one of my favorites.

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    Mary 11-06-08
    Mary 11-06-08
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    This is one in a great series. Start at the beginning and enjoy the ride! (However, I think this might be a woman's book as my husband hates this entire series.)

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    Jackie Rushville, IN, USA 05-03-08
    Jackie Rushville, IN, USA 05-03-08
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    oceanlover San Clemente, CA United States 05-07-15
    oceanlover San Clemente, CA United States 05-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "love going to Botswana!"

    I have loved this series, right up to now...just finished the Miracle....and am feeling a little disappointed. MaRomotswe was not her happy optimistic self. Ms Lecat was fabulous as always#

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    jan 01-13-15
    jan 01-13-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Continues to surprise and delight me!"

    Such wonderful characters! Very uplifting insights, with conflict resolutions so creative it kept me guessing! Loved this one! Even sad issues were so delicately handled I did not walk away heavy hearted.

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    ashley Mckinney, TX, United States 04-15-13
    ashley Mckinney, TX, United States 04-15-13

    I can devour an audiobook. It's taken the place of television for me. I love fiction, mysteries, auto-bios....even cookbooks.

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    "As usual, entertaining and spot on narration."
    What did you love best about The Miracle at Speedy Motors?

    I've read the series through this installment. I will be starting the next tonight. I would like to tell those who are looking for sex, murder and heavy stuff to steal clear. These books are about wonderful people coming to terms with a changing culture. They are gracious, kind and endearing. I fell like I want to know more people like these. There is meaning with every cup of bush tea ( my husband and I now drink bush tea several times a day after discovering the health benefits) but more than that, it makes me long for a different , more polite world. these books have hit me on a very deep emotional level that I find hard to articulate. For some they may mean nothing for others, well you will understand. Give them a try! There are some great life lessons and silliness for a good laugh out loud time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The random musings and the outbursts of Grace.


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

    They are all beautiful.


    If you could take any character from The Miracle at Speedy Motors out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Precious, no doubt.


    Any additional comments?

    I've enjoyed every single moment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy 10-01-12
    Cindy 10-01-12
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    "Wonderful as always!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes.


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

    She brings the characters to life.


    Any additional comments?

    These books are like dear old friends or like a familiar face in a crowd of strangers. I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to every one of them. I so appreciate that there is no profanity, obscenity, explicit sexual content, and gratuitous violence. The stories are both compelling and a pleasure to listen to without all that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Puls Muskegon, MI, United States 05-22-12
    Laura Puls Muskegon, MI, United States 05-22-12 Member Since 2011

    Mother and Grandmother with varied reading interests, just needs to be unique enough to hold my attention.

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    "LOVE this Series!"
    If you could sum up The Miracle at Speedy Motors in three words, what would they be?

    Easy listening fun!


    What did you like best about this story?

    what I like best about all of the series, fun cases, keeps you guessing, good clean detective stories with an African twist


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

    her beautiful voice


    Who was the most memorable character of The Miracle at Speedy Motors and why?

    Charlie surprised me this book by showing some sensitivity


    Any additional comments?

    keep em coming please!

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    sherrie 01-30-12
    sherrie 01-30-12
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    "simple"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Miracle at Speedy Motors to be better than the print version?

    i enjoy being listing the words are the same


    What other book might you compare The Miracle at Speedy Motors to and why?

    i have enjoyed the whole batch of books


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

    the pronunciation of the names


    Any additional comments?

    i realy enjoyed all the books

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    L. 09-09-10
    L. 09-09-10
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    "Very slow story about nothing"

    I was very much looking forward to listening to this book because I had read other books in this series and found them amusing and interesting. I was very disappointed by both the Author and especially by the narrator, Lisette Lecat, who was not only exceedingly s-l-o-w, but pronounced every 'M' as MMMMMM, until I couldn't stand to hear another word, even when I put my Ipod on 'faster' speed. It was so slow and boring I couldn't even tell you what it was about.

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