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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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    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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    E. Pearson Idaho 08-23-09
    E. Pearson Idaho 08-23-09 Member Since 2008

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    "Are We There Yet?"

    I'm not sure which number this is in the Ladies' Detective Agency series, but for the first time in reading these, I found myself a bit tired of it all. For any who love Smith's skill and insight as a writer, and likewise the characters in Mma Ramotswe's world, it's worth reading. I'm glad I did . . .but feel ready to move on now.

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    Louise 12-11-08
    Louise 12-11-08
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    "Just lovely --"

    Another pleasant little tale -- nothing deep, but I don't listen to this author for deep -- just to amuse myself.... and it does amuse!

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    Kerri 11-10-08
    Kerri 11-10-08
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    "Waste of time"

    Entertaining reader and subject matter, but little plot. Don't waste your time.

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