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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Audiobook

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

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Publisher's Summary

This remarkably fresh and charming best seller took the world by storm upon its publication. It has since earned two Booker Judges' Special Recommendations and was voted one of the "International Books of the Year and the Millennium" by the Times Literary Supplement.

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.

Chosen as a Top Ten Mystery by the Organization of Independent Booksellers, U.S.A., The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is that rare novel that imparts a sage wisdom while inspiring hearty laughter and lasting smiles.

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©1998 Alexander McCall Smith; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

  • Book Sense Book of the Year Award Finalist, Paperback, 2003
  • Edgar Allan Poe Award Winner, Best First Novel by an American Author, 1998

"One of the most entrancing literary treats of many a year...A tapestry of extraordinary nuance and richness." (Wall Street Journal)
"An artful, pleasing novel...General audiences will welcome this little gem of a book just as much if not more than mystery readers." (Publishers Weekly)
"Smart and sassy...Precious' progress is charted in passages that have the power to amuse or shock or touch the heart, sometimes all at once." (Los Angeles Times)

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    aascott 05-28-05
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    "Very sweet story with a nice ending"

    I totally enjoyed the narrator's voice, the story, and the surprise ending.

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    Diane 02-13-05
    Diane 02-13-05
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    "Delighful Common Sence"

    Not what I had expected at first, this little book draws you in. The culture was refreshingly new, and made me search for other books covering life in Africa which are hard to find. The challenges Mma Ramotswe faces as she begins her new life are not that different than other women, those of love found and lost, career, and aloneness. But I was left with a sense of accomplished and determination that all things are possible if you will only persevere and belief. I would consider this more fictional biography than mystery and as such, a great essay into common sense and fairness.

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    Nancy Ashland, VA, USA 01-25-05
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    "A Pleasant Listening Experience"

    This book was pleasant to listen to. It's not deep or complicated, so it's OK to stop & start listening. The little mystery vignettes are somewhat disconnected, but there is the common thread of the main character's simple but interesting life that ties them together. It was nice to get a flavor of what life is like in Botswana.

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    J. HOPPER 01-10-05
    J. HOPPER 01-10-05 Member Since 2015
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    "Very nicely done"

    I thought the narration was very well done. The story started off a little differently from what I expected, but overall I enjoyed the book quite a lot.

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    Timothy 01-07-05
    Timothy 01-07-05
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    "Great stories and narration"

    Highly enjoyable and beautifully narrated.

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    Alexandra 12-20-04
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    "Wonderful to Hear!"

    Mma Rawsotwe is a clever, independent woman, who loves her native Botswana. This story has interesting characters, a colorful setting, and a delightful narrator. It is such a pleasure to hear the story spoken with a native accent. One of my top three favorite audible books - ever!

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    Michele 11-21-04
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    "The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency"

    Great story - the reader Lisette Lucat brings the richness of the story alive with her voice. A full 5 star rating - have already ordered ALL of the other books by Alexander McCall Smith based soley on his skills in telling the story of Mma Ramotwse

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    I. 11-10-04
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    "Wonderful story & narrator"

    I've heard this one and Tears of the Giraffe -- first of all, the narrator is perfect. I'm so glad I got these from Audible, because the accents and pronounciations add so much to the story. They are about Botswana as much as anything, so the voices are very important. Other than that -- great stories.

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    JAK in Oregon 10-13-04 Listener Since 2002
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    "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (Unabridged)"

    Delightful book. It was very unusual and refreshing. I'm amazed that this wasn't written by a women. Great read!

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    Lenny S 09-30-04
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    "One of the best listens ever"

    A wonderful story beautifully read. That's as good as it gets. I just downloaded the next book and plan to listen to them all.

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