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In the Company of Cheerful Ladies: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency | [Alexander McCall Smith]

In the Company of Cheerful Ladies: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Readers everywhere have become entranced by the New York Times best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, from acclaimed author and award-winning wit Alexander McCall Smith. Each charming book in the series is a masterpiece of comic subtlety and a window for viewing the distinctive culture and landscape of Botswana.
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Readers everywhere have become entranced by the New York Times best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, from acclaimed author and award-winning wit Alexander McCall Smith. Each charming book in the series is a masterpiece of comic subtlety and a window for viewing the distinctive culture and landscape of Botswana.

Handling a busy caseload at The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency and contending with an intruder in her home, Mma Ramotswe has plenty on her mind. So when her unfortunate past returns to haunt her, she is happy her husband, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, is distracted as well. It seems one of his apprentices at Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors has raced off with an older, wealthy woman.

Life on the edge of the Kalahari is as humorously chaotic as ever for Mma Ramotswe and her loved ones. And there's plenty of bush tea to go around.

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

©2004 Alexander McCall Smith; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"[A] consistently delightful series....Amid the hilarious scenarios and quiet revelations are luminous descriptions of Botswana, land of wide-open spaces and endless blue skies." (Publishers Weekly)
"[McCall Smith] delivers another winner, brimming with poetic descriptions of Botswana, pitch-perfect assessments of human foibles, and sensible resolutions reached over steaming cups of bush tea. By turns laugh-out-loud funny and quietly profound, these life-affirming mysteries are fine company, indeed." (Booklist)

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    Nancy Northbrook, IL, USA 06-17-05
    Nancy Northbrook, IL, USA 06-17-05
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    "Great Listen"

    I read the first book in this series and didn't care much for it. Then I decided to listen to the next. I really enjoyed the narrator and kept on until I have heard every book in the series. They just keep getting better. As far as I'm concerned, the narrator makes all the difference in my enjoyment of these books. She does a superb job--her accent adds so much to the books! This one is a must for all of Mma Ramotswe fans!

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Ted McLean Houston, tx, US 10-04-11
    Ted McLean Houston, tx, US 10-04-11 Member Since 2008
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    "MMMMMakes you crazy with all the mmmmmmm's"

    I've enjoyed this series and loved the tv show, but this one seemed a little too simple, and the pronunciation of the M's, although probably correct, nearly drove me crazy. I couldn't finish it! Listen to the preview before you buy!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Rither Richland, WA USA 03-16-08
    Alan Rither Richland, WA USA 03-16-08 Member Since 2003
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    "Superb Performance of a Delightful Book"

    As a fan of the printed series of Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency books, I was especially pleased to hear Lisette Lecat's superb narration using a variety of voices and accents. If you enjoy the subtle humor and good natured character of this series of books, you will especially like to hear them read by Ms. Lecat, who is also an accomplished Broadway playwrite.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Oconto, WI, USA 06-14-06
    Rachel Oconto, WI, USA 06-14-06
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    "Best in a Wonderful Series"

    I love all of these books, but "In the Company of Cheerful Ladies" is my favorite. Read it and you'll know why. A character like Mma Ramotswe hasn't come along for a while!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Elana Shrewsbury, PA, USA 11-26-05
    Elana Shrewsbury, PA, USA 11-26-05 Member Since 2005
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    "charming"

    This book was an enjoyable listen from beginning to end. Although I have enjoyed all of the books in this series, I wasn't as happy with the last couple. This installation though was a strong as ever and I highly recommend it. The new characters brought into the series were well developed, and fun to get to know. The book was both humerous and heart warming. And as always, Lisette Lecat does a delightful job of narration and her style is well suited for the book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gwen I. Kedzierski 06-14-05 Member Since 2003

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    "Lovely"

    I have not finished listening to this book, but I have read all the others and know there is generally more about character than plot in these novels. I disagree with the previous review. I think the reader does a wonderful job of expressing the pace of these novels and highlighting the various characters. It did take me a while before I could listen to "Mma" (a courtesy title) without thinking of a speech impediment, but it does finally integrate into the whole.

    Much of the charm of this series is the fact the books are set in a place where life is slower and less frantic than the world most of us inhabit. Give it a chance. Enjoy the ride.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Linda PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 02-19-13
    Linda PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 02-19-13
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    "Good stories"

    The mystery part of these tales get lesser and lesser, but the stories get stronger and stronger. I've given up on a presentation of a mystery, and just listen to the story now. As such, it's first rate.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, United States 11-25-11
    Kathy FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, United States 11-25-11 Member Since 2009

    I love books!

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    "slow"

    I have read other books about the No. 1 Ladies detective Agency and found them charming. I do think this book may be better to read then to listen to.Listening to this book on a road trip I found the narrators voice annoying and could not wait for a rest stop to stop the book. the story is pretty slow too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brenette Bothell, WA, United States 05-17-11
    Brenette Bothell, WA, United States 05-17-11
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    "Too Much"

    Too much detail in each scene for me. The book and narration seemed to drag on.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy Summerfield, FL, United States 04-13-11
    Cathy Summerfield, FL, United States 04-13-11 Member Since 2006
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    "I don't get the other reviews?????"

    This is a very slow moving book. Parts of it can be interesting, but that is after you listing to a 10 minute discussion about something totally inane - like how to make tea.

    There doesn't seem to be a plot.

    I bought this based on customer reviews. It did not live up to the hype.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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