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Tea Time for the Traditionally Built: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency | [Alexander McCall Smith]

Tea Time for the Traditionally Built: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

When she asks her dependable husband, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, to fix her tiny white van, Precious Ramotswe fears he might just sell the vehicle and buy her something more modern. And so he does. But this will not do. So Precious tries to track her beloved van down - and learns it has already been stolen from its new owner.
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Publisher's Summary

The 10th entry in the internationally best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series finds Precious Ramotswe investigating a mystery that hits close to home.

When she asks her dependable husband, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, to fix her tiny white van, Precious fears he might just sell the vehicle and buy her something more modern. And so he does. But this will not do. So Precious tries to track her beloved van down - and learns it has already been stolen from its new owner.

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

©2009 Alexander McCall Smith; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"A literary confection of gossamer deliciousness....There is no end to the pleasure that may be extracted from these books." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    BookBabe Long Island, NY USA 09-02-12
    BookBabe Long Island, NY USA 09-02-12 Member Since 2009

    LJM

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    "Not the best listen"

    Just an ok listen and not very memorable. I'm not sure I'll try another with this combo of writer and reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. K. Begley Woodstock, IL 05-21-12
    S. K. Begley Woodstock, IL 05-21-12
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    "#1 Ladies Detective Agency Hits Homer"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    It is as imagined when I read the book. The personalities come through clear as a bell.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    When they discover Violet is playing dirty pool.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Grace


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    It gave me some wonderful laughs. It goes to show that we are all the same, yet all different.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    catherine houston, TX, United States 03-05-12
    catherine houston, TX, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "love the no. 1 ladies detective agency"

    its a good read. very calm and there isnt anything that makes the book hard to hear

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Middletwon, CA, United States 01-31-12
    Brenda Middletwon, CA, United States 01-31-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Lovely as always"

    Another delightful installment in the series. I've enjoyed them all. These books are always very benign entertainment as long as you don't expect deep, life-changing stuff. Sit back, relax and meander through another world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Doreen United States 01-27-12
    Doreen United States 01-27-12
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    "An intreging and culturally fascinating story!"

    I love the way the author makes you feel like you are there in the story being a part of the no. 1 ladies detective agency and their personal lives. Learning their thoughts, world views, values and concerns is informative and entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judy POCATELLO, ID, United States 01-25-12
    Judy POCATELLO, ID, United States 01-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Real people in a real setting"
    Would you listen to Tea Time for the Traditionally Built again? Why?

    yes. The characters and their environment became real people by the end of the story. This is one of those books that doesn't depend totally on the outcome of the plot to be enjoyable. It's like re-reading a letter from a friend.


    What other book might you compare Tea Time for the Traditionally Built to and why?

    The Cater St Hangman. Even tho the two are nothing alike in content, they both are done with a G rating and have characters that become real by the end of the book I can listen to both over again with anticipation of the unfolding narrative because of the background details and the personalities and interactions of the people concerned.


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

    yes. same enjoyment level.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I am always thankful when i find a book with an enjoyable story, real characters. Especially one that is done without profanity, violence, and overdone sex.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elise Ipswich, MA, United States 01-24-12
    Elise Ipswich, MA, United States 01-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Delightful Story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved the narrative. This is the second book of the series that I have listened to, and it's a delight to listen to this reader.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I had the time, this would be a pleasure to listen to in one sitting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J.A. Ruston, LA, United States 01-23-12
    J.A. Ruston, LA, United States 01-23-12
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    "Surprisingly Refreshing"
    What made the experience of listening to Tea Time for the Traditionally Built the most enjoyable?

    The characters came alive through the narrator's performance. The rich description of human behaviors and the characters' responses to the behaviors held my attention.


    Which character – as performed by Lisette Lecat – was your favorite?

    My favorite character was the secretary/assistant detective.


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

    I found the book entertaining and refreshing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 01-04-12
    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 01-04-12 Member Since 2007

    Obsessive reader, 6-10 books a week, chosen from Member reviews. Fact & fiction, subjects from the Tudors to Tookie, Harlem to Hiroshima, Huey Long to Huey Newton.  In-depth fair reviews - from front to BLACK!!! 

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    "JUST OK - HORRIBLE NARRATOR"

    I have NEVER heard anyone from Botswana drag the "M" in names and words like this narrator! Everything sounds like "Mmmmmother mmmmmmakes mmmmmuch mmmmmmoney! IRRITATING! And it makes what could be a pleasing story drag along. I guess I got used to Jill Scott's expert acting as Precious Ramotswe in the HBO series. No one in the series went around drawling out "Mma" like "Mmmmmmmmmma". Hearing this over and over again, several times in one sentence hurts my ears! ! Lisette Lecat may be South African-born but not BLACK SOUTH AFRICAN! I'm tired of white narrators thinking that they know how we talk. Guess what? YOU DON'T!!!!

    This is the only one of many reviews that I've written here where I have nothing to say about the story because the narration is the worst in over 300 Audible.com I've purchased. Glad I got this book on sale but it's not even worth the sales price! Does Audible even listen to these books when the narration is completed? Obviously not! I know there must be black, African-American, and African narrators out there to do justice to our voices. Find some, Audible! I'm getting weary of listening to us sound like minstrels or just plain ridiculous as in this book! A MEERKAT could have done better than LECAT!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry Bark River, MI, United States 05-19-11
    Sherry Bark River, MI, United States 05-19-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Disappointed"

    I didn't like this book nearly as much as The #1 Ladies Detective Agency. I thought the pace was crawling, and regretted purchasing it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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