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Tea Time for the Traditionally Built Audiobook
Tea Time for the Traditionally Built
Written by: 
Alexander McCall Smith
Narrated by: 
Lisette Lecat
Tea Time for the Traditionally Built Audiobook

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

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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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    Paula 07-17-15
    Paula 07-17-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A Pure Joy"

    I'm much further along in the series and was pleased to find one I missed. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Especially Grace triumphing over Violet!

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    Suea 04-04-13
    Suea 04-04-13 Member Since 2012

    zoeq is a trained chef an innkeeper. Currently she is writing a cookbook for the family cook. She lives in Florida and loves kayaking.

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    "Entertaining but slow starter"
    Where does Tea Time for the Traditionally Built rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to most of the series now and have enjoyed it immensely. This was the first book that was a bit of a disappointment in that it wasn't as meaty with problems for the lady detective to solve. The beginning was so slow - the pace was simply not like his prior books in the series..


    Would you be willing to try another book from Alexander McCall Smith? Why or why not?

    Absolutely. McCall Smith has done what many have not - combined moral and ethical people with interesting adventures without one bit of moralizing. His insight into friendships and the interelationships between spouses is spot on. I've learned some social skills as I witness this lady detective moving through her world making it a better place. In short, these are interesting and entertaining stories with a conscious.


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

    She's very consistent. I feel that I know the characters very well through her interpretations.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Wisdom among friends


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to books while going to sleep so I don't like anything heavy or too exciting. These books give me entertainment with purpose. I love this series and am sorry to be coming closer to the end of it. However, I want to see the quality as consistent as the reader.

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    Debbie United States 09-29-12
    Debbie United States 09-29-12

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    "Light entertaining read"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I love the #1 Ladies Detective Agency series. Lizette LeCarr does a good job. This story had a dramatic event with an outcome I didn't quite expect. Thoroughly enjoyed!


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    QuiltyGrl 09-02-12
    QuiltyGrl 09-02-12 Member Since 2014
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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.

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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.


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    catherine 03-05-12
    catherine 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

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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.

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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.

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    Judy 01-25-12
    Judy 01-25-12
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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.


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