Listeners will agree that this touching and dramatic new installment in Alexander McCall Smith’s beloved and best-selling series is the finest yet. In this story, Precious Ramotswe deals with issues of mistaken identity and great fortune against the beautiful backdrop of Botswana’s remote and striking Okavango Delta.
Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi head to a safari camp to carry out a delicate mission on behalf of a former guest who has left one of the guides a large sum of money. But once they find their man, Precious begins to sense that something is not right. To make matters worse, shortly before their departure, Mma Makutsi’s fiancé, Phuti Radiphuti, suffers a debilitating accident, and when his aunt moves in to take care of him, she also pushes Mma Makutsi out of the picture. Could she be trying to break up the relationship?
Finally, a local priest and his wife independently approach Mma Ramotswe with concerns of infidelity, creating a rather unusual and tricky situation. Nevertheless, Precious is confident that with a little patience, kindness and good sense things will work out for the best - something that will delight her many fans.
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This latest entry in the series is following what has become an all too familiar pattern: long on musings by the characters and short on actual detection. Mma Ramotswe has to find the beneficiary of a legacy, and, I am afraid to say, she actually messes that up. There must be a rule in the Principles of Private Detection that would tell her to show the photograph of the benefactor to the prospective heir before promising him the legacy. Everything is satisfactorily resolved more by serendipity than by Mma Ramotswe's skills. Still enjoyable, but the standards are falling.
By far, this was the slowest book I've listened/read in a long time. I felt that McCall Smith was writing because he had to get this next book completed, but didn't have enough to write about, so belabored every thought each character was thinking. Also, the story was way too predictable. The long wait for this book ended up being a sad disappointment.
Another delightful tale in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. Hearing this narrated by the brilliant Lisette Lecat is truly the best way to experience this lovely book.
I like the ease and conversation of the characters in this series.
Anyone else tired of Grace Makutsi. I am very tired of her rudeness and impetuousness and hypocritical nature. And I am tired of her running all over Precious. This character is the only fly in the ointment of this wonderful series.
Every book in Andrew McCall Smith's
The First Ladies Detective Agency is
Brilliant ! I prefer to listen to the15 books on Audible because the artist who does all of the voices is gifted! Her
name is Lisette Lecat. She is beyond amazing ! Don't see the series on HBO;
listen to the first few, if not all in order. The characters develop (eg get married ). The author is a teaching physician in Scotland (a lawyer too) mostly as he says, he is a serial novelist . He never disappoints!
I can't imagine just reading this series. It would be like reading plays--you get the gist and can even appreciate wonderful writing, but the words don't really come to life until you hear them performed, especially in this series since there are a lot of words in a language most of us don't hear spoken very often. I find that when those words appear in print, they interrupt the story since I want to stop and figure them out, but when Ms. Lecat reads them, they add to rhythm and flow to the narrative.
Not exactly an "edge of the seat" series, but in this one there was a nice little twist that I hadn't expected.
She is always remarkable in this series,so much so that she is integral to my enjoyment of the stories, but my favorite narrations are ones in which she gets to show her acting chops like this one. She can do subtle shifts in accents as well as obvious differences, so the careful listener gets clues before the print reader does. She must read the books & make a chart of pertinent traits of each new character; I'd love to hear her talk about her process.
Yes,the resolution of the heir mystery.
A hopefully helpful hint: I adore listening to these books but I find the pace of narration a bit slower than I like. Discovering that I could listen at 1.25x speed has made them close to perfect.
Double Good Listening!!
Each character is so well developed. I wish I could meet them in person. In this book Mma Grace Makutsi. Without giving away the plot, I admire her strength and her vulnerability in this story. It is difficult to choose a favorite among characters I would love to know as friends. I would love to go shoe shopping with Grace, we have the same love of shoes. I wonder if she has the same love of purses as I?
OH MY!!!! She brings EVERYTHING !!!! She breathes the life of Botswana into every word. Her accent, her expressions, and the ability to change between characters makes one think there are more than one narrator. She has a wonderful talent in relating the story and bringing it to life.
No, because it is like a wonderful dessert. It would be gone all too soon. Though I do worry about the characters "in between listenings" : )
I am very sad that I am so near the end of the series. I guarantee, you will find yourself wanting to visit Botswana by the end of the first book, and looking for travel information by the end of the last!!!
I liked the reference to that old--love without freedom isn't really love. I felt like the author just reused old stuff and gave me a happy ending. Who doesn't like when things fit together nicely.
Lisette Lecat was a fabulous narrator! Truly an excellent interpretation as I like to think the narrator brings a unique window to the words.
Hmmm..... It seemed to simplify the people of Botswana and made me a bit uncomfortable.
I specifically like when she talked about the "comfort of an old friend" where "you can close your eyes". I don't know--nothing sticks out as fabulous. I liked how the husband respected his wife and she him. They worked hard & were respected for it. They respected themselves.
Do whatever you can do to bring to others....... I don't think it was really an inspirational type of story.... Just a quick escape sort of story.
Some listeners found this book slow; I found it thoughtful. It took me a while to warm to this series when I began with the print version. Having discovered the Audible version, I'm a fan. All the books have something to say about ethics and behavior. This one in particular asked what is the right thing to do vs what is the kind thing? How does one best respond to a certain type of person and how can one best teach? And, of course, there's the fond touch of human foolishness and Smith's deep affection for his characters.
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