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The Double Comfort Safari Club: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency | [Alexander McCall Smith]

The Double Comfort Safari Club: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Alexander McCall Smith’s internationally best-selling and award-winning series starring Botswana’s leading lady detective continues with this 11th charming tale. Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi travel to the Okavango Delta to visit a safari lodge beset by unexplained events. There they are awestruck by the breathtaking scenery, but also troubled by the region’s many difficulties—not the least of which is the occasional grumpy hippopotamus.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2010 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Marcia Fulton, MO, United States 05-17-10
    Marcia Fulton, MO, United States 05-17-10 Member Since 2008
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    "I expected more from McCall Smith than this..."

    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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    MsMaryMac 03-23-14
    MsMaryMac 03-23-14
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    "Lisette Lecat really shines in this one"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Double Comfort Safari Club to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not exactly an "edge of the seat" series, but in this one there was a nice little twist that I hadn't expected.


    What about Lisette Lecat’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes,the resolution of the heir mystery.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa Cumberland Philadelphia, MS United States 03-10-13
    Teresa Cumberland Philadelphia, MS United States 03-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Doube Good listening !!!"
    If you could sum up The Double Comfort Safari Club in three words, what would they be?

    Double Good Listening!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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?


    What does Lisette Lecat bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


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

    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" : )


    Any additional comments?

    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!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kim 02-01-13
    Kim 02-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "No Substance"
    Would you try another book from Alexander McCall Smith and/or Lisette Lecat?

    This book had no substantial story! I was hoping for a detective story - If asking someone if they did something and they said yes is considered a dectective story than, here you go. This book is about the unspoken feelings of modern Botswana women (think 1950's American women). Mildly interesting but I kept waiting for some interesting twist in the story, but there are none. The title refers to a Safari Club which comes up in one chapter and again, boring.


    Has The Double Comfort Safari Club turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes of the Ladies Detective Agency


    What does Lisette Lecat bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Lisette Lecat did a great job reading the book. I would definitely listen to other books by her.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Angie West Haven, UT, United States 01-05-13
    Angie West Haven, UT, United States 01-05-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Decent escape but basic writing here."
    What did you like best about The Double Comfort Safari Club? What did you like least?

    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.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Did The Double Comfort Safari Club inspire you to do anything?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sherry Kirkland, WA, United States 12-13-12
    sherry Kirkland, WA, United States 12-13-12 Member Since 2004
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    "No slow, but thoughtful"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Frances 08-27-12
    Frances 08-27-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Another great in the series!"
    If you could sum up The Double Comfort Safari Club in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, enlighteing, wise


    What other book might you compare The Double Comfort Safari Club to and why?

    All in his series of Ma Ramotsway.


    What does Lisette Lecat bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She sounds exactly like I picture the characters. Lovely cadence.L


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

    Never cried.
    Felt sorry sometimes but definitely laughed.


    Any additional comments?

    Just when I think there's no more to be said or done in the lives of these characters, here comes another engrossing and expanding book! Wouldn't miss a one of them, and haven't! I'm ready for more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Rock Pittsburgh PA 02-06-12
    J. Rock Pittsburgh PA 02-06-12 Listener Since 2009

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    "Love The Light Series"
    Where does The Double Comfort Safari Club rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    I can't get enough of The No.1 Ladies' Detective series, always entertaining and different. I recommend the series often to readers I know would love this series. It refreshing to get away from the overly descriptive books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    harringtonhound 01-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Delightful as always."
    Any additional comments?

    Alexander McCall Smith wrties lovely, gentle stories about ordinary people. His insights into our pettiness and kindness are universal. I love the No. 1 Ladies Detectvie Agency series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Crandall, TX, United States 11-29-11
    Amazon Customer Crandall, TX, United States 11-29-11 Member Since 2010
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    "great Series"

    This series is about everyday life, but kept me reading. I enjoyed the series. Wish there were more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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