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The Full Cupboard of Life Audiobook

The Full Cupboard of Life: More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

New York Times best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith's critically acclaimed No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series continues in this engaging book that won the first ever Saga Award for Wit, given to the wittiest British book of the year.
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith's critically acclaimed No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series continues in this engaging book that won the first ever Saga Award for Wit, given to the wittiest British book of the year.

Mma Ramotswe has been engaged to Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni for quite some time, and they still have no wedding date. But she doesn't want to be too pushy, for Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni has much on his mind. Mma Potokwani, who runs the orphan farm, has tricked him into performing a parachute jump to benefit charity. While Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni tries to wiggle out of his responsibility, Mma Ramotswe keeps busy investigating four men, all who wish to marry a very wealthy woman. What exactly are their intentions?

The cupboard of life is full indeed in this charming, gently funny novel that vibrantly captures the fascinating culture and landscape of Botswana.

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

©2003 Alexander McCall Smith; (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Winner, Solo Narration (Female), 2005

"Delightful series." (Booklist)
"Admirers of Alexander McCall Smith's best-selling novels about Precious Ramotswe...will not be disappointed." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    rene Prince George, British Columbia, Canada 09-10-12
    rene Prince George, British Columbia, Canada 09-10-12
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    "Can't get enough"
    Would you listen to The Full Cupboard of Life again? Why?

    Yes, Why not? The performance is worth multilple listenings.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The complex multiple parallel story lines keep me interested from beginning to end.


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

    Lisette Lecat's use of different voices really brings the characters to life. Perfectly portraying each charcaters' personality.


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

    It is very easy to become engrossed with the story lines and want to keep on listening to find out their resolutions.


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    Rebekah APO, AE, United States 09-10-12
    Rebekah APO, AE, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Pleasant listen"

    I find this reader's voice and accent very relaxing to listen to and the stories in this series are equally lovely. Highly recommend. :-)

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    Peggy 08-28-12
    Peggy 08-28-12
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    "Quintessential Ladies Detective Agency"
    Where does The Full Cupboard of Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 1/4....always sweet, suspenseful, yet full of heavy topics, good morals and chuckles.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the quirky repetitiousness of the characters personalities and names...it adds a unique humor and lightness to even some very serious topics.


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

    Her accents are gorgeous and she makes the Botswanan atmosphere come alive.


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

    Mme. is back!


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    proffvolunteer California 08-21-12
    proffvolunteer California 08-21-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Like Alex McCall Smith? then you'll like this book"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    The #1 Ladies Detective Agency series is pretty uneventful with not much sluthing or who-done it. The books are a slice of life from a part of the world that is very different from white-bread America. The characters are moderately engaging but there's not much plot line. The narator is supurb and it's interesting to hear how the names are pronounced. I've listened to about a half dozen of this series and I enjoy them for what they are and don't expect real mysteries or detective work.


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

    They are all about the same. The characters are all about the same. The detection work is all about the same. 'Nuff said!


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

    I couldn't spell any of the names if I tried.


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

    Yes, but I like British comedy too, so that may not be a recomendation to many people.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    The books are worth listening to if for no other reason that we live in a big diverse world. Learning about how other peoples and cultures thrive in this less than perfect world is enjoyable to me. I'm halfway through all 13 books and look forward to hearing the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 07-31-12
    Linda PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 07-31-12 Member Since 2015
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    "No mystery, but nice story"

    This is a very nice story. The characterizations in this one are the best since the 1st book. Very little detective work, an no mystery at all. I hope this series weaves in more detective work in the future.

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    Janet C. Niemeyer Haskell, OK 07-01-12
    Janet C. Niemeyer Haskell, OK 07-01-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Outstanding"
    Where does The Full Cupboard of Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my very favorites


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the wisdom and grace of Precious Ramotswe. The characters in this book are all so very interesting. It was impossible for me to stop listening to this book. I listened from beginning to end in one sitting.


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

    Lisette Lecat is my favorite. She ''becomes'' the characters. I've listened to 5 or 6 books she has narrated. She's fantastic in every one of them,


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

    I laughed out loud, I shed a few tears, I absolutely loved this book. It was the first book I'd listened to by Alexander McCall Smith. So far, I've listened to it 3 times, and I plan to purchase every No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books that becomes available..


    Any additional comments?

    Find more narrators like Lisette Lecat.

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    Jennifer Pineiro Sebring, FL USA 03-25-12
    Jennifer Pineiro Sebring, FL USA 03-25-12 Member Since 2001

    My name is Jennifer Pineiro, not Jesus.

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    "Another Mma Ramotswe"
    Would you listen to The Full Cupboard of Life again? Why?

    Yes, in fact this is my second listening


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mma Ramotswe, of course. She has the ability to do what she thinks is best even when it looks wrong to others or someone is telling her to do it. She sees past the immediate situation to a better end result and acts accordingly


    What does Lisette Lecat bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    She is able to tell you who is speaking by her voice; she sounds like she's submersed in the story as well.


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

    Don't know.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Iowa City, IA, USA 11-24-09
    Christine Iowa City, IA, USA 11-24-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Charming as usual"

    As usual, Alexander McCall Smith delivers a beautiful book in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. I am always amazed that a man has written these stories, and a white, non-African man at that! This is a wonderful look at the culture of Botswana and the vivid, funny, and poignant characters Smith has created and keeps fresh and alive.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ron New York, NY, United States 05-07-09
    Ron New York, NY, United States 05-07-09 Member Since 2011
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    "A difficult case"

    The narrator of these books has a beautiful array of voices at her command. She easily deserves five stars. The characters in these books are in some odd way fascinating. Now for a leap into the impossible: the sentences are mostly atrocious. The author repeats himself ad nauseam; his seeming inability to use a personal pronoun to stand in for any character's name is pedantic and, one begins to imagine, paternalistic. To echo the formality of speech in Botswana is one thing, to fill pages of a book with mind-numbing guilelessness is quite another. No reference or irony or pun goes unexplained, either. Full marks to AMcS for bringing us this beautiful country; it's time he let them exist in all their potential complexity. I would venture to guess that a good copy editor could pare down the whole ten (?) volumes (maybe 15 audio hours) to two without losing a scintilla of subtlety.

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    Angie Kansas City, MO, United States 03-21-06
    Angie Kansas City, MO, United States 03-21-06 Member Since 2010

    Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.

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    "Excellent"

    Simply wonderful!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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