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The Full Cupboard of Life: More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency | [Alexander McCall Smith]

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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    MusicMom13 Savannah GA 06-22-05
    MusicMom13 Savannah GA 06-22-05 Member Since 2011
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    "#1 Ladies Detective series delivers another winner"

    I have now listened to the first five in this series -- and eagerly await the newest one "In the Company of Cheerful Ladies." I would buy the book, but listening to this narrator, Lisette Lecat, is the only way I want to hear this series. She's that good. I look forward to driving to work just to hear the next chapter every day. Do them in order or Precious's adventures get out of sequence....!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    JAK in Oregon 11-15-04 Listener Since 2002
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    "Delightful!"

    Every book in this series has made me smile and delight in all the characters. Well done! I highly recommend this book.

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    bebe South Carolina 04-17-10
    bebe South Carolina 04-17-10 Member Since 2009
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    "so good"

    This is one of the books in the Ladies #1 Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith. This is a top notch series and I believe that to truly enjoy the series, every book should be read in the order written. The characters and story line develop over time in the series and they are people you really want to get to know. The story lines and characters can be funny, disgraceful or tragic, but they are always interesting. Smith is a keen observer of people and has great talent for drawing characters and telling whopping good stories.
    The reader is the same for each book in the series and she is one of the best I have ever heard. She gives consistly solid performances over the entire series. The characters remain the same from one book to the other. Her accents are extrordinarily good. If I had to choose between reading this series and listening to it read by this reader (Lisette Lecat) I would without hesitation choose the audible version. Purchase them all - they are so very good.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Joanne Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada 10-02-07
    Joanne Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada 10-02-07 Member Since 2012

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    "yet another winner"

    This is a fabulous series of books that are simply an enjoyable listen! No stress no strain - I have listened to several in this series this summer and I find them light and refreshing. The narrator has a pleasant voice and a wonderful accent. Nothing better than sitting back with a big mug of bush tea and enjoying a tale by Alexander McCall Smith.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Ann Arbor, MI, United States 12-05-11
    Leslie Ann Arbor, MI, United States 12-05-11 Member Since 2011
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    I love this series and the delightful stories are enhanced by superb narration of Lisette Lecat.

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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.

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    Laura Tampa, FL, USA 01-29-07
    Laura Tampa, FL, USA 01-29-07
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    "Heartwarming"

    This is a very interesting, engaging series set in modern day Botswaina. What first attracted me to this series were the investigations taken on by the First Ladies Detective Agency. However, this particular book features more incidents of the daily lives of the characters with a few twists and turns that are resolved by the all wise Mme. Ramotswe. I would have liked to hear more interesting investigations, hence my four star rating. But this book does leave you warm and satisfied in the goodness of the characters and wanting to hear more about their lives.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Delberta 02-22-15
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    "Thought provoking!"

    As always, these books give me such a different perspective that I am drawn to re-think what seems normal! I love the narrator's ability to inject each voice with such individuality! It is as though I can see that person as well as hear!! These are stories to cherish....

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    Kathy N Long Beach, CA United States 02-21-15
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    I love the books in this series. Precious Remote is a wise woman,and the gentle humor of the characters and situations makes the insights into human nature a delight to absorb.

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    Antonette 07-31-13
    Antonette 07-31-13 Member Since 2014

    I love to read! I love reading even more now with my Audible account. I probably read two to three books a month. And, yes, I have a life!

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    "Sappy, but I love it"

    These books are proving to be a happy read. You know that book that feels like it could go wrong, but there's always a happy ending. Each book builds on the other, but the author was smart to recap the main characters for us in a way that's not boring. I'm totally into the story telling parts of the book as well. What I mean by that is, each time characters interact they tell each other the entire story as to how they got o be in the situation that they are in or whatever the case my be. And, initially I thought, serious who talks like this, and I realized that I do. :)

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