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The Handsome Man's Deluxe Café Audiobook

The Handsome Man's Deluxe Café

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Publisher's Summary

In this delightful 15th installment, Mma Ramotswe has her hands full both at home and in the office. To add to her current challenges, her devoted partner, Grace Makutsi, has decided to branch out on her own and open The Handsome Man's Deluxe Cafe. But even “Miss 97 Per Cent” can't quite meet all the demands of running a business - not to mention those that a lightning strike makes on her building. Eventually, she'll have to accept all the help she can get - even if it comes from a completely unexpected source.

©2014 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2014 Recorded Books

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    Wayne Matthews, NC 03-16-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 03-16-16 Member Since 2016

    I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!

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    "I'm addicted to these wonderful novels!"

    Another winner in the 1 Ladies Detective Agency series! This is Book 15 in the 16 book series of wonderful novels set in Botswana (I have already reviewed Book 16). Book 15 is one of my favorites in the series. Both Grace Makutsi and Charlie (the apprentice mechanic) have some major issues to face. Violet Suporto is back and remains the villain.

    I'm a huge fan of the narration of Lisette Lecat and her wonderful accent. I've given her 5 stars here, but during the first two hours her voice was different. Maybe she had a cold.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Eva Gannon Chicago, Illinois, US 01-04-15
    Eva Gannon Chicago, Illinois, US 01-04-15 Member Since 2016
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    "What Happened to Lisette Lecat?"

    Overall this is another enjoyable entry in the series. It's like a familiar and beloved pair of slippers that give you a sense of well being. In this book, the character of Charlie is explored a bit more than in previous books.

    The narrator seems to have lost her feeling of well being though. She used to have voices for Mma. Ramotswe, Grace Makutsi, Mr. J.L.B. Matekone, and Mma Potokwane. These are no longer present, and as the book goes along she uses the familiar voices less and less and often mixes them up, using Mma Ramotswe's voice for Grace. I found this very distracting, and disappointing. Hopefully she'll regain her technique for the next book, if she narrates it.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Jil 11-21-14
    Jil 11-21-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Refreshingly innocent"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Handsome Man's Deluxe Cafe to be better than the print version?

    Narration of characters is realistic


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

    Lisette Lecat is the voice of "the Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency!"


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

    Humorous and heartwarming.


    Any additional comments?

    Love this series!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret Vance 11-22-14
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    "Not the Best of this series"
    Would you try another book from Alexander McCall Smith and/or Lisette Lecat?

    Yes - I have read all of the #1 Ladies books and enjoyed all of them, but this one seemed to drag and drag. Paragraphs of odd observations that didn't seem to aide in telling the story. Disappointing since - like I said I really enjoyed all the previous books in this series.


    Would you recommend The Handsome Man's Deluxe Cafe to your friends? Why or why not?

    I'd recommend the series but this book was not it's best.


    Was The Handsome Man's Deluxe Cafe worth the listening time?

    Sure.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 11-14-14
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 11-14-14 Member Since 2016

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Enchanting"

    This is book fifteen in the Number one ladies detective agency of Botswana. I am a big fan of Alexander McCall Smith’s books. He has captured the rhythm of Africa in the pace of the story. Our protagonist is the philosophizing Mma Precious Ramotswe, owner of the detective agency. The world wide recesses ion has hit Botswana and Precious and her husband J. L. B. Matekoni are attempting to economize.

    Mma Grace Matkutsi, Precious’s secretary and partner suddenly decides to open a café. Apparently knowing nothing about operating this type of business she plunges ahead. Precious obtains a new client an East Asian woman who has amnesia.

    The book is vintage Alexander McCall Smith, fluffy philosophy, gentle people, some suspense and humor. Lisette Lecat is delightful narrating the book. She is from South Africa and has all the pronunciation correct as well as the lilting pace of speech.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    D Aliso Viejo, CA, United States 11-23-15
    D Aliso Viejo, CA, United States 11-23-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Delightful"

    McCall Smith writes well-rounded characters that bring sunshine into our lives. I must admit to having a challenge differentiating the names of the two protagonists, but eventually got them straight. We root for them and their personal and business challenges. The descriptions of Botswana life are intriguing. And the story keeps moving.
    This book left me with a smile on my face.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    lerone ST-CATHARINES, ontario, Canada 03-08-15
    lerone ST-CATHARINES, ontario, Canada 03-08-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Continuation of an excellent series"

    I really enjoyed the characters- you come to understand the way of life in Botswana and to understand the way of human nature. You grow with the characters from book to book and can't wait for the next adventure. Life is so enjoyable when it's simple and this book makes everything seemed enjoyable by being honest and kind.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    susan Port Perry, ON, Canada 02-28-15
    susan Port Perry, ON, Canada 02-28-15 Member Since 2016

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Another pleasure read"

    The story is a simple one - or is it? There is more than one mystery to solve.

    Life lived at a gentle pace by caring souls. Takes me back to Africa and away from N. American striving and selfishness.

    Hated for it to end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela J United States 11-22-14
    Pamela J United States 11-22-14 Member Since 2016

    Sure, I'd love to hear your story....

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    "My other home in Botswana"

    Mma Romatswe is like a dear friend - - I love visiting her and her world. I love to listen to these wonderful books and feel like I've gone home - - although I've never visited the continent. This is an especially wonderful visit. Come with us.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda Del 05-20-16
    Melinda Del 05-20-16
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    "My favorite narrator, and this is title is of the best in the series"

    These stories with this narrator are always w delightful , calming-in-traffic listen. Some of the titles in the series are better than others, this one being one of my favorites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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