Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series has become a worldwide phenomenon thanks to the appeal of endearing protagonist Precious Ramotswe and the author’s charmingly quirky prose. In this 13th installment, Mma Ramotswe’s attention is focused on a pesky disciplinary problem at her adopted daughter’s school - while Grace Makutsi adjusts to wedded bliss and the famed Clovis Andersen arrives in Botswana looking for more than bush tea.
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Yes, I love the audio version because of the reader. She is one of the best.
When Clovis Anderson appeared.
I have listened to all the books in this series as an audiobook. She is right up there with Jim Dale of the Harry Potter series and David Colacci of the Donna Leon series about Guido Brunetti. She makes the characters come alive.
When Ma Ramotswe treats Clovis with such kindness. Just loved learning more about him since he had such a profound impact on her.
I laughed out loud during parts of this book and was moved to tears in other parts. I think this at the tope of the list for this series.
A great way to listen and relax because AMS and Mma Ramostwe always find the kind and gentle solution to any problem.
Lisette Lecat makes listening more pleasurable than reading these books.
Consistenly solid story, characters, and location. And one of the greatest narrators in audio. Impossible not to have fun with this series unless you're impatient, in which case you're missing all the fun. Reminds us all that the breakneck pace at which we all live does not necessarily mean a better life. Relax... and enjoy it.
The sudden appearance of a certain well-known off-screen character.
Mma Makutse. Many foibles but a great heart. You find yourself rooting for her despite her shortcomings.
Hope Mr. Smith never quits this series.
Love the smooth narration. Her accent is so pleasing to the ear.
No. The story is always interesting. Never the edge of seat.
I always enjoy this series, largely because of Lisette Lecat. She makes me want to talk like a Botswana native! This story didn't seem as well developed as some of the earlier books in the series, but it is still very enjoyable. I particularly enjoy Precious' internal struggles with retaining her moral principles while being sure that the culprit is appropriately punished. The gentle humor and constant reminders of the value in taking the time to slow down and appreciate the world around you is a refreshing change from murder and mayhem.
I absolutely loved this book. I have listened to or read all of the previous in the series and this has to be my favorite (although I loved all of the others). It keeps you listening for all the various plots and the characters are delightful. This book is pure enjoyment. As always, the woman who does the narration has that wonderful voice, which is the icing on the cake.
Alexander McCall Smith does it again. His stories about Precious and her friends and family are a wonderful break from the realities of the world. I love that the series stresses living a thoughtful and intentional life.
Lisette Lecat does a wonderful job of reading.
The Corduroy Mansion series, also by McCall Smith, is equally delightful.
I was so looking forward to hearing this amazing voice actor and the sweetness and delight of the story line typical of the No. 1 Ladies'. I wasn't disappointed. I'm only sad that it will now be a long time before another is ready.
I have to say that sometimes I am irked by the Mma Ramotswe's lack of typical astuteness in favor of some male character knowing what she is oblivious to. That just doesn't seem consistent with her general character.
Other than that, the humor is delightful and the portrayal of the characters through dialogue and Mma Ramotswe's internal musings are very satisfying. I hope that Clovis Anderson chooses to be a part of the yet-unformed Limpopo Academy where Mma Ramotswe will NOT be serving tea for Mma Makutsi.
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