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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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.
I have either read or listened to every every book in this series. Alexander McCall Smith makes me wish Precious and all of the characters are real people. I would love to meet them all! I love the simple lifestyle and common sense values in these stories. It makes me want to live in Botswana.
Lisette Lecat is an excellent narrator. I love her rich voice and pronunciation. It really makes a difference when you hear the names pronounced correctly. The writing brings the characters and story to life but Lisette makes them real and even more enjoyable.
I love this series. However, this one took a lot of patience to even complete. The story line is thin and wanders with many side-stories that are not related to the main story. do not recommend this one.
painfully thin story line.
To have a story behind it. This was as entertaining as describing what you have done in the last week!
bad story better narration than the story
I'd rewrite it. The wife quit listening before completing the first cd I did too and finally picked it up hoping it would get better. It didn't.
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