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Tears of the Giraffe Audiobook

Tears of the Giraffe: More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

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Publisher's Summary

In this thoroughly entertaining book, the best-selling, critically acclaimed author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency continues the story of Mma "Precious" Ramotswe, the clever proprietor of the only detective agency in all of Botswana.

Now engaged to Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, Mma Ramotswe must contend with the hostility of her fianci's unscrupulous maid, who quickly begins plotting the disintegration of the arrangement. Then an American woman asks for help to learn the truth behind her son's disappearance in Africa, and Mma Ramotswe has all the troubles she can handle.

Part detective story, part comedy of manners and part African travelogue, Tears of the Giraffe is an indisputable joy.

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

©2000 Alexander McCall Smith; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC

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"I haven't read anything with such unalloyed pleasure for a long time." (The Sunday Telegraph)

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    Rusty P. 09-05-17
    Rusty P. 09-05-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Tears of the Giraffe "

    Finished listening with tears. This was an excellent book. Looking forward to the next one.

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    PW Englewood, CO United States 09-04-17
    PW Englewood, CO United States 09-04-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Another great book in this series"

    great read. can't wait to listen to the next one in the series. highly recommend.

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    T Barnes 03-08-17
    T Barnes 03-08-17 Member Since 2015
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    Great book, the characters speak to you and you see them vividly. Love the story telling style.

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    Natalie M. R. Hernandez United States 01-21-17
    Natalie M. R. Hernandez United States 01-21-17
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    "Book 2, Love"

    I accidentally read this book before the 1st but this reassures me that this 7 book series is going to be great. I love the narrator but was listening to it fast forwarded at 1.75X even 2X faster. But the story was steady and kept me interested.

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    Jan Napp 06-06-16
    Jan Napp 06-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "What a gift!"

    I am so grateful to have come upon this wonderful series. I've listened to them all and am on my 2nd time through. I saw that another reviewer called these books a "balm" and I agree. I learn about a place I've never been; I am entertained by the wonderful storytelling, character development , dialogue, including inner thoughts of the characters that are such an interesting view of people, situations, places, life in general, and finally, these books refreshingly, and uniquely inspire through the main characters. So yes, they are a balm to the soul/spirit. I must add that the narrator is excellent. I'm grateful to the author and narrator for this wonderful series. Thank you!

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    Kit 05-21-16
    Kit 05-21-16
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    "Love this series"

    These stories are so charming, and the narrator is perfect. Thoroughly enjoyable. Presents a picture of the culture that is unexpected and sweet.

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    Willy K. Florida, USA 02-01-16
    Willy K. Florida, USA 02-01-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Deeper into Africa"

    This is the third book of this series I have read. The beauty of Africa and the dignity of the characters are unusual in the mystery stories. I almost feel I have been transported to a new world with values and feelings I wish existed in my own culture.

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    AudioAddict 10-01-15
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    "Delightful characters, setting and story"

    STORY (contemporary fiction) - This story is the epitome of an easy listen. The main characters are good people who always try to do the right thing. The setting is present day in a small village in Botswana, Africa, with descriptions of the wild and beautiful countryside that will make you fell like you're there. And the story is just delightful. Normally I would consider such a book slow, possibly even boring, but this is just easy and made me feel good. Not a lot happens in terms of heavy detective work - a woman seeks closure for the death of her son ten years prior, a man wants to find out if his wife is cheating, a maid tries to get the main character, Mma Ramotswe, into trouble. But Mma Ramotswe, being the good person she is, follows her heart and does whatever she thinks is right for everyone ... sometimes with a creative twist.

    In this book Mma Ramotswe continues her engagement with Mr. JLB Matekone, who is a good man and a real pushover. (You will see just how much of a softie he is in this book.) I'm still puzzled as to why they have such a formal relationship for an engaged couple and why they refer to each other by their full, long names. The title doesn't make sense until the very last few sentences of the book and even then was kind of a stretch, but the ending was very good nonetheless.

    PERFORMANCE - Lisette Lecat is a wonderful narrator. Almost gave her five stars. She brings old friends to life with her lovely voice and great character differentiation. Her accent, whether authentic or not, is refreshingly different and easy to understand.

    OVERALL - This is Book 2 in the series. The stories stand alone, though there is character development flowing from book to book. There is no cursing or violence and only a few minor sexual references. Recommended primarily for females over age 18. This book is just easy, uplifting and enjoyable like a relaxing trip to Africa with good friends. I look forward to hearing the next book.

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    "Fantastic story, beautifully read"

    I love this whole series but this is among the best beautifully narrated by the talented lisette lecatte.

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    JES1972 05-22-15
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    "I absolutely love this series!"

    I feel like I know the characters personally and love each one. I've read each book multiple times and now I'm listening and Ms Lecat does an excellent job.

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