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Publisher's Summary

The next book in the perennially adored No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series sees Precious Ramotswe calling upon all her maternal instincts when she's faced with a two-ton case.

They say it takes a village to raise a child, but can Mma. Ramotswe and the rest of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency come together to raise a pipsqueak pachyderm? We may find out in this novel. We may not. Who can say?

©2020 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2020 Recorded Books

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Oh, the voices...

The story is excellent, as always. But this narrator has adopted quite jarring, raspy voices for various characters.

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Bad reader

I have only just started listening, but am put off by the reader’s harsh and abrasive voice. What a disappointment.

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Narrator Change Alert

I don’t like the new narrator - Ma Madurai voice sounds like an old hag - wth! She’s younger than Ma Ramotswe. Be prepared for the shock. Bring back the old narrator please!! I’ll finish the book but I already know that voice is going to grate..... The star rating is ONLY for the narration.

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Horrible Narration - Won't finish listening

The Narrators own voice is fine, but the voices used for the books characters is very harsh. It somehow manages to be grating, shrill, gruff and squeaky all at once. The women's voices all sound dry and raspy as well, both Precious and Grace sound like they are over one hundred years old. Its just too much of a distraction to focus on the actual story. Audible should refund everyone who purchased this book. The narration is beyond unacceptable.

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What a horrible fate for #1’s beloved characters

Ordered months ago and looked forward to this books’s release date with anticipation. I was in for a shock. While Lisette Lecat is a tough act to follow, it’s hard to believe a rational individual would choose this narrator to replace. Can’t listen to it it’s so bad and will be returning. Please re-record with another narrator.

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Love the series but ...

I have to agree with all the other reviews, the narrator is hard to listen to regarding character voices. I will power through just to hear the story. I will however check for narration before I by another book

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Story’s likely GREAT but where is Lisette Lecat??

I’ve enjoyed Adjoa Andoh‘s narration of other Audible titles so didn’t think I’d mind the switch. WRONG! Guess I’m completely spoiled, having listened to Lisette Lecat narrate the 20 previous books in this series. I preordered this book but couldn’t even make it through the second chapter. Now I’ve got to go read this book old-school style, dagnabbit!

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The new narrator is horrible

where is lisette lecat? she did a fantastic job of narrating, she made the story exciting and interesting. This new narrator is horrible over dramatic and boring, really didn't want to continue listening. struggled to make it pass chapter one. Bad decision to not allow Listeners Lecat to read this book. SO DISAPPOINTED

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Terrible narration

It's hard even to rate the story itself because the narration is so bad. Many of the characters have horrible old hag voices that are truly unpleasant and way beyond distracting.

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Really? Why would we reinvent the wheel?

Given that McCall Smith is a truly a master of the sweet, sweet story telling that soothes the soul, in my opinion, and that he has used the same reader for many,many years....Why ...please explain why..he would allow this choice in narration ??? Actually I like her voice, when she is not speaking for some of these characters,.. but when she is speaking for the main characters...well ..lets just say it way too far away from Lecat to even be believable..what a shame. I'm not certain I can finish listening to this book ..but I'm going to put the effort into it.

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