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No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency: BBC Radio Casebook Radio/TV Program

No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency: BBC Radio Casebook: BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations

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"Must-listen...beautifully cast, precisely timed, simply wonderful." (Daily Telegraph)

Publisher's Summary

Claire Benedict and Nadine Marshall star in these eight BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramas adapted by Alexander McCall Smith.

Alexander McCall Smith's hugely popular novels featuring Precious Ramotswe, proprietor of Botswana's only female private detective agency, have become international best sellers. These acclaimed productions, complete with vibrant music, bring the exotic world of the books to life.

In these eight episodes, Mma Ramotswe takes on her first case - and a new secretary; tries to solve a bone mystery; tackles a domestic drama and a doctor's erratic behaviour; and investigates the case of a missing American. In addition, she is hired by a beauty contest judge to check the integrity of the finalists; looks for two women wronged by her client, Mr Molefelo; learns of a rival detective agency; and is commissioned by a physiotherapist to find out what her errant husband is up to. The stories included are: The Daddy; The Bone; The Maid; Tears of the Giraffe; The Chief Justice of Beauty; The Confession; The Kalahari Typing School for Men and The Admirer.

Claire Benedict stars as Mma Ramotswe, with Nadine Marshall as Mma Makutsi and Joseph Marcell as Mr JLB Matekoni.

©2017 BBC Worldwide Ltd. (P)2017 BBC Worldwide Ltd.

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    L. Headley 07-22-17
    L. Headley 07-22-17
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    "Not The Best Interpretation"

    Having read (and loved) all the books in this series, heard them all (and loved Lisette Lecat's reading), and watched every episode of the (all too brief) television series based on the books, I am probably too big a fan for this dramatization. It is a truncated, watered-down version of several of the stories I already know and love.
    Also, while I am far from being an expert in African accents, I found the variety of accents in the production distracting. They didn't sound like the Botswana accents I've heard before--they seemed more like generic African accents.
    If this is your first introduction to the Number 1 Ladies' Detective Agency stories, or if it's all you have time for, then get it. It's certainly better than no Number 1 Ladies' Detective Agency stories! But I think that any one of the original books is a richer, more rewarding listening (or reading) experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Lina
    7/23/17
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    "Love the simplicity of the stories."

    Love the philosophy of simple life, very clever wise characters and loads of kindness. Excellent.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Nigel
    Berkshire, UK
    8/15/17
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    "Great performances by the actors, scripts so-so"


    Previously these stories were available in four separate releases, volumes 1-4:

    1. The Daddy
    2. The Bone
    3. The Maid
    4. Tears of the Giraffe
    5. The Chief Justice of Beauty
    6. The Confession
    7. The Kalahari Typing School for Men
    8. The Admirer

    Whilst the script is basic and slow, a la Janet and John, and many phrases are routinely reused: Bush tea, 97%, traditionally shaped, it is actors that make this audio-drama enjoyable. Told with such warmth, this a friendly, comfortable and easy listen.

    And a quick look at Wikipedia states there are 33 No.1 Ladies Detective agency stories, so hopefully we’ll see some more No.1 Ladies casebooks added to Audible in the near future.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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