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Tea Time for the Traditionally Built Audiobook

Tea Time for the Traditionally Built: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

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Publisher's Summary

The 10th entry in the internationally best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series finds Precious Ramotswe investigating a mystery that hits close to home.

When she asks her dependable husband, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, to fix her tiny white van, Precious fears he might just sell the vehicle and buy her something more modern. And so he does. But this will not do. So Precious tries to track her beloved van down - and learns it has already been stolen from its new owner.

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

©2009 Alexander McCall Smith; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"A literary confection of gossamer deliciousness....There is no end to the pleasure that may be extracted from these books." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Jackie Rushville, IN, USA 05-20-09
    Jackie Rushville, IN, USA 05-20-09
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    "as usual...wonderful"

    These books have brought me many hours of relaxation, while keeping me curious about each character. I usually listen to hardcore thrillers, but when I see one of these out, I am so happy. The characters are all one of a kind, and I know them well, that's what makes this series an old friend for me. Characters don't change from book to book, they are who they are, just like we are...

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    wrenforever 07-21-17
    wrenforever 07-21-17
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    "pleasant book"

    it was pleasant listening to the accent of the reader. well written and enjoyable story.

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    Grateful Girl 03-07-17
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    "Just Fun!"
    What did you love best about Tea Time for the Traditionally Built?

    You are whisked away to another part of the world where life is simpler, yet there are different cultural issues that are presented pleasantly and as part of the building of the characters.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Alexander McCall Smith's writing is such that you don't want to stop. You want to know what happens next to Mma Precious Ramotswe in her investigations that no one else would take.


    Which character – as performed by Lisette Lecat – was your favorite?

    Mma Precious Ramotswe is a delight. She is complex, strong, sensible and determined. You just want to sit down to tea with her.


    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful read! If you would like a visit to another country with a wonderfully interesting lady, you'll love this book. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Suea 04-04-13
    Suea 04-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Entertaining but slow starter"
    Where does Tea Time for the Traditionally Built rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to most of the series now and have enjoyed it immensely. This was the first book that was a bit of a disappointment in that it wasn't as meaty with problems for the lady detective to solve. The beginning was so slow - the pace was simply not like his prior books in the series..


    Would you be willing to try another book from Alexander McCall Smith? Why or why not?

    Absolutely. McCall Smith has done what many have not - combined moral and ethical people with interesting adventures without one bit of moralizing. His insight into friendships and the interelationships between spouses is spot on. I've learned some social skills as I witness this lady detective moving through her world making it a better place. In short, these are interesting and entertaining stories with a conscious.


    Have you listened to any of Lisette Lecat’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She's very consistent. I feel that I know the characters very well through her interpretations.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Wisdom among friends


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to books while going to sleep so I don't like anything heavy or too exciting. These books give me entertainment with purpose. I love this series and am sorry to be coming closer to the end of it. However, I want to see the quality as consistent as the reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie United States 09-29-12
    Debbie United States 09-29-12
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    "Light entertaining read"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I love the #1 Ladies Detective Agency series. Lizette LeCarr does a good job. This story had a dramatic event with an outcome I didn't quite expect. Thoroughly enjoyed!


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    QuiltyGrl 09-02-12
    QuiltyGrl 09-02-12
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    "Not the best listen"

    Just an ok listen and not very memorable. I'm not sure I'll try another with this combo of writer and reader.

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    S. K. Begley 05-21-12
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    "#1 Ladies Detective Agency Hits Homer"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    It is as imagined when I read the book. The personalities come through clear as a bell.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    When they discover Violet is playing dirty pool.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Grace


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    It gave me some wonderful laughs. It goes to show that we are all the same, yet all different.


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    catherine 03-05-12
    catherine 03-05-12
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    "love the no. 1 ladies detective agency"

    its a good read. very calm and there isnt anything that makes the book hard to hear

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    Brenda Middletwon, CA, United States 01-31-12
    Brenda Middletwon, CA, United States 01-31-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Lovely as always"

    Another delightful installment in the series. I've enjoyed them all. These books are always very benign entertainment as long as you don't expect deep, life-changing stuff. Sit back, relax and meander through another world.

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    Doreen United States 01-27-12
    Doreen United States 01-27-12 Member Since 2017
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    "An intreging and culturally fascinating story!"

    I love the way the author makes you feel like you are there in the story being a part of the no. 1 ladies detective agency and their personal lives. Learning their thoughts, world views, values and concerns is informative and entertaining.

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