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New York Times best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith's critically acclaimed No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series continues in this engaging book that won the first ever Saga Award for Wit, given to the wittiest British book of the year.

Mma Ramotswe has been engaged to Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni for quite some time, and they still have no wedding date. But she doesn't want to be too pushy, for Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni has much on his mind. Mma Potokwani, who runs the orphan farm, has tricked him into performing a parachute jump to benefit charity. While Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni tries to wiggle out of his responsibility, Mma Ramotswe keeps busy investigating four men, all who wish to marry a very wealthy woman. What exactly are their intentions?

The cupboard of life is full indeed in this charming, gently funny novel that vibrantly captures the fascinating culture and landscape of Botswana.

Listen to the other titles in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.
©2003 Alexander McCall Smith; (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

  • Audie Award Winner, Solo Narration (Female), 2005

"Delightful series." (Booklist)
"Admirers of Alexander McCall Smith's best-selling novels about Precious Ramotswe...will not be disappointed." (The New York Times Book Review)

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A difficult case

The narrator of these books has a beautiful array of voices at her command. She easily deserves five stars. The characters in these books are in some odd way fascinating. Now for a leap into the impossible: the sentences are mostly atrocious. The author repeats himself ad nauseam; his seeming inability to use a personal pronoun to stand in for any character's name is pedantic and, one begins to imagine, paternalistic. To echo the formality of speech in Botswana is one thing, to fill pages of a book with mind-numbing guilelessness is quite another. No reference or irony or pun goes unexplained, either. Full marks to AMcS for bringing us this beautiful country; it's time he let them exist in all their potential complexity. I would venture to guess that a good copy editor could pare down the whole ten (?) volumes (maybe 15 audio hours) to two without losing a scintilla of subtlety.

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  • Linda
  • PITTSBURGH, PA, United States
  • 07-31-12

No mystery, but nice story

This is a very nice story. The characterizations in this one are the best since the 1st book. Very little detective work, an no mystery at all. I hope this series weaves in more detective work in the future.

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Where does The Full Cupboard of Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of my very favorites

What did you like best about this story?

I love the wisdom and grace of Precious Ramotswe. The characters in this book are all so very interesting. It was impossible for me to stop listening to this book. I listened from beginning to end in one sitting.

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

Lisette Lecat is my favorite. She ''becomes'' the characters. I've listened to 5 or 6 books she has narrated. She's fantastic in every one of them,

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed out loud, I shed a few tears, I absolutely loved this book. It was the first book I'd listened to by Alexander McCall Smith. So far, I've listened to it 3 times, and I plan to purchase every No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books that becomes available..

Any additional comments?

Find more narrators like Lisette Lecat.

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  • Angie
  • Kansas City, MO, United States
  • 03-21-06


Simply wonderful!

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