Intriguing cases present themselves and Mma Ramotswe juggles new clients with her usual formidable talent. However, when her first-class assistant Mma Makutsi decides to expand the agency by opening a much-needed typing school for men, things become complicated.
As this is now the 4th book in the series, I'm starting to feel that they are a bit too short and look forward to the longer ones, because for me, the longer ones will show book structure development.
I do find the formality a little wearing and I feel like the books have been translated from an African writing because it goes into too much detail and almost teaching you how to suck eggs narration. I hope the future ones get better and more in depth.
Would you listen to The Kalahari Typing School for Men again? Why?
No. Not because the story is no good, it is entertaining. With apology to Hilary Neville who does a perfectly reasonable job but cannot bring the story to life in the same way Adjoa Andoh does. The rhythm of Africa is lost when spoken only by a perfectly modulated English voice. Ms Andoh can do this perfectly, when in narration mode and can convey Botswana beautifully when in conversation mode.
Who was your favorite character and why?
The ever delightful Precious. Her wisdom and insights are delightful.
What aspect of the narrator’s performance might you have changed?
As beautifully as she speaks, Hilary Neville is not the right person to bring these stories to life.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
This is not a book that "moves" but one that entertains.
Any additional comments?
As always, interesting story and lovely characters. Only negative point is the price for this short a book! Narrator has a very soothing voice but very English accent. I prefer the African accent for these stories, it adds to the authenticity and atmosphere.
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency stories are very good (all that I have read so far- books 1-4), though at first it takes a little getting used to the names of the characters. Really enjoyable, yet i did not like the TV adaption!