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Publisher's Summary

Precious Ramotswe is continuing to run her detective agency from the garage of her fiancé, Mr J. L. B. Matakoni. Plans for their wedding need to be made - but when, if ever, will they wed?

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.

©2002 Alexander McCall Smith; (P)2004 Isis Publishing Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Mma Ramotswe's methods - and her results - are as unusual as the novels they inhabit." (New York Times)
"The author's prose has the merits of simplicity, euphony and precision. His descriptions leave one as if standing in the Botswana landscape. This is art that conceals art. I haven't read anything with such unalloyed pleasure for a long time." (Sunday Telegraph)
"McCall Smith is a careful emblematic writer who is beyond gifted, he is a natural storyteller. Smith has once again charmed the sarongs off of us." (The List)

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  • PJ van Zetten
  • 07-19-16

A comparison

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?

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  • Daisy65
  • 02-25-15

Alexander Mcall Smith fan

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.


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  • Carole
  • 09-30-10

GOOD LISTEN...

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!