The Full Cupboard of Life

More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,069 ratings)

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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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#1 Ladies Detective series delivers another winner

I have now listened to the first five in this series -- and eagerly await the newest one "In the Company of Cheerful Ladies." I would buy the book, but listening to this narrator, Lisette Lecat, is the only way I want to hear this series. She's that good. I look forward to driving to work just to hear the next chapter every day. Do them in order or Precious's adventures get out of sequence....!

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so good

This is one of the books in the Ladies #1 Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith. This is a top notch series and I believe that to truly enjoy the series, every book should be read in the order written. The characters and story line develop over time in the series and they are people you really want to get to know. The story lines and characters can be funny, disgraceful or tragic, but they are always interesting. Smith is a keen observer of people and has great talent for drawing characters and telling whopping good stories.
The reader is the same for each book in the series and she is one of the best I have ever heard. She gives consistly solid performances over the entire series. The characters remain the same from one book to the other. Her accents are extrordinarily good. If I had to choose between reading this series and listening to it read by this reader (Lisette Lecat) I would without hesitation choose the audible version. Purchase them all - they are so very good.

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Delightful!

Every book in this series has made me smile and delight in all the characters. Well done! I highly recommend this book.

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yet another winner

This is a fabulous series of books that are simply an enjoyable listen! No stress no strain - I have listened to several in this series this summer and I find them light and refreshing. The narrator has a pleasant voice and a wonderful accent. Nothing better than sitting back with a big mug of bush tea and enjoying a tale by Alexander McCall Smith.

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Simple Wisdom

I love the books in this series. Precious Remote is a wise woman,and the gentle humor of the characters and situations makes the insights into human nature a delight to absorb.

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Always wonderful

I love this series and the delightful stories are enhanced by superb narration of Lisette Lecat.

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Heartwarming

This is a very interesting, engaging series set in modern day Botswaina. What first attracted me to this series were the investigations taken on by the First Ladies Detective Agency. However, this particular book features more incidents of the daily lives of the characters with a few twists and turns that are resolved by the all wise Mme. Ramotswe. I would have liked to hear more interesting investigations, hence my four star rating. But this book does leave you warm and satisfied in the goodness of the characters and wanting to hear more about their lives.

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Pondering Life & the Old Morality of Botswana

The fifth in the series of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency is another delightful listen, finding Mma Ramotswe engaged (for some time now) to Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni. Both busy at their respective businesses, as well as caring for others, the two adhere to the old morality of Botswana, when much of the country has moved to a much cruder way of living. I love these gentle stories of the old days, when Mma Ramotswe’s father still lived, in the same house where she now lives, and some of his old friends still come to visit. And Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni's volunteer work at the orphan farm, where Mma Potokwani is forever trying to wrangle him into some scheme or another (this time jumping from an airplane to raise money for the orphan farm). Written with such wit and charm, I could listen to these stories almost every day. Mma Ramotswe’s investigation into four men wishing to marry the wealthy woman, could well be a parable in the Bible . . . the determination which she came up with in the end was both humorous and wise. . . and altogether an unexpected and humble admittance by all accords. The ending of the book was just perfect.

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These are wonderful books!

Heartwarming, thoughtful and funny all at the same time. it really gives you a flavor of the African culture.

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Simply the best

This is a lovely long series and I have read all the books and listened to many of them performed. But this book, like The House of Unexpected Sisters and The Big Tent Wedding is just a stand out. The ending lifts the spirit and in my imagination, I am there.