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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (189 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alexander McCall Smith Narrator: Alexander McCall Smith Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2006 ISBN:
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In a central African animal sanctuary, young Akimbo sees the carcass of a mother elephant rotting in the sun. Hearing that his ranger father rarely catches these killers, Akimbo hatches a secret plan to apprehend these villains himself. But are the dangers too daunting for this aspiring hero?

Born in Zimbabwe, New York Times best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith uses his first-hand knowledge of Africa to connect with his young audience and supply his Akimbo chapter books with vivid details.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherry | 11/22/2013

    " Loved this story - the courageous actions of a boy help catch elephant poachers. Grades 3/4 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Travis | 9/23/2013

    " I read this book about three years ago to my brother. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bridget | 8/30/2013

    " Such a sweet little series. The character is a charming little boy with a big heart for the animals on the reserve where his dad is a ranger. I need to recommend this to more kids. Same author as the No. 1 Ladies' Detective series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 8/20/2013

    " Great for elementary readers. Likeable main character and setting!!! (Dialogue not "quite right" for me.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 7/14/2013

    " An interesting story about a young boy and his love for the elephants of his country and a scheme to save them from poachers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melea | 2/10/2013

    " A lovely tale of a boy, who makes a difficult decision to try to right a wrong in his homeland. His method gave my class a chance to discuss "does the means justify the end" - in second grade vocabulary "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica | 1/18/2013

    " i think this book is good and a little bite sad when peolpe are trying to kill the elephants "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Larsen | 12/28/2012

    " I think this was my favorite. It was highly adventurous and a little scary. Smith did well with this one. read it to a little one during a thunder storm to add some spice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachael | 10/25/2012

    " This was a cute book, but I was a little bit disappointed. Akimbo is certainly good and heroic, but I'm not sure how believable the story is. However, if it gives kids the inspiration to try to make a difference in their own world, that would be recommendation enough for this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 9/25/2012

    " Amazing. Children's book (4th grade - ish) but my first graders found it really interesting. Alexander McCall Smith is such a talented author. I think many adults would love this book as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 9/9/2012

    " This little book was quite the adventure! May put it on the list for future book discussions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine Woodman | 7/16/2012

    " Written by the man who brought adults the Ladies Number 1 Detective Agency, this is a series of kids books (mid to late grammar school) also set in Africa--very well done--Akimbo is a keeper "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonia | 6/5/2012

    " Story of reserve ranger's son helping to catch ivory poachers. This would make a great movie! Narrated by the author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 6/30/2011

    " Perhaps not the best in this series but satisfying in the way that these books are. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kandyce | 6/28/2011

    " I don't want to spoil it for others but finally the wedding happens but with drama of course. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 6/28/2011

    " I love these characters! Reading these books is like visiting with old friends. I smile through the entire book. I have read that this might be the last in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. I sincerely hope not. What will we do without them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh | 6/27/2011

    " I love this series. Easy to read and an interesting look at life in Africa. I rented the HBO movie version of this series and enjoyed that, too! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Johanna | 6/26/2011

    " I have great admiration for Alexander McCall Smith. How does he do it - write all these books that are so different and fresh and such a pleasure to read? I am envious. And am looking forward to the next installment... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 6/26/2011

    " I love the language of Botswana via McCall Smith. I feel I need a Mma Ramotswae book every summer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 6/24/2011

    " Actually, another 3.5. This book continues in the same vein as the previous Ladies' Detective Agency books. You have to appreciate the simplicity and downright goodness that permeates the main characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Curtiss | 6/23/2011

    " I greatly enjoyed this new edition of The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. I love them all. Oddly, I have tried McCall-Smith's other series and not been able to get into them. I think the Ladies Detective Agency books are 'Southern' in tone and thus my cup of tea, so to speak. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 6/23/2011

    " Another romp through the world of Mma Ramotswe and her friends. More great cameos from Mma Makutsi's shoes. All around good fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 6/22/2011

    " Another fun read from McCall Smith. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Popper | 6/22/2011

    " Alexander McCall Smith comes through again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 6/22/2011

    " Mankind can learn a lot from Mma Ramotswe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 6/21/2011

    " I love the affirming, kind, yet intriguing nature of the conundrums in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacie | 6/20/2011

    " Charming as always - I love this series of books for its insights into the human condition - all rendered with gentle humor. Great read. "

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About the Author
Author Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith is the New York Times bestselling author of the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, and the 44 Scotland Street series. He has also written numerous stand-alone novels, books for children, and nonfiction works. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served with many national and international organizations concerned with bioethics. He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and taught law at the University of Botswana.