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4.1 out of 54.1 out of 54.1 out of 54.1 out of 54.1 out of 5 4.10 (42 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alexander McCall Smith Narrator: Lisette Lecat Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Series Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9781440761645
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Botswana's Precious Ramotswe investigates a mystery that hits close to home. She asks her husband, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, to fix her tiny van, but instead he sells it and buys her something more modern. When she tries to track down the van to buy it back, s Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 HD | 2/15/2014

    " The Ladies detective agency series is like a comfy pair of slippers to me. Always a pleasure. Not very taxing but always enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelley | 2/15/2014

    " Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi of the No. 1 Ladies'Detective Agency do it again. It's so rare to see compassion on the page. Yet Alexander McCall Smith manages, again and again. A charming, comfortable kind of book, like sitting down with a friend and drinking bush tea. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole Marble | 2/11/2014

    " Another delightful ramble through Botswana, this time with 2 real puzzles to work out. I love this series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat Tucker | 2/11/2014

    " I'm sad to say good bye to Precious but I'll reread all ten some day in the future. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julianne | 1/28/2014

    " gentle funny book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda Edquist | 1/28/2014

    " If you have only read Alexander McCall Smith books about the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency I recomment at least trying one of the audio book of the series. The language is wonderful and when I read the books I did not get the beauty of the language like you can on the audio. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane Mueller | 1/24/2014

    " Enjoy the series. It was a typical Ladies Detective Agency story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 1/18/2014

    " audio - read by Lisette Lecat. Really good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 1/16/2014

    " The first book I read in the series. Just as charming as advertised. Having watched the HBO series, I can't help seeing the actors playing each character in my mind's eye as I read this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abby Hogan | 1/14/2014

    " one of the sweetest of the series and I've met several of the people so that makes it lots of fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tricia | 1/3/2014

    " I actually have listened to this whole series on my iPod. Pure escapism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandy | 12/31/2013

    " These books are always a treat - something I look forward to enjoying each summer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tes | 12/30/2013

    " I really do like Precious.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 12/8/2013

    " I felt I was seeing the world through the eyes of a African. It was funny and insightful. I just had a hard time really getting into the plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marjorie Elwood | 10/30/2013

    " The (current) last of the series.... I'm going to have to investigate the rest of his series, to see if I enjoy them as much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ma'lis Wendt | 8/9/2013

    " Another terrific No ! Ladies' Dectective Agency mystery. Easy reading, but a great picture of Botswana culture and view of life--a different take on Africa. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerry | 3/30/2013

    " If you like any of the books in this series, you'll probably like this one. Reading these books is calming & meditative. I love the everyday philosophy of life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Fragala | 7/31/2012

    " Just as wonderful as the preceding books in the series. Mma Makutsi's rival, Violet, is back again, and up to no good, and the tiny white van cannot run for much longer, due to "distribution of load". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janna | 7/8/2012

    " Tenth in the series about The Number One Ladies Detective Agency in Botswana. Not a lot happens in these books, but this volume is as delightful and endearing as the others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 4/20/2012

    " As always - like sporting that comfortable old sweater and curling up on a couch. I'm getting so close to the end... not sure how many more of these my library has. I will have to let these rest for a bit as I think they are only 2 more out in print with more to come of course. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 4/10/2012

    " I always love these books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 2/24/2012

    " I just love Precious Ramotswe "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna Smith | 1/3/2012

    " I love the simplicity of these books. I always feel refreshed after reading them. And I think it hilarious that they are always in the "mystery" section at the library/bookstore. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorene | 10/11/2011

    " That Mma Makutsi is such a card! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon Michael | 10/9/2011

    " Good, though not my favorite of the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MaryLou Pearce | 9/15/2011

    " If you have a chance, listen to Alexander McCall Smith's "No. 1 Detective Agency" series on audio book. Lisette Lecat narrates the wonderful stories about the daily life of Precious Ramotswe, lady detective in hot and dusty Botswana. And her African accent makes the books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 7/21/2011

    " Another absolutely brilliant book. Full of warmth and humour. Hope there are yet more to come. "

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

    "
    As with all of this author's books, this is gentle, thought-provoking and absolutely delightful. If you want sweet dreams, read Alexander McCall Smith at bedtime. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debby | 6/24/2011

    " Good as always with this series... "

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

    " This was a little slow. Cute and clean. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 6/18/2011

    " I really enjoyed all of these Smith books... I could hear their accents as they spoke, I felt the heat of their location and I was part of their lives (and they were part of mine). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesa | 6/16/2011

    " I really enjoy the dialogue between Precious and her secretary, and although Precious isn't an actual person, reading these novels makes me wish she were. I'd love to sit down and talk and biscuits with her! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Girlbartending | 6/15/2011

    " Charming as always but the actual mystery was not as engaging as in previous books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mayde | 6/12/2011

    " I really love this series. The heroine is so real!
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 6/6/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. Was a really good summer read. Had a little bit of romance and mystery intertwined this time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee | 5/14/2011

    " Nice comfortable read as usual. This is a feel good series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty | 5/10/2011

    " I love these books, detective story/cultural window to another place. This one deals with fewer mysteries and spends more time on character development. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 4/24/2011

    " Some good character development in this one - we learn the name of the 2nd apprentice - and meet his family. Slow-paced but lots happening -as usual. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 4/21/2011

    " The dialect took a little bit to get used to, but I enjoyed listening once I adjusted... a nice, non-violent mystery and introduction to Botswana, it's dialect, etc. Definitely a 'good listen'! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 4/21/2011

    " Read this book off of a recommendation from one of my favorite professors. It definitely kept me entertained, kind of a breezy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 4/21/2011

    " Such wonderful wisdom in a sweet story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 4/21/2011

    " Another in the series from this prolific writer, whose tales are like comfort food. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Lisette Lecat began her career in her native South Africa, where she performed with the country’s national theaters and several commercial companies and did extensive radio and voice-over work both commercially and for the South African Broadcasting Corporation. When she moved to Spain, she continued her voice-over work in three languages, dubbing films for Vox de España. Later, in England and the United States, she resumed her theater career while continuing to do a wide range of voice-over work. She is also an accomplished playwright, with a Broadway credit for The Scent of Roses starring Julie Harris. For her narrations, she won the Scourby Award in 1999, more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards, and the prestigious Audie Award in 2005 for Best Solo Narration–Female.