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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (14,978 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: January 2003 ISBN: 9781440745324
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Audie Award winner. In Botswana, Mma Ramotswe is still engaged to Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni. A wealthy lady has approached her to check up on several suitors. Are they interested in her or just her money? Meanwhile, Mma Makutsi's Kalahari Typing School for Men Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Soothing…Full of authentic African touches. New readers can start here…and enjoy a plot even more inventive than the earlier ones.”

    People

  • “[The] prose is gentle, easing the reader through Ramotswe’s world of crimes of virtue and social misdemeanors.”

    Time

  • “Brims with the same old-fashioned charm as its lovely predecessors...An engaging read.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Addictive…Our reviewer was so entertained, she bought the rest of the series.”

    Marie Claire

  • “Enthralling…[Mma Ramotswe] is someone readers can’t help but love.,,A well-told story.”

    USA Today

  • “Delightful…The warm humanity…is what brings readers back…There is a simplicity and lyricism in [the] language that brings out the profound importance of…everyday revelations.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • The Full Cupboard of Life is a treasure of wit and wisdom.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • Winner of the 2005 Audie Award for Best Solo Narration-Female
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2003 Saga Award for Wit

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 2/18/2014

    " The Full Cupboard of Life is the fifth in a series of stories set in Botswana. Precious Ramotswe is less of a detective than an observer of the people around her and a conveyor of common-sense wisdom. The "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" series is kind of a study of human nature in a simple place and a simpler time. It is a relaxing story to read, and I found this to be one of my favorite in the series so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Piet Opperman | 2/16/2014

    " A charming chapter in the life of the owner and sole operative of the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency in Gaberone, Botswana. An easy read, simultaneously naive and intelligent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 2/12/2014

    " 3.5. Another enjoyable read by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace | 1/27/2014

    " This book had very little to do with the detective agency (since they are so short, I guess that's the part that got left out, since he had so much else to do). Not my favorite book in the series, but I still enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 1/26/2014

    " Alexander McCall Smith wins again! Heartwarming, laugh out loud humour & pearls of wisdom. Mma Ramotswe is superb!!! x :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edgar | 1/22/2014

    " Review similar to prevous books by Smith "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 1/21/2014

    " The fifth book in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. Same as the others -- pretty good. Entertaining, but not what I would consider "great literature." It seems to me as if the author, while he's writing, forgets what the main mystery is supposed to be and squeezes an easy solution into the last ten pages of the book. It's been that way with every book so far. It's just kind of odd. I definitely do NOT think these books should be classified as mysteries, because there's hardly any mystery in them whatsoever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/16/2014

    " This one makes me cry with joy every time I read it. I'm such a sucker for happy endings and people who are unfailingly polite and considerate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 1/9/2014

    " Once again a lot of fun. I like how light-hearted these books are and easy to read even when there isn't a long time to read at one sitting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 1/6/2014

    " I enjoyed the whole book, but I found the ending was particularly satisfactory. I felt like the author had added new life into the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat Hardy | 12/30/2013

    " Nice addition to the series "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Saskia | 12/10/2013

    " Ik vond dit deel wat minder goed dan voorgaande delen, maar blijft een fijn tussendoortje. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 12/6/2013

    " A decent vacation read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hope | 10/28/2013

    " Great series of light, warm very-cozy mysteries with engaging characters and gentle thoughts. Most enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 10/23/2013

    " Still visiting Botswana....Mma Ramotswe gets married. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 9/26/2013

    " This is a great series! Great detail of the African landscape and culture. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin Schmoldt | 9/7/2013

    " Excellent series. Wonderful character development. Quick reads. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 8/12/2013

    " just as great as the rest of this series... i so enjoy reading this book outloud, with my [very bad} african accent. i am in love with mma Ramotswe! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristina | 7/26/2013

    " These stories continue to be incredibly sweet, but maybe I shouldn't be reading them back-to-back...it's a bit monotonous. Oh, who am I kidding, I'm totally going to be getting the sixth book tomorrow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 11/27/2012

    " It's about stinkin' time, Mr JLB Matekoni!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elesa Labanz | 7/2/2012

    " I enjoyed this book as much as I enjoyed any of the series. I like books with a strong sense of place and this series certainly has that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 4/13/2012

    " I loved this book as I have loved all the Ladies' Detective books. I think this might my favorite. I was reading it on the airplane and laughing out loud (and that was on a red eye flight). I guess I like the genuine simplicity, warmth and humour and also the African setting and characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 10/19/2011

    " Best ending so far "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Niki Byrne | 7/9/2011

    " This was ok, but I am getting a bit bored of the series now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 6/28/2011

    " Love this look into Botswana! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 6/19/2011

    " As usual, Mme Ramotswe slows life down and helps one appreciate the simplicity of life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy | 6/12/2011

    " As ususl with this series, there are great nuggets about human behaviour. As usual, it was very restful to pick up the book and go to a hot, slow moving place. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keri-Lynn | 6/8/2011

    " About as good as the other books in the series, but probably not my favorite one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 6/8/2011

    " I like these books. They are funny and uncomplicated. I'm not crazy about the narrator of the audiobooks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skye | 5/31/2011

    " As always another good installment of #1 Ladies Detective Agency "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 5/26/2011

    " Very Good; Continuing character: Precious Ramotswe; a parachute jump for charity and background checks on a clients' suitors are the focus
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 5/15/2011

    " I am still enjoying this author and series. They make me smile.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 5/10/2011

    " This novel is getting further away from mystery and more squarely into the domestic conflicts of the main characters. I wouldn't call this a cozy mystery. I'd call it a novel of manners set in Botswana. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marissa | 5/6/2011

    " The next book in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency finds Precious looking into potential suitors for a wealthy client, while Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni is persuaded by the matron of the orphan farm to help them raise money. Another light, easy read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 5/5/2011

    " Alexander McCall Smith wins again! Heartwarming, laugh out loud humour & pearls of wisdom. Mma Ramotswe is superb!!! x :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 5/4/2011

    " Slower than the previous books. I'd give it a 2 but I did laugh 3 times. ;-)
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 4/27/2011

    " Another great book from the No. 1 ladies Detective agency. I love these books, and love that they're dependably good.

    If you haven't already, read this series! "

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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 had stage roles and did extensive radio and voice-over work both commercially and for the South African Broadcasting Corporation. Living in Spain, England, and the United States, she did a wide range of voice-over work in three languages. She has won thirteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for best female solo narration.