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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (860 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alexander McCall Smith Narrator: various narrators Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2004 ISBN: 9781440795558
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Smith moves away from his charming No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency to present this world-expanding collection of 40 tales from Zimbabwe and Botswana. These stories of tricksters and community, unexplained happenings and people who delight in having f Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The personalities of Africa's animals—the wiliness of the hare, the gullibility of the lion, the laziness of the baboon—take shape as the book proceeds. And there are clear moral lessons here, useful for parents everywhere.”

    New York Times

  • “In these folktales, Smith (who was born in Zimbabwe and now teaches law at Edinburgh University) acts as a veritable bridge between cultures.”

    Washington Post

  • “These are pithy, engaging tales, as habit-forming as peanuts.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A fine production and a good listen for anyone interested in folktales. It's also perfect family listening.”

    AudioFile

  • Finalist for the 2006 Audie Award for Best Narration of Short Stories/Collections

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kozie | 2/13/2014

    " I am a dedicated fan of anything Alexander McCall Smith writes. He re-tells African folk tales in this book. They are about a time when animals could talk and interact with each other and with people. Sometimes they have a moral, sometimes they are just entertaining, and sometimes they are instructive as to human/animal nature. They made me smile, they made me think. I think I will read them to my grandson when he is a little older and see what he gets from them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Johnnelle Walker | 2/7/2014

    " A fun and easy read that made me think while I was laughing. The stories are short, but have abrupt and sometimes tragic endings that I would not recommend for small children. (I had planned on reading these fables to my 9 and 6 year-olds.) great for middle school age and up:) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ticklish Owl | 2/3/2014

    " This is the non-illustrated version of The Baboons Who Went This Way and That. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 2/1/2014

    " This book consists of fables edited by Alexander McCall Smith. I enjoyed them, but think they are meant to be read to children maybe one or two a night. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gill | 1/23/2014

    " Like Mma Ramotswe I will put this book close to hand and "read it when there is nothing much to be done"... A charming collection of extremely short tales: 33 IN 171 pages. A number of the shortest are less than 4 pages long, and I found it an ideal book to read whilst waiting for odd minutes in the car, for a programme to start or just to break a tedious job. It will stay on my shelf for visitors. Even the tired overnight visitors will find a story to tickle their fancy here! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bridget | 1/22/2014

    " An interesting collection of African folktales from the author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Duckpondwithoutducks | 1/22/2014

    " It is interesting to read these folk tales from another culture. In most of them good actions prevail, and wrong is punished. As in many of Aesop's fables, the animals in many of these stories can talk. I enjoyed the short stories, but I still enjoy the Mma Ramotswe mysteries better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matthew White | 1/19/2014

    " I do love Alexander McCall Smith and everything he does, but this book has some of the dumbest stories I've ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fatima | 1/3/2014

    " Its refreshing and beautiful stories from Africa "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Beth | 12/15/2013

    " I read this to my class every year because we study Africa and folk tales. When I first begin to read it, the students act too cool for such things. However, it is just twisted enough to keep 7th graders very interested. They always beg for more. I always make them wait for another day. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paul | 12/10/2013

    " "We can offer a discounted iPhone upgrade at 2 yr commitment pricing + $250 along with a new 2 year contract +$18 upgrade fee" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline F | 12/7/2013

    " This book has some interesting tales but alot of them involve people dieing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 11/26/2013

    " This book contains folk tales from Africa. It reminded me of "Uncle Remus" or "Aesops Fables", but not as funny. It is a quick read because many of the stories are pretty sparse. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 11/26/2013

    " A nice collection of folk tales; I experienced this as an audiobook and enjoyed the readers' accents. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mariana | 11/26/2013

    " good African short folktales from Botswana and Zimbabwe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 10/3/2013

    " This is a collection of Folk Tales from Botswana. The audio book is short, only 4 discs and is read by three different narrators with African accents. Very fun! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindee | 6/26/2013

    " This is a very neat little collection of folk tales, gathered from and told by people of all ages. I listened to it and the narrators were excellent. The stories all have a moral and are probably very good teachers. I liked it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elinor | 4/29/2013

    " AMS is great for the first few books, but after that, they all run together in my head. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda | 11/5/2012

    " Audiobook version. While I enjoyed some of the stories from this one, I didn't get into it as much as Smith's other books. The tales are really interesting though, as they are quite different from most "western" folk tales. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 5/16/2012

    " If you liked stories of the great grey-green greasy Limpopo River, you'll probably like this collection of stories as well. I especially recommend the audio book version. The readers change from story to story, but all the voices are charming. Now pass me the calabash. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 2/28/2012

    " A charming collection of African folktales, with a forward by Mma Ramotswe. (If you don't know who Mma Ramotswe is, run out and get a copy of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.) For an extra special treat, listen to the audiobook. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sophie | 2/4/2012

    " A set of stories which echo the children's stories we know, with the differences in animals creating a sunny, dreamy world of magic and mischief. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 9/27/2011

    " Unusual for me to give up on a book but this just didn't do it for me. The stories just seemed pointless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonia | 9/6/2011

    " I'm so glad I took the time to listen to these stories on audio. This would be a great activity for parents and children to enjoy folk tales from another culture. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole Marble | 6/26/2011

    " African folk tales, well told. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 6/25/2011

    " Prejudiced ... I like anything and everything by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Indigoflowers | 5/14/2011

    " I loved this so much! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Beth | 5/10/2011

    " I read this to my class every year because we study Africa and folk tales. When I first begin to read it, the students act too cool for such things. However, it is just twisted enough to keep 7th graders very interested. They always beg for more. I always make them wait for another day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chaz | 5/5/2011

    " So far, I have loved everything that I have read by Alexander McCall Smith. I love these little African folk tales. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 4/29/2011

    " This is a collection of Folk Tales from Botswana. The audio book is short, only 4 discs and is read by three different narrators with African accents. Very fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 2/20/2011

    " The author of the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency has compiled tales from africa - oral stories told from one generation to the next and they are all great to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 2/17/2011

    " Great retelling of old african folk tales. I really enjoyed the collection. Light reading, but good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Virginia | 1/1/2011

    " Very short stories, only a page or so each. I like reading folktales, but I wish this collection had included longer or more fleshed out versions of the ones chosen, perhaps with related discussion as to meaning, and descriptions of where they came from. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 12/22/2010

    " This book has some interesting tales but alot of them involve people dieing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 12/22/2010

    " This book consists of fables edited by Alexander McCall Smith. I enjoyed them, but think they are meant to be read to children maybe one or two a night. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 11/14/2010

    " This book contains folk tales from Africa. It reminded me of "Uncle Remus" or "Aesops Fables", but not as funny. It is a quick read because many of the stories are pretty sparse. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 7/20/2010

    " If you liked stories of the great grey-green greasy Limpopo River, you'll probably like this collection of stories as well. I especially recommend the audio book version. The readers change from story to story, but all the voices are charming. Now pass me the calabash. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 6/5/2010

    " The Tales in this were so different than any I've heard I had to laugh with them. Kids sat bug eyed during them and scratching their heads after them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bridget | 4/2/2010

    " An interesting collection of African folktales from the author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peacegal | 1/12/2010

    " I greatly enjoyed reading these exotic folktales, in which the supernatural and the everyday mingle so closely. "

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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.