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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 Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the New York Times bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith comes this spellbinding collection of African folktales from Zimbabwe and Botswana. The more than thirty stories in this wonderful anthology have a uniquely African flair but still manage to tap into ideas of love, jealousy, and ambition that are universally human. And since folktales are part of an oral history, hearing them spoken aloud by a cast of wonderfully talented, completely authentic narrators is pure magic.

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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.”


  • 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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