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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (12,169 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 2007 ISBN: 9781436100786
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Delight in the slow elegance of life in Botswana, where Precious Ramotswe and her husband, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, make their modest living. This time out, Mma Ramotswe investigates strange deaths in a hospital bed... all at the same time of day. Eighth in t Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lisette Lecat doesn’t simply portray the characters in McCall Smith’s series…She is Mma Ramotswe, that robust, throaty, and ever-so-kind detective…Lecat brings so much love and skill to her rendition of the characters that this will charm both old fans and newcomers alike.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred audio review)

  • “It’s also that rare thing—a quick, easy read that’s also an immersion into a culture completely different from our own…Mma Ramotswer is as pleasing as a cup of red bush tea.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Smith once again combines a loving depiction of ordinary life in modern Botswana with memorable characters and an engaging mystery…The author’s subtlety of touch and humane portrayal of figures at all levels of society will continue to win him new readers even as his deepening of the ties binding the main figures will satisfy those who have followed the lady detectives from their first recorded case.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Resonate[s] with poignancy, wisdom, and wit…[A] love letter to a country whose salubrious climate is matched by the warmth and humanity of its people.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Lisette Lecat performs…with her usual precision and vibrancy. Her portrayal of Precious Ramotswe, the wise and unflappable proprietor of Botswana’s leading detective business, makes her character even more endearing than she is in print.”

    AudioFile

  • “Lecat’s sterling performance perfectly complements McCall Smith’s evocative writing, leading us into the characters’ thoughts and actions.”

    Booklist (audio review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rabizoff | 2/20/2014

    " Each of the books in this series rates high on the reading-enjoyment scale. Mme Ramotswa is my hero! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mindy | 2/19/2014

    " Another good one. So I've come to the conclusion that these are entertaining but definitely not riveting. I've really slowed down because they don't draw my interest (versus others that I stay up till 2am because I have to finish). That said, I'll still read all of them... eventually. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 2/17/2014

    " If you like the Ladies Detective novels, you'll like this. Some of the plot twists, like some of the phrases, are predictable, but that doesn't bother me. The books are gentle, comforting, and interesting. "

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

    " Another easy relaxed read. It moved quite slowly but that is the Botswana pace I suppose and is the beauty of these books. A few mysteries were solved and there were a few sticky moments but normal service was resumed in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mckaye | 1/30/2014

    " I love the way Mma Ramotswe thinks. The inner dialogue is well done. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amit Patel | 1/26/2014

    " interesting. fast read. feels like a childrens book to me. "

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

    " I love this series of books. Each one is more delightful than the last. Precious Ramotswe always knows what to do in any situation. She along with the other characters are well rounded and fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marge Snoeren | 1/21/2014

    " Mma Ramotse and her life typify so much of what is delightful about Africans. Their sensitivity to tradition and social relations, appreciation of what one has and lack of constant desire for more, sense of place in the world. Reading the 8th in a series, it is hard to say how one would find this book without having read its predecessors. However, I still look forward to the next volume due out in April 2008. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aunt | 1/14/2014

    " nice summer reading "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shareen Wornson | 12/24/2013

    " Great series - great author! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lizz | 11/18/2013

    " I always look forward to catching up with Mma Ramotswe, but this story lacked somethign for me, not sure why. Maybe, being the 8th book in the series, it's starting to lose its oomph. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue Gilbert | 10/29/2013

    " Not my favorite in the series, but I love keeping track of the Ladies' Detective Agency and all their cases and private lives. And the best thing is everything always turns out well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 10/1/2013

    " I am enjoying these. They are a very different setting and the way characters think about things and phrase things is different from most books I've been reading lately. They really are more just stories and less mystery, but its in there a bit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 9/25/2013

    " I love this whole series, and when I realized there were two new books out I hadn't read yet, I wanted to get caught up. A thoughtful, enjoyable, and entertaining read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina and Chad | 9/25/2013

    " I love this whole series. Such a great quick read! Can't wait to get the next one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 8/9/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. It's refreshing to read about likable, nice people who do their best in the world around them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 shoelake | 5/24/2013

    " all of his books are fun to read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sigstreet | 4/2/2013

    " I've loved the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. But, this book didn't seem to have the zip of some of the others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kris | 2/21/2013

    " This series of books is simply, but well-written and always contains a life lesson. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Reggia | 2/20/2013

    " For some reason, I wasn't quite as enchanted with this latest edition of the #1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Some of the character plots seem to tie up too neatly at the end causing me to wonder if this will be the last we hear of Mma Ramotswe and her beloved Botswana. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Woodhouse | 11/7/2012

    " I really liked this book and well as all the books in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucie | 8/16/2012

    " A lovely story as always when it comes to th Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency novels, and such evocative descriptions of the settings, I love these books, not in a live changing, amazingly incredible kind of a way, but they are nice and gentle and sometimes that's all I want:) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jlawton | 6/23/2012

    " "Any day on which one's suppositions are so rudely shattered before 8 o'clock is bound ot be an unusual day, a day fro discovering things about the world which are quite different from what you thought they were." p 15 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christy | 2/13/2012

    " I really enjoyed this series!!! I found the books to be not only entertaining but so full of wisdom and very uplifting! I look forward to reading more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rei | 11/30/2011

    " So cute, I love all the characters and how the mystery is explained at the end :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Carver | 11/24/2011

    " The newest of the #1 Ladies Detective Agency series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miss Karen Jean Martinson | 7/5/2011

    " I was so happy to return to Botswana with the last books that I picked this one up at the library and blazed through it. Not as strong as others, but a pleasant read nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 6/18/2011

    " More of the same. Slow-paced depiction of life in Botswana. Charming characters. This time we get a little more focus on Charlie, one of the apprentice mechanics as he leaves the garage to start his own taxi service. Grace and Precious have a little friction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rrshively | 5/22/2011

    " This book continues the tradition of gentle mysteries that need common wisdom & observation to solve. If you like this series, you will enjoy this book of simple sentences and practical insight into human nature. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gerri | 5/15/2011

    " I've read the series up to this point (thanks to Mary) and enjoyed all of them. This one I didn't rate quite as good -not sure why. Maybe just the mood I"m in and also I knew the ending of one part of it from watching the movie!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marissa | 5/2/2011

    " Another satisfying read about the lives of the men and women of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency! "

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

    " Another great book in the series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katrina | 3/28/2011

    " I really enjoy these books! I love the main character, Precious Ramotswe, and the way she thinks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 3/22/2011

    " Gotta love Mma Ro.. however you spell her name. Cute book, along with all the others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 3/7/2011

    " This is the 8th book in the series. I believe I have missed a few in between but will go back and read them. This is a series that I will MAKE the time to catch up on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 3/5/2011

    " I love this series! I started it several years ago and recently saw he'd written more books, so I'm enjoying getting back into the life of Mma Ramotswe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 3/4/2011

    " These books cheer me up. They just do. "

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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.