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3.83 out of 53.83 out of 53.83 out of 53.83 out of 53.83 out of 5 3.83 (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: January 1999 ISBN: 9781440745287
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The road to success in Africa? Find a need and fill it! Precious Ramotswe does just that with her detective agency. This charming, Christie-like cozy has received two Booker Judges Special Recommendations. Voted one of the International Books of the Year Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The Miss Marple of Botswana.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Smart and sassy…Precious’ progress is charted in passages that have the power to amuse or shock or touch the heart, sometimes all at once.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “The author’s prose has the merits of simplicity, euphony, and precision. His descriptions leave one as if standing in the Botswana landscape. This is art that conceals art. I haven’t read anything with such alloyed pleasure for a long time.”

    Sunday Telegraph (London)

  • “Artful, pleasing…Mma Ramotswe’s love of Africa, her wisdom and humor, shine through these pages as she shines her own light on the problems that vex her clients. Images of this large woman driving her tiny white van or sharing a cup of bush tea with a friend or client while working a case linger pleasantly. General audiences will welcome this little gem of a book just as much if not more than mystery readers.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “South African native Lisette Lecat guides listeners with her precise diction and authentic use of dialect and accents, introducing listeners to Mma Ramotswe, her early life, and her decision to become a detective, providing accounts of her first several cases. The storytelling and setting are both quaint and exotic, portraying the oddities of village life in Botswana…Lecat captures the atmosphere and irony of Smith’s book down to the bush tea. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

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  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penny | 2/14/2014

    " Another wonderful trip with Precious and all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karlin | 2/13/2014

    " This book series makes me happy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleenish | 2/10/2014

    " I always love McCall's journeys into a world that is so strange to me and so wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dee | 2/8/2014

    " This was one of the better books in this series. Throughly enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorie | 1/28/2014

    " Nothing new here, but that's why I like it. The slower pace of life evoked in these books and the gems of wisdom liberally sprinkled in are always a welcome escape from day to day life. I'm glad McCall Smith is still writing this series, not many books can be #11 in a series and still just as enjoyable as the first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gay | 1/24/2014

    " I like these books a lot. They are light, but they are full of goodness and the flavor of Botswana. In this one, the detectives must locate a safari guide who has inherited some money... but no one knows his name or the camp he was in, The clues are few, but the ladies come through in the end. In the meantime, a marriage is saved and the niceties of drinking pots of tea are appreciated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy Agee | 1/23/2014

    " I found this book to be as charming and relaxing a read as is typical for the McCall No. One Ladies Detective series. "

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

    " Come and enjoy a glass of bush tea, as you read another very familiar romp into the characters you've come to know and love. The book focuses less on mysteries, and more on character development. It was good but nothing different. "

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

    " I have had the pleasure of reading all these books in their order of appearance, that is, in the order of the story, and would recommend this plan of approach to all and sundry. It is so spiritually rewarding to be in the company of Mma Ramotswe as she moves forward through life like a tranquil wave. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cmw | 1/15/2014

    " Loved it ... Mma Matsuki gets rid of the aunt and they go to live in the orphanage together! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irene B. | 1/14/2014

    " A simple, comfortable read while in planes and airports. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianne | 1/6/2014

    " Not my favorite book of the series, but still a lovely, gentle read. Especially in juxtaposition with the bad-ass sci-fi behemoth I'm struggling through right now ;-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beata Bowen | 12/25/2013

    " Yet another extremely enjoyable installment in the series. These books are so wonderful, I always feel a sense of loss whenever I'm on the last page. Then I thumb through the last pages a bit looking for more, just in case I missed something. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gloria | 12/25/2013

    " It is always a pleasure to come back to the #1 Ladies Detective Club series. Alexander McCall Smith never disappoints. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanusg | 12/25/2013

    " Precious Ramotswe and her cocharacters are just delightful -- not too deep, although Precious generally has some wisdom and common sense to impart. They are a lovely little diversion from the stresses of today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcia Call | 12/25/2013

    " Love this series. The scenery, the language, the people. Ahhhhh . . . Africa. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 12/23/2013

    " Charming as always! I really enjoy the imagery of these books. I would love to visit Africa one day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juliet | 9/11/2013

    " I really enjoyed this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally Lee | 6/18/2013

    " as a traditionally built woman, i heartily recommend this book and the whole series. they are a fast read and quite enjoyable. after completing the series, i have an urge to move to botswana. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindi (cheesygiraffe) | 3/25/2013

    " There's always something comforting about reading about what's going on with Mma Ramotswe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa | 1/22/2013

    " Sweet story. Interesting way of life. Books always declare a moral and there is interesting way of looking at things. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy | 1/19/2013

    " #11 in this amusing series. The mysteries aren't quite so well-developed, but I suppose the charm is in the characters. It's like a comedy-of-manners in an exotic setting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla Gomez | 10/18/2012

    " another good book by McCall...waiting for the next! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane Mueller | 5/6/2012

    " Another in the series of the Ladies Detective Agency. I enjoy the series and will probably continue to read them. "

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

    " This was a suitable continuation. Some things in these books I never get tired of, and others that I do, he's starting to make fun of himself. Canny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marlene | 4/17/2012

    " Not a lot happens in this book but it is the reliable story you have come to expect. As always an enjoyable read. "

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

    " Like all the books in this series, this was a quick, enjoyable read. Nothing fancy, but some great insight into what makes people tick. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonia | 1/8/2012

    " I always enjoy these gentle stories but this one seemed to be at a slower pace than the others. Enjoyed it anyway but looking forward to when Grace and Phuti can finally get married. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 6/30/2011

    " Perhaps not the best in this series but satisfying in the way that these books are. "

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

    " I don't want to spoil it for others but finally the wedding happens but with drama of course. "

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

    " I love these characters! Reading these books is like visiting with old friends. I smile through the entire book. I have read that this might be the last in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. I sincerely hope not. What will we do without them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh | 6/27/2011

    " I love this series. Easy to read and an interesting look at life in Africa. I rented the HBO movie version of this series and enjoyed that, too! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Johanna | 6/26/2011

    " I have great admiration for Alexander McCall Smith. How does he do it - write all these books that are so different and fresh and such a pleasure to read? I am envious. And am looking forward to the next installment... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 6/26/2011

    " I love the language of Botswana via McCall Smith. I feel I need a Mma Ramotswae book every summer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 6/24/2011

    " Actually, another 3.5. This book continues in the same vein as the previous Ladies' Detective Agency books. You have to appreciate the simplicity and downright goodness that permeates the main characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Curtiss | 6/23/2011

    " I greatly enjoyed this new edition of The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. I love them all. Oddly, I have tried McCall-Smith's other series and not been able to get into them. I think the Ladies Detective Agency books are 'Southern' in tone and thus my cup of tea, so to speak. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 6/23/2011

    " Another romp through the world of Mma Ramotswe and her friends. More great cameos from Mma Makutsi's shoes. All around good fun. "

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

    " Another fun read from McCall Smith. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Popper | 6/22/2011

    " Alexander McCall Smith comes through again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 6/22/2011

    " Mankind can learn a lot from Mma Ramotswe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 6/21/2011

    " I love the affirming, kind, yet intriguing nature of the conundrums in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacie | 6/20/2011

    " Charming as always - I love this series of books for its insights into the human condition - all rendered with gentle humor. Great read. "

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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.