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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,701 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:
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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!


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.”


  • 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Dee | 2/8/2014

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

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