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McCall Smith back to his best with this latest in the series. As so often with these books, the story is less about what happens and more about how we get there. For everyone who has followed them, the characters and their adventures have become a comforting constant.
Having read the previous books in text form, I was a little nervous about how the character's 'voices' would sit with my own previously imagined ones. What a revelation - the reader's interpretation thoughroughly enhanced my experience of the text. The authentic African voices of the reader's performance delivered an experience closer to McCall's written intention than I could ever have hoped for from reading the text myself. I found myself thinking with each new character 'Yes, that's exactly how they sound!'. I'll certainly to downloading the next in the series and can highly recommend this version to all devotees of the books.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book the nuances of life and the vivid way in which Alexander Mcall Smith tells the tales that entwine to make the whole story. The bush comes to life and you can really use your imagination to see the people and places, so much so that when the television programmes came about I was left disappointed with the result as it bore no resemblance to the rich tapestry he had woven within my mind.