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Publisher's Summary

Wayward daughters. Missing Husbands. Philandering partners. Curious conmen. If you've got a problem, and no one else can help you, then pay a visit to Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's only - and finest - female private detective. Her methods may not be conventional, and her manner not exactly Miss Marple, but she's got warmth, wit, and canny intuition on her side, not to mention Mr J.L.B. Maketoni, the charming proprietor of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors.
And Precious is going to need them all as she sets out on the trail of a missing child, a case that tumbles our heroine into a hotbed of strange situations and more than a little danger.
Delightfully different, The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency offers a captivating glimpse of an unusual world.
©1998 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2003 Isis Publishing Ltd
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By Anonymous User on 06-25-10

The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Lovely book, easy to listen to, very entertaining. Innocent.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Russell Phillips on 03-07-12

An enjoyable listen

Had heard of a number of others who had read/listened to this book, so although the title had originally put me off, I decided to try it myself.

I was glad I did - this was a thoroughly enjoyable story and the narrator did a good job of bringing it to life.

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By Frances on 09-12-09

A Pleasant Renewal of an Old Aquaintance

I loved listening to this recording. I was a fan of the original book and having re-aquainted myself with it I realise that these characters/stories were just made to be read aloud. It was a bargain too, well worth the price.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Dorothy on 07-19-09

Better than on television!

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this Audiobook, having already watched the series on television. It captivated my attention and I found jobs to do that allowed me time to finish listening to it. The story gave a view into a totally different world to mine which I found fascinating.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 05-21-18

Amazing

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2 out of 5 stars
By Sam on 10-15-16

Feels like a book for children

Some lovely observations about the place, but it's largely really simplistic. The characters aren't complex, the dialogue between them is really childish - it makes the people sound very naive and simple minded. There are many broad generalisations being made about the different ethnic groups and about men and women in particular.

Given that this is a book written by an Englishman about African people, the naivety of the characters feels condescending. There's a running theme about the 'good old days' and what 'real Africa' is and should be. I think those types of themes need to be handled carefully especially when written by an outsider, and nuance is important. This lacked that, and it came across as a simplistic view of a complex place and people (as if Africans should all be child like and sit around watching cattle).

The narrator added to this feeling, a very British primary school teacher accent and tone. An actor from Botswana would have been perfect, or at the very least someone who could sound like Precious Ramotswe.

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