Following on from the brilliant The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Tears of the Giraffe charts the further adventures of Mma Ramotswe, Botswana's only female private detective. It's going to take all her intuition and eminent sensibility for Mma Ramotswe to crack her hardest case yet: the decade-old disappearance of an American on the edge of the Kalahari.
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"So elegant and understated is the author's style that the novel seems to transcend age." (Trevor Royle)
"I was enchanted by the character of Precious Ramotswe and the sly humour of Alexander McCall Smith's writing, his deft evocation of a culture." (Anthony Minghella)
I loved this light-hearted story, read so well with fantastic real accents. These brought the story to life. It really made you feel you were in Africa, and it's obvious that the author knows the country and the people very well, an writes with great affection. I will be listening to the next book with a warm heart. You can learn so much about the people from these books despite them being fictional.
I read every paperback of the Precious Ramotswe series as soon as it was released. The audiobooks do not let me down, despite being abridged. Adjoa Andoh's reading of them is flawless: the accents, the tones of each character are well-modulated and distinctive; her performance is simply brilliant. A wonderful addition to my audiobook library. After I'd heard the first of this audiobook series, I immediately purchased the next two - and they continued to maintain the excellent production qualities of the first. I'm looking forward to purchasing the entire series as soon as feasible!
The other series of audiobooks I purchased were the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris, narrated by Johanna Parker. A completely different kettle of fish with regards to setting, but the wonderful performance by Johanna Harris is a good comparison, as both narrators drew me into the stories with their distinctive voice acting and characterisations. I couldn't wait to hear the next download!
It's very hard to choose a character, as Adjoa Andoh breathed life into each person. I could visualise a character simply by the cadence of her delivery.
A loveletter to a country, to a continent, to a people.
Wonderful stories, told in an authentic African voice. McCall Smith's Precious Ramotswe is an astute people watcher and uses this to great effect in her job. The supporting characters are also brilliant, Mma Makutsi, her wannabe detective secretary who achieved an unprecedented 97% in her exams, Mr JLB Matekoni (who is always called Mr JLB Matekoni) sympathetic mechanic who has a gift for listening to engines, in love with Mma Ramotswe.
"Sensible and captivating"
The plot is very sensitive and catches the listener’s attention from the beginning through the end. We get involved with the characters and the more we learn about them, the more we want to listen.
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