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How to Raise an Elephant

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 21
Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
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Summary

The next book in the perennially adored No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series sees Precious Ramotswe calling upon all her maternal instincts when she’s faced with a two-ton case.

Unusual requests are commonplace at the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, but so are very ordinary ones, such as a plea for money: when a distant cousin calls on Mma Ramotswe to ask for help with another relative's hip operation, tricky questions arise in regard to family responsibility. Mma Makutsi and Mr J. L. B Matekoni are far from convinced of the merits of the request, but it is hard for Mma Ramotswe, with a heart her size, to turn people away. Meanwhile, Charlie has become involved in a mysterious transaction that involves an attractive but rather large animal. If it takes a village to raise a child, what does it take to raise a baby elephant?

©2020 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2020 Bolinda Publishing

Critic reviews

"Alexander McCall Smith novels never fail to delight." (The Guardian)

"It is hard to think of a contemporary writer more genuinely engaging ... [his] novels are also extremely funny: I find it impossible to think about them without smiling." (Mail on Sunday)

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Great!

Loved this - wonderful narration, and it was like being back with old friends. Always a pleasure to listen to these books with their interesting, quirky characters.

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Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant

Another great Mma Ramotase tale with lots of ?different threads running through this episode. Precious has a beautiful personality, Grace shows a compassionate side and MMA Potawatomi is also involved. This is just great, the narrator does her usual fantastic job, the pictures it conjures in your mind are priceless.

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simple playback story

yes ok the narrator put in very high pitch voices which realy got to me. I was going to stop when I first heard it but as I'd paid for it I carried on. not a strong story line.

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another wonderful African story

Alexander McCall Smith manages to capture the essence of life in the simple people of Habrone

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A winning combination

The partnership of author and narrator in this series is always a winning combination. I have listened to all 21 of these books over the years. They have become an annual treat. (Michael)

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Slightly disappointed.

This the first time I have not read the book but gone straight to audio. I used to read with the TV characters faces and voices in my head. The audio did not match and I felt like I was listening to strangers not my usual friends from Gaborone. For this series I shall return to the books.