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The House of Unexpected Sisters

No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 18
Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
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Summary

The latest instalment of the irresistibly charming, perennially best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.

Precious Ramotswe has always idolised her father, the late Obed Ramotswe. She feels that she knows all about his life - but does she? Sometimes our parents surprise us, and we discover that things were not quite what we thought them to be. And the same goes for Mma Makutsi, Mma Ramotswe's feisty assistant, who also makes certain discoveries about her own past that cause some surprise.

The placid world of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is further disturbed by the arrival in Gaborone of somebody whom Mma Ramotswe - and Mr JLB Matekoni, for that matter - definitely do not want to see. Of course calm eventually prevails - as it always does in the timeless world of these remarkable ladies.

Fans around the world adore the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency and its proprietor, Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's premier lady detective. In this delightful series, Mma Ramotswe - with help from her loyal codirector, Mma Makutsi - navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, good humour and the occasional cup of tea.

©2017 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Fantastic story, fantastic narration, mic issues.

Brilliant story with great twists and humorous asides, as good as any in this great series.

For some reason Andoah seems to be lisping heavily in this production and since she doesn't usually lisp it would seem that she has either been given a dodgy mike or spent a night in the Kalahari and got bit on the tongue by a desert fly. The sound system is not doing this marvellous voice any favours and I hope that next time the technical guys (or ladies, Mma) take a bit more care, as I cannot give the usual 97% to this recording.

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Superb as usual

If you you enjoy Number One Ladies detective Agency you will not be disappointed. Fantastic performance and lovely story. Very satisfying.

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Heartwarming Stories from a wonderful author.

I love every single detail in the stories about lovely Precious Ramotswe. These are books I can let my grandchildren read without worrying about inappropriate content. Thank you Mr McCall Smith.

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Delightful

As usual, this book, the most recent book in the no 1 Ladies Detective series, has been a delightful listen. Fresh, down to earth and totally entertaining. 👌👏

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  • anne
  • Andalusia, Spain
  • 12-10-17

Another gem.

Another gentle, entertaining mystery from Botswana. All our usual characters are there, dealing with everyday life and the occasional perplexing situation that must be resolved so everyone can go back to living on the edge of the Kalahari desert. A place where good manners and traditions still matter. I can always rely on Alexander McColl smith to create a calming book full of so much atmosphere and respect for Botswana and it’s people, a mystery but with a high feel good factor. I feel so charmed by the way he writes of this country that I fully intend to visit it. I’m just sorry I won’t be meeting the characters from this series of books there, or perhaps they will be there but with different names!

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Loved it.

Really enjoy this series and hope he keeps writing it, with the same narrator please x

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Very well observed

One of the best and most touching and emotional so far. Alexander McCall Smith never disappoints.

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A good holiday read

I enjoyed the plot and the insight into the various characters behaviour. The description of Botswana comes through better in this book than in the radio recordings.

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Another wonderful visit to Botswana

It is always a joy to visit Precious Ramotswe & her friends. Such wonderful storytelling.

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A good listen

I really enjoyed this story and the way it was read. Occasionally the rolling of the r’s where a little annoying but not enough to ruin the story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-09-18

Excellent

Excellent reader of a good book. Always a pleasure to hear about Mma Ramotswe and this book was no different.

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  • Ozzie
  • 11-05-18

Great book!

Another wonderful book about the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Love all Alexander McCall Smith's ... they are so entertaining and his characters' observations on life give much food for thought. Congratulations to Adjoa Andoh - she is such a talented narrator. I'm always sorry even I get to the end of the books.