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To the Land of Long Lost Friends

No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 20
Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (90 ratings)

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Summary

In the latest book in the widely beloved No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, Precious Ramotswe takes on a case for a childhood acquaintance, but her inquiries will require an even more delicate touch than usual.  

Mma Ramotswe reconnects with an old friend who has been having problems with her daughter. Though Precious feels compelled to lend a hand, she discovers that getting involved in family affairs is always a delicate proposition.   

Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni finds himself embroiled in familial drama as well when one of his clients asks for help evicting an unwanted houseguest who turns out to be the man's own brother. Elsewhere, Charlie and Fanwell are also involved in tricky matters of the heart, as Queenie-Queenie, Charlie's girlfriend, seems to have transferred her affections to Fanwell. It's up to Mma Makutsi to set things right, but she may be be too distracted by her nemesis Violet Sephotho, who has somehow been appointed to the board of a charity. What is Violet up to now? 

As all of these mysteries are unravelled, Mma Ramotswe and the entire No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency will be reminded of the value of tried-and-true wisdom - never judge a book by its cover.

©2019 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2019 Bolinda Publishing

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As wonderful as ever

Perfect narrator for these books , I feel like I'm really there. I'm looking forward to the next one.

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A Lovely Sunny Afternoon Listen

Wonderful story as always , and brought to Life so beautifully by the narrator. Perfect!!

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Always Wonderful.

Listening to or reading the no.1Ladies detective agency will make you a better person. Pure unadulterated Joy from start to finish as always.

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Enjoyable

I enjoy the calm and placid way these stories plod along. The characters are engaging and I would love to share a cup of tea with Mma Ramotswe.

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The Voice.

Really enjoy Alexander McCall Smith's books including the Ladys Detective Agency series. What spoils it for me is the reading, supposedly mimicking Africans, the Adjoa Andoh thinks necessary. I have met a lot of Africans in Africa, various countries. None of them speak in that exaggerated screeched manners. It just spoils the listening experience. Took away from my enjoyment of the book.

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A good book let down by the narration

The familiar characters of the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency are off on another case, and they proceed the way we have come to expect and enjoy, but the narration gets to be grating after a while as the different voices become strident to the point of annoying especially when reading Charlie's part. I found myself losing the will to finish the book and had to really hang in there to get to the conc!usion. This is better as a written book than an audio version and I feel the purchase of the audio book was a mistake

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A good read

I loved it! An interesting book that explores a range of themes and emotions .

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Welcome back old friends

In times when we need somewhere to escape to where decency, gentleness and the better aspects of humanity hold sway, this series is a blessing. Keep them coming, Sandy!

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Wrong information in Audible description of plot

Some of the info on Audio about the plot is incorrect (at the time of listening). That spoilt my experience because I was waiting for a couple of things to happen which never did. I even wondered if I'd somehow got an abridged version, but no. Apart from that it was an uplifting and engaging read ike all the others in this lovely series and Adjoa Andoh's narration was wonderful.

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A Treat, but the Narration !

What a gem to listen to Alexander McCall-Smith book based in Gaberone, Botswana. This time Ms Andoh, failed to get the pronunciation of Se-Tswana names right which made for a grating in listening. The humour and pretensions of living in a small "city" came out very well. We look forward to more books from this series.