The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency
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  • 1
    The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency: The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 1 | Alexander McCall Smith

    The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency: The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Hilary Neville
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    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.

    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 ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 12 September 2009 by Frances ()
  • 2
    Tears of the Giraffe: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 2 | Alexander McCall Smith

    Tears of the Giraffe: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Hilary Neville
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    Meet the one and only Precious Ramotswe - the engaging and sassy owner of Botswana's only detective agency. Mma Ramotswe is facing a new challenge: resolving a mother's pain for her son who is long lost on the African plains. Mma's own impending marriage to the most gentlemanly of men, Mr J.L.B. Matekoni, the promotion of her secretary to the dizzy heights of assistant detective, and the arrival of new members to the Matekoni family.

    A worthy sequel

    This is the second book in the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series and despite having a tough act to follow it does not disappoint. Just as good as t..Show More »

    Reviewed on 30 October 2009 by Frances ()
  • 3
    Morality for Beautiful Girls: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 3 | Alexander McCall Smith

    Morality for Beautiful Girls: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Hilary Neville
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    Mma Ramotswe, daughter of the late Obed Ramotswe, is now the announced fiancée of Mr J. L. B. Matekoni. It is a fine match; she is the founder and owner of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency and he is the proprietor of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors. But Precious Ramotswe is not as happy as she should be under the circumstances. The Detective Agency is struggling with its finances and Mr J. L. B. Matekoni is unusually low and neglecting his garage.

    A good listen...

    The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency stories are very good (all that I have read so far- books 1-4), though at first it takes a little getting used to t..Show More »

    Reviewed on 30 September 2010 by Carole (HednesfordUnited Kingdom)
  • 4
    The Kalahari Typing School for Men: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 4 | Alexander McCall Smith

    The Kalahari Typing School for Men: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
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    Precious Ramotswe is continuing to run her detective agency from the garage of her fiancé, Mr J. L. B. Matakoni. Plans for their wedding need to be made - but when, if ever, will they wed? Intriguing cases present themselves and Mma Ramotswe juggles new clients with her usual formidable talent. However, when her first-class assistant Mma Makutsi decides to expand the agency by opening a much-needed typing school for men, things become complicated.

    A comparison

    No. Not because the story is no good, it is entertaining. With apology to Hilary Neville who does a perfectly reasonable job but cannot bring the stor..Show More »

    Reviewed on 19 July 2016 by PJ van Zetten (Buckinghamshire)
  • 5
    The Full Cupboard of Life: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 5 | Alexander McCall Smith

    The Full Cupboard of Life: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Hilary Neville
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    Mma Ramotswe is still engaged to Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni and wonders when a day for the wedding will be named. But she is anxious to avoid putting too much pressure on her fiancé, for indeed he has other things on his mind - notably a frightening request from the pushy matron of the Orphan Farm. Mma Ramotswe herself has weighty matters to address. She has been approached by a wealthy lady and asked to check up on several suitors. Are these men just interested in her money?

    Enjoy the sunshine!

    When I listen to Ladies Detective Agency books what I'm looking for is to bask in the hot African sun while casually watching my old friends Mma Ramot..Show More »

    Reviewed on 19 March 2016 by Alathia ()
  • 6
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  • 7
    Blue Shoes and Happiness: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 7 | Alexander McCall Smith

    Blue Shoes and Happiness: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 7

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    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Hilary Neville
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    Blue Shoes and Happiness brings more adventures for Precious Ramotswe and her fine assistant Mma Makutsi. They encounter a cobra in the office, complaints of faulty blood-pressure readings at the medical clinic, a superstitious group of farm workers, and it looks like Aunty Emang, advice columnist in the local newspaper, may not be what she seems.

    As ever!

    As ever a total delight. the reading was great, however the only reason that I docked a star was that some of the more 'traditional' voices have more ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 28 July 2017 by Bazz (Yeovil, Uk)
  • 8
    The Good Husband of Zebra Drive: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 8 | Alexander McCall Smith

    The Good Husband of Zebra Drive: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
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    Precious Ramotswe, the ample and good-natured owner of the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency, is experiencing staffing difficulties. Her relationship with her assistant, Mma Makutsi, is strained. But the work of the agency must continue. Mr J. L .B. Matekoni becomes involved in the agency's work when he investigates an errant husband. But can a man investigate such matters as competently as one of the ladies?

    i was transported to Botswana

    the talented interpretation of the characters in amazing accents by Adjoa Andoh brought this book to life

    Reviewed on 14 May 2017 by Dina ()
  • 9
    The Miracle at Speedy Motors: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 9 | Alexander McCall Smith

    The Miracle at Speedy Motors: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
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    Alongside day-to-day matters - such as Mma Makutsi's dowry negotiations - there are more difficult problems for Mma Ramotswe to solve.

    Wonderful to listen to


    Adjoa Andoh's reading of this novel is masterful...warm, interesting and with a wonderfully authentic Botswana accent, brilliantly different fo..Show More »

    Reviewed on 22 July 2009 by Jennifer (Leighton Buzzard, Beds, United Kingdom)
  • 10
    Tea Time for the Traditionally Built | Alexander McCall Smith

    Tea Time for the Traditionally Built

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
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    It is a troublesome fact on which even Mma Ramotswe and her assistant Mma Makutsi agree: there are things that men know and ladies do not, and vice versa. It is unfortunate, for example, when Mma Ramotswe's newest client is the owner of the ailing Kalahari Swoopers, that one thing lady detectives know little about is football.

    Interesting

    I enjoyed. This book good flow to story, light read. Excellent for summer holidays! Good fun unisex readers

    Reviewed on 04 September 2016 by Shirley (DENBIGH, United Kingdom)
  • 11
    The Double Comfort Safari Club: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency | Alexander McCall Smith

    The Double Comfort Safari Club: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
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    Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi are called to a safari lodge in Botswana's Okavango Delta to carry out a delicate mission on behalf of a former guest. The Okavango makes Precious appreciate once again the beauty of her homeland: it is a paradise of teeming wildlife, majestic grasslands and sparkling water.

    Great book

    I love this series and this book is a great addition. I love being in mma ramotswes world.

    Reviewed on 01 December 2015 by Janejane_jane ()
  • 12
    Not Available on Audible.co.uk Why not?

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  • 13
    The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection | Alexander McCall Smith

    The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
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    Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi have always relied on the advice of the classic guide to their trade, The Principles of Private Detection. But who is the eminent author, Mr Clovis Andersen, and what if he was to come to Botswana? That seems a very unlikely possibility, and yet… When Mr Andersen visits Botswana on holiday, he is delighted and intrigued to stumble across a roadside sign that reveals the existence of the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency.

    Another delightful instalment

    I always enjoy the adventures of the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency - it's a shame that Audible do not have unabridged versions of all the novels. Adjo..Show More »

    Reviewed on 01 December 2013 by Ms. C. T. Bell (Belfast)
  • 14
    The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon: Book 14 in The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency | Alexander McCall Smith

    The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon: Book 14 in The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
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    As Botswana awaits the familiar blessing of the rains and their eternal cycle, upheaval is taking place at the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Not only is Mr J. L. B. Matekoni attempting to reform himself into a modern husband but, following her marriage to Phuti Radiphuti, Mma Makutsi has joyful news.With the arrival of an heir to the Double Comfort furniture empire and Mma Makutsi busy with motherhood, cobras and a senior aunt, Mma Ramotswe must grapple alone with tea-making, detective work and a new uncertainty.

    A pleasure to listen to

    Another trip to Botswana to revisit Mma Ramotswe and others in Alexander McCall's series of stories. As always, the rich storyline and insightful cha..Show More »

    Reviewed on 13 December 2013 by Jan (Wolverhampton, United Kingdom)
  • 15
    The Handsome Man's De Luxe Café: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 15 | Alexander McCall Smith

    The Handsome Man's De Luxe Café: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Even the arrival of her baby can't hold Mma Makutsi back from success in the workplace, and so no sooner than she becomes a full partner in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency - in spite of Mma Ramotswe's belated claims that she is only 'an assistant full partner' - she also launches a new enterprise of her own: the Handsome Man's De Luxe Café. Grace Makutsi is a lady with a business plan, but who could predict temperamental chefs, drunken waiters, and more?

    Why a change in pronunciation of Phuti's name?

    Yes, I love the narrator's authentic African accent and her interpretation of the different characters

    Reviewed on 30 January 2016 by Jenny J (UK)
  • 16
    The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 16 | Alexander McCall Smith

    The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
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    The latest instalment of the beloved and best-selling series - as endearing and delectable as ever! Business is slow at the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, so at Mma Makutsi’s suggestion, Mma Ramotswe is persuaded to take her first-ever holiday. But just as she’s about to depart, a new client arrives: a young woman whose father was considered a hero in Botswana but whose reputation is now being called into question.

    Always a pleasure

    I always enjoy stories about Precious Ramotswe but this is the first audible book I have listened to. I have to say that the narrator is superb. I l..Show More »

    Reviewed on 15 July 2016 by Janice (Cape Town, South Africa)
  • 17
    Precious and Grace: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 17 | Alexander McCall Smith

    Precious and Grace: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The delightful 17th installment of the ever-popular, perennially best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. For years Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi - codirectors of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency - have been helping people with the problems in their lives, but their partnership is tested by a curious case: a client who wants to rediscover the life she lost when she left Botswana 30 years ago.

    Another delightful trip to Botswana

    Adjoa Andoh always makes the wonderful world of Mma Ramotswe come alive so convincingly. After 17 books the Botswana of Alexander McCall Smith offers..Show More »

    Reviewed on 07 May 2017 by Amazon Customer ()
  • 18
    The House of Unexpected Sisters: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 18 | Alexander McCall Smith

    The House of Unexpected Sisters: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
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    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.

    As sweet as ever

    Adjoa Andoh brings these stories to life!! McCall Smith’s Writing is sublime, there is a world somewhere were Mma Ramotswe really does live.

    Reviewed on 13 October 2017 by P. Sleet ()