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

    The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
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    Wayward daughters. Missing husbands. Philandering partners. Curious con men. If you've got a problem, and no one else can help you, then pay a visit to Mma Ramotswe, Botswana's only female private detective. Her methods may not be conventional, and her manner not exactly Miss Marple's, 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.

    Feelgood story

    This is the first novel in Alexander McCall Smith's series about Precious Ramotswe, the "traditionally built" owner of "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Ag..Show More »

    Reviewed on 07 April 2013 by Claudia (The Curragh, Ireland)
  • 2
    Tears of the Giraffe | Alexander McCall Smith

    Tears of the Giraffe

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
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    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.

    Great African story

    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 Afric..Show More »

    Reviewed on 09 October 2015 by Lareine (West Haddon, Northamptonshire United Kingdom)
  • 3
    Morality for Beautiful Girls | Alexander McCall Smith

    Morality for Beautiful Girls

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
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    In this third audiobook for The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the irrepressible Mma Ramotswe faces supreme problems at home and at work. The detective agency is dealing with some of its most puzzling cases: the government official whose sister-in-law is trying to poison his brother; the beauty pageant whose contestants aren't as good as their looks; and the strange young boy, found naked and wild, smelling of a lion.

    Gentle and easy going

    A good book for calming down before bed. The narrator's accent is very good and the characters are easily distinguishable. I am looking forward to the..Show More »

    Reviewed on 28 December 2012 by Julia Brown ()
  • 4
    The Kalahari Typing School for Men | Alexander McCall Smith

    The Kalahari Typing School for Men

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
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    Cephas Buthelezi certainly talks the talk, Precious discovers, but would he have the wherewithal to deal with her current case, a man who has been attacked by ostrich rustlers and is eager to reassess his life? Meanwhile, there are difficulties at the Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, where one of the apprentices has discovered the Lord; problems at home with the mysterious death of a hoopoe; and romantic complications when Mma Makutsi sets up a typing school for men.

    Fantastic!

    Both the story and narration was brilliant. Loved it! Off to download the next in the series...

    Reviewed on 08 April 2017 by Anonymous ()
  • 5
    The Full Cupboard of Life | Alexander McCall Smith

    The Full Cupboard of Life

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
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    Mma Ramotswe, who became engaged to Mr J.L.B. Matekoni at the end of the first audiobook, is still engaged. She 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 made of him by Mma Potokwani, pushy matron of the Orphan Farm.

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  • 6
    In the Company of Cheerful Ladies | Alexander McCall Smith

    In the Company of Cheerful Ladies

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
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    Precious Ramotswe, that cheerful Botswanan private investigator of 'traditional build', is now married to Mr J.L.B. Matekoni of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors. The Agency is busy, but Mma Ramotswe cannot ignore the plea made by a woman who comes to her with a tale of particular misfortune. Unfortunately, her attempts to help are interrupted by a close encounter between her tiny white van and a bicycle.

    Pleasantly Surprised by Version but very Enjoyable

    I'm currently listening and reading the full series. I downloaded this from Amazon. I was pleasantly surprised with the incidental music and how it ad..Show More »

    Reviewed on 05 June 2015 by CC (London)
  • 7
    Blue Shoes and Happiness | Alexander McCall Smith

    Blue Shoes and Happiness

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
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    Precious Ramotswe, traditionally-built proprietor of Botswana's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, contemplates the two sorts of problems that we all face in life: the major ones (such as drought), about which very little can be done, and the other sort which people make for themselves through human weakness and an inability to resist temptation. Like the inability to resist cake, for instance.

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  • 8
    The Good Husband of Zebra Drive | Alexander McCall Smith

    The Good Husband of Zebra Drive

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
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    Mr J.L.B. Matekoni is also drawn into the work of the agency when he investigates a case involving an errant husband. But can a man investigate such matters with as much skill as one of the ladies? Mma Ramotswe has her doubts. One thing, though, that she does not doubt is the good nature of Mr J.L.B. Matekoni, who stands for all that is solid and true in a shifting world.

    Best as an audio book

    McCall Smith back to his best with this latest in the series. As so often with these books, the story is less about what happens and more about how we..Show More »

    Reviewed on 22 August 2007 by Laurence Jones ()
  • 9
    The Miracle at Speedy Motors: No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency | Alexander McCall Smith

    The Miracle at Speedy Motors: No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
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    It has never occurred to Precious Ramotswe, as she discusses over cups of bush tea with her associate Mma Makutsi such important matters as the afterlife and the purchase of a fine new bed with a heart-shaped headboard, that there may be disadvantages to being the best-known lady detective in Botswana.

    Carries on as a good feel listen

    The Miracle at Speedy Motors carries on the series of books about lady detective Mma Ramotswe.Once again you you are taken by Alexander Mccall Smith i..Show More »

    Reviewed on 10 May 2008 by Sandra (redditch, worcestershire, United Kingdom)
  • 10
    Tea Time for the Traditionally Built: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency | Alexander McCall Smith

    Tea Time for the Traditionally Built: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
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    It is unfortunate, when Mma Ramotswe's newest client is the big-shot owner of the ailing Kalahari Swoopers, that one thing lady detectives know very little about is football. And when the glamorous Violet Sephotho sets her sights on Mma Makutsi's unsuspecting fiancé, it becomes exasperatingly clear that some men do not know how to recognise a ruthless Jezebel even when she is bouncing up and down on the best bed in the Double Comfort Furniture Shop.

    Fantastic listening!

    I absolutely loved this! The reader's voice is soothing, warm and sympathetic, and entirely authentic. I originate from that part of the world, and ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 24 June 2009 by Jennifer (Leighton Buzzard, Beds, United Kingdom)
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    The Double Comfort Safari Club | Alexander McCall Smith

    The Double Comfort Safari Club

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 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. However, it is also home to rival safari operators, fearsome crocodiles and disgruntled hippopotamuses.

    Wonderful series

    Adjoa Andoh does an excellent job of bringing these memorable characters to life. If you haven't read any of the Number One Ladies Detective Agency bo..Show More »

    Reviewed on 18 May 2010 by Donn Edwards (Johannesburg, South Africa)
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    The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party | Alexander McCall Smith

    The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
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    As the countdown to Mma Makutsi’s wedding begins, all is not as it should be at the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. While investigating unpleasant occurrences on a southern cattle-post, Mma Ramotswe, always on the side of the weak against the strong, has reason to reflect on Rule No.3 of The Principles of Private Detection: never lie to the client. Apprentice mechanic Charlie seems to be avoiding certain important responsibilities.

    Classic No.1 Ladies Detective Agency

    I love the way Adjoa Andoh reads these stories. The series now contains a dozen books, and they are all equally entertaining. A thoroughly enjoyable a..Show More »

    Reviewed on 13 May 2011 by Donn Edwards (Johannesburg, South Africa)
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    The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection | Alexander McCall Smith

    The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 57 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.

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