The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency


Unabridged Audiobook

Ratings
Book
199
Narrator
79
Release Date
November 2003
Duration
8 hours 10 minutes
Summary
This remarkably fresh and charming best-seller took the world by storm upon its publication. It has since earned two Booker Judges' Special Recommendations and was voted one of the 'International Books of the Year and the Millennium' by the Times Literary Supplement. Mma 'Precious' Ramotswe sets up a detective agency in Botswana on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, making her the only female detective in the country. At first, cases are hard to come by. But eventually, troubled people come to Precious with a variety of concerns. Potentially philandering husbands, seemingly schizophrenic doctors, and a missing boy who may have been killed by witch doctors all compel Precious to roam about in her tiny van, searching for clues. Chosen as a Top Ten Mystery by the Organization of Independent Booksellers, U.S.A., The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is that rare novel that imparts a sage wisdom while inspiring hearty laughter and lasting smiles.
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Allison Brodeur

Very good book and narrator. The main character felt like a friend by the end of the book. I enjoyed the story of the characters themselves as well as the smaller detective cases.

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JJ4UT

What a delightful story! It had a great plot, engaging characters, and great use of humor. The narration was superb!

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Daniel Reiner

this is my first audiobook and I love it the narrator is doing a great job with all the different characters I love learning about Botswana and Africa how they think not on similar to the rest of the world but traditions and such heard this writer was good they linked him with To Kill a Mockingbird author and I do love his work hasn't found any other audio books or books in general the sides live comics that read their books in front of an audience any better than this this is enthralling this is my first enjoyable audiobook out of hundreds and hundreds that I have listened to only Isaac Newton was I'm more interested but the narrator and the writer weren't as good sorry James Glick that was the only other audio book I enjoyed besides the ones who put on a big show

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Robyn J.

This audiobook was awesome! Not only is it a well written story with excellent engaging characters and plots, the narrator did a great job in truly making the story come alive!

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Bonnie

I enjoyed this book and loved the narrator.

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Nancy C.

I liked the book. It is a series of novelettes in which the case is solved in a chapter or 2, similar to 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes". I liked the characters. I have just finished the 2nd book in the series and looking forward to reading more of the series

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Michael T.

Very well done. Highly recommend.

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Adam

its quite a different style and very relevant to life in Botswana. Took me a little while to get into it however really enjoyed the story and the narrator

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Suzan A.

This book is wonderful. The story is captivating and the narrator is EXCELLENT

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Cookie

This book does not have much of a story line but it does give the reader a glimpse into the life and heart of Botswana. The narrator is very slow but spreading up works great.

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Carol K.

Did not enjoy.

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JB

I enjoyed the Descriptive details of the book, the story behind each case with simple and really drew you in great book highly recommend

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pgray12

Loved it- humor plus mystery

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Patrick M.

This book was not my cup of tea. I’ll pass on this author.

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Judi Jeanotte

When I began listening I didn't think I liked it. I had a hard time with the narration. I give a book at least 4 or 5 chapters before I give it up. I am glad I stuck to it. The narration was excellent once I got used to the dialect. The story was heartwarming. Though it took me awhile to like the protagonist I ended up loving her. Great ending though not a total surprise it was a good one.

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Denise M.

Boring, boring, boring

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Mary M.

I really enjoyed this book well done great narrator.

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Anonymous

Slow moving but a good story and the narrator was easy to listen to. Lots of interesting tid bits about the culture.

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Gina M.

Thoroughly enjoyed the redemptive theme that ran throughout each of the challenges she encountered. And the ending was the cherry on top!

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Lorie

I thought it was awful with an abrupt unfinished end. Do not recommend.

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Anonymous

I enjoyed this more than I expected I would and it allowed me to learn a bit about the culture of Botswana

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Kathleen M.

I really enjoyed this book. Botswana was completely new to me, and I loved the main character. She was intelligent, kind, and had a great self awareness. Her cleverness made me smile frequently throughout the book I was very pleased by the ending.

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Terri B.

A smart and heartwarming collection of stories with kind and insightful observations on human nature. Sensitively and entertainingly read by someone with a lyrical African voice.

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Chris

Really enjoyed this! Narrator not bad, recommend playing at 1.5x.

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Alison B.

Lovely sweet read!

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Alan C

Terrible narrator with affected voice. Reads the book painfully slowly (and listening at a faster speed didn't make the affectation any better). Couldn't get past an hour.

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Emily B.

Fun short read

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Colleen M.

Loved the characters and plot lines for each mystery. Makes you wish you were in Botswana with them. Looking forward to next book.

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Holly C.

This was recommended to me some time ago. I'm so glad I listened to it! Fun characters and plot.

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Tanya B.

A well-narrated book empowering to women who have faced prejudice in the workplace. Fascinating African backdrop.

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Anonymous

Very entertaining book, and the narration was perfect for the subject matter. It was quite interesting to learn more about Botswana.

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Philip H.

Nice story and provides cultural look into lives of men and especially women in Botswana. I found the cases and situations unsophisticated and homespun, too simple and basic for my tastes for a detective novel. Narrator projects the feelings of Precious well and brings life into this book compared to if I simply read it.

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Anonymous

The narrator is wonderful. she has a beautiful speaking voice, and seems to understand the storyline and the characters. The story itself is engaging and the main characters are likable. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book!

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craig specht

I really like this book, at first I wasn't too sure about it but it grew on me. I loved the narrator, I like how she brought the characters to life.

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Kathryn R.

Wonderful book. A virtual trip to another culture and a good mystery baked in for extra pleasure. Loved the narrator. I will put her on my strongly preferred list. Highly recommended.

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Sharon W

Excellent in all regards! Recommended to listeners of audiobooks.

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Marie Goulet

Excellent story. It was my first audiobook and I liked it. Narrator made both story and characters come alive.

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