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To the Land of Long Lost Friends

No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 20
Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
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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 unraveled, 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 Recorded Books

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Loved the book would recommend to anyone who has interest in stories about far away places

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  • Jean
  • 2019-11-13

A Visit to Botswana

Oh, how exciting, a new “No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” book. Number 20 in the series to be exact.

Mma Ramotswe meets a friend at a wedding that the newspaper said died in a car accident. From this, master story teller Alexander McCall Smith weaves another interesting tale.

The book is well written. The story meanders in the AMS style. It is so good to be visiting with my friends, Precious Ramotswe and Grace Makati. AMS weaves humor, a moral dilemma and some action into a delightful tale. I just have to sit down with some bush tea and visit with my friends. I cannot wait for book number 21.

The book is nine hours and five minutes. Lisette Lecat does an excellent job narrating the book. Lecat is an actress from South Africa and has narrated all the “No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” books. She does a great job with all the various accents.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-12-10

20 books and still a delight

Oh my goodness, there’s a cliffhanger right at the start of the book. It’s an artifice that McCall Smith doesn’t seem to use much but it makes for such a good beginning. The mysteries still seem fresh and interesting. At long, long last it looks like Charlie’s character may finally grow up - at least a little.

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  • Fact addict
  • 2019-11-27

More of the wonderful story ....

To those who have yet to meet Mma Precious Ramotswe, you will develop a fine relationship with her and her compatriots in this latest telling of the Number One Ladies’ Detective Agency.
If you have not experienced these stories prior to this tale, you should really, really, go back and start with the first book. The stories are thoroughly enjoyable, and the narration is absolute perfection. Ms Lisette Lecat, who is from South Africa, gives the stories the lilt and inflection that only a person who is thoroughly familiar with the idioms of the area would have.
I have read these books, and I have listened to them, and the Audible version is far, far better: some pronunciations are simply not transferable to the printed page ( such as the pronunciation of, ‘Mma’ ) and this narrator is perfectly suited to these wonderful stories.

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  • Marianne Dullea
  • 2019-11-11

good

this book was good as are all the books in this series! several of these books are great. they are my go to books. I've read all 20 in the series several times. I've also read all 20 of the 44 Scotland street series. the narrator is spectacular!

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  • Sylvia
  • 2019-10-28

How men and women are different!

Mma Potokwane uses her strength of character to cause many wrongs to be righted. Charlie’s basic honest nature rises to the surface and makes happiness for many. Mr. JLB Matakone shows the sensitivity of a strong man. And Mma Ramotswe is instrumental in happy resolutions across the board.

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  • Nancy
  • 2019-10-26

Slow but still lovely

This book moved slower than others in the series for me, but it still reminded me of the importance of being kind. Thanks to the author for this reminder.

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  • Leslie Pumphrey
  • 2020-01-24

Another winner!

I loved it...,the writing, the story, the narration...everything! Mma geacefully solves life's problems in Botswana.

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  • Joan
  • 2020-01-17

Boring!

I have been an enthusuastic fan of this series. Not, however, of this latest. Too much philosphical musing and confusing meandering within the rather thin plot. Twice I thought I had somehow missed a segue, but, no, there was none. Just had to wait until I could pick up the storyline. Such as it was. I usually find these books charming. This one was just boring and often pointless despite attempts to make a point.

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  • Bonnie Olive
  • 2020-01-14

love stories from these ladies

the ladies are good at solving the mysteries that seem to come their way.
excited when another first ladies detective book comes out.

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  • Betsy Marvin
  • 2020-01-14

More lovliness

I loved it. It has more of the gentle sweet descriptions of land, people, trouble & joys we have come to expect from #1 Ladies.