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  • Audio CD
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405508779
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405508773
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.5 x 13 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 399 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,789,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on April 29 2011
Format: Hardcover
"Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails." -- 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NKJV)

In this delightful series, the best books are filled with examples of love and kindness in which there is no self-seeking. Over time, the stories gradually drifted into lots of satire into the foolishness of those who chase after modern ways and material success. This book brings the series back to its roots as Mma Precious Ramotswe deals with love from many different angles: loving a neighbor, the love of men and women for one another, love between parents and children, the dangers of lusting after the opposite sex and beautiful things, and the joys of being contented with the simple things in life. As each aspect of the story unfolds, there's a heartwarming grace to the development that will leave you feeling a gentle kindness enveloping you.

Still, there are many humorous moments to bring a smile to your face and an occasional chuckle: Mma Makutsi trying to hide a foolish mistake, seeking to blunt Violet Sephotho's ambition from taking on a new dimension, "ghost" appearances of a white van, and Mma Ramotswe finding it difficult to sort out the truth in a situation where several people are lying.

I felt uplifted by and grateful for having the opportunity to read this gentle book.

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I have loved this series since it began, I also recommend the film, and though I enjoyed this book immensely, I am finding that the author is writing less new material and filling some of the pages with recaps of Precious life before the current book. I do understand some people may not have read a previous book but this is repetitious. I'd rather he would wait for an additional 6 months from th eonce a year publishing and give us a real story worth the cost of the book!
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Alexander McCall Smith never ceases to delight and intrigue with his No.1 Ladies Detective Agency series.I have read all the novels in this series and always wait impatiently for the next one to be published.If you want a good story and deft character development with no gratuitous sex and violence this is the author to read.
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It was such a satisfying continuation of the saga. I appreciate the philosophies in this series so much. It's positive outlook is completely refreshing in this day and age. Bravo!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa15337f4) out of 5 stars 456 reviews
86 of 95 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1c4c6d8) out of 5 stars Like Seeing an Old Friend Again After a Long Separation March 22 2011
By C. Richard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have really enjoyed this series - now up to number 12 I think with this installment. It is unique in many ways and teaches many lessons about life.

When I first heard about the series, it was on book 6. It worked out well, because I had so many books to read without having to wait. Now, I am all caught up, so the year between books seems like a very long time. It is like having to wait before getting to see an old friend again - well, the old friend in this case has come back for a visit!

Besides the more obvious things like the great characters in the series - after a while they seem like you actually know them as you would real people - what I really liked about the series is the detail about Botswana and life there. And so much of it is positive, unlike so much of what you hear about Africa these days. The books also teach many lessons useful to people everywhere, but from a Botswana/African perspective that can really shine a light where it needs to shine sometimes.

The first book was especially good in portraying the Botswana background and viewpoint - I assume accuracy here as the author lived there a long time. The author seemed to move away from this as the series progressed; a disappointment for me, even though the books were still interesting. The good news is that I think the author is headed back in the right direction here with the last few books.

As an aside, the TV series is great too; last time I looked into the matter, it does not look like the series with continue into a second season, but there is talk of a movie which is better than nothing. Most of the characters in the TV series were about as I had pictured them from the book - the main exception being Mma Makutsi. The actress that played her did a great job though; she just looked a little different from how I had pictured her from the book.

Now on to the new book itself. I am happy to see that this new book stays closer to the series roots in many respects showing us some more about the real Botswana. The overall plot seems very vigorous too. I won't go into that too much as readers usually like a surprise, but here's a look at main story lines in the new book without giving things away.

Remember the tiny white van that Mma Precious Ramotswe has been so attached to in the series? It is gone, but she is seeing visions of it. Hmm, that sounds like an interesting phenomenon. Where will this go? You'll have to read the book to find out.

At a cattle post, two cows have been killed, and Mma Ramotswe is asked to investigate. Lots of suspects as it turns out, making it a challenge for our favorite Botswanan lady detective. Does she solve the mystery? No spoilers here, you'll have to read the book to find out.

One of Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni's apprentices may have gotten a girl pregnant; he runs away when pressure builds to marry her. Will those young men ever finish their apprenticeships and stay out of trouble?

The "villianess", Violet Sephotho, is back. Remember her? She did horribly at the secretarial college when Mma Makutsi was there and shows up now and then to make poor Grace miserable. Anyway, Violet is running for the Botswana Parliament. They'd have to be desperate to elect her. What is up with this? Well, you'll have to open up the book to find out.

And a perfect pair of wedding shoes - series fans will be pretty sure that the "shoephile" Mma Makutsi must be involved with those. Will Phuti Radiphuti finally marry Grace? The title of the book seems to refer to a wedding happening, but will it be Grace's or for the run away apprentice? Again, I won't tell here - you'll have to read the book.

Lots of interesting things are in store for readers here. I hope that series fans will come back and read this latest book, meet favorite characters again, be entertained, and learn something about Botswana and life in general as well.
38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa108dba0) out of 5 stars "The more you listen, the more you learn." March 26 2011
By E. Bukowsky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Here are some of the things that make us smile: the sight of a beautiful baby, a glorious spring day, a sincere compliment, and a new installment, "The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party," in Alexander McCall Smith's wonderful series featuring Precious Ramotswe. The "traditionally built" Mma Ramotswe is happily married to Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni, proprietor of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, and along with her associate, the bespectacled and highly efficient Grace Makutsi, contentedly operates the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency in Gaborone. Little has changed, except that the date of Grace's wedding to Mr. Phuti Radiphuti is drawing near. The bride has a great deal to do to get ready for this momentous event.

Meanwhile, Mma Ramotswe has never quite gotten over the loss of her beloved little white van. Although she is now driving a new blue van, she cannot help but remember that her original vehicle was a treasured companion with its own unique personality. One day, she is shocked to see someone else driving her little white van. Surely she is imagining things, since no less a mechanic than her husband had declared that to restore the white van would require a "miracle-worker." Another matter preoccupying Mma Ramotswe is a case involving the destruction of cattle belonging to her new client, Mr. Botsalo Moeti. In Botswana, where cattle are greatly valued, this is a serious crime. Who could hate Mr. Moeti enough to commit such a foul deed? In addition, Charlie, the ne'er-do-well perpetual apprentice who works for Mr. Matekoni, has always had a way with the ladies. However, is he man enough to live up to his personal responsibilities? Grace and Precious are determined to make him do so.

McCall Smith enthralls us with this tender and often humorous tale in which the gentle spirit of his characters shines through. With his delicate and beautifully etched prose, perfectly pitched dialogue, and understanding of the need we all have for love, respect, and acceptance, the author casts his usual spell. We can almost feel the strong rays of the sun and see the brilliant stars twinkling in the Botswana sky. Furthermore, we cannot help but appreciate Mma Ramotswe's unerring tact, common sense, and adherence to the old ways; Mr. Matekoni's kindness and integrity; and Grace's pride in a job well done. "The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party" is a delightful slice of life, with heroes, villains, and people who are a bit of both, all trying to get along in a difficult and sometimes bewildering world. It is charmingly whimsical and as satisfying as a cup of freshly brewed red bush tea.
62 of 73 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1143bdc) out of 5 stars Perhaps twelve is enough. March 30 2011
By Nancy Kopald - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
While we are treated to many of the author's gentle and insightful observations on humanity and morality throughout this latest entry in the series, those are really all that can recommend it. There are no new characters and no character development of our beloved regulars. There is only one official detective case, and the "resolution" of the case is unsatisfying. I fear that AMS is spreading himself too thin amongst his various literary endeavors.

It is a bad sign and discouraging to a reader when an author forgets previous details in a series. In this novel, he has Mr. Matekoni express doubt that women can or would want to be mechanics. And yet his own daughter showed herself very much interested and promising in this area when she was first introduced to us. AMS has never followed up on this. The children do not even make an appearance in this novel.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa12af0b4) out of 5 stars Comfort Food for Readers April 2 2011
By SP - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product
Seriously, it just doesn't get any better than this. I was so glad to be back with old friends in this latest release. Seems like it's been forever since I've seen them. I love this series and each book offers so much in a nice relaxed read. This one is no different. It is hard to put down and you want to read the next chapter just to see what everyone is up to and what will be next in each character's life. I love these books and this one is just as good as any of the other books in this series. I highly recommend this book...it's like a big bowl of creamy homemade macaroni and cheese.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By Van - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
You know, I agree this is not a work of literary genius, I agree it will never win the Pulitzer or be recognised as a world-changing book, I agree that there is not much of a story in this current edition. However, I also agree that this series is one of the sweetest and most heart-warming I have read. I am forever touched by the display of patriotism/love for Botswana, and the real human values in this book (idealistic though they may sometimes be). It really is a quick wonderful read, and I hope to see many more on the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency.

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