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No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency: BBC Radio Casebook

BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations
Durée : 5 h et 52 min

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Alexander McCall Smith's hugely popular novels featuring Precious Ramotswe, proprietor of Botswana's only female private detective agency, have become international best-sellers. These acclaimed productions, complete with vibrant music, bring the exotic world of the books to life.

In these eight episodes, Mma Ramotswe takes on her first case - and a new secretary; tries to solve a bone mystery; tackles a domestic drama and a doctor's erratic behaviour; and investigates the case of a missing American. In addition, she is hired by a beauty contest judge to check the integrity of the finalists; looks for two women wronged by her client, Mr Molefelo; learns of a rival detective agency; and is commissioned by a physiotherapist to find out what her errant husband is up to. The stories included are: The Daddy; The Bone; The Maid; Tears of the Giraffe; The Chief Justice of Beauty; The Confession; The Kalahari Typing School for Men and The Admirer.

Claire Benedict stars as Mma Ramotswe, with Nadine Marshall as Mma Makutsi and Joseph Marcell as Mr JLB Matekoni.

©2017 BBC Worldwide Ltd. (P)2017 BBC Worldwide Ltd.

Critiques

“Opening with the joyous strains of Botswana children singing, this production never ceases to sound high-spirited and joyful.[…] Whether Mma Ramotswe is tracking down lost relations, debunking a local witch doctor, or teaching typing to fumble-fingered men (one of the silliest sound effects ever created for radio), these programs subtly introduce the listener to Botswana's culture while creating bright, unforgettable characters. Touching, rhythmic, and laugh-out-loud hilarious, these world-renowned stories are sure to delight listeners of all ages.” – ( AudioFile Magazine)
"Must-listen...beautifully cast, precisely timed, simply wonderful." ( Daily Telegraph)

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  • Katie
  • 01/09/2019

Calming

I am an avid Audible listener with a very, very busy mind. This series is one that helps bring a kind of peace to my head 😁. Beautifully performed with loving and heartfelt story lines. All the characters are charming and the music is uplifting. I watched this show and this dramatization is equally good, if not better! I thoroughly recommend this series.

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  • L. Headley
  • 22/07/2017

Not The Best Interpretation

Having read (and loved) all the books in this series, heard them all (and loved Lisette Lecat's reading), and watched every episode of the (all too brief) television series based on the books, I am probably too big a fan for this dramatization. It is a truncated, watered-down version of several of the stories I already know and love.
Also, while I am far from being an expert in African accents, I found the variety of accents in the production distracting. They didn't sound like the Botswana accents I've heard before--they seemed more like generic African accents.
If this is your first introduction to the Number 1 Ladies' Detective Agency stories, or if it's all you have time for, then get it. It's certainly better than no Number 1 Ladies' Detective Agency stories! But I think that any one of the original books is a richer, more rewarding listening (or reading) experience.

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  • Diana
  • 28/11/2017

Vignettes of the stories in the books

I read an unhappy review of this series of BBC radio shows based on the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, but bought the audio book anyway. Letting the negative tone of the review affect my listening, the first show was terrible! awful! how could anyone destroy the perfection of this series?

Fortunately, I listened next to the second, then third, then fourth, etc. and eased into the entirely different angle these little stories played out. Yes, there is less of the inner talk and inner examinations of people, events, and ethics than in the books. But look at how many hours just one book has to allow for detail.

The actors do a great job - although I love the way the women actors allow for kindness to come through, while a couple of the male actors seemed to be overly harsh - which isn't in the books.

As I came around to this new portrayal of the series, I began to enjoy the experience. And after I finished I went back to the first in the series, with a completely different attitude and understanding of what this program is . . . . and I loved it.

I looked up this BBC program and it appears there are more in the series - I hope Audible will include them soon.

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  • Lillybet
  • 19/05/2019

Irresistibly Good Yarn!

For those people who like good ambiance, likable characters, comfort and intrigue, this story is for you! The story unfolds like a weekly serial and one you can count on for comfort, like a favorite sweater or a cup of hot cocoa. Well dramatised. Great theme song!

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  • Jessica
  • 28/07/2019

A “feel good” book

Sometimes I just like to get away from the real world.

This book is filled with stories about a lady detective and her cases. They make me feel as though all is well with the world. The narrators are really good. This is a book for someone who loves happy endings and good people. Real life is complicated. Sometimes we all need something fun, simple with lots of happy endings.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 19/03/2019

AWESOME

I wish this series would continue AND by the same narrators. LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11/01/2019

Loved it

I wasn’t sure what to expect based on the reviews but it was a pleasant surprise, I couldn’t stop listening and finished it in two days.

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  • Robin M.
  • 14/07/2018

A glimpse of Botswana

Beautifully read, love hearing the authentic "accented" English and local music interludes. I've just returned from Botswana, and the book brought back the experience of the gentle and purposeful Batswana, and the Kalari landscapes of bush, villages, and simple-to-developing economy. The cases in each chapter show deep insights into human nature, and a main character who is a strong woman that all of us can appreciate. The author truly loves Botswana, and the book was like another trip to that country but told by someone who must have spent a lifetime getting to know it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17/06/2018

Different but still delightful

The adaptation carries the spirit of the book without being a word for word transcription. McCall Smith keeps the stories moving briskly and the radio program style is fresh and interesting. I’ve loved the book series, the film interpretation and now this.

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  • PETE
  • 04/12/2017

Did not like

After having watched on tv, and listened to those plots from the
original books listening to this
version was not satisfactory.