The Kalahari Typing School for Men: More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Precious Ramotswe's comfortable existence as the only detective in Botswana is suddenly rattled when the Satisfaction Guaranteed Detective Agency opens, and its brochure proclaims, "Don't take any chances! Entrust your enquiries to a MAN!" As if the development isn't enough, Mma Ramotswe has also taken on two difficult cases, one of which hits close to home. But with wisdom on her side, Mma Ramotswe figures to crack both cases and upstage her competition.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 3 minutes|
|Author||Alexander McCall Smith|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||November 21, 2003|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #51,783 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#629 in Humorous Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,659 in Women Sleuth Mysteries
#2,226 in Women's Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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I just saw a talk by Alexander McCall Smith at the Washington Library. It took place when Bush was in office. He spoke about "No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" at length and he took questions. I could listen to this man speak forever. I love his speaking voice and I love his laugh. He has a great laugh. I like a good laugh and he has a really good laugh. He is so cute and he has a great sense of humor. I would love to see him in person. I have so many questions for him. I have to look at his schedule to see when he will be in NYC. I'd like to see him. I don't know where this man gets the time to write all of these books, travel and teach at the University too. I am amazed by his energy.
However, in this book, Smith goes even further than he has before. He engages in conveying the ability of people to self-empower themselves. In this book, Smith illuminates the continual problem of a male dominated society and how this situation affects the women of Botswana. Throughout the book, there are multiple examples of the women of Botswana self-empowering, and feeling the tremendous elation and self-satisfaction that accompanies that accomplishment. Starting particularly with Mma Makutsi, Assistant Detective, who starts a business teaching MEN how to type. And it is an immediate success, as men often feel internal cognitive dissonance that they cannot type for themselves, and have to depend on women to do their typing. The concept of the class itself is self-empowerment for men. And the business itself allows Mma Makutsi to feel self-empowered herself, the proprietor of a successful business.
While the books are "plugged" as "mystery/fiction" most readers of the "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" series recognize, that the cases, the investigations, are really just a device to advance the plot and to help illustrate the points which mostly deal with ethics, morality and how people treat each other. This is truly what Smith is trying to get across and by using Botswana, a small, proud, independent, Democratic country as a microcosm of the world, he tries to help the reader understand cross cultural issues and basic ethical concepts which are slightly different in each venue, but are nonetheless, universal around the world.
Smith gives us yet again, a close look at the internal workings of another society and allows the reader to draw their own conclusions as to how it relates to the world they live in themselves. Truly a wonderful and instructive series, this book deserves the 5 star rating.
That said, I must warn readers who are new to this series: this is not a "detective" series like Conan Doyle or C.S.I or any other modern detective series with evidence and dangerous culprits.
No it is an interesting African woman who solves her assignments by listening to her clients with a good grasp of basic psychology and has fascinating ways of solving her puzzles. The puzzles or no more threatening than finding out what a husband is up to or locating a couple of people who someone needs to talk to.
This particular novel explores the development of a side business for the agency asst. detective and a quick romance for her. The development of this character started in the previous novel and I expect it will continue. Also included are some small problems with her two adopted children.
My only criticism of these novels is that they have long lectures on how people should behavior. There is a lot of comparison of the old Botswana ways of politeness vs modern day behavior. Both Precious - the main character and her assistant spend time reflecting on what people should do vs. what they actually do. It can get a bit tiresome sometimes.
Nevertheless, I am enchanted by the descriptions of the land, the views of the cattle (which were a type of currency), and the various tribal stereotypes and the challenges presented.
The books are fast reads and fun. I recommend them for a fun and different reading experience.
Top reviews from other countries
Great humour and knowledge of the country is evident in the writing, for example calling a woman fat is a compliment as that means successful and is correct to be traditionally built!
Mma Ramotswe and Mma Rakusi continue to show that unique outlook on life and problem solving that made the series such a joy to read. Maybe the only criticism I have is that Mma Ramotswe's impending wedding is taking a little too long, and her poor fiancee just doesn't have the mental strength of Mma.
Although the story line isn't quite as captivating as the first book, it is still a wonderful read.