The Full Cupboard of Life
Monday, February 28, 2005 at 05:02PM
Alma in Books on Tape

“The Full Cupboard of Life: More from the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency”

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I just finished ‘reading’ the audio version of Alexander McCall Smith’s most recent release from the Mma Precious Ramotswe series. (Partly due to the fact that the next book in the series, “In the Company of Cheerful Ladies”, is due out this April and I wanted to be ready.)

I am such a fan of audio books. When stuck in traffic they’re such a mental health break in the car. Plus, I don’t know if it’s from being read to sleep as a child, however listening to them at night has lulled me to sleep on many a restless night. Not that that’s the only time I listen. I have found this to be such a versatile way to keep up with my reading list.

This 5th volume in the series brings few surprises. Mma Ramotswe continues to be one of my favorite literary characters. Her strength, her honesty, her generosity make me continue to look forward to each new novel. I admire Smith’s writing for one of the primary reasons I enjoyed reading the work of James Michener. Both authors share (d) the ability to explore culture and history in their novels in a way that breathes life into the data. Though I have never been to Botswana, reading Smith transports me to the world of the ‘Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency’ in Gaborone, Botswana.

My favorite of the five Mma Ramotswe books so far is “Morality for Beautiful Girls”. We’ll see what number 6 holds.

Wishing you happiness always,

Alma

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