"The author's prose has the merits of simplicity, euphony and precision. His descriptions leave one as if standing in the Botswana landscape. This is art that conceals art. I haven't read anything with such unalloyed pleasure for a long time." ( Sunday Telegraph)
"McCall Smith is a careful emblematic writer who is beyond gifted, he is a natural storyteller. Smith has once again charmed the sarongs off of us." ( The List)
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By Amazon Customer on 17-05-18
Continuing to be pleasant
As this is now the 4th book in the series, I'm starting to feel that they are a bit too short and look forward to the longer ones, because for me, the longer ones will show book structure development.
I do find the formality a little wearing and I feel like the books have been translated from an African writing because it goes into too much detail and almost teaching you how to suck eggs narration. I hope the future ones get better and more in depth.
By PJ van Zetten on 19-07-16
Would you listen to The Kalahari Typing School for Men again? Why?
No. Not because the story is no good, it is entertaining. With apology to Hilary Neville who does a perfectly reasonable job but cannot bring the story to life in the same way Adjoa Andoh does. The rhythm of Africa is lost when spoken only by a perfectly modulated English voice. Ms Andoh can do this perfectly, when in narration mode and can convey Botswana beautifully when in conversation mode.
Who was your favorite character and why?
The ever delightful Precious. Her wisdom and insights are delightful.
What aspect of the narrator’s performance might you have changed?
As beautifully as she speaks, Hilary Neville is not the right person to bring these stories to life.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
This is not a book that "moves" but one that entertains.
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