First, I want to say that I am a fan of Barbara Rosenblat. I've immensely enjoyed her narration of the Amelia Peabody series & other books as well. I love all the voices she's developed for the characters. But, something went very wrong in her reading of The Serpent on the Crown. NONE of the characters had the same voice she gave them in other books. Not only had all the voices changed, but the characters completely lacked the inflection and humor I'd come to love from Barbara Rosenblat's narration. The audio book was also poorly edited with one chapter running into the other without the slightest gap & Manuscript H and Amelia's parts of the books run together as well.The book seemed overly long & ended abruptly. This was the first time that Elizabeth Peters & Barbara Rosenblat have disappointed me.
Peabody at her finest! For what ever reason I love this series. The story is entertaining, the characters interesting and the narration is perfect.
Too many characters, not enough plot. Barbara Rosenblat does the Emerson's justice, but she didn't have much to work with in this book.
Could the plot plod along any slower?? It takes nearly the entire first half before a crime even occurs. The characters are so monotonous that I have trouble remembering who is who. My least favorite audible buy. So much for relying on Audie awards.
The previous audio books I purchased from Audible by Elizabeth Peters were narrated by Susan O'Malley (sp?). This one was narrated by Barbara Rosenblatt. I found the voice of Amelia Peabody Emerson too gutteral and hoarse compared to Susan O'Malley. Also, I can hear either papers shuffling in the background or the narrator's repeated swallowing...I'm not certain which it is.
I love Elizabeth Peters and will probably purchase more, even if Barbara Rosenblatt has narrated, but I don't enjoy the telling of the story as much. It has changed the character of Amelia and I find it difficult to see her as the character Ms. Rosenblatt portrays.
Like Ernest, I found this book to be a very tedious listen. At one point I actually listen to one disk twice and was to track 7 before I realized I had already listen to that disk.
Say something about yourself!
I had just visited LA to see the King Tut exhibit so I was really in the mood! I was afraid the story would be tedious but it really wasn't, it is a great period-based story, and the reader is AMAZING. It was hard to believe that a woman was ready all of those male vocal parts. But you have to forget about that or it kind of ruins it. I loved this, I will get another one.
Peabody mysteries are a guilty pleasure and this no exception! I loved it and she has new twists for the characters, not boring at all!!!
Although I am brave enough to try another Peabody mystery (this being my first), I can't say that I enjoyed this for much more than the occasional comic relief brought on by the bewildering variety of voices the narrator employed. There's about two hours of action scattered amongst ten additional hours of droll tedium.
I've been enjoying audiobooks for a number of years now, and this was the first one I couldn't stick with until the end. I may be alone in this opinion, but what really killed it for me was the reader. To me, her vocal characterizations were overdone and annoying. In this case, the story was not interesting enough to get me past my annoyance with the reader.