I have enjoyed Elizabeth Peters' prior novels, but this one was so bad that - for the first time ever - I quit listening to it less than half way through. I like the narrator, but even she couldn't breath life into this very boring story. I should have read ALL the reviews - the one that called this book "tedious" was right on.
What a disappointment!
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Other than a few hiccups with the recording it was a great continuation of the story.
Live life Joyfully!
Peabody at her best!
Nefret, she is always such fun!
I still cannot fathom how she creates such distinct and wonderful voices, such a delight! Just marvelous!
Start at the beginning of this great series and enjoy!!
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.
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.