Rollicking good fun.
The pacing of the plot - the action and the character development - is terrific. It's not particularly difficult to guess what's coming next but it so delightful listening to the story unfold, who cares?
In this reading, Rosenblat does an outstanding job performing Amelia Peabody. In the later novels I find that Peabody's "voice" becomes more strident and annoying, but here, it's perfect.
I think the narration was well done and believable.
There were many, it's an interesting journey that goes from moment that you have waited for to moment that you are waiting for.
I have always loved reading encouraged by my Mum from a very early age. I spent time driving to work and audible is brilliant for this. I'm a nurse and the job can be quite hard at times listening to books can help me to switch off and find some balance in life.
The story was wonderful and the narrator was excellent. She performed the different characters so that you got a really see them.The story line was good and the language very descriptive so good almost feel the heat of the dessert.
Amelia Peabody.....such a great character....despite being a female in a very male world she never let it stop her. She controlled her destination mostly!
Ove read this book a few dozen times. And I've listened to it twice. The narrator can be so great! But, I hate listening to her breathing and swallowing. I can't listen with earphones because it annoys me so!
I'm a retired teacher who loves to read, knit and enjoy my grandchildren. I tend to read mysteries and thrillers.
The main character, Amelia Peabody, was such fun! An independently wealthy, educated woman with an indomitable spirit and wry sense of humor in a world ruled by men! The setting in Egypt made the mystery even more enjoyable.
This is a cozy mystery to be sure, but I still was kept guessing about the resolution until later in the book.
I look forward to reading more of this series. Barbara Rosenblatt did a great job with the narration. At first, I found Amelia's voice to be overdone, but after a few chapters, it seemed just right for her character.
It was a great story with a very amusing narrator. Amelia Peabody is just a fun, entertaining character.
I never could figure out what was going on, despite the limited number of suspects, which is a really good thing in a mystery!
The story was very well-paced, and the wit of the narrator made reading so enjoyable.
No, but I did enjoy it!
Initially, I found the reader irritating, but I just had to get used to Amelia Peabody's very affected English accent, which I'm sure is an accurate reflection of her social standing and her time period. It was just hard for my very American ears to get used to at first, but in the end, I thought the reader did a good job bringing the character to life.
Good easy book to listen too. No sex, or foul langage. Would listen to another of her books. Narrator was very good also, did the voices well and easy to listen to.
This is a fun listen....Barbara Rosenblat brings the characters to life so make sure you purchase the one that she narrates. The characters are fun, the story is entertaining and you feel transported into their adventure. I will most definitely listen to the entire series!
this narrator (Barbara Rosenblat) is one of the BEST I have listened to. she is able to perform MANY voices to give each character their own personality.
This review is mainly for the audiobook, not the story itself.
The narrator's voice and the voice of the main character, Amelia Peabody, were both quite distinctive. I really liked the voice of Amelia Peabody. She was funny, ironic, independent and so very British. I thought that the narrator portrayed Amelia Peabody rather well. Unfortunately, the narrator's voice also sounded MUCH older than Amelia Peabody, who, I believe, was only in her early thirties; the narrator sounded like she was middle-aged or older. Nonetheless, I cannot hear Amelia Peabody as anything else other than the voice of Barbara Rosenblat.
The narrator also did a fairly decent job at distinguishing between the characters. Evelyn's high, light voice seemed to fit the character very well, and it was pretty easy to tell whether it was Amelia speaking or Evelyn. I really liked the lisp that the narrator had affected for Evelyn's cousin, Lucas. I felt that she caught Lucas's careless style of speaking rather well. I could certainly envision his character, drawling in his bumbling and genial way. Emerson's gruffness was likewise fairly easy to distinguish although his character was not as easy to imagine. Walter seems to have lost out; the narrator's voice for him was not particularly notable. That said, there had been a few occasions when I had some difficulty determining which man was speaking.
The narrator spoke at a comfortable and natural speed. I was able to follow along without much difficulty, which I normally have when I listen to a fast speaker (I process things a bit slowly). I didn't think she did quite as well as I had hoped for stylistically. There were times when I didn't agree with the narrator's interpretation of how a character said such-and-such. I think that there were also some occasions when I thought a pause would have been appropriate. However, these are minor disagreements.
This review was partially cross-posted from Goodreads.