I have two rescue dogs. One Scottish born husband. And a love of books that goes back to childhood and bookmobiles!
I finally have gone back in time to find out how my favorite couple met; not only their's but that of Peabody's brother-in-law! And all this is wrapped around in a lovely mystery.
For those of us who jumped into the series much later in time, it was much fun to find out about Peabody's beginnings and her subsequent meeting and love story with Emerson and Egypt. The mystery is very enjoyable (as usual).
Likes: Cozy mysteries (cats a plus), personal memoirs,not too dark fantasy, books about the brain. Dislikes: Torture, animal cruelty.
It is the first in the Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters (aka Barbara Michaels, the romance author). Crocodile on the Sandbank is an audiobook benefiting from a superior reader. This is a fun little book, despite perhaps the mystery not being all that mysterious – mainly because there are so few characters to suspect. The real fun is in the relationship between Amelia and the man who will later be her husband. The man makes me smile – such a stereotypical romance character, with his black hair and his brooding eyes and his arrogance and bad temper – he and feisty, domineering Amelia fight like crazy, but you know how it’ll turn out.
I would and I have. It is quite amusing with strong characters and excellent dialogue. Further, I felt I actually learned something about Egypt.
Elizabeth Peters does a wonderful job creating memorable characters through her excellent use of language. The dialogue is funny and witty and really sets Amelia apart as a unique character in literature.
I haven't but she is very good, really bringing the story to life.
No, it wasn't a very moving book, but entertaining.
I tried to listen to this and at about 1/3 into it I just couldn't stay interested. I kept having to go back often because my mind would wander. But I think the worst part was the narration. I just couldn't get used to Ms. Rosenblat's voice. It just got really annoying.
My main issue with this book and the series is the attitudes of the British during this period of history. The symphony I developed for the heroine as she fought against sexism was tempered by the aggravation I felt any time she expressed the old British expansionist attitude that the savages of other lands needed the British to guide them because they were too stupid to help themselves. I suppose this made for a more complex character, but it did detract from my attachment to her.
There was a point in the middle where I became board with the story. It rambled around it on complexity like a mystery novel determined not to let anyone guess the outcome. I did finish the book, but by the end I was glad it was over and do not plan to buy more in the series.
Narration – In the beginning I was very worried about the narration. I had to turn up the volume and listen closely to understand the voice. By the second chapter I had become accustom to the speaker and ended up liking her performance better than the story itself.
When I was first researching this book, I didn't notice that there were two different narrators for this series, Susan O'Malley and Barbara Rosenblat. The first time I listened to a sample, it was Susan O'Malley's reading, I wasn't sold, and in fact it made the book feel really aged and dull. I don't remember how, but I then saw that there was another narrator for the same story. Her name was Barbara Rosenblat. I listened to her sample and FELL IN LOVE! She does such an EXCELLENT job performing all the characters of this entire book, I cant imagine listening to anyone but her for the rest of the series.I really urge you to listen to both narrators before deciding if this book sounds good to you or not. If I hadn't, I wouldn't have found a new series that I absolute adore.
As for the book itself, I have to admit it took me a bit to get into, but I slowly fell absolutely in love with all the main characters! Amelia, Evelyn, Emerson, and Walter... I truly enjoyed the slow development and portrayal of their personalities.
By the middle of the book, I began to get that exciting feeling one gets when you think about going home and reading/listening to your favorite book. By the end of the book, I was sad to see the adventure wrap up, but was already researching the next in the series to purchase! For me, Amelia has now become a dear friend, and I cant wait to go on 18 more adventures with her.
This book isn't incredibly complicated, suspenseful, or fast paced, but that's what I think I love about it. It just unfolded nicely and before I knew it, I was all wrapped up in it like a warm cozy blanket. If you enjoy lite mysteries, with whit and charm, this book will do you well. Being a fan of Her Royal Spyness and Nancy Drew books, I am so pleased to be able to add this to my collection.
I love Amelia Peabody and this first book sets the scene for everything to follow. The narrator is perfect for Amelia's acerbic character.
Ardent reader of history, non-fiction, fiction, fantasy, sci-fi. Have a lot of audiobooks, but in all honesty, I prefer to read rather than listen. However, my daily hourly walk has become a pleasure with a good audiobook to listen to.
Its a light-hearted, interesting listen, ranks about middle of the range to others - but to be fair, that depends on what category of book we're talking about here in order to give it an unbiased ranking. In its category of what I'd determine as light hearted and fun, Id say its in the top 20 or so. I enjoyed it enough to buy and download a few of her other books, and I liked learning more about Egypt and tombs; Im looking forward to carrying on listening to the rest of the series. Her descriptions of the desert and Nile are pretty vivid, I could literally view the vistas through her words.
First one Ive listened to - overall, a good performance.
I am not usually a reader of mysteries, but this was fun and intriguing. I would eagerly read sequels, as the descriptions, the suspense, sense of place, and voice are all so well depicted.
the side-kick for the main character - the one she rescued, she was a great counter-point, particularly early on
exploring the tombs
moments of suspense had me hanging on the next word
very well read and fun listen
No. Seldom do a second listen or read.
The attitude of the main character. She was a woman's "libber" in 1880.
The first kiss of which the heroine was aware. It was funny.
Yes, the ones where the grumpy brother showed his humanity.