Professional female with little time for the fun things (cooking, reading and traveling)!
I loved this book. The story was fun and interesting; Rosenblat was Amelia Peabody in my estimation. This is one of those books where the story carries you along and you can't wait to listen to more. It's light, but very entertaining.
Have not read the print version
I knew where things were going pretty early on in the story, but was completely immersed in the story telling, so looked forward to the reading, through to the conclusion.
Her voices were great and her inflections for the main character were hilarious.
I had trouble turning it off to move on to others things!
I read the first few Amelia Peabody books years ago, and remembered enjoying them, but I dislike reading books in first person and eventually got tired of Amelia's total self-absorption, so I stopped. When I saw that the first novel was available as an audio book I was delighted. I find listening to first person novels much nicer than reading them, and that was true of this book.
Amelia Peabody is outspoken, confident, adventurous and a little naive. The story, a trifle old-fashioned, is a fun mix of exotic travel, mystery and a little romance. I felt the narrator did an excellent job of reading Amelia, whose voice was exactly what I'd imagined when I read the book. However, I dislike the was she portrays men's voices. They all sound either cartoony, with a slight lisp, or effeminate. Radcliff is clearly a masculine, testosterone-laden fellow, but here he sounds like a young boy who's voice hasn't changed.
I'm still glad I purchased the book. the story and portrayal of Amelia more than make up for the deficiencies in the men's voices. I was genuinely sorry when we reached the end and will definitely look forward to hearing this one again.
A really pleasurable few hours listening to Elizabeth's story of the inimitable Ameila Peabody. I loved the historical references, the way Amelia pushes the boundaries of what's expected of women at the time, and it's just plain fun!
It was a good rollicking plot.
Prompted me to buy the next few in the series! Looking forward to them.
The first book of the series tells about an unusual woman and the begining of an unusual relationship. There is mystery, romance, cleverness and as little violence as possible for a mystery book.
It is worth the listen.
I would like to read another book from Elizabeth Peters.
I found the plot convincing and that it retained my attention,
I found Barbara Rosenblat`s performance to be compelling but not my favourite narrator
I would read another book if there were one to follow Crocodile on the Sandbank as I enjoyed the main character.
I teach high school physics and read/listen to books in my free time. My favorite genres are history, sci fi, fantasy, and science writing.
I thought the theme of overturning Victorian mores was interesting.
Yes, in a somewhat subdued way. I was not necessarily on the edge so much as sat upright.
Barbra Rosenblats voice comes out a bit jarring at first. It works with the book, because the main character/narrator is a bit abrasive as well.
God I want to have sex with a man really bad, but my unwomanly demeanor prevents it.
I was hesitant to start this book. It was recommended to me by my mother in law and I just didn't see us enjoying the same kind of book. I was wrong.
The main character Amelia Peabody is a riot! She is bright, practical, straightforward, confident,and sarcastic. I was laughing on a regular basis while listening.
I loved the mystery as well as the characters. Can't wait to start book 2.
The narrator did a fantastic job, with a different voice for each character.
I read Crocodile on the Sandbank when it was first published many years ago. I heard Elizabeth Peters interviewed on NPR by Diane Rehm, and a caller suggested that people listen to the Amelia Peabody audiobooks. Ms. Peters said she loved the audio versions of her books because she really enjoyed Barbara Rosenblat's performance. I agree enthusiastically! Ms. Rosenblat does a fabulous job of portraying each character in the story with a distinctive voice, while keeping the story moving at an appropriate pace.
A true vacation
moves slow but then so does the river
will be downloading more of her books very soon