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.
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.