The strong, witty, and "feminist" character of Amelia Peabody is really what makes the story. The plot its self- though comical, suspenseful, and over all entertaining- is rather predicable. Still, I really enjoyed listening and Barbra Rosenblat gave a great performance. Amelia Peabody is a refreshing character in todays world as the "Bella Swans" seem rather pathetic and the "Katniss Everdene's" seem rough and course. Amelia embodies the strength of a woman; she is NOT a woman trying to be strong like a man. The man VS. woman seems to be a theme in this book and is so funny to hear in the banter and conversation between characters. It's great!
Hearing the story performed was quite a different experience of the book, which I first read not long after it was published. I've followed this series ever since. I realize with a little shock I may have created an expensive new habit for myself - hearing Peabody read to me for the next umpteen fabulous books.
Ms. Rosenblat is the perfect reader of this series. She can boom like Emerson, cosset like Evelyn and be the perfectly rational Amelia Peabody without missing a beat.
I've already nearly finished hearing the second book in the series. It's even better.
Why oh why is this only available in Abridged form? I've listened to it on CD.
These books do not lend themselves to abridgement. When you start snipping, you have to choose what bits don't support the mystery, and frankly, mystery is the least important part of Amelia Peabody's mysteries. It's HOW they got there. It's a SOAP.
This edition is flawed by the heartless truncationof the twin grandchildren Davey and Charla. This is their introduction, and the entire ending of the book has been cut. The ending was as abrupt as a key-lime pie in the face.
Of course. She's Marvelous. It's the producer I want to lynch
Barbara is THE reader for these books. Can't imagine Amelia without her.
The production team responsible for this abortion has inserted brief musical interludes between each chapter. They add NOTHING to the experience, and detract from it. One would at least expect the music would be middle eastern, but no...
I would recommend this to anyone who likes a mystery interspersed with historical fact and set in a vintage time period. The characters are well developed and this provides a good introduction to a fun series performed by a great storyteller.
The only real drawback was that the ending became quite predictable before you got there; not how it all played out but who were the culprits and why.
Barbara Rosenblat's performance was very enjoyable and made the characters come to life in a comic way. Excellent!
I've read this book sooooo many times already, but when I saw the audio version on sale for $5.00, I just couldn't pass it up. Though it took me a little while to get used to the narrator (she just sounded so much older than 34, which is Amelia's age when she writes her story down, describing events that took place in her 32nd year), but once I managed to distance myself from the voices for the characters that I've always heard in my head, I really enjoyed her delivery. It's a little bit of a different take, on Peabody and Emerson especially, than I'd imagined; it will be interesting to see if any of the audio version creeps into the in-my-head version the next time I read this in print! Anyway, in the end, I think the narrator did a great job, and I had just as much fun listening as I always have reading it. Bravo!
Adopted Child Of God
Exciting for the very first page. The action continúes from one page to the next.
Yes. She is very discriptive so that you find yourself right there along with Amelia Peabody and her friends.
Yes, everyone of her performanes is spot on. She is able to get the voice of each character so very realistic. I am able to even picture each character in my mind before I am told who it is that is speaking.
All of her novels are able to make me laugh and cry.
I have also enjoyed books not in the Amelia Peabody series, but narrated by Barbara Rosenblat. I am just as great a fan of Barbara Rosenblat as I am of Elizabeth Peters.
I wasn't familiar with the author or series when I purchased this audiobook and relied heavily on the reviews. Those comparing it with Austen or calling it Victorian misled me completely. It's so fraught with un-Victorian dialogue (though attempting to imitate it) and the actions/mindset/worldview are so totally contemporary, that I felt completely off-balance for the greater part of the book. Was I listening to a complete farce or was the author taking herself seriously? I'm still not certain if it's all a huge joke or if there are people out there that actually believe that it's authentic to the period it's set in. Looking back at the reviews, I see the phrase "tongue in cheek" a few times, but that's not really conveying that the book reads more like a parody (of...? Can't think what author!) than anything else.
The narration is superb, however, and - by the time I'd finished it - felt there was almost something addictive in the book's silliness. It certainly is completely unique in style. BTW, I do love another unique/quirky author, Alexander McCall Smith, but somehow I "get" his sense of humor and not Elizabeth Peters'. Perhaps I will one day give Amanda Peabody a second chance, but not at the moment.
This is a wonderfully written story that is brought to perfection with the narration.
Of coarse being a fan of steampunk, I love the main character Amelia and her forward thinking mind in a historic setting.
The narration was the heartbeat that brought this book alive!
I was glued to this book and couldn't stop listening.
Sometimes I listen to a book because I know it is the only way I will be able to read it. In this instance, I think I wouldn't have enjoyed reading this story nearly as much as I enjoyed listening to it. It is detective fiction lite, a true cozy, the violence is minimal and the plot fairly conspicuous, with characters and setting interesting enough to hold things together. The pace might have been too slow had I been reading the book myself, but Barbara Rosenblat's performance, and it is assuredly a performance rather than narration, had me searching for the second book in the series as soon as I finished the first.
This is not a hard hitting or terribly thought provoking book, it isn't meant to be, but it kept me quite entertained without requiring my full attention.