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
Yes. Not only was the voice-acting done well, but the story was interesting and the characters were well-developed.
What a disappointment. Just boring, trite and predictable. Not even an exciting romance. Nothing about the story to compel you on.
This is a somewhat interesting, but quite predictable story. I learned a bit about Egyptian antiquities and culture in this book.
I enjoy Agatha Christie and even M.C. Beaton, but Elizabeth Peters characters are uninteresting and a bit fey.
I have not read the print version but the audio version was excellent
Loved the lead character, she made me smile and at times laugh out loud
The whole book was excellent...
I am looking forward to the rest of the series!!
I hadn't heard of the Amelia Peabody series before it popped up in an audible sale, but after reading the description, I decided to take a chance on it. I am so glad that I did! It's a wonderfully fun mystery, simultaneously maintaining the Victorian primness of the era it's set in, while the title character insists on taking her own liberties in society (within reason, of course).
I am not extremely well-studied in archaeology, but from my brief forays into the subject (via several anthropology classes in college) the technical aspects of the archeological digs seem to be accurate enough, at least, accurate enough to be believable and sensible.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the tension between Amelia and Emerson, and thought that the way that they discovered the secret of the mummy, as well as any feelings that resulted from the entire affair, to be well in line with the Victorian literature that Peters is tipping her glass to.
It's definitely light reading, there's no deep chills or thrills here. It feels like it'll be a series of mysteries more in line with MURDER SHE WROTE or ROSEMARY & THYME. (Or even MONK or PSYCH.)
Here's what you need to ask yourself:
Do you like pushy, audacious ladies who wish they didn't have to wear bustles?
Do you like supposedly proper english gentlemen behaving boorishly?
Do you like it when the aforementioned ladies leave said gentlemen sputtering in rage with a few carefully chosen remarks?
Do you like it when all the characters stop in the middle of the day for a cup of tea, even in the middle of an egyptian archeological dig site?
Then give it a go!