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.
I loved the book! The story is developing nicely and you are led to false beliefs so that you are not able to predict the outcome of the story.
I write Miss Marple in the late 19th century since the character of Miss Peabody seems to be quite alike in matters of unorthodox thinking and her nosiness even if she is a just at her early thirties.
And over all I very much liked the performance of Barbara Rosenblat. Actually it was her performance with led me to buy the audiobook without having read a wrap-up of the store. Her voice and accent fitted my idea of an unusally confident and open-minded lady perfectly and by the time I had finished listening to the sample I was already addicted to the story.
Miss Amelia Peabody since I love strong female characters :-)
Well I also loved Radcliffe Emerson with his stubborn and provocative air...
Rollicking good fun.
The pacing of the plot - the action and the character development - is terrific. It's not particularly difficult to guess what's coming next but it so delightful listening to the story unfold, who cares?
In this reading, Rosenblat does an outstanding job performing Amelia Peabody. In the later novels I find that Peabody's "voice" becomes more strident and annoying, but here, it's perfect.
I think the narration was well done and believable.
There were many, it's an interesting journey that goes from moment that you have waited for to moment that you are waiting for.
The story was wonderful and the narrator was excellent. She performed the different characters so that you got a really see them.The story line was good and the language very descriptive so good almost feel the heat of the dessert.
Amelia Peabody.....such a great character....despite being a female in a very male world she never let it stop her. She controlled her destination mostly!
Ove read this book a few dozen times. And I've listened to it twice. The narrator can be so great! But, I hate listening to her breathing and swallowing. I can't listen with earphones because it annoys me so!