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!
I'm a retired teacher who loves to read, knit and enjoy my grandchildren. I tend to read mysteries and thrillers.
The main character, Amelia Peabody, was such fun! An independently wealthy, educated woman with an indomitable spirit and wry sense of humor in a world ruled by men! The setting in Egypt made the mystery even more enjoyable.
This is a cozy mystery to be sure, but I still was kept guessing about the resolution until later in the book.
I look forward to reading more of this series. Barbara Rosenblatt did a great job with the narration. At first, I found Amelia's voice to be overdone, but after a few chapters, it seemed just right for her character.
It was a great story with a very amusing narrator. Amelia Peabody is just a fun, entertaining character.
I never could figure out what was going on, despite the limited number of suspects, which is a really good thing in a mystery!
The story was very well-paced, and the wit of the narrator made reading so enjoyable.
No, but I did enjoy it!
Initially, I found the reader irritating, but I just had to get used to Amelia Peabody's very affected English accent, which I'm sure is an accurate reflection of her social standing and her time period. It was just hard for my very American ears to get used to at first, but in the end, I thought the reader did a good job bringing the character to life.
Good easy book to listen too. No sex, or foul langage. Would listen to another of her books. Narrator was very good also, did the voices well and easy to listen to.
This is a fun listen....Barbara Rosenblat brings the characters to life so make sure you purchase the one that she narrates. The characters are fun, the story is entertaining and you feel transported into their adventure. I will most definitely listen to the entire series!