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!
this narrator (Barbara Rosenblat) is one of the BEST I have listened to. she is able to perform MANY voices to give each character their own personality.
This review is mainly for the audiobook, not the story itself.
The narrator's voice and the voice of the main character, Amelia Peabody, were both quite distinctive. I really liked the voice of Amelia Peabody. She was funny, ironic, independent and so very British. I thought that the narrator portrayed Amelia Peabody rather well. Unfortunately, the narrator's voice also sounded MUCH older than Amelia Peabody, who, I believe, was only in her early thirties; the narrator sounded like she was middle-aged or older. Nonetheless, I cannot hear Amelia Peabody as anything else other than the voice of Barbara Rosenblat.
The narrator also did a fairly decent job at distinguishing between the characters. Evelyn's high, light voice seemed to fit the character very well, and it was pretty easy to tell whether it was Amelia speaking or Evelyn. I really liked the lisp that the narrator had affected for Evelyn's cousin, Lucas. I felt that she caught Lucas's careless style of speaking rather well. I could certainly envision his character, drawling in his bumbling and genial way. Emerson's gruffness was likewise fairly easy to distinguish although his character was not as easy to imagine. Walter seems to have lost out; the narrator's voice for him was not particularly notable. That said, there had been a few occasions when I had some difficulty determining which man was speaking.
The narrator spoke at a comfortable and natural speed. I was able to follow along without much difficulty, which I normally have when I listen to a fast speaker (I process things a bit slowly). I didn't think she did quite as well as I had hoped for stylistically. There were times when I didn't agree with the narrator's interpretation of how a character said such-and-such. I think that there were also some occasions when I thought a pause would have been appropriate. However, these are minor disagreements.
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I loved every bit of this book, the story itself and the performance. I look forward to the next Amelia Peabody book. Elizabeth Peters did an awesome job of of painting a picture in my mind and Barbara Rosenblat was great with her narration.
This is a wonderful book. I love elizabeth peters characters. She makes Amelia such an engaging personality that you love her and also embrace her shortcomings. The hero in the series is also lots of fun. You love and hate him, all at once! Amelia is so feisty and stubborn that you just have to relate. Barbara Rosenblatt is one of my favourite readers. She has a great voice and you don't get tired of listening to her. I enjoy her so much that I actually seek out books by other authors that she reads. This is definitely worth listening to. I have read the rest of the series in book form and have listened to many of them in the audible form as well. I have enjoyed them all without exception.
Yes. It is the first of an excellent series. I have read or listened to all books in that series. This should be a prerequisite to all the other novels as it is the delightful stlor of how Peabody and Emerson met and fell in love
All novels in the series are real page turners. There is a hook in each incident to lure the reader on.
An unlikely love story of archeologists in ancient Egypt
Elizabeth Peters is a favorite author.
love these characters! Peabody is a great, strong woman that is such a nice change from the type of woman normally from this time.