Oh we’ve come a long way baby!
Some of the sexist things that came out of Emerson’s mouth:
A woman with an inquiring mind is there such a thing!
Think, Peabody; if you have ever used your brain now is the time.”
“Speak, then. That is the trouble with women, even the best of them.” Emerson added. “They will indulge in vain cries of ‘if only’ and ‘had I known.’
Even though Emerson is at times an arrogant prig I couldn’t help giggling at some of the things he said and Amelia’s reaction to them. Also some of the times she really got him good like when his pocket was smoking that cracked me up. I enjoyed this cute cozy Amelia Peabody is so much fun and the ending cracked me up!
I read this for bookclub because we wanted something a little lighter this month and this one fit the bill perfectly, I think the discussion will come from my first line of this review, just how far women have come, and that showed in the mystery too I don’t think that exact same story could have been set in current times. Plus you get archaeology and Egyptology; mummy’s and murders this along with Amelia wit, Emerson’s gruffness makes the perfect combination for this fun cozy. I am looking forward to reading the rest of this series!
Barbara Rosenblat narrates this so perfectly, I have listened to her narrate all the Diana Mott Davidson books so who knew she could slip into this somewhat haughty English accent with such ease. What makes it even better is now I have no idea which accent is her “real” accent is she a Brit that can do a great American accent or is she an American who can superbly do a British accent? This just cements her spot on my favorite narrators list.
The narrator is brilliant! A light read which is both humorous and charming. The atmosphere is well created and the manners of the era nicely portrayed. I enjoyed this book immensely.
This is the first book in an absolutely incredible series starring the indomitable Amelia Emerson, nee Peabody. These books were my favorites in hard copy but when you add Barbara Rosenblat's exquisite narration, they become my all-time choice in audiobooks. I have listened to every book in the series multiple times and they just get better and better. I only wish I could once again experience them for the first time. What a treat. If you haven't sampled them, do yourself a favor and fall in love with the Emersons but be sure to get only the ones narrated by Barbara Rosenblat. There is a night and day difference.
Adorable characters, good story (though predictable), and terrific narration make this a very enjoyable "read".
I got this book on sale a while back and just got around to listening to it. I am not a huge fan of books set in the past but there was something about this book. . . Amelia Peabody is a lot like Gail Carriger's Alexia Tarabotti. This is not like the Tarabotti books. Not steampunk. No werewolves or vampires to be found. However, the heroines in both series are so much alike that one can't help but draw parallels. The recording is old and at one point you can hear A LOT of background noises (they eventually go away). It's not awful, but it does take away from the story a bit- not so much that I won't listen to it again, just a little disconcerting. Rosenblat is awesomely dry and British sounding. I will be getting the next in the series for sure.
Amelia is fantastic, by far my favourite part of the story with hire witticisms
Definitely, every time I thought I had it figured, there was a twist
...in that I did not care for this book. I would not be finishing it if it were not required reading for my book club. I started out with the book as an ebook, realized I would never be able to finish it, and opted for an audible version. I have never been so irritated by a narrator. Why does Barbara Rosenblat take these great gulps of air every few sentences? I never hear other narrators do this. Perhaps she has asthma? Is a heavy smoker? In any event, I find it very unprofessional and highly distracting. And I realize that my ill humor makes me sound like Amelia Peabody herself, who is, in my opinion, unnecessarily arrogant and full of herself. Sorry - I'll content myself being a member of a minority, and pass on the rest of this series, plus any book narrated by Barbara Rosenblat.
Long term book junkie only recently addicted to audio books. Now my iPod and I are inseparable.
This is an excellent light read, guaranteed to bring a smile to the reader’s lips and perhaps even provoke the urge to shout “Hurrah” from time to time.
This was my first encounter with the redoubtable Amelia Peabody, an unmarried English gentlewoman who. having decided to use her recently inherited wealth to pursue her passion for Egyptology, finds herself adopting a young woman of damaged reputation , working alongside a fierce and focused archaeologist who has a will and a temper as strong as her own, and confronted with what appears to be a homicidal mummy.
The book is written in the form of a journal in which Amelia Peabody addresses the reader directly, showing us the world through her eyes. Amelia has a sharp wit, a strong will and absolutely no tolerance for people who flap about rather than getting on with what needs to be done.
Set in the 1880s, when Egypt was jointly ruled by the British and the French, Gordon was besieged at Khartoum and the British Empire was at its zenith, Elizabeth Peters brings to life the brio, pride and pragmatism that powered the empire. The language is authentic without being impenetrable and the plot has just enough twists to be interesting without having to venture into the implausibly Byzantine.
The book is carried by Amelia Peabody, you either like and admire her or you should be reading something else. I’m sure this is an opinion she would share.
Barbara Rosenblat gives Amelia the perfect accent for her class and period and does a creditable job of producing distinctive voices for the wide range of characters, male, female, English and Foreign that populate this tale.
I recommend this audio book to anyone who needs cheering up but cannot tolerate saccharine feel-good slush. This is more like a brisk walk and pleasurable cup of tea with a stimulating , if slightly overwhelming, companion.
Very Entertaining! You will fall in love with Peabody!!!! I recommend this to anyone who loves to listen to a great series!!
I love the audio version with Barbara Rosenblat as the reader. I have been listen to audio books since the 1990's and this series about the indominable Emelia Peabody are the ones that got me hooked. Barbara Rosenblat IS Peabody. I love the way she portrays Emerson and Ramses as well.