Mystery reader (especially series) and Austen lover
The Amelia Peabody books have long been my favorite lighthearted, tongue-in-cheek novels, and Barbara Rosenblat is one of my favorite narrators. This first book of the series, which introduces Amelia and her decided feminist ideas (in Victorian-era England and Egypt), along with her absolute inability to see that others might not agree with her views, gives Rosenblat many opportunities for tongue-in-cheek, ironic performance. In this book, Amelia, newly wealthy and independent, goes to Egypt to become an Egyptologist. There she meets Emerson, they have many great adventures and fall in love. Hard to describe other than as a romp, full of humor and adventure.
I hesitated to buy this audio since I had read the book several times, but I found it well worth the listening, making me laugh out loud often.
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".
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
Avid audio book listener who has recently become a Kindle addict!!
I usually listen to sci fi fantasy, vampiric and thriller stories. This was an absolute treat! Funny, paced well enough not to get bored and a light listen where if I lost concentration it didn't really matter. Am off to get the next in the series!!
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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.
I tried to listen to this and at about 1/3 into it I just couldn't stay interested. I kept having to go back often because my mind would wander. But I think the worst part was the narration. I just couldn't get used to Ms. Rosenblat's voice. It just got really annoying.
My main issue with this book and the series is the attitudes of the British during this period of history. The symphony I developed for the heroine as she fought against sexism was tempered by the aggravation I felt any time she expressed the old British expansionist attitude that the savages of other lands needed the British to guide them because they were too stupid to help themselves. I suppose this made for a more complex character, but it did detract from my attachment to her.
There was a point in the middle where I became board with the story. It rambled around it on complexity like a mystery novel determined not to let anyone guess the outcome. I did finish the book, but by the end I was glad it was over and do not plan to buy more in the series.
Narration – In the beginning I was very worried about the narration. I had to turn up the volume and listen closely to understand the voice. By the second chapter I had become accustom to the speaker and ended up liking her performance better than the story itself.