The first and best of the Amelia Peabody Mysteries by Elizabeth Peters, this novel introduces us to the redoubtable Amelia Peabody, wealthy spinster and passionate student of Egyptology as she begins her career with her first trip down the Nile, It is also her first encounter with Emerson, the archaeologist with whom she will share many adventures.
The excellent story is a little undeserved by Rosenblat's reading, while she hits the right notes she seems to see Amelia as a great deal older then her 30 years.
This remains one of my favorite books in the series, and Barbara Rosenblatt is one of the finest audiobook narrators I've had the pleasure of listening to. She is particularly splendid at bringing Amelia Peabody to life. Altogether a wonderful listen!
Fun, Lighthearted, Intriguing
I love the main character Amelia. She is strong, smart, and witty.
This was my first time listening to Barbara Rosenblat narrate, and I thought she did a really good job. She had unique voices for each character and had good inflection. I believe she put across the characters' intentions very well.
I did not expect this book to be so intriguing! When it started out I feared it was going to be flat and boring, but I kept listening and soon I found myself disappointed everytime I had to turn it off! I couldn't wait to get back to the story so I could find out what was going to happen next!
This was my first Elizabeth Peters book and am so glad it is the first in a series. I am looking forward to meeting up with these characters again soon!
She's not to everyone's taste, but Amelia Peabody is a delight to many; and these performances bring her to life. The narrator captures her perfectly, flaws and all, and delivers on the author's wry humor.
The narrator is really good, and the characters are ok, but there's a campy, Jules Verne quality to the story that makes it feel lightweight, and forgettable. I do not plan on continuing with the series, although I don't rule out the possibility.
Egypt is in my heart: they say if you once drank from the Nile, the desire to return to its banks will haunt you forever. I spent a couple of extremely short years in Egypt, mostly in Cairo, with weekend trips out to deserts and sea banks, with numerous 10-15 day long travels all over this land of the mysteries and a thousand cats...
I had a wonderful company and all the possible comforts to endure into such travels, including, oh my, that was a TOTAL luxury! - a shower bag, which you secure on top of your Jeep and it gets so pleasantly hot by the end of the day that you can take your evening shower in much comfort and meet the coolness of the night by the fire, all freshened up :)
Miss Amelia Peabody and her friends did not have such arrangements. They were traveling on donkeys, bringing some comforting things and clothes from the dahabea (boat) to the caves in the Amarna desert, where they soon encountered love and hate, betrayal and some scary... o, I shall stop! It is nearly impossible to tell you about the book without giving up the clever twists and turns of the events!
I will tell you this much: I HATE doing home chores, but listening to this audio book, read BRILLIANTLY by funny, sarcastic, charmingly witty Barbara Rosenblat, I kept on cleaning and washing and folding clothes and even considered making dumplings, for I needed to justify listening to this lovely book to the very end! It made me laugh and brought me quite a lot of nostalgia, too.
The first in the Amelia Peabody series, Crocodile on the Sandbank is written in 1975 and covers the 1884–85 years. I learned that the series go on for another 19 (!!) books with the last one published as recently as in April 2010! "Elizabeth Peters" is a pen name of Barbara Mertz, born in 1927, a PhD in Egyptology (so you can rely on the abundance of facts she presents you with in her books!!)
Victoria Evangelina Belyavskaya
I enjoyed reading a mystery with old-fashioned values. Amanda Peabody is an admirable women in any century, with a wry sense of humor. The plot was somewhat predictable, but it was a fun story. Relaxed reading.
Thoroughly enjoyed my commute to & from work while listening to this audio book. Full of suspense & history with romance & comedy woven through. Very enjoyable. Elizabeth Peters is a very gifted author, and Barbara Rosenblat is the perfect narrator for the book. What a wonderful combination!