I'm a retired retail exec and have taken up my love of quilting as a retirement vocation. I devour audiobooks as I sew. Love it. Picture is of me and my BFF, Bill. 2013
I have all of the "Amelia Peabody" series of mysteries in hard and/or soft copy and many in audio. I'm going to have to read "The Last Camel Died at Noon" rather than listen while I quilt or travel, because the absence of Barbara Rosenblat as reader has made it "un-listenable". I found myself starting and going back because I just couldn't keep interested in the flat reading. Bummer!
I have listened to the many audiobooks in the Amelia Peabody series and was extremely dissappointed by this one. Amelia Peabody is British and Susan O'Malley did not even attempt the accents! There is no doubt that the material itself is fabulous and I enjoyed the story itself, but the narration, frankly, was very much NOT to my liking. Barbara Rosenblatt makes the material funny, Susan O'Mally made it a very dull listen. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a recording by Barbara for this one and I was forced to endure it since I had made the purchase without a preview listen. Next time I will just make the time to actually read it, if I have no choice.
After enjoying four previous novels read by Ms. Rosenblatt, this reading was not only unpleasant, it was intolerable. I tried to adjust to the new reader's non-english accent, raspy tone and flat inflection, but when she tried to voice Emerson I just gave up. Sadly disappointed and distressed, I wondered who had chosen someone without an appropriate English accent enlivened by Victorian overtones- a feature which made the other novels so authentic and energetic- to read this adventure. Sadly, I will never know how it comes out unless I read it in print.
My initial reaction to the O'Malley narration was overly harsh. She is really quite a decent reader, and truly does not speak in a monotone, but after the dramatic performances of narrator Barbara Rosenblatt, it is very much a "reading" as opposed to an amusingly British accented performance. If you'd not heard several consecutive books by Rosenblatt, the O'Malley reading would be just fine, but once you've gone Rosenblatt . . .
I am barely through two chapters and have decided to read the actual book. The narrator is horrible. As all the previous reviews agree. And I mean horrible. Her characters are flat and have totally different personalities. If you are a fan of Amelia & Emerson as read by Barbara Rosenblat then by all means skip this narrator.
Never again will I buy an audiobook narrated by the woman narrating this one. The entire story takes on a completely different life, let's say it is lifeless without the fantastic characterizations of the narrator for most of the others. Simply put, no one can do the Amelia Peabody series and justice now that we have been exposed to the supreme voice of Barbara. I would no doubt rate this book higher if it had been read by her.
Great story, but I did not care for this narrator. I prefer Barbara Rosenblat and her varied character voices. That is the only reason I gave this book a 3 rating. The Emerson-Peabody clan is again involved in an interesting mystery. This time far away from Cairo, or the valley of the kings. The family ventures to Sudan and a mysterious oasis in search of an Englishman and his wife. What they find is intrigue, political power-plays and a people practicing the religion of ancient Egypt.
I want to listen to this series in order, and being unable to find this book (#7) in the Amelia Peabody series narrated by Barbara Rosenblat, I reluctantly downloaded this version. I was even more disappointed than I expected to be,and frankly found myself 'nodding off', distracted and skipping through E.Peters deliciously charming prose because of the lack of distinction and animation in this narrator's reading of the characters. I know how hard it can be to find the time to sit and read a book these days, and find these audio books wonderful for commuting in my car 2+ hours each work day. HOWEVER, in this case, I would strongly recommend finding the time to read this book, if you are going to do this series in order..... this narration just plain stinks.
The narrator of an audio book is just as important as the author and content, and this narrator is terrible. Fans of the Amelia Peabody Mysteries know that only Barbara Rosenblat can do justice to these great books. I can't imagine why they veered off course for this one title and had a munchkin read the book.
I am a HUGE Elizabeth Peters fan, but neglected to check the narrator of this book before I downloaded it. All the other books (1-5) that I have heard have been so entertaining because of Barbara Rosenblat's narration. She is SUCH a treat- you can close your eyes and see a movie unfolding. Susan O'Malley is a very good reader- but entirely unimaginative. In fact, the book is so boring with her reading that I stopped before I was 30 minutes in, and purchased the same book narrated by Barbara Rosenblat. Be warned!!!!