I accidentally purchased this unabridged version rather than the one read by Barbara Rosenblat. All of the Amelia Peabody books of course are wonderful, but a great deal of the fun in these is her fabulous narration, wonderful accents, and the life she brings to Amelia, Ramses, and all of the other characters (her Egyptian accent is spot on). I have no idea why they would use an American narrator to do the voice of Amelia, a Victorian Englishwoman, but this reader absolutely does not work for me. Audible was very kind to refund my credit to allow me to get the other one.
but find it narrated by Barbara Rosenblatt if you can. She does a much better job as Amelia Peabody than Ms. O'Malley and her Emerson voice is better as well.
I was extremely disappointed in this audiobook. I enjoy listening to Amelia Peabody books narrated by Barbara Rosenblat in my car while driving around town. I get drawn into the story because of the excellent narration. Yesterday I downloaded this version narrated by someone else and found it flat and boring. With Barbara Rosenblat the characters come to life. This is just someone reading a book aloud. It is a great story but the presentation is uninspired.
I've listened to most of the Amelia Peabody Series. Barbara Rosenblat is a truly gifted narrator giving depth and interest to these books. For some reason Susan O'Malley is the narrator for this book in the series.
Susan starts out sounding as if she is reading from a text. Fortunately it gets better. Granted, it takes the bulk of the book for this to occur, but it does get better. Unfortunately I suspect it due to Elizabeth Peter's skill as a writer and not Susan's ability as a narrator.
I really enjoy listening to Susan O'Malley's narration. I find myself laughing aloud at Amelia's inner dialogue because of the reader's eloquent interpretation.
I really love these books and enjoy the reader. Can't wait to listen to the next book n the series.
Barbara Rosenblat outshines Susan O'Malley as Amelia Peabody. I enjoyed the first 5 books with Barbara and am very disappointed in Susan.