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 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.
Don't bother with this version. The narrator makes the Emersons sound like whiney teenagers and her delivery detracts from the storyline, turning a an over-the-top tale into flat, endless drone that might put you to sleep. I accidentally purchased this instead of the one narrated by Barbara Rosenblat - what a disappointment! If there were a way to return it, I would.
Normally, I love the Amelia Peabody stories. I've read most of them several times and enjoy listening to the series during my daily commute. This story is a tribute to H. RIder Haggard (think Indiana Jones) and falls well outside of the usual adventures of the Emerson family. However, it allows the author to introduce a new character who becomes central to multiple storylines down the road.
This is romping good fun; another desert adventure - engaging and full of the usual twists loyal fans will have come to expect. Just don't buy this version - get the one with Barabara Rosneblat narrating and you'll have fun along with Amelia.
I am an artist and I love to listen to books while I work. Books have always been an important part of my life. Audible Rocks!
I read all of the reviews regarding the reader not being Barbara Rosenbladt. I ordered this book anyway and I must say, the reader is just fine. No she doesn't do the voices and accents like Ms. Rosenblat, but she also isn't "over the top" to the annoying degree that Ms Rosenblat gets when Amelia is recounting Emerson's manly virtues (which gets annoying anyway in this series)
Listen and make up your own mind. I did, and I am happy that I did.
Yes a bad reader can spoil a book for me, but this reader did not.
I was dreading this narrator for the simple reason that Barbara Rosenblatt does such a superb job that surely no one could live up to it. I agree that Susan O'Malley's delivery is much quicker, the accents sometimes Texan and it is indeed much more flat. Almost more unforgivable was the way she made Ameila sound whiney. However, I discovered to my astonishment, I enjoyed it!
I have found myself wincing during Ms Rosenblatt's readings due to the extremes she goes to when Ameila is excited. It was a bit of a relief to hear the book read less dramatically. One can only take over-the-top drama for so long before hitting overload.
I encourage you to take a listen and make up your own mind.