I couldn't listen past the first hour, it was too painful. Who in the world decided to give this to an American reader? Unless it is Barbara Rosenblat, then it is not Amelia Peabody Emerson
I am thoroughly enjoying this series, referred to me by a dear friend. I highly recommend this series. I must admitt that the reader (Barbara Rosenblat) has truly made the series live. Also because i enjoy many "period" movies it is easy to place faces, in my minds eye, with each character due of course to the reading of Ms. Rosenblat. Therefore you will understand that when Ms. Rosenblat is not the reader it is a great disappointment. I am now on book 8 "The Hippopotamus Pool" and only one book was not the reader I am so endeared. But please donot allow this to discourage one from reading them all! Many many hours of enjoyment await you all, Robbin Wms
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.
I actually like Susan O'Malley as the narrator and am a little saddened that this appears to be the last book in the series she does.
I find her voice and speech pattern for Amelia to fit the self-confident, intelligent nature of the character. I had no problems distinguishing her different characters and visualizing them by their voices.
Some have described her as sounding Texan or overly-drawled but I really didn't hear it.
I'm really enjoying the series, and this book is as fun as the rest! Darned camels!
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.
The other reviews expressing disappointment with Susan O'Malley's narration almost put me off buying this book, but it turned out to be a good listen. I found the plot development was slow for the first 5-6 hours of the book, and was happy enough that the narrator kept a good pace. Ms. O'Mallory's voice is easy to listen to, and as already noted, settled into a good rhythm and consistent characterization for each character. The plot definitely picks up before the halfway mark, and I very much enjoyed the richness of archaeological detail as well as the adventure!