Another delightful volume in the adventures of the Emerson clan. Some returning characters, and some new colorful additions pepper this season's mystery at Luxor and the Valley of the Kings with new challenges.
I quite enjoyed the additional point of views added by the narratives of "Manuscript H"; they added a new dimension to the story, both in terms of the development of the mystery as well as of the lives and relationships of the children - who are not such young children anymore. Ramses once again goes out and about incognito. I enjoyed the "all for one and one for all" collaboration they start in secret on board the dahabiya, and the foreshadowing about their futures.
I was most amused by how Amelia took to Ms. Jones, and how Cyrus did even more so. And I hope Miss Dolly gets what she deserves, spoiled ninny of a girl. I think the antics of the Cat Sekhmet were one of my favorite amusements throughout (R.I.P. Bastet).
Barbara Rosenblat narrated beautifully as always. She really brings a liveliness to the story, and gives unique voice to each of the varied characters (Cyrus is one of my favorite voices by her). Her slight adjustments to the children's maturing voices was expertly done.
I highly recommend the series and I look forward to reading the next installment.
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The mystery within a mystery kept me on my toes!
Amelia, but then she is the heart of the story!
All of the characters in Barbara's expert hands are fabulous
Definitely. Both the novel and the reading have a timeless quality to them, a textural richness that makes me quite contented. This was actually the first of this series I ever experienced, hearing it as a child on a cross-country road trip. As an adult I decided to go back and read/listen to all of them, starting again with this one. I was not disappointed,
Mrs. Emerson. Each character in the family is by turns lovable, interesting, exciting, and exasperating, but Mrs. Emerson's unique balance of early feminist ideals and good-old fashioned English-ness is endlessly charming.
Every scene involving excavating the tomb. The author's love of, and attention to detail regarding archeology and Egyptology of this time is evident. These scenes heighten the excitement and tension of everything around them, and give you a window into why all of these characters are there in the first place. Egyptology is their shared love, their passion and inspiration.
Ramses. I love his development into a bright and talented young man. He knows more than he lets on, and he feels things even deeper. I think it would be wonderful to allow him space to be seen as a grown-up, and to be heard.
This entire series i excellent (as far as I know, I am still working my way through it), but this was my entry point into it. It serves as an important marker between the solo and then married adventures of the Emersons, and the beginning of the entire family taking an active role in mystery-solving as well as Egyptology.
This is the first installment in which we hear from Ramses and the other children, and I had forgotten how much that adds to the general enjoyment. While Ramses' narrations aren't as humorous as Amelia's, they provide an excellent counterbalance, quite a bit of action and even some much welcome romance. It's fun to see how everyone behaves when the elder Emersons aren't around! The plot of this particular episode is also one of the better ones. Definitely one of my favorites.
Yes, the books in this series are all quite formulaic, as is the case with mystery series in general. And yes, they all run together enough in my mind that I would have a hard time saying anything unique about any one of them. But I ADORE them. I keep coming back for more because Peters just does SUCH a great job with them, and Barbara Rosenblat is OUTSTANDING at bringing them to life.
I would never have guessed that I would be interested in books set in Egypt and about a bunch of Egyptologists. For that reason I resisted beginning this series for a long time, although my sister was sure I would love them. She finally brought the first one on a long road trip we took together and I was immediately hooked. The Egypt aspect is now one of the things I like most about the series - I have learned so much from these books! (I have listened to them all - not read them in print, but I sometimes wish I had the print version available to see how some of the words are spelled.)
The plots are well-done - yes, a little formulaic, but still keep you guessing about who the villain is until the very end, and with enough twists and turns in the action to keep things interesting.
But by far the crowning achievement of the series is the characters - especially those of Amelia, her husband Emerson, and their son "Ramses". These are three of the best characters in all of fiction, absolutely delightful in their various idiosyncrasies and the relationships between them. Much of their dialog is laugh-out-loud funny and wonderfully quotable. I don't know whether or not I would have been as enthusiastic if I had first encountered them in print, rather than in audio format read by Rosenblat. She is simply astounding in her ability to portray countlesss characters of different genders, ages, nationalities, and personalities. And she does a SUPERB job with all three of the Emersons (as well as ALL the other characters).
It's amazing that Elizabeth Peters can keep the stories coming for so long, and the characters fresh and continually appealing through so many different books, but for me, it's still working on this, the ninth installment. I think I will never tire of listening to these books.
The characters are so much fun. I laughed out loud at Amelia more than once.
I like to listen to the audio version because it is like listening to a play. I don't have a lot of time to sit and read a book. I can listen to the book while I do other things.
The mixture of history, comedy and mystery.
She is an excellent narrator. I like the way that gives a different voice to each character. She does well with many different accents.
Follow the exploits of the Peabody/Emerson family in the mystery and majesty of 19 and early 20th century Egypt.
I have enjoyed listening to the entire series.