The mystery itself is very good. I don't like Amelia Peabody, especially her cold relationship to her very strange and totally unbelievable child. The narration is so dramatic, it really grates. I suspect many like these attributes. I've listened to 3 now, and I've had enough.
I love this series, I have listened to all 18 books over and over. The are uplifting, fun, and Barbara Rosenblat reads so so good, she does the whole series so her voice matures with the series. THANK YOU ELIZABETH PETERS for writing thses books and THANK YOU BARBARA for reading them to me. GIVE ME MORE,, yeah book 19 is out,,,, I am so so happy.
I love audio books, but I REALLY love them when a talented author and a talented reader unite. This is the case with the Amelia Peabody Series by Elizabeth Peters while being read by Susan O’Malley. O’Malley does a wonderful job in capturing the humor and excitement of each adventure. For those who are not familiar with this series, what a treat you are in store for! This is a rollicking adventure taking place in between England and Egypt during the Victorian era. This book is one that I play while driving my 13 year old daughter to school. We both love Amelia (a heroine who knows how to yield an umbrella), Emerson (her gruff but devoted husband) and of course Ramses (their precocious little boy). I highly recommend this audio listen. It is great fun!
I confess to being a little disappointed with both the characterizations and the narrator's reading. Ramese's precocity and supposed scholarship is a horrible exaggeration. Even satire must have some element of truth to it! Also,the proud independence and intelligence of the Victorian Amelia reads as sheer stuffiness that grows more and more annoying the further you get into this third book.
The voice talent has made each character formulaic to the point where Amelia's aforementioned stuffiness and pointed emphasis in speaking is just shrill; Emerson's words are consistently spat out; and Ramase's little voice screams "my words are totally false!" And strangely, her reading of some of the minor characters slows down to the point you begin to wonder if she or the author intends for these characters to show an IQ of 80! Oh well, maybe it's all a part of the fun, and I'm sorry if this dampens your enjoyment of the book. Egyptoloy and the adventure of archeologists makes a great read, but this book became wholely tiresome for me by the beginning of Part 2. On the positive side, I did enjoy hearing (for the first time) about the Black Pyramid and also Mazghuna, which sent me to my Atlas and the Internet for a pleasant evening of learning more about this intriguing country and its ancient monuments.