I only recently discovered Elizabeth Peter's and her quirky heroine, Amelia Peabody. I loved this book! I especially like the narrator, as her voice so fits how I envisioned Amelia's voice to sound like. I like her inflection. My hubby even enjoyed listening to this book with me on a trip. This is definitely one I'll listen to again and again.
I accidently bought this version. That wont happen again. Once you've listened to Barbara Rosenblatt narrate an Amelia Peabody adventure no one else will do. You can actually see Emerson and Amelia, Walter and Evelynn, each and every Egyptian worker has there own individual voice. And her accents are amazing. You wont get that from O'Malley
Retired School Teacher
A fairly historically accurate mystery series set in Egypt with a female main character who battles the stereotypes of gender.
The plot develops with twist and turns. As you get further into the book you are drawn deeper into the plot like a fly on a spider's web. one strand at a time!
Easy voice to listen to...and the fact that the main character is female, her voice fit perfectly.
The conclusion of the book left me hungry for the second in the series.
Now that I am retired, I can indulge my lifelong love of books even more!
I believe that when Elizabeth Peters wrote this book, she was not planning for it to be a series. But that it did become, and a great series it is. As the series developed a few things were changed from the appearance of Amelia as established in this book. She went from tall to short! However, that is a small quibble. The characters of Amelia, Evelyn, and the Emerson brothers are carried through the series, though Walter and Evelyn in somewhat lesser roles. I've always felt this was perhaps the weakest book in the series, having been written more in the style of the romantic suspense genre. But smart, independent, outspoken Amelia just won't really fit into that mold, and the Egyptian settings and archaeological tidbits add an extra depth.
I've always liked this story, but listening to it gave it a new dimension, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I listened to the Susan O'Malley narrated version. I also have some of the Amelia books narrated by Barbara Rosenblat, who does an excellent job. But I enjoyed the O'Malley version also. I actually prefer her reading of Emerson's lines. Rosenblat's Emerson sounds like an elderly asthmatic, rather than the brilliant, high-energy, hot tempered, emotional, passionate man of the stories. His energy and intensity come through better in O'Malley's reading.
Whichever, version you listen to, you'll find a story that has interesting characters, mystery, love stories, and humor--a most enjoyable book.
Years ago I tried to get my daughter to read the Amelias. She just couldn't get interested in the beginning of this first book. Several years later, she tried it again and went on to read all the Amelias. She became as big a fan of the series as I am. I have the entire series in book form, but with increasing vision problems I have begun collecting some of my favorite books in audio. I find that I enjoy them all over again, but differently, while listening. Reading aloud, or being read aloud to, is still a great way to enjoy a story.
I would recommend this to anyone who loves Amelia Peabody! This how it all started.
Although not the most complex Amelia Peabody novel, the background is wonderful. I always feel like I've been to Egypt.
Although Susan is not my favorite actor to read Elizabeth Peters, she does an admirable job changing characters, of which there are many! Even though I have already read all the novels, I enjoy listening to them as well.
You always want to see whats in the next chapter!
I definitely would recommend this writer and series to anyone who likes their mysteries in the "cozy" genre, and who appreciates well-researched historical fiction.
Elizabeth Peters (Barbara Mertz) knows her pre-WWI Egyptian (and British colonial) history, specifically pertaining to archaeology. She gives her characters -- well, character -- (although subtlety is not the point of her books).
She also pays great homage to the popular fiction of the late 19th & early 20th century.
1. Choose Barbara Rosenblatt's recordings. Please do not listen to this reader. She has no sense of the flow of the sentences, let along the book. She makes the works boring, which is a difficult feat. Instead, choose those narrated by Barbara Rosenblatt. She acts with gusto, and has the great ability to portray people by changing her voice - so much so that you can tell who is speaking without attribution.
2. Read the books in order. They very much build on each other (yes, they can be listened to out of sequence, but do yourself a favor and read them in order!)
There are so many things to like about Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody series: faultless history, tight plotting, smooth prose. But, for me, the most likeable thing(s) are the characters Peters has created--opinionated Amelia, irascible Emerson, and the family and friends that come into being as the series spins on.
This first, plot-wise, is one of my favorites. Crocodile's whole set-up is a tongue-in-cheek poke at the kind of novels and characters popular in the late 1800s, and Peters' send-up of so many conventions is marvelous. She presents Amelia, with no apologies, as an oh-so-proper, but oh-so-in-your-face lead character.
O'Malley never seems to catch on that the novel is fun, and funny, that the situation is ridiculous in the way of the old, old Saturday morning "Perils of Pauline." Her reading is adequate but without the verve and high-handedness that Amelia deserves. To get the real flavor of Amelia--as well as that of Emerson, and the ingenue Evelyn--try Barbara Rosenblat's performance.
Judy Mc, lifetime reader
I started listening to the series and found that when I tried to read the next book it was hard to figure out the Egyptian names and places. So I purchased all the series with books on tape, CDS and Audio downloads.
Anxiously awaiting the next book in the series and hate to think of it ending. Perhaps her son will carry on??
Absolutely loved this book. Great character & story development. The reader is terrific. A great story set among the pyramids of Egypt.
First book in the series, good enough that I go back to it again and again. Strong lead character, excellent performance by one of my favorite people.