I am getting to enjoy this series more with each successive book. I recommend to anyone disappointed in the flimsy plot of this one to continue on to the next book in the series. This one was more like a primer-introducing characters and eqypt. The next book is much more solid in its storytelling. Give 'em another chance!
I enjoyed this story very much when I first read it years ago, and when it became available on audible, I spent one of my very first credits on it. Susan O'Malley does a sweet job with Amelia Peabody; except Amelia is smart, sarcastic, imperious, soft-hearted, opinionated, and more than competent at doing whatever she decides needs doing. Miss Peabody is just not all that sweet.
So when audible offered the Amelia Peabody books read by Barbara Rosenblatt, who gives Peabody a voice which reflects her whole amazing personality, I bought it again.
Recently I wanted to give this audiobook to a friend, one of the few people on the planet who has not met Amelia, Emerson, and Ramses. Except now this is the only edition available on audible. I think I will buy the hard copy for her, and if she wants to listen to their stories she can get this for herself.
Obviously I think this book is great, especially with the cheese cloth mummy, and the plucky young woman Amelia befriends, I mean I bought it as a paperback, a blandly narrated audiobook, and finally a narration that makes me laugh when I listen to it once every few years, so its a great story.
If Barbara Rosenblatt is not available for this book, get the following books that she does read, and let her give life to the Peabody-Emerson family. Her voices for Emerson and Ramses are worth the price.
That said, the story is great, and Susan O'Malley has a pleasant voice, if you want the digital version of this audiobook, by all means get this one, the book is that good.
I would but not with this reader.
The Egyptian background.
Barbara Rosenblatt was a much better reader. The story seemed completely different. It was actually very funny and the story moved along so much better in the Barbara Rosenblatt edition. It seemed more interesting as well. This version is so flat and does the story no justice.
It has several but this can stand alone.
Please get the better edition with Barbara Rosenblatt as reader.
Retirement=More time to read.
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 have been an avid Bibliophile since I learned how to read at 4 years old. I listen to audiobooks every day.
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.
Read hard. There's not much time left.
The story remains the same; here we meet the intrepid Peabody and begin our journey with her through fabled Egypt. However, for those of us in love with these books and audio versions, O'Malley is the WRONG narrator. There can be no other voice for these books than Rosenblatt, so I strongly urge you to find the -other- version of this one. It was not available for a long time due to some legal issues, but was recently added again. I just downloaded the real Amelia Peabody, and am looking forward to settling in for a nice, long listen. I'm sure Ms. O'Malley is a lovely person, but she is not the voice of this series.
Extremely flat and unappealing voice :-(
I prefer Rosenblatt 's narration on the later books.
Peabody is an extremely capable woman and a lot of the hilarious moments in the book fell flat IMO.
I enjoy a good book, love to get lost in them. I thought this might be a bit slow but I was so wrong loved every minute of it!! Can't wait to start the second book. I love it when I find a new series with so many books to look forward to. Differently listen to this one first to get to know the characters.
I listened to this audiobook after having listened to several later books in the series. The others that I have listened to, and loved, were narrated by Barbara Rosenblatt, and after her, Susan O'Malley's narration was only passable.
I also felt like Amelia is less likable in this book. I usually find her completely endearing, for all of insufferable characteristics. But here, she mostly felt like she was still finding her ground as a character.
Overall, a worthwhile listen, if only as an introduction to Amelia and Emeraon. But don't judge the whole series based on this one, and definitely look out for later volumes narrated by Barbara Rosenblatt.