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.
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??
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.
Several years ago, this was the first audible book to which I listened. I really enjoyed the listening experience and I found the book and, ultimately, the series extremely enjoyable. I have listened to all of the books in the series, except those which are only available as adbridged. I dislike abridged versions as a rule and have only listened to them when I accidentally purchased.
Both the writer and the narrator make this whole series a spectacular listen. Even my husband laughed his way thru this first one while travelling in a car.
The story concerns Amelia Peabody, an unmarried woman in the Victorian period, who decides to take a trip to Egypt. If you can imagine a feminist during this time period, you'll have some idea of her adventures. Listening to her argue with an outspoken man she meets is pure delight. This is the first in a series of books about Amelia, but I listened to this one three times before moving on because I couldn't imagine another book being this much fun.