I had heard about this series of books and searched many websites to find this first volume in audio format. It was well worth the effort! Intelligent and strong, Amelia Peabody is a treasure and I thoroughly enjoyed this story.
This is the first Amelia Peabody story I have listened to and I found the narration somewhat bland. I have to agree with the other reviewers that recommend Ms Rosenblat instead.
This book is more an adventure than a mystery, and that suits me fine. It's fun and entertaining. The characters are charming, even Emerson. It's a real joy to listen to on the drive home.
I've heard both O'Mally and Rosenblat, and I prefer O'Mally over Rosenblat. O'Mally can create voices for various characters that you forget it's one person reading this. Rosenblat has a voice that makes everyone sound like a 50 year old female smoker.
After reading the glowing reviews of this and other Elizabeth Peters novels I figured I'd give one a try. I gave up when I got halfway through and there was still no sign of a plot.
Here's what I got out of it: Amelia Peabody, an old crotchety male-hating busy-body, takes young Evelyn under her crusty wing after Evelyn is kicked to the curb by the fellow for whom she left her husband.
Apparently, Evelyn is like a dog in heat as every male with whom she comes in contact wants to propose marriage. Virtually every man they meet is a rude, boorish fool who wants to take advantage of one of them in some way. But Peabody proves too clever for any of them! She wields her parasol like a billy club as she heaps insults onto those one dimensional male characters who dare oppose her will.
Must be a chick thing... ;)