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.
I fell in love with this book the first time I read it. Elisabeth Peters adds just the right amount of wit for her characters and the story rings true even though it is fiction. However, hearing it read was just as wonderful. I could still picture scenes in my head as if I were reading the book myself. Bravo for finding the right reader for this book!
I really wanted to enjoy this. I love good light fiction and a mystery with an interesting background is always fun. The narrator was fine. I didn't expect much from the plot and it was fine albeit as predictable as you might expect from a mystery/romance. I just could not sympathize with the main characters. I found myself thinking "these idiots deserve each other" multiple times. By the end, I found them less objectionable than at the start but I never really found myself feeling more than apathy for them.
Amelia Peabody and her companions on a romp down the Nile, thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Listening pleasure which I found addictive. Can't wait for the next episode...
The story is fun, a good yarn, not too taxing. The narrator does a fine job of characterizing the novels personnel. Only a couple of mispronunciations that I noticed. Good recording quality. Ms. Peabody is a great character.
Amelia Peabody and her group of chacters are worth the time invested in an audiobook. Listening to this kind of book for this genre is a great way to prolong the pleasure.
I love Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody Emerson series. Have read all and am in the process of purchasing all the audiobooks from Audible.
I wish The Hippopatomus Pool was available.
I prefer Susan O'Malley to Barbara Rosenblatt...I believe she portrays Amelia Emerson with the wit the author intended...the readings by Ms.Rosenblatt seem to give Amelia too much pomposity in her character.
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.