This is my favorite Amelia Peabody adventure since I started reading the series. Don't get me wrong, I don't dislike any of them, but this one was particularly good.
Amelia was made to feel a bit insecure in this book, and the touch of humanity this condition lent her narrative reminded me of how dear she really is. When circumstances force her to examine her relationships with those she loves, she does not withdraw into self-centered fear or lash out on the nearest warm body. She remains constant and committed in her nagging and her affection, and swallows her pride to extend a helping hand to the deserved and undeserving alike. A remarkable woman, Peabody.
I was not at all happy with Ms.Rosenblat's reading.
It wasn't that she was bad.....it is more like she put too much effort into the reading of "Deeds of the Disturber". Elizabeth Peters' work just didn't need the heavy sighs or overwrought inflections Ms. Rosenblat put into the words. That being said, I could live with "Amelia" but the other characters just sounded awful.....I hate saying that but it is my feeling. I'm throwing my cds with Ms. Rosenblat of "Deeds of the Disturber" into the trash. I have bought the version with Susan O'Malley instead. No, she doesn't have a proper British accent. Surprisingly she doesn't need it. Rather Ms. O'Malley allows Ms. Peters words to illuminate the very Britishness of Amelia's soul as well as giving a voice to the masculine character in both Ramses and Emerson. She is terrific. She also pronounces Abdulah correctly!!