This book is one of Elizabeth Peter's high quality stories, excellently narrated by Barbara Rosenblat. Highly recommended as an amusing way to spend a few hours.
I've been listening to the Amelia Peabody books in order from the beginning as read by Susan O'Malley, because those are the ones that were available from my library. This one was not available and I love the series so much I bought it. I seem to be in a minority, but I much prefer O'Malley reading to Barbara Rosenblatt. Rosenblatt makes both Amelia and especially Emerson sound elderly. At first, I thought she didn't have much range, but not so. She has quite a good range of both female and male voices, but chooses to make Emerson sound like a gruff old man. I also found her gulping breaths distracting and ponderous pace trying. I'll give one more a try, but I think I'll end up doing the rest of the series the old-fashioned way.
The first time I listened to this, I found the central conceit fairly frustrating. Knowing the ending, it was easier to listen to a second time, and indeed somewhat more fun, knowing what the protagonist does not. On the whole, I found the beginning and end quite memorable, but couldn't recall much of what happened in the middle. That said, the letters from Ramses are among the best in the series.
I am an artist and I love to listen to books while I work. Books have always been an important part of my life. Audible Rocks!
This is an excellent series, but I missed Ramses (The Emerson's young but highly entertaining son and my favorite character) on this trip to Egypt, though his letters were my favorite part of the book.
One of the most striking parts of this book is the very unsympathetic portrayal of Emerson. He is verbally abusive, rude to everyone, stuborn, and generally very unlikable. These traits are usual in Emerson, but not to this extent and are usually softened by good deeds and goodheartedness that is not in evidence in this book.
It is very hard to see what Amelia sees in him to love. I would have run screaming in the other direction, regardless of how handsome he was!
I also found unbelievable the successful disguise of the so called "Master Criminal".
Still it is a part of this good series, and this book needs to be read to continue.
On to the next book, and I hope things are back to normal.
This was my fourth AP book and I was really really bored by this one, the plot seems to barely ever get going, and certain plot points were just hard to believe. One subplot, well a main one I guess, where her husband get amnesia and then becomes anti-marriage, but then they just continue on with their excavations, had me groaning with impatience and my inability to suspend disbelief.
the main thing I couldn't stomach was the slow and dragging plot. The performance by the narrator was simply wonderful, as always, but even she could not drag this dead crocodile out of the swamp of the author's stale and tortured plot.
I'm loving the story, narration, plot, characters, everything about it! I'm determined to read ALL the books in her resume. Only my miss Julia books rate as much with me. We travel, get knocked over the head, drugged, worshiped, and have interesting children who drive one out of their minds. And that's just the beginning! What's not to like? The narrator is excellent! She certainly must be an actress of some note! Just give me more and I'll be happily reading. If I lose any I'll go elsewhere!
So calmly the story proceeds. Never until towards the end does the evil villain give himself away. Everything seems calm but then another twist appears. There narrator is so good you have no problem in not confusing characters. All starts in merry old England then to a high class ball then to Egypt then to tombs then to sadness but safety. It seems maddening but very straight lace Victorian! If you don't want blood and gore but require brains behind the story, this is your ticket! Most stories written today aren't worth the time to read, and editors should take note! Also there is comic relief to make the badness go down.
The main character. She tries to be a female Sherlock Holmes! In Victorian times people thought they knew everything! Of course the more you think you know the less you do. She has such great ardor but tries to hide it. I found it very funny also! Thank you to everyone concerned, this was a tribute to minds like mine that find every little in this filthy evil world to enjoy!
When she found out who was behind the evil acts on her beloved family!
I never thought I'd find something this good! I'm a read from infancy. I read cereal boxes. But I never thought I'd find a book that I'd love so much except miss Julia.
Mystery reader (especially series) and Austen lover
In 1898, Peabody and Emerson (her husband) return to Egypt for the winter season without their son Ramses. Ramses, now 10, and Nefret, rescued from the lost city in the previous book in the series, have stayed at home in England with Emerson's brother and his family for the season. Once established in Egypt with their loyal workmen, the Emersons experience untold adventures, including the kidnapping and rescue of Emerson himself and several attacks by person or persons unknown who are bent on getting from him the map to the lost city. Of course, the attacks are foiled, the blackguard is discovered to be a former colleague, and the Emersons triumph once again!
In addition, Sethos (the master criminal) has been intervening in matters for the sole purpose of protecting Amelia. And American Cyrus Vandergelt is introduced and will become a continuing character in the series.
Once again, Elizabeth Peters has written a rip-roaring, often tongue-in-cheek adventure which will keep you entertained and chuckling, and Barbara Rosenblat has given it superb voice. Perhaps I should say voices, since she is performing British, Egyptian, American, German and French men, women and children. As usual, she astounds me with her versatility and great performance. I truly believe she is one of the very best narrators in the Audible collection of books.
Read this book -- it is so much fun!
This series is always exciting and fast paced. This book has a few new turns and keeps
the listening fresh, as well as, exciting.
Barbara Rosenblat is one of the few performers that gets it all right. Not justin this series, but all she reads is an exciting listen.