I would definitely try more of Peters' books (and have them in my library waiting). Unfortunately, the majority of those are now narrated by Rosenblatt, who I find very dull and not as in tune with the characters as O'Malley had been in the first 6 books. I am considering actually reading the stories I have that are narrated by Rosenblatt, rather than listen to her further.
Amelia was in previous books. I can't say I like her in this story - Rosenblatt's interpretation makes her sound very uppity and the continuous audible sucking in of her breath through her teeth is most irritating.
Not unless they are already in my library. I don't like her style and her inhalations are so noisy they distract me. Emerson sounds like a 70 year old buffoon. I don't know if it's the story line or her narration, but I don't like him in this book and listening to it makes me very uneasy and on edge.
Very disappointed with this book. Hoping it is just a fluke.
Peabody never disappoints!
Emerson is my favorite character due to the fact that he reminds me so much of my husband. Surly, yet loving, tough yet tender. His method of reasoning also reminds me of my husband.
My favorite scene is when Peabody rescues Emerson, then realizes he doesn't know who she is.
I cried when it is revealed that he finally knew who she was.
I am thoroughly enjoying this series, referred to me by a dear friend. I highly recommend this series. I must admitt that the reader (Barbara Rosenblat) has truly made the series live. Also because i enjoy many "period" movies it is easy to place faces, in my minds eye, with each character due of course to the reading of Ms. Rosenblat. Therefore you will understand that when Ms. Rosenblat is not the reader it is a great disappointment. I am now on book 8 "The Hippopotamus Pool" and only one book was not the reader I am so endeared. But please donot allow this to discourage one from reading them all! Many many hours of enjoyment await you all, Robbin Wms
I love this series! My daughters (in their 20's) and I read them and have a great time quoting the main character Amelia. They are a fun read and the information about Egypt is always interesting.
Anyone new to the series would do well to start with the first book. Having said that, this book is a gem! Romance between a husband and wife is so unusual in fiction, but this book is funny, romantic and suspenseful. I couldn't have asked for more!
This is my first audiobook in this series narrated by Rosenblat instead of O'malley and I am pleased to say it was just as enjoyable. I hardly noticed the transition at all.
The story didn't disappoint with Amelia's familiar capers, though the ending left a few questions unclarified that I hope will be addressed in the next book.
I've fallen in love with the Amelia Peabody series. Peabody is a woman ahead of her time. Her relationship with Emerson and take on motherhood is refreshing for a period novel. The mysteries are fine. Barbara Rosenblatt is amazing in creating the voices of the characters. Even when I read a book in the series I hear her voice. What a great way to spend time listening to this fun story.
I have been listening to the Amelia Peabody series in order, a couple Vicki Bliss, and 3 others of E. Peters and so far like this the best. Great narration and interesting twist in the middle. Kept me listening.
While I did initially wish that this series was read with a British acccent, by the middle of the second book Ms. O'Malley had, in my opinion, captured the nature of Ms. Peters' characters perfectly. Her syntax and pacing are excellent. By the 6th book I did not even notice whether or not the accent was British and felt as though I were with old friends who had me on the edge of my seat or rolling with laughter, particularly Ramses. I am only into the 9th chapter with the new narrator and I am sad to say that it is now a chore to listen to this story. While she is undoubtedly very well spoken, I get the feeling that Ms. Rosenblatt did not even give a cursory listen to Ms. O'Malley's representation of the characters, or even read the book before "narrating" it. The characters are now stuffy and stodgy; sounding 20 years older than they are. She reads so slowly that it is an effort to listen and the pause between sentences and/or paragraphs is painfully long. I love this series and these characters but am disinclined to listen to any more of the Amelia Peobody Series as narrated by Ms. Rosenblatt. narration. I will more likely than not, read rather than listen to the remainder of the series. To change readers this late in the series was NOT a good decision. Please re-record books 7 forward with Susan O'Malley doing the reading as I would truly rather listening to the rest of the series.
I am an avid Elizabeth Peters fan, and if you bought the books in order, you will cringe at Book 9 due to the change of narrators. Susan O'Malley read the first seven. The narrator for this book is Barbara Rosenblat. She sounds incredibly long-winded and stuffy (no wonder this book is about 15 hours). Where Susan personified the story, Barbara made it very difficult for me to listen to this book. I would rather read the book than listen to Barbara Rosenblat's stoic interpretations.