I have enjoyed the Peabody series, but the abridged version just skips TOO much! I will skip any abridged books in the series
The abridged version is NOT worth the money. What was the publisher thinking, abridging an Amelia Peabody book?! The next three books in the series are also only available in abridged versions. I will buy the UNABRIDGED versions as soon as they come out, but I'm never buying another abridged book.
I was very mad at myself for downloading this book without noticing it was ABRIDGED! But I was even more upset to see that Audible does not make the unabridged version available!
How many negative comments do you need to read before you react to this clear need on the part of your readers?
I hate abridgements but felt this better than most. I don't know if Ms Peters had developed the characters so fully in previous novels that I could sort of fill in the blanks a little. I wish though that the rest of her novels could be narrated unabridged.
Barbara Rosenblat does very well as the narrator, and does a credible job of the male voices
I like this book very much, but I will never again buy an Elisabeth Peters book in an abridged format. I enjoy her stories, but I also like her writing and the voice she brings to her books. Too much of this is lost in the abridgment.
I read this series ages ago and loved it then and thoroughly enjoyed listening to books one through fourteen. However, after spending all that money I find I will have a hole in the series as the next three books are only offered in the abridged form which I can't believe anyone would prefer. Barbara Rosenblat does a great job on these books and Elizabeth Peters is an all time favorite of mine. Her books written under the "nom de plume" Barbara Michaels are very good too. My only compaint is that I do want the WHOLE book anytime I buy a book.
I dislike abridgements, but this one was very well done & is a worthwhile listen. The story is very good -- I'm going to go buy the book now to find out what I've missed!
I had actually forgotten who the villain was in this one; it didn't leave as much of an impression as Miss Minton and her erstwhile beau. It would be hard to follow up He Shall Thunder in the Sky, but this is a decent effort.
So incredibly disappointed with Audible for not making the unabridged versions available. This is just a butchered mess; the story is disjointed and disappointing on all levels because of the missing portions. I feel cheated.
Em's Joie de Weird
Yes -- perfect performance, and the story is delightful.
Barbara Rosenblat is a star of the audio book world for good reason. She can do multiple voices and accents convincingly, even the male ones.
I would have preferred an unabridged version -- I wish it had been available.