Not your typical Grandma
I didn't realize at the time I added this series to my wish list that there are two different narrators. Having barely listened to this one I decided it was necessary to waste a credit to get the other narrator just to avoid this one. While I feel it's important that Amelia have an English accent, it's not worth listening to her talk around the spit in her mouth.
Retired tech writer/editor. Mensa. Pgh Steelers/ Penguins fan. Lib Dem/feminist. Grew up reading lit--M.A. English--now read mys/thrillers.
I've read hundreds. Top 150.
At times. There is a serial killer but this is not Patricia Cornwell (early - not latest batch) where the hair on the back of your neck goes up. This is a comfy book. Amelia is in charge & all's right with the world - or it soon will be. Sort of the way I felt when Captain Kirk was on the bridge.
I listened an unabridged audio of this book before - with another reader - and I really did NOT enjoy it because Emerson came across as so nasty and mean at times. But I wanted to read the series in order & was missing a few, including the first two, so I bought them. SO glad I did. Barbara Rosenblatt is the ONLY reader who should read Amelia Peabody. She does EVERY character in a distinctive voice and acts out the dialog. She is THE BEST READER EVER and I buy books JUST because she is the reader. That's how I discovered the Amelia Peabody series.
Amelia drank coffee she suspected was laced with opium to save Emerson from drinking it. And Emerson came back to the house & found Amelia in bed - she is ALWAYS up and around working(!) - and feared she was ill or hurt and called her, "Dear girl."
I feared I wouldn't enjoy this book because I really didn't the first time when I heard it with another reader. Happily, Barbara Rosenblat put a different spin on some dialogue with HER performance and I greatly enjoyed it. SO glad I replaced this audio. Barbara Rosenblat RULES!!! (And not just Amelia Peabody series - Nevada Barr series too!!!)
I love Amelia Peabody and nobody could "do" her like Ms. Rosenblat does. I rushed through book one so I could hear this installment read by one of my favorite narrators. I was not disappointed! Within a few minutes I had a smile plastered on my face - where it stayed during the entire story. All the characters come alive. Brilliant, brilliant brilliant!
The narration was very believable, and easy to listen to. Some parts of the story I could figure out, but other aspects took me by surprise. The author captures the feel and the look of Egypt so beautifully. This was very enjoyable.
I really do love this series. This is my third time reading/listening to them. Even if you can decipher the ending somewhere in the middle, they are still a worthy listen just because the writing is highly enjoyable and the characters are fun. I do really like both the narrators I have heard.
I have said it before and I'll say it again- this series reminds me so much of the Alexia Tarabotti series, especially since the last in that series was set in Egypt. This is the second in the series. I liked the first but I loved this one! The story was interesting and the characters were so well written. My only complaint is that I missed Walter and Eleanor. Rosenblat does an amazing job. She truly is Amelia Peabody.
Writer has great sense of dry humor. Not the best book ever, but story line is interesting and the performance was over the top good. I went back and forth on 4 or 5 stars, but it was a delightful read and kept a smile on my face so I went with 5 stars for the pure entertainment value.