Nonfiction writer by day, fiction lover by night.
It took a while for the action to get going, but Amelia Peabody is always a charmer, and Rosenblatt is among my most trusted narrators.
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.