I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed this one, down to every last minor character, saints and sinners alike. The climax took me completely by surprise the first time I listened to it, and knowing what was coming made the second listen-through all the more entertaining. Fast-paced and action-packed (as historical murder mysteries go), I never got bored, and Ramses' visit to priest is one of my favorite episodes in the series. Super fun.
This is by far my most favorite Amelia Peabody yet! The story was so so good: non-stop excitement, constant anticipation, lots of action, plot twisting, and such fun adventure! The narration by Barbara Rosenblat is beyond award winning as well. There aren't many books I can say I'd listen to over and over again, but 100% this is one of them!
I've loved the Amelia Peabody series since I read the first book 20 years ago. The narrator nailed the characters. Amelia's full steam ahead attitude, Emerson's bombast, and Rameses piping voice pulled me into the story. It was like listening to a one woman show!
In order to make a story, and in the case of an audio book, more believable, more seductive, more addictive, the key architects of a narrated book i.e. the Author and the Narrator(s) must pay very close attention to detail. A missed step on either of their parts rudely ejects the listener from the mesmerizing effect of the chronicle and thrusts them back into reality for which all light prose is designed as an escape.
Even if the listener is unknowledgeable of the History, Geography, Historical Persons, the language used at that time, both technical and non, the tools, dress, methods of transportation, etc.; the precision of these details rings true. A few examples of this are Howard Carter who is best known for discovering the tomb of King Tutankhamen, Giovanni Belzoni who is best known for purloining Egypt’s national treasures for the British Museum such as the two seated Colossi of Ramses II, and Flinders Petrie who is probably best known for the discovery of the Mernepta (or Israel) Stele but who should be also acknowledged for his pioneering of the methodical excavation and documentation techniques. The integration of these historical persons with the multi-dimensional characters created in the fertile mind of the Author constructs a story that is wholly believable. It is as well with lesser known place names like Deir el-Bahri, Maz Guna or the commonly known such as Giza, Cairo and Armana blending with sites now suggested being lost to modern excavators.
The same holds true for the Narrator; if he or she mispronounces words, whether common or Historical in nature, strays from the cadence, dialect or accent of that place and time or, is unable or unskilled at differentiating the voices of the characters these deficiencies renders the recording a waste of time and credits. I had the occasion to listen to a Susan O’Malley version of the Last Camel Died at Noon and hated it. This comparison does not due Barbara Rosenblat her due, however. Having chosen other Authors just because of their selection of this Narrator, I must confess to being an unrepentant admirer of hers. She researches the accents and correct pronunciations for the performance down to the minutiae.
This is the ultimate in pairing and can be enjoyed over and over.
I love the Amelia Peabody series, and Barbara Rosenblat brings it to life. The great and subtle nuances in the voices of each character are lovely to hear. It is as if one is listening to radio theater. The depth and breadth she breathes into each character is utterly compelling, and I could listen to this series over and over (and have). Highly recommended!
Amelia & Co. do more detecting than digging, as usual, when the Master Criminal shows up again -- but this time, he's not after artifacts. The treasure he wants is ... human. With Barbara Rosenblatt doing her usual fantastic job, we're transported to arid Egypt in the midst of the Emerson clan, and the action never stops.
Interesting introduction to one of the best scoundrels to plague the Emersons.
Barbara Rosenblatt is excellent, as usual in this series but you must continue with the next books to get the full benefit of Ms Rosenblatt's ability to round out new personalities.
This is a romp and you must appreciate the tongue-in-cheek humor of the author to fully enjoy this terrific series.
Yes, I probably will, but not until I have heard all of them first.
Not on the edge of my seat, but the plot is a page turner - if you can have that from a cd.I have listed to so many now that I feel that the stories are almost more of a biography of the Peabody Emerson family than simply murder/thrillers. That does not mean they are not great stories, because they are - and delight of delight - I have many more to go.
I think she actually adds another dimension to the great Elizabeth Peters stories. I am continually amazed at the variety of voices she brings to her reading to make the stories more than real. In fact I have wondered if she was not the only reader - but I know she is.Listening to her read, and I've heard her read several, makes me feel I almost know the characters because she has breathed extra life into them. She is a most gifted woman (somewhat like Peabody herself!)
I'm not sure what 'tag line' means.However what a brilliant BBC series these stories would make - there would be almost endless series. Fabulous scenery in Egypt with pyramids and so on as background. Back in the UK at the turn of the century and up to the 1920s - It would be a real winner.
I listen to these stories as I drive - the miles fly by!