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  • Crocodile on the Sandbank: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Susan O'Malley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (468)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (145)

    Amelia Peabody embarks on her first Egyptian adventure armed with unshakable self-confidence, a journal for her thoughts, and, of course, a sturdy umbrella. On her way, she rescues Evelyn Barton-Forbes, who has been "ruined" and abandoned on the streets of Rome by her lover. With a typical disregard for convention, Amelia promptly hires her fellow countrywoman as a companion and takes her to Cairo, where strange visitations and a botched kidnapping convince Amelia that there is a plot afoot to harm Evelyn.

    Todd says: "Outstanding!"
    "Fantastic, funny cozy/mystery."
    Overall

    Elizabeth Peters is an incredible writer. Her humor and dry wit, along with her finesse with the english language, combine to make a wonderful character, Amelia Peabody, and her adventures with her fellow characters are fun and a great adventure. I read the entire series, years ago, and decided to go back and enjoy them again. I got this one first, of course, and was very impressed with the narrator, not to mention the story. Amelia Peabody is an independent, confident, strong-willed woman, with a heart and soul of delicate flower. She is fantastic, and I won't reveal any of the plot, but you'll love the ending...!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7084)
    Performance
    (1825)
    Story
    (1871)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Alexandra says: "Incredibly entertaining"
    "A Bestseller? A Travesty."
    Overall

    This doesn't deserve any stars. Being a writer myself, I can only surmise that after reading this, and then suffering through the listening to it as an audio book just to make sure I wasn't being unfair, that Dan Brown must have a huge following of fans. It reads like a first novel, and I am surprised that so many people find it "enthralling". The dialogue is horrendous, the narrative is pedestrian, and the writing overall seems remarkably amateurish for a celebrated novelist. It reads like a book he wrote years ago, hid in a closet, got well known, then brought it out and dusted it off to present it to his agent and publisher. I wrote better than this when I was in the 3rd grade. His prediliction to repeat sentences and phrases over and over again is annoying, as if the reader is mentally challenged and didn't get it the first time. It is an insult to a reader to "write down" to your audience. It just goes to show that perserverance pays off in the publishing world. If any other writer had tried to peddle this manuscript, they would have racked up truckloads of rejection slips, and been told to take elementary writing classes, in addition to "get an imagination". This writing is almost as bad as Danielle Steele, another publishing miracle. Add to the fact that the narrator does a pretty horrendous french accent, I was aghast. It is on the best seller list, so of course audible is going to offer it, but honestly, I am sorry I wasted a book credit on this sophomoric drivel. It stinks.

    292 of 828 people found this review helpful

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