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Crocodile on the Sandbank: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1 | [Elizabeth Peters]

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

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Amelia Peabody, that indomitable product of the Victorian age, embarks on her first Egyptian adventure armed with unshakable self-confidence, a journal to record her thoughts, and, of course, a sturdy umbrella.

On her way, Amelia rescues young Evelyn Barton-Forbes, who has been "ruined" and abandoned on the streets of Rome by her rascally lover. With a typical disregard for convention, Amelia promptly hires her fellow countrywoman as a companion and takes her to Cairo.

Eluding Alberto, Evelyn's former lover, who wants her back, and Evelyn's cousin, Lord Ellesmere, who wishes to marry her, the two women sail up the Nile. They disembark at an archaeological site run by the Emerson brothers - the irascible, but dashing, Radcliffe and the amiable Walter. Soon their little party is increased by one - one mummy, that is, and a singularly lively example of the species. Strange visitations, suspicious accidents, and a botched kidnapping convince Amelia that there is a plot afoot to harm Evelyn.

Don't miss the rest of the Amelia Peabody series.

©1975 Elizabeth Peters; (P)2002 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"The indomitable Amelia Peabody carries the listener along as easily as she carries her umbrella." (AudioFile)

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    Anthony waterboro, ME, USA 06-19-09
    Anthony waterboro, ME, USA 06-19-09
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    "Okay book-bad narrator"

    I am getting to enjoy this series more with each successive book. I recommend to anyone disappointed in the flimsy plot of this one to continue on to the next book in the series. This one was more like a primer-introducing characters and eqypt. The next book is much more solid in its storytelling. Give 'em another chance!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary A. 07-25-03
    Mary A. 07-25-03 Member Since 2001

    I have been an avid Bibliophile since I learned how to read at 4 years old. I listen to audiobooks every day.

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    "Fabulous and funny!"

    I only recently discovered Elizabeth Peter's and her quirky heroine, Amelia Peabody. I loved this book! I especially like the narrator, as her voice so fits how I envisioned Amelia's voice to sound like. I like her inflection. My hubby even enjoyed listening to this book with me on a trip. This is definitely one I'll listen to again and again.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 04-20-15
    Susan 04-20-15
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    "Fine, but not my cup of tea"

    The story was okay, but I thought it was a bit long in descriptions and short on action, or even introspection. The performance was semi-melodramatic, while technically well done. In the end I finished it to get my money's worth, although I had figured out "who done it" and why by mid way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Candace Littles Houston, TX 03-21-15
    Candace Littles Houston, TX 03-21-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Wonderful tale"

    I really enjoyed this story and look forward to the rest of the series.
    The plot was great the narrator was excellent.

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    Alexandra 03-03-15
    Alexandra 03-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "love the book"

    this has always been one of my favorite books. I am not as fond of this reader as I have been of aome of the others, but I love this story and Amelia so much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    PedsRN 02-11-15
    PedsRN 02-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Barbara Rosenblatt is SO much better at narrating!"

    I wish that Audible would bring this book back with ms. Rosenblatt as the narrator!! The difference is night & day!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 01-01-15
    Jennifer 01-01-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Reader was flat with no animation. boring."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one will enjoy the reader of this book. This is a delightful story but must be read with the personalities of Amelia and all the characters to really appreciate the humor and the story itself. Barbara Rosenblat is the best reader so get a copy of this audio book with her as the reader.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Susan O'Malley?

    Barbara Rosenblat


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. Arrington Bentonville AR 11-26-14
    A. Arrington Bentonville AR 11-26-14 Member Since 2014

    lover of good books

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    "Loved it!"
    If you could sum up Crocodile on the Sandbank in three words, what would they be?

    I remember reading one of her books 20 years ago. Now I don't understand why I didn't read more! This was a delightful book. I loved each character! The story was a winner too! No swearing. No sex. I even liked the reader. . . though I am excited to listen to the next gal who has rave reviews. This one did not sound like a 32 year old woman. She sounded like a 62 year old woman. I'm glad I have a whole series to go through now!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Giorgi Trenton, NJ 11-14-14
    M. Giorgi Trenton, NJ 11-14-14 Member Since 2013

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    "A Little Dry"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I think a different reader may have made the story more interesting.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Susan O'Malley?

    I don't think so.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Been there, done that!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lori Howe Ma. 01-13-14
    Lori Howe Ma. 01-13-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Painful to listen"
    What did you like best about Crocodile on the Sandbank? What did you like least?

    I accidently bought this version. That wont happen again. Once you've listened to Barbara Rosenblatt narrate an Amelia Peabody adventure no one else will do. You can actually see Emerson and Amelia, Walter and Evelynn, each and every Egyptian worker has there own individual voice. And her accents are amazing. You wont get that from O'Malley


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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