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Crocodile on the Sandbank Audiobook

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

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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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    Candace Littles Houston, TX 03-21-15
    Candace Littles Houston, TX 03-21-15 Listener Since 2008

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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.

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    PedsRN 02-11-15
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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!!

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    Jennifer 01-01-15
    Jennifer 01-01-15 Member Since 2015
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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


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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!!


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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


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    Brian Fort Worth, TX, United States 10-30-13
    Brian Fort Worth, TX, United States 10-30-13

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    "Mummies, Tombs, Murder and Mystery."
    What did you love best about Crocodile on the Sandbank?

    A fairly historically accurate mystery series set in Egypt with a female main character who battles the stereotypes of gender.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot develops with twist and turns. As you get further into the book you are drawn deeper into the plot like a fly on a spider's web. one strand at a time!


    What about Susan O'Malley’s performance did you like?

    Easy voice to listen to...and the fact that the main character is female, her voice fit perfectly.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The conclusion of the book left me hungry for the second in the series.


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    Linda United States 07-03-12
    Linda United States 07-03-12 Member Since 2015
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    "You gotta know how it all began"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to anyone who loves Amelia Peabody! This how it all started.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Although not the most complex Amelia Peabody novel, the background is wonderful. I always feel like I've been to Egypt.


    What does Susan O'Malley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Although Susan is not my favorite actor to read Elizabeth Peters, she does an admirable job changing characters, of which there are many! Even though I have already read all the novels, I enjoy listening to them as well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    You always want to see whats in the next chapter!


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    cyber_shadow 04-09-12

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    "Great series; choose Barbara Rosenblatt"

    I definitely would recommend this writer and series to anyone who likes their mysteries in the "cozy" genre, and who appreciates well-researched historical fiction.

    Elizabeth Peters (Barbara Mertz) knows her pre-WWI Egyptian (and British colonial) history, specifically pertaining to archaeology. She gives her characters -- well, character -- (although subtlety is not the point of her books).

    She also pays great homage to the popular fiction of the late 19th & early 20th century.

    Two points:

    1. Choose Barbara Rosenblatt's recordings. Please do not listen to this reader. She has no sense of the flow of the sentences, let along the book. She makes the works boring, which is a difficult feat. Instead, choose those narrated by Barbara Rosenblatt. She acts with gusto, and has the great ability to portray people by changing her voice - so much so that you can tell who is speaking without attribution.

    2. Read the books in order. They very much build on each other (yes, they can be listened to out of sequence, but do yourself a favor and read them in order!)

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    I'dliketosay 03-12-12
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    "No feeling for the real Amelia. . ."

    There are so many things to like about Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody series: faultless history, tight plotting, smooth prose. But, for me, the most likeable thing(s) are the characters Peters has created--opinionated Amelia, irascible Emerson, and the family and friends that come into being as the series spins on.

    This first, plot-wise, is one of my favorites. Crocodile's whole set-up is a tongue-in-cheek poke at the kind of novels and characters popular in the late 1800s, and Peters' send-up of so many conventions is marvelous. She presents Amelia, with no apologies, as an oh-so-proper, but oh-so-in-your-face lead character.

    O'Malley never seems to catch on that the novel is fun, and funny, that the situation is ridiculous in the way of the old, old Saturday morning "Perils of Pauline." Her reading is adequate but without the verve and high-handedness that Amelia deserves. To get the real flavor of Amelia--as well as that of Emerson, and the ingenue Evelyn--try Barbara Rosenblat's performance.

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