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.
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©1975 Elizabeth Peters; (P)2002 Blackstone Audiobooks
"The indomitable Amelia Peabody carries the listener along as easily as she carries her umbrella." (AudioFile)
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.
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!)
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.
Judy Mc, lifetime reader
I started listening to the series and found that when I tried to read the next book it was hard to figure out the Egyptian names and places. So I purchased all the series with books on tape, CDS and Audio downloads.
Anxiously awaiting the next book in the series and hate to think of it ending. Perhaps her son will carry on??
First book in the series, good enough that I go back to it again and again. Strong lead character, excellent performance by one of my favorite people.
Several years ago, this was the first audible book to which I listened. I really enjoyed the listening experience and I found the book and, ultimately, the series extremely enjoyable. I have listened to all of the books in the series, except those which are only available as adbridged. I dislike abridged versions as a rule and have only listened to them when I accidentally purchased.
Both the writer and the narrator make this whole series a spectacular listen. Even my husband laughed his way thru this first one while travelling in a car.
The story concerns Amelia Peabody, an unmarried woman in the Victorian period, who decides to take a trip to Egypt. If you can imagine a feminist during this time period, you'll have some idea of her adventures. Listening to her argue with an outspoken man she meets is pure delight. This is the first in a series of books about Amelia, but I listened to this one three times before moving on because I couldn't imagine another book being this much fun.
I fell in love with this book the first time I read it. Elisabeth Peters adds just the right amount of wit for her characters and the story rings true even though it is fiction. However, hearing it read was just as wonderful. I could still picture scenes in my head as if I were reading the book myself. Bravo for finding the right reader for this book!
I really wanted to enjoy this. I love good light fiction and a mystery with an interesting background is always fun. The narrator was fine. I didn't expect much from the plot and it was fine albeit as predictable as you might expect from a mystery/romance. I just could not sympathize with the main characters. I found myself thinking "these idiots deserve each other" multiple times. By the end, I found them less objectionable than at the start but I never really found myself feeling more than apathy for them.
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