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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

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

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    Dana Pecatonica, IL, USA 04-25-06
    Dana Pecatonica, IL, USA 04-25-06
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    "Wonderful"

    Amelia Peabody and her group of chacters are worth the time invested in an audiobook. Listening to this kind of book for this genre is a great way to prolong the pleasure.

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    Doretta 11-15-05
    Doretta 11-15-05
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    "Wonderful book and Narrator"

    I love Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody Emerson series. Have read all and am in the process of purchasing all the audiobooks from Audible.

    I wish The Hippopatomus Pool was available.

    I prefer Susan O'Malley to Barbara Rosenblatt...I believe she portrays Amelia Emerson with the wit the author intended...the readings by Ms.Rosenblatt seem to give Amelia too much pomposity in her character.

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    Sheryl A Rodacker 06-13-05 Listener Since 2005
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    "Crocodile on the Sandbank"

    I had heard about this series of books and searched many websites to find this first volume in audio format. It was well worth the effort! Intelligent and strong, Amelia Peabody is a treasure and I thoroughly enjoyed this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wende Orlando, FL, USA 03-30-05
    Wende Orlando, FL, USA 03-30-05 Member Since 2002
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    "Good subject, mediocre narration"

    This is the first Amelia Peabody story I have listened to and I found the narration somewhat bland. I have to agree with the other reviewers that recommend Ms Rosenblat instead.

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    Debjani Norwalk, California 90650 03-30-05
    Debjani Norwalk, California 90650 03-30-05 Member Since 2003
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    "A fun book"

    This book is more an adventure than a mystery, and that suits me fine. It's fun and entertaining. The characters are charming, even Emerson. It's a real joy to listen to on the drive home.

    I've heard both O'Mally and Rosenblat, and I prefer O'Mally over Rosenblat. O'Mally can create voices for various characters that you forget it's one person reading this. Rosenblat has a voice that makes everyone sound like a 50 year old female smoker.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie ocoee, FL, USA 11-17-04
    Debbie ocoee, FL, USA 11-17-04 Member Since 2009
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    "crocodile on the sandbank"

    I loved this book and the narrator. Susan Omalley was able to capture the personality af all the characters.

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    Glenn Douglas, MA, United States 06-09-04
    Glenn Douglas, MA, United States 06-09-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Silly, aimless male-bashing drivel"

    After reading the glowing reviews of this and other Elizabeth Peters novels I figured I'd give one a try. I gave up when I got halfway through and there was still no sign of a plot.

    Here's what I got out of it: Amelia Peabody, an old crotchety male-hating busy-body, takes young Evelyn under her crusty wing after Evelyn is kicked to the curb by the fellow for whom she left her husband.

    Apparently, Evelyn is like a dog in heat as every male with whom she comes in contact wants to propose marriage. Virtually every man they meet is a rude, boorish fool who wants to take advantage of one of them in some way. But Peabody proves too clever for any of them! She wields her parasol like a billy club as she heaps insults onto those one dimensional male characters who dare oppose her will.

    Must be a chick thing... ;)

    4 of 13 people found this review helpful
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