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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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    Judy Sedona, AZ, United States 01-31-12
    Judy Sedona, AZ, United States 01-31-12 Member Since 2002

    Judy Mc, lifetime reader

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    "Amelia Peabody does it again!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Crocodile on the Sandbank to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Anxiously awaiting the next book in the series and hate to think of it ending. Perhaps her son will carry on??

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    Ursula 12-18-11
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    "Fantastic !"

    Absolutely loved this book. Great character & story development. The reader is terrific. A great story set among the pyramids of Egypt.

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    Karen Gainesville, FL, United States 12-15-11
    Karen Gainesville, FL, United States 12-15-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Amelia Peabody always a good "read""

    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.

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    Amazon Customer Dumas, TX United States 10-23-11
    Amazon Customer Dumas, TX United States 10-23-11 Member Since 2014
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    "The Start of Hours of Entertainment"

    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.

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    Idaho GMA 02-23-10
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    "Peabody Rocks"

    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.

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    Linda Nashville, TN, United States 02-04-10
    Linda Nashville, TN, United States 02-04-10
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    "Lots of fun"

    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.

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    Thereasa Stockton, CA, USA 02-13-09
    Thereasa Stockton, CA, USA 02-13-09
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    "Crocodile on the Sandbank"

    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!

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    Erin 02-09-09
    Erin 02-09-09
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    "didn't enjoy the characters"

    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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    Patricia M Fillery 03-25-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Fun trip down the Nile"

    Amelia Peabody and her companions on a romp down the Nile, thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Listening pleasure which I found addictive. Can't wait for the next episode...

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    Bonny Omaha, NE, USA 03-06-07
    Bonny Omaha, NE, USA 03-06-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Great Series"

    Great book, funny and very entertaining.

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