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"Filled with intrigue and nail-biting suspense...rich with detail and realism...ripe with tension and peril." (The Washington Post Book World)
"Between Amelia Peabody and Indiana Jones, it's Amelia, in wit and daring, by a landslide." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Despite having produced 11 previous tales of Egyptological mystery and detection, Peters still writes a deeply satisfying story that combines elements of espionage, mystery, and romance. Some big surprises are in store for readers while Peters deftly ties her subplots together, but a few threads are left dangling enticingly at the end, leaving fans to expect another installment in this extraordinary series." (Publishers Weekly)
I honestly don't remember much of what happens in the first 80% of this one; the last 20% is just too awesome. I relistened to it several times. I'm pretty sure the first 80% is good, too, it's just hard to pay attention when you're impatient to get to the last act. You can't read this one without first reading The Falcon at the Portal, but you can't read that one without immediately wanting this one. One of my favorites.
I am an energetic wife, mother and grandmother with a busy life and tired eyes. I love being able to listen to books while doing chores, etc.
I have read these books for years and the narrator just did not do it for me. Overly dramatized.
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I have been listening to this series in order and I must say that this is the best so far. I found it to be a very satisfying read with greater emotional depth and complexity and a resolution to a number of story lines that have been developing across a number of previous books. As always, Barbara Rosenblat's narration is amazing. Highly recommend!
I love this series for an escape to another time; I learn a bit about history and enjoy the ongoing story of the intelligent and pleasantly flawed Amelia Peabody family.
The tension between the young lovers.
Rosenblat has developed the characters in a lively way that carries throughout the series. It is on her voice that the listener arrives in Egypt.
Best of series!
Every plot and subplot came with a new twist to the story. More happens to the characters in this book than in all the others in the series, except for perhaps, The Last Camel Died at Noon. With many "ah ha" moments to round out the characters, on point historical details, and revelations this is my favorite book of the Amelia Peabody series.
Nefret's confession to Amelia about her feelings for and earlier relationship with Rames was unexpected.
Sethos' final moments with the Emersons.
There's always lots of twists and turns in the plots of Elizabeth Peters' books.This keeps you guessing who is who and how it will all pan out. Rarely predictable and somehow old fashioned and modern at the same time. Love the strong women with all sorts of weapons and necessities hidden under their skirts ready to take on all comers. Fun & entertaining.
So many reviews of the next book in the series, Lord of the Silent, lamented the fact that it is only offered in the abridged version that I looked for the real deal elsewhere. I could not even find it (without a 9 person wait!) from my public library. I did find it at simply audiobooks DOT com. However, it's only in CD not digital form. Still, I can understand how an abridged version would be terrible: I can't imagine what could be edited!
Barbara Rosenblat voices the characters' personalities perfectly!
Oscar-rated narration, a wonderful, emotion-filled story, terrific character development and a wowee ending. This book has it all and I think it's one of the best in the series. Don't start reading the series with this one - it needs some backstory.
One of Elizabeth Peters' best of the Amelia Peabody series, because Ramses finally "gets the girl."
The twists and turns of Ramses' and David's daring actions as spys for the British in Egypt during the First World War will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Barbara Rosenblatt's excellent interpretation of all the characters is unbelieveable. Perhaps her biggest triumph is the growl-ly, "veddy British" voice she uses for (Radcliffe) Emerson.
If I had the time I could certainly have listened to the whole book in one sitting. So glad to have this digital copy to return to time after time. Thanks, Audible!
I have been reading these in order over the years and this was one of my favorites from this era in the life story of the Emerson family. The story takes an interesting turn due to the current events of the time period and it make for some new angles on the usual tomb robbing/murder formula that we all like so much. I very much enjoy this series and found this book very entertaining.
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