However, the theft of valuable antiquities from the home of a friend, including a magnificent gold bracelet adorned with the image of the goddess Hathor, causes great concern. Ramses's encounter with a woman costumed in the veil and gold crown of Hathor herself only deepens the mystery.
With those in her circle suddenly plagued by a series of "accidents", Amelia attempts to connect these troubling threads into a pattern. But her investigation is setting her on a collision course with an adversary more formidable than any she has ever encountered.
©2003 Elizabeth Peters; (P)2003 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"This is an enjoyable read in its own right, powered by evocative depictions of 1919 Egypt and the engaging voice of Amelia herself, a bright, independent woman, who relishes her role as family matriarch. Her affectionate, give-and-take relationship with her Egyptologist husband, Emerson, continues to enchant." (Publishers Weekly)
Hold out for the unabridged verion of this book. The abridged version is mangled.
Instead of having brief exposition to explain what happened during the 'lost paragraphs', this abridgement just chucks out sections willy nilly, making it almost impossible to comprehend what's going on.
Awful. Awful. Awful.
After reading/listening to all the Amelia Peabody books I was VERY disappointed to see that several of them are only available in an abridged version. Half the story was gone including all the subtle action which makes this series so fantastic. Why, after producing 12 books would they choose to ruin 3 of them by only recording abridged versions? HUGE LETDOWN.
Elizabeth Peters writes a wonderful story, why only offer the abridged versions? Barbara Rosenblat is wonderful there is no one who could do justice to this series more than her. I have purchased the abridged versions because that is the only option I have been given to continue with the series. I think that we should be able to listen to them as Ms. Peters intended full and uncut. Those who don't want such a long story, can find another series. Amelia Peabody should not be silenced into an abridged version. I want to hear every long speech Ramses gives! I gave 4 stars instead of 5 because it is ABRIDGED!
I don't like abridged books. Unforunately books 14 and 15 in this series only come abridged. Book 14 was abridged a bit better than 15. This book did seem to jump from place to place at times. And at 5+ hours compared to the usual 14+ hours for a book in this series, I can only imagine what I missed. Especially since some of the people in this plot were from the Hippo Pool book that is not on audiobook at all.
I would have given the it 5 stars because I love this series, but because of the poor abridge version, I can only give it 3.
Please. Please. Please, no more abridged versions unless there is an unabridged version also available. I can't help but give this a 4 star review for the engrossing story line and reader.
What in the world! How can we get to books 14 and 15 - after being faithful followers of not only Amelia, but Elizabeth and Barbara - and be betrayed by such an abominable abridgement??? For shame! Leaving so much out of this work leads the reader to believe that perhaps Ms. Peters is losing her touch. . . carry on dear reader - the rest of the books are whole as is the author's continued ability to charm and entertain.
Certainly not of the genre, but certainly of abridgements, most abridged books are disgraceful. (I will have to admit that The Professor and the Madman is a noteable exception to my ranting.)
Absolutely! I keep wishing I could see Amelia and Emerson on screen and have spent some considerable minutes imagining who should play the parts. I have come to no satisfactory conclusions.
I would gladly pay again for this book should it come out in an unabridged version.
I'm rediscovering the Amelia Peabody series via audio. Barbara Rosenblatt is an amazing actress. She has captured the characters brilliantly. The reason for my disappointment is that this book is only available in an abridged version. They left out large chunks of the book, the hero at the end wasn't a included as a character and ended the story with a chapter or more to go. If you truly want to enjoy Amelia & Co in this book - read it. Or find an unabridged version. You'll be glad you did.
This is one of the few "Amelia Peabody" books that are only offered in an abridged format. I read the full book after listening to this version, and can say that the abridged version does cover the plot and storyline adequately. The larger missing parts have to do with the (tedious) grandchildren, which are no big loss. I gave this 5 stars because of the excellent narration - how can I give Barbara Rosenblat any less? She captures the spirit of Amelia and her family, and always entertains. So given a choice of "no version" or the "abridged" version, I can easily recommend the abridged.
I love the Amelia Peabody series. But this one is abridged and it turns a great tale into "just a book". Find the unabridged story or you lose too much of all that is good in these stories.
The author is great, the abridging sucks.
Barbara is great. She does an amazing job bringing out the characters with her voice.
First and foremost; this book have been vastly improved by not being (badly) abridged! I wasn't aware that I was buying an abridged book until I realized that it was only some 6hours long. (My fault - I know that) The story suffered.
The story also suffered from some issues that I haven't previously heard in this series: while a 'musical tone' to demark chapters could be helpful; this was not only too long but the narrator was speaking through it. I also assume that this may have been an early performance by this narrator (who I usually love!) and the sound of swallowing was annoying.
I will continue to buy and listen to both the author and narrator because I'm sure that this unfortunate 'chop' of a book and poor performance are an anomoly!
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