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This is the first book in the Amelia Peabody series, written by Elizabeth Peters (aka Barbara Mertz, Barbara Michaels). Peter’s characters are the quintessential Victorian eras ladies and gentlemen. You will find no high tech, gun slinging detective here. Peabody and her parasol are enough for the even the most dastardly villains. This is a really fun book. I was smiling throughout the reading. I have gone on to listen to several more in this series and each is as good as the last.
Barbara Rosenblat is amazing. Her range of accents continues to amaze me. For that reason I would recommend chosing her rendition of this series.
I have listened to all of the Amelia Peabody Series...many times over. I have my favorites and Crocodile on the Sandbank is one of them. I love these adventures and Barbara Rosenblat brings all the characters to life. No matter how many people pop up in the story, she really does an excellent job of keep them interesting and separate.
This book if better on audio than read. I found descriptions more interesting read.
I think the voice is more suspenseful in this book than reading it
I love audiobooks. They are so convenient.
I fell in love with this series when I listened to the story on cassette tapes about 10 years ago and I fell in love with Barbara Rosenblat's narration.
I have read different reviews of how over the top and maybe ridiculous the plots are and how over the top the narrator goes, but if you think about it that is purpose of the story and the series.
I have learned a lot about Egyptology and learned how Egyptians themselves and foreigners plundered many of the archaeology sites over the years.
The AMELIA PEABODY series is a good way to learn about his history and have a really good time learning and having a good laugh when it is appropriate.
If anyone is considering to buy books from this series, please start with CROCODILE ON THE SANDBANK. And please, please choose Barbara Rosenblat as the narrator over Susan O'Malley. I by accident got this book from a different book seller who let you rent books at the time and it was not the same. Miss O'Malley did not do THE CAMEL DIED AT NOON the just that Miss Rosenblat would have done. I am sure that Miss O'Malley is a good narrator, but she was not the right one for the AMELIA PEABODY series.
I would not think of getting the IN DEATH series book that did not feature Susan Ericksen as narrator. No one can surpass Miss Ericksen in the narration of the IN DEATH series. So please when thinking about the CROCODILE ON THE SANDBANK SERIES please consider Barbara Rosenblat as the narrator. You will have a rocking good time.
I really enjoyed Peters' dynamic characters and well written plot. The banter and bickering between Peabody and Emerson is delightful! I have already purchased the next book, "The Curse of the Pharoahs".
The first and best of the Amelia Peabody Mysteries by Elizabeth Peters, this novel introduces us to the redoubtable Amelia Peabody, wealthy spinster and passionate student of Egyptology as she begins her career with her first trip down the Nile, It is also her first encounter with Emerson, the archaeologist with whom she will share many adventures.
The excellent story is a little undeserved by Rosenblat's reading, while she hits the right notes she seems to see Amelia as a great deal older then her 30 years.
This remains one of my favorite books in the series, and Barbara Rosenblatt is one of the finest audiobook narrators I've had the pleasure of listening to. She is particularly splendid at bringing Amelia Peabody to life. Altogether a wonderful listen!
Fun, Lighthearted, Intriguing
I love the main character Amelia. She is strong, smart, and witty.
This was my first time listening to Barbara Rosenblat narrate, and I thought she did a really good job. She had unique voices for each character and had good inflection. I believe she put across the characters' intentions very well.
I did not expect this book to be so intriguing! When it started out I feared it was going to be flat and boring, but I kept listening and soon I found myself disappointed everytime I had to turn it off! I couldn't wait to get back to the story so I could find out what was going to happen next!
This was my first Elizabeth Peters book and am so glad it is the first in a series. I am looking forward to meeting up with these characters again soon!
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