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Crocodile on the Sandbank Audiobook

Crocodile on the Sandbank: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: Barbara Rosenblat's expert performance as Egyptologist Amelia Peabody is imaginative, witty, and great fun. Rosenblat has tremendous vocal range, capturing many characters of different genders and ethnicities. This rich and lively story is the first in Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody series, and I can't wait to listen to the rest of them. —Diana Dapito

Publisher's Summary

Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

Don't miss the rest of the Amelia Peabody series.
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    Elizabeth 06-04-12
    Elizabeth 06-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Charming story, wonderfully preformed"

    Sometimes I listen to a book because I know it is the only way I will be able to read it. In this instance, I think I wouldn't have enjoyed reading this story nearly as much as I enjoyed listening to it. It is detective fiction lite, a true cozy, the violence is minimal and the plot fairly conspicuous, with characters and setting interesting enough to hold things together. The pace might have been too slow had I been reading the book myself, but Barbara Rosenblat's performance, and it is assuredly a performance rather than narration, had me searching for the second book in the series as soon as I finished the first.

    This is not a hard hitting or terribly thought provoking book, it isn't meant to be, but it kept me quite entertained without requiring my full attention.

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    Nina Muenchen, Germany 06-04-12
    Nina Muenchen, Germany 06-04-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Miss Marple in late 19th century"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved the book! The story is developing nicely and you are led to false beliefs so that you are not able to predict the outcome of the story.
    I write Miss Marple in the late 19th century since the character of Miss Peabody seems to be quite alike in matters of unorthodox thinking and her nosiness even if she is a just at her early thirties.
    And over all I very much liked the performance of Barbara Rosenblat. Actually it was her performance with led me to buy the audiobook without having read a wrap-up of the store. Her voice and accent fitted my idea of an unusally confident and open-minded lady perfectly and by the time I had finished listening to the sample I was already addicted to the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Miss Amelia Peabody since I love strong female characters :-)

    Well I also loved Radcliffe Emerson with his stubborn and provocative air...


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    Jennifer United States 05-31-12
    Jennifer United States 05-31-12 Member Since 2014
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    "The first is the best ..."
    If you could sum up Crocodile on the Sandbank in three words, what would they be?

    Rollicking good fun.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The pacing of the plot - the action and the character development - is terrific. It's not particularly difficult to guess what's coming next but it so delightful listening to the story unfold, who cares?


    Which character ??? as performed by Barbara Rosenblat ??? was your favorite?

    In this reading, Rosenblat does an outstanding job performing Amelia Peabody. In the later novels I find that Peabody's "voice" becomes more strident and annoying, but here, it's perfect.


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    Michele 05-26-12
    Michele 05-26-12
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    "I really liked this"
    What made the experience of listening to Crocodile on the Sandbank the most enjoyable?

    I think the narration was well done and believable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Crocodile on the Sandbank?

    There were many, it's an interesting journey that goes from moment that you have waited for to moment that you are waiting for.


    Have you listened to any of Barbara Rosenblat’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


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    SusieB Chadstone, Australia 05-25-12
    SusieB Chadstone, Australia 05-25-12
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    "Excellent 1st book"
    What made the experience of listening to Crocodile on the Sandbank the most enjoyable?

    The story was wonderful and the narrator was excellent. She performed the different characters so that you got a really see them.The story line was good and the language very descriptive so good almost feel the heat of the dessert.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Amelia Peabody.....such a great character....despite being a female in a very male world she never let it stop her. She controlled her destination mostly!


    Which character – as performed by Barbara Rosenblat – was your favorite?

    Amelia Peabody....


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    Luanne 05-14-12
    Luanne 05-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "One of my favorites"

    Ove read this book a few dozen times. And I've listened to it twice. The narrator can be so great! But, I hate listening to her breathing and swallowing. I can't listen with earphones because it annoys me so!

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    carol kumpf ITHACA, NY, United States 05-10-12
    carol kumpf ITHACA, NY, United States 05-10-12 Member Since 2011

    I'm a retired teacher who loves to read, knit and enjoy my grandchildren. I tend to read mysteries and thrillers.

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    "Great Fun!"
    What did you love best about Crocodile on the Sandbank?

    The main character, Amelia Peabody, was such fun! An independently wealthy, educated woman with an indomitable spirit and wry sense of humor in a world ruled by men! The setting in Egypt made the mystery even more enjoyable.
    This is a cozy mystery to be sure, but I still was kept guessing about the resolution until later in the book.
    I look forward to reading more of this series. Barbara Rosenblatt did a great job with the narration. At first, I found Amelia's voice to be overdone, but after a few chapters, it seemed just right for her character.


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    Kristen Columbus, OH, United States 05-08-12
    Kristen Columbus, OH, United States 05-08-12
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    "Great!"
    Would you listen to Crocodile on the Sandbank again? Why?

    It was a great story with a very amusing narrator. Amelia Peabody is just a fun, entertaining character.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I never could figure out what was going on, despite the limited number of suspects, which is a really good thing in a mystery!


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The story was very well-paced, and the wit of the narrator made reading so enjoyable.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, but I did enjoy it!


    Any additional comments?

    Initially, I found the reader irritating, but I just had to get used to Amelia Peabody's very affected English accent, which I'm sure is an accurate reflection of her social standing and her time period. It was just hard for my very American ears to get used to at first, but in the end, I thought the reader did a good job bringing the character to life.

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    Tonya 05-06-12
    Tonya 05-06-12
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    "Easy Listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Crocodile on the Sandbank the most enjoyable?

    Good easy book to listen too. No sex, or foul langage. Would listen to another of her books. Narrator was very good also, did the voices well and easy to listen to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Amelia


    Which character – as performed by Barbara Rosenblat – was your favorite?

    Amelia


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


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    Liz Westfield, IN, United States 04-26-12
    Liz Westfield, IN, United States 04-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Super fun, easy adventure story"

    This is a fun listen....Barbara Rosenblat brings the characters to life so make sure you purchase the one that she narrates. The characters are fun, the story is entertaining and you feel transported into their adventure. I will most definitely listen to the entire series!

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