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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!
"Lively, fun mystery"
Ok, the mystery might not be that much of a mystery, but there are ancient ruins, wandering mummies, beautiful damsels, adventurous heroes and a bossy but likeable heroine. This series of books are written with a wry sense of humour and a sense of the ridiculous and the narration on this audio book excellently conveys that.
I love the Elizabeth Peters "Amelia Peabody" books. The dry wit of her writing is unsurpassed. For fans of the books any of the audio books read by Barbara Rosenblat is a joy. She "does" different voices for all of the characters and brings them to life just as I imagined them to be when reading the book. Her Amelia is correct, dry and slightly supercilious,while her Emmerson is gruff and brusque. A joy to listen to. She understands the tongue in cheek humour of the books and will have you chuckling along in no time.
"Crocodile on the Sandbank"
The character of Amelia was much to my taste and Barbara Rosenblat brought all the characters to life, I was hooked.
"Funny and enjoyable."
It was a very pleasant experience to listening to this book. Ms Rosenblat voice caught all Amelia's personality as well as the other characters's. I am looking forward to listening to the second book of the series.
Such is the cry of Amelia Peabody Emerson in yet another rip roaring adventure. Elizabeth Peters never fails to deliver a terrific tale of adventure and daring do led by the indomitable 'Peabody'. Great stuff
"Laughed out loud..."
This is light and easy reading. The mystery is secondary to the story; as other reviews have pointed out, it’s all quite predictable. The character of Amelia Peabody is simply hilarious & the dry wit brilliant. Manged to capture the atmosphere of the upper classes and and the remnants of the British Empire in Egypt. The narration was excellent. This is not my usual genre, but will most definitely be back for more, I fully intend to work my way through the series. I recommend you to give it go…
"Amelia Peabody has given me parasol life goals"
I adored this book - it's witty, empowering and leaves you with a warm fuzzy feeling at the end
"Very enjoyable romp"
If you want an enjoyable story with a bit of lighthearted tension then this is great. It lacks the over detailed gore and sexual violence that is so prevalent these days, something which I consider a benefit. It's more Agatha Christie with extra "jolly hockey sticks!".
"A page turner if there ever was one!"
If you love romance, history and adventure then this is the book for you. There are facts galore with out being being boring. The wit is gentle the narrator is excellent. I have read this series or books at least 4 times each time they are just as enjoyable as the first.
"What a Find and a Great Narrator!"
This audible ranks very high amongst my favourites. It is easy to listen to, a good story and a really great narrator. All combine to make a really worthwhile download. So much so that I have gone on to download more in the series and will be very sorry when I get to the end.
All of the characters were enjoyable, each had their own little touches, but Amelia Peabody is a great character!
Barbara Rosenblat is a genius narrator! She really brings each character to life and this makes the stories much richer. All the different characters and accents add to the story.
No, not laugh or cry just smile delightedly from ear to ear!
Just great! This narration is what makes audible downloads so fantastic! An makes them enjoyable to listen to again and again.
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