© Elizabeth Peters; (P)Recorded Books
If you are expecting depth and seriousness of other mysteries, this book is not for you. If you would like a fun listen with charming characters and a story that leaves you satisfied then this is for you. The plot was well thought out and even though I thought I figured out the mystery before the characters arrived at a conclusion, I was surprised in the end.
At first I was put off by the narrator. Ms. Peabody is described as being only 32, but she sounds as if she is 55! Her voice is husky and kind of grating. I realize in Victorian times that 32 would be middle-aged; however, the voice seems older than the character. But as the story goes on I get used to the voice and after listening to a sample of the other narrator for this series, I have to agree that Barbara Rosenblat is the best. Just ignore the fact that she is supposed to be in her early 30’s and you will be fine. Her other character voices are just fine. I cannot wait to start the next book.
I love the historical setting of this book coupled with an impeccably strong main character. Miss Peabody. She's wonderful, and her ability to ruffle the feathers of virtually everyone around her is priceless. The narrator was excellent and did a wonderful job of differentiating the characters. It reminded me a little of the shenanigans of the Mummy movies; it was highly enjoyable, very humorous, and a wonderful story.
This is an expectation and build up to romance novel with lots of information about Egypt and its archeological diggings. Clean with intrigue. The main characters are a bit overdone in this first book, but I have listened to others where Amelia's character is not so opinionated.
Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody books are a delight to the reader. While the mysteries are fun, even more enjoyable are the settings (almost always Egypt) and the characters and their interaction. This is a very linear, character-driven set of books, so beware skipping around in the series! Crocodile on the Sandbank is an excellent start to the series.
To add to your enjoyment, Barbara Rosenblat is simply the best in the business. Her characterizations are outstanding and jibe very well with what one expects after reading the books. A listener can't be disappointed.
I have to admit I first downloaded this book because I am such a huge fan of Barbara Rosenblat. Not only was I not disappointed, I am now a huge, huge fan of the narrating/story telling combination of Rosenblat and Elizabeth Peters. I am absolutely delighted to see so many in the series. I do think you need to read/listen to the books in order, as characters are introduced. You will not be disappointed!
The story was very hard to keep up with. I listened for 2 hours and could not get into the story. Perhaps could have, if the narrator wasn't so over the top with the english accent, that made me want to stick a pencil in my ear. Plus it was written with so much pretense and cliche, I guess trying to make it sound "old english" it became irritating. Had to gong it and did not finish, doubt i will be going back to this one.
I love this series, I have listened to all 18 books over and over. The are uplifting, fun, and Barbara Rosenblat reads so so good, she does the whole series so her voice matures with the series. THANK YOU ELIZABETH PETERS for writing thses books and THANK YOU BARBARA for reading them to me. GIVE MR MORE,, yeah book 19 is out,,,, I am so so happy.
I was very pleased with this audio recording. Barbara Rosenblatt has the best voice for the Amelia Peabody series. The variance of character voices makes for an intriguing story that brings you in. I would recommend this to anyone with a good sense of humor and an interest in Egyptology.
Read this (and quite a few others) years ago but hearing it in Amelia's own words is wonderful.... even the adaptation of Emerson is excellent... so much is said using inuendo and humor. I can't wait to listen to the rest of the story
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