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Crocodile on the Sandbank Audiobook

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

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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 Peters; (P)Recorded Books

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    Gordon Arlington, TX, United States 12-18-11
    Gordon Arlington, TX, United States 12-18-11 Member Since 2011
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    "A Jolly Romp"

    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.

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    Ann 12-09-11
    Ann 12-09-11

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    "Wonderful Amelia"

    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.

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    Laurel Chicago, IL, United States 12-06-11
    Laurel Chicago, IL, United States 12-06-11

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    "Quite suspenseful"
    What made the experience of listening to Crocodile on the Sandbank the most enjoyable?

    This book if better on audio than read. I found descriptions more interesting read.


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

    I think the voice is more suspenseful in this book than reading it


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

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


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    Mara EUREKA, CA, United States 12-02-11
    Mara EUREKA, CA, United States 12-02-11 Member Since 2016

    I love audiobooks. They are so convenient.

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    "Great First Book in Series"

    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.

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    Elizabeth GRANTS PASS, OR, United States 12-02-11
    Elizabeth GRANTS PASS, OR, United States 12-02-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Read...Errr Listen!"

    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".

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    Sasha Santa Cruz, CA, United States 11-26-11
    Sasha Santa Cruz, CA, United States 11-26-11 Member Since 2010
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    "The first adventure of a great team"

    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.

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    Cynthia United States 11-10-11
    Cynthia United States 11-10-11 Listener Since 2008
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    "Terrific story, terrific narrator"

    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!

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    Liz 10-30-11
    Liz 10-30-11 Listener Since 2010
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    "Best narrator ever"

    Barbara Rosenblat makes the characters come alive - she is the perfect example of a fine book narrator.

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    Susanne 10-29-11
    Susanne 10-29-11

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    "Enjoyable"

    I enjoyed these proper English folks. I found myself smiling at times because I could so vividly imagine the interactions between the characters.

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    Jonetta Fredericksburg, VA, United States 10-23-11
    Jonetta Fredericksburg, VA, United States 10-23-11 Member Since 2009
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    "A Really Fun Listen"
    If you could sum up Crocodile on the Sandbank in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, Lighthearted, Intriguing


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love the main character Amelia. She is strong, smart, and witty.


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

    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.


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

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    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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  • Helen
    Boston, United Kingdom
    4/18/10
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    "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.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Janet
    Nottingham, United Kingdom
    9/18/11
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    "Fabulous"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Penelope
    Callander, United Kingdom
    8/5/13
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • cristina
    london, United Kingdom
    1/23/12
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline
    London, United Kingdom
    4/8/13
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    "Good Gad!"

    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Madgey
    3/13/12
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    "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…

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Anya Clarkson
    5/24/16
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    "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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • JoG
    2/13/16
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    "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!".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • AKEMAP
    1/11/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • WM
    Reading, United Kingdom
    8/26/14
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    "What a Find and a Great Narrator!"
    Where does Crocodile on the Sandbank rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of the characters were enjoyable, each had their own little touches, but Amelia Peabody is a great character!


    What does Barbara Rosenblat bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    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.


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

    No, not laugh or cry just smile delightedly from ear to ear!


    Any additional comments?

    Just great! This narration is what makes audible downloads so fantastic! An makes them enjoyable to listen to again and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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