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Crocodile on the Sandbank: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1 | [Elizabeth Peters]

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

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.
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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

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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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    Isabelle Middlesex, VT, United States 08-11-11
    Isabelle Middlesex, VT, United States 08-11-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Light"

    The narrator is really good, and the characters are ok, but there's a campy, Jules Verne quality to the story that makes it feel lightweight, and forgettable. I do not plan on continuing with the series, although I don't rule out the possibility.

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    Victoria Provo, UT, United States 03-25-11
    Victoria Provo, UT, United States 03-25-11 Member Since 2008

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    "I have discovered Miss Amelia Peabody!"

    Egypt is in my heart: they say if you once drank from the Nile, the desire to return to its banks will haunt you forever. I spent a couple of extremely short years in Egypt, mostly in Cairo, with weekend trips out to deserts and sea banks, with numerous 10-15 day long travels all over this land of the mysteries and a thousand cats...

    I had a wonderful company and all the possible comforts to endure into such travels, including, oh my, that was a TOTAL luxury! - a shower bag, which you secure on top of your Jeep and it gets so pleasantly hot by the end of the day that you can take your evening shower in much comfort and meet the coolness of the night by the fire, all freshened up :)

    Miss Amelia Peabody and her friends did not have such arrangements. They were traveling on donkeys, bringing some comforting things and clothes from the dahabea (boat) to the caves in the Amarna desert, where they soon encountered love and hate, betrayal and some scary... o, I shall stop! It is nearly impossible to tell you about the book without giving up the clever twists and turns of the events!

    I will tell you this much: I HATE doing home chores, but listening to this audio book, read BRILLIANTLY by funny, sarcastic, charmingly witty Barbara Rosenblat, I kept on cleaning and washing and folding clothes and even considered making dumplings, for I needed to justify listening to this lovely book to the very end! It made me laugh and brought me quite a lot of nostalgia, too.

    The first in the Amelia Peabody series, Crocodile on the Sandbank is written in 1975 and covers the 1884–85 years. I learned that the series go on for another 19 (!!) books with the last one published as recently as in April 2010! "Elizabeth Peters" is a pen name of Barbara Mertz, born in 1927, a PhD in Egyptology (so you can rely on the abundance of facts she presents you with in her books!!)

    Victoria Evangelina Belyavskaya

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    Alisha Magnolia, TX, United States 03-14-11
    Alisha Magnolia, TX, United States 03-14-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Great characters"

    I enjoyed reading a mystery with old-fashioned values. Amanda Peabody is an admirable women in any century, with a wry sense of humor. The plot was somewhat predictable, but it was a fun story. Relaxed reading.

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    Dot Brownsboro, TX, United States 03-04-11
    Dot Brownsboro, TX, United States 03-04-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Enjoyable entertainment."

    Thoroughly enjoyed my commute to & from work while listening to this audio book. Full of suspense & history with romance & comedy woven through. Very enjoyable. Elizabeth Peters is a very gifted author, and Barbara Rosenblat is the perfect narrator for the book. What a wonderful combination!

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    Rachel 03-03-11
    Rachel 03-03-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Quite Fun"

    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.

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    Katrina NEWPORT, RI, United States 01-30-11
    Katrina NEWPORT, RI, United States 01-30-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Miss Peabody is awesome"

    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.

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    JM Camas, WA, United States 12-29-10
    JM Camas, WA, United States 12-29-10 Member Since 2011
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    "A good listen"

    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.

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    Jennifer 12-24-10
    Jennifer 12-24-10
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    "Great series kick-off by a great narrator"

    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.

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    Laurel B. 12-11-10
    Laurel B. 12-11-10 Member Since 2012

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    "Just gotta love Amelia Peabody"

    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!

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    karen COLUMBIA, MO, United States 10-29-10
    karen COLUMBIA, MO, United States 10-29-10
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    "Slow Start But EXCELLENT"

    Hang in there at first it is hard to get into, but it is so worth getting into this series

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