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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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    Nell NASHVILLE, TN, United States 01-09-12
    Nell NASHVILLE, TN, United States 01-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I Wanted to own this Book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is the first of an excellent series. I have read or listened to all books in that series. This should be a prerequisite to all the other novels as it is the delightful stlor of how Peabody and Emerson met and fell in love


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

    All novels in the series are real page turners. There is a hook in each incident to lure the reader on.


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

    Emerson


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    An unlikely love story of archeologists in ancient Egypt


    Any additional comments?

    Elizabeth Peters is a favorite author.

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    christy Plano, TX, United States 01-08-12
    christy Plano, TX, United States 01-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "gotta love peabody"

    love these characters! Peabody is a great, strong woman that is such a nice change from the type of woman normally from this time.

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    Robin WESTFIELD, IN, United States 12-27-11
    Robin WESTFIELD, IN, United States 12-27-11
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    "A good story, fun history."

    This is a great story with lots of fun history. I love Amelia Peabody's character.

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    A.J. 12-27-11
    A.J. 12-27-11
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    "an old-fashioned adventure of a sassy Victorian"
    Where does Crocodile on the Sandbank rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best of my Audible purchases.


    What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

    Very well delivered and great differentiation among the characters.


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

    It was too long for one sitting. Many hours of entertainment.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved that this is a story from a more prim perspective than most stories set in the present-day, yet the story presents such a sassy main character. The subtle humor was wonderful.

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    Rocky Centennial CO 12-20-11
    Rocky Centennial CO 12-20-11
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    "Not bad"

    This was a bad listen, but it was rather tedious. Too bad they don't have an abridged version. This book is light on story and heavy on fluff.
    Overall, it was fairly decent. The narrator was also pretty good.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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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  • 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
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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
  • Amazon Customer
    8/18/16
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    "The Start of Something Big"

    I really enjoyed listening to this story, so I'll definitely be buying more audio books in this series. I loved the story, the writing, and I felt Elizabeth Peters really evoked Egypt, the English and the 1880s. I know the narrator is American, and she brilliantly bought to life English, Egyptian and Italian voices, both male and female, with seeming ease.

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  • Alison Towers
    8/14/16
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    "Excellent narration but out of synch"
    If you could sum up Crocodile on the Sandbank in three words, what would they be?

    Great story and wonderful characters of a brilliant series ranging through the the late to mid 19th century and into the early 20th century. The first on the series introducing the core main characters of Amelia and her husband Emerson, their close in laws, and Abdullah the head foreman. Superb thriller comedy, that is a fantastically entertaining romp through Egyptology and the site of Akhenatons city written by a qualified Egyptologist.


    What other book might you compare Crocodile on the Sandbank to, and why?

    As knowledgeable and accurate as Cadfael in its historical background, and like Cadfael is basically a murder mystery series revolving around a core group of characters, but unlike Cadfael is also a comedy series with a hugely entertaining female character whose closest current parallel in pure comedy if not in personality or similarity is probably Agatha Raisin.


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

    Her voice is perfect for Amelia, although her male voices are a bit iffy. She couldn't manage Emerson very well, at one point he sounded like a rather frail octagenarian, but unless they are going to include several other voices to add to the narration this is going to occur, as females have trouble imitating male voices and vice versa.


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

    Yes. I love this series, theres nothing on TV, and I wanted to multi task and listen rather than read. I had a long night ahead of me, very bearable with Amelia to keep me company.


    Any additional comments?

    Great, but the chapters are out of synch. Advertised as 9 here, 12 in fact in the book. The whole book is here and in order as the chapter numbers are given at the beginning of each, which is why I assume they have not sold it in a pairing with the book as they would be out of synch. A great recording, as good as you are going to get, spoilt for this who wish to read and listen simultaneously by a very careless or incompetent tech.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sapphire
    7/14/16
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    "a rather ripping tale"

    I really enjoy the adventures of Miss Peabody et al.

    She is an intelligent, forthright heroine intent on breaking the boundaries limiting her sex, always ready for adventure against dastardly foes

    0 of 0 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

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