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Crocodile on the Sandbank Audiobook

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

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Audible Editor Reviews

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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    Louann Currey STATEN ISLAND, NY, US 04-17-12
    Louann Currey STATEN ISLAND, NY, US 04-17-12 Member Since 2007
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    "superb narration"
    What made the experience of listening to Crocodile on the Sandbank the most enjoyable?

    this narrator (Barbara Rosenblat) is one of the BEST I have listened to. she is able to perform MANY voices to give each character their own personality.


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    Asta 04-14-12
    Asta 04-14-12
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    "Where was the Crocodile?"

    This review is mainly for the audiobook, not the story itself.

    The narrator's voice and the voice of the main character, Amelia Peabody, were both quite distinctive. I really liked the voice of Amelia Peabody. She was funny, ironic, independent and so very British. I thought that the narrator portrayed Amelia Peabody rather well. Unfortunately, the narrator's voice also sounded MUCH older than Amelia Peabody, who, I believe, was only in her early thirties; the narrator sounded like she was middle-aged or older. Nonetheless, I cannot hear Amelia Peabody as anything else other than the voice of Barbara Rosenblat.

    The narrator also did a fairly decent job at distinguishing between the characters. Evelyn's high, light voice seemed to fit the character very well, and it was pretty easy to tell whether it was Amelia speaking or Evelyn. I really liked the lisp that the narrator had affected for Evelyn's cousin, Lucas. I felt that she caught Lucas's careless style of speaking rather well. I could certainly envision his character, drawling in his bumbling and genial way. Emerson's gruffness was likewise fairly easy to distinguish although his character was not as easy to imagine. Walter seems to have lost out; the narrator's voice for him was not particularly notable. That said, there had been a few occasions when I had some difficulty determining which man was speaking.

    The narrator spoke at a comfortable and natural speed. I was able to follow along without much difficulty, which I normally have when I listen to a fast speaker (I process things a bit slowly). I didn't think she did quite as well as I had hoped for stylistically. There were times when I didn't agree with the narrator's interpretation of how a character said such-and-such. I think that there were also some occasions when I thought a pause would have been appropriate. However, these are minor disagreements.


    This review was partially cross-posted from Goodreads.

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    J. LaCroix RI 02-26-12
    J. LaCroix RI 02-26-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Better than expected!"

    I loved every bit of this book, the story itself and the performance. I look forward to the next Amelia Peabody book. Elizabeth Peters did an awesome job of of painting a picture in my mind and Barbara Rosenblat was great with her narration.

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    Joan saskatoon, sk, Canada 01-22-12
    Joan saskatoon, sk, Canada 01-22-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great start to a great series"

    This is a wonderful book. I love elizabeth peters characters. She makes Amelia such an engaging personality that you love her and also embrace her shortcomings. The hero in the series is also lots of fun. You love and hate him, all at once! Amelia is so feisty and stubborn that you just have to relate. Barbara Rosenblatt is one of my favourite readers. She has a great voice and you don't get tired of listening to her. I enjoy her so much that I actually seek out books by other authors that she reads. This is definitely worth listening to. I have read the rest of the series in book form and have listened to many of them in the audible form as well. I have enjoyed them all without exception.

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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.

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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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