© Elizabeth Peters; (P)Recorded Books
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.
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.
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.
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
All novels in the series are real page turners. There is a hook in each incident to lure the reader on.
An unlikely love story of archeologists in ancient Egypt
Elizabeth Peters is a favorite author.
love these characters! Peabody is a great, strong woman that is such a nice change from the type of woman normally from this time.
One of the best of my Audible purchases.
Very well delivered and great differentiation among the characters.
It was too long for one sitting. Many hours of entertainment.
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.
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.
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.
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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