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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.

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    Luanne 05-14-12
    Luanne 05-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "One of my favorites"

    Ove read this book a few dozen times. And I've listened to it twice. The narrator can be so great! But, I hate listening to her breathing and swallowing. I can't listen with earphones because it annoys me so!

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    carol kumpf ITHACA, NY, United States 05-10-12
    carol kumpf ITHACA, NY, United States 05-10-12 Member Since 2011

    I'm a retired teacher who loves to read, knit and enjoy my grandchildren. I tend to read mysteries and thrillers.

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    "Great Fun!"
    What did you love best about Crocodile on the Sandbank?

    The main character, Amelia Peabody, was such fun! An independently wealthy, educated woman with an indomitable spirit and wry sense of humor in a world ruled by men! The setting in Egypt made the mystery even more enjoyable.
    This is a cozy mystery to be sure, but I still was kept guessing about the resolution until later in the book.
    I look forward to reading more of this series. Barbara Rosenblatt did a great job with the narration. At first, I found Amelia's voice to be overdone, but after a few chapters, it seemed just right for her character.


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    Kristen Columbus, OH, United States 05-08-12
    Kristen Columbus, OH, United States 05-08-12
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    "Great!"
    Would you listen to Crocodile on the Sandbank again? Why?

    It was a great story with a very amusing narrator. Amelia Peabody is just a fun, entertaining character.


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

    I never could figure out what was going on, despite the limited number of suspects, which is a really good thing in a mystery!


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The story was very well-paced, and the wit of the narrator made reading so enjoyable.


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

    No, but I did enjoy it!


    Any additional comments?

    Initially, I found the reader irritating, but I just had to get used to Amelia Peabody's very affected English accent, which I'm sure is an accurate reflection of her social standing and her time period. It was just hard for my very American ears to get used to at first, but in the end, I thought the reader did a good job bringing the character to life.

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    Tonya 05-06-12
    Tonya 05-06-12
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    "Easy Listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Crocodile on the Sandbank the most enjoyable?

    Good easy book to listen too. No sex, or foul langage. Would listen to another of her books. Narrator was very good also, did the voices well and easy to listen to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Amelia


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

    Amelia


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

    no


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    Liz Westfield, IN, United States 04-26-12
    Liz Westfield, IN, United States 04-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Super fun, easy adventure story"

    This is a fun listen....Barbara Rosenblat brings the characters to life so make sure you purchase the one that she narrates. The characters are fun, the story is entertaining and you feel transported into their adventure. I will most definitely listen to the entire series!

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    Louann Currey 04-17-12
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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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    Pixie NASHVILLE, TN, United States 01-09-12
    Pixie NASHVILLE, TN, United States 01-09-12 Member Since 2017
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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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  • 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.

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  • 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.

    6 of 6 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.

    3 of 3 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
  • L
    3/20/17
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    "Okay"

    An enjoyable story albeit predictable. It was obvious what the plot line was very early on but it was still fun to see how the characters worked it all out. The only down side for me was Evelyn. I found her character very irritating and more than a bit tedious. She's so sappy and pathetic it's just tiresome after a while.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gabrielle Harvey-Jones
    2/12/17
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    "Different - in a good way!"

    Charmingly written and charmingly read - with a gentle touch of Victorian melodrama! Thought I'd just try the first one - already downloaded the next! I'll report back!!

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  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

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