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Lion in the Valley Audiobook

Lion in the Valley: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 4

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Publisher's Summary

Amelia Peabody, archaeologist and woman extraordinaire, should have greeted the approaching excavation with transports of joy. Nothing in the world could compare with exploring the muddy, musty corridors of some bat-infested pyramid. And at Dahshoor, to which she was headed, there existed some particularly fine specimens.

But Amelia, accompanied by her quixotic husband Emerson and Ramses, their elusive son, feels an awful, nameless foreboding as she stands upon the decks of the ship that bears them across waters of the Mediterranean towards Egypt.

Perhaps it has something to do with what transpired the last time they investigated the ruins of the Black Pyramid. On that infamous occasion they came face-to-face with Sethos, that chameleon-like villain otherwise known as The Master Criminal. While successful in depriving this "genius of crime" of his ill-gotten treasure, they were thwarted in their attempts to capture him. He escaped into the night like a wily serpent, revenge embroidered upon his countenance.

It is inevitable that The Master Criminal should come face-to-face with the inimitable Amelia Peabody again, but this time it is not antiquities he is after, but Amelia herself!

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©1986 Elizabeth Peters; (P)1992 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Bursting with surprises, a sheer delight" (Publishers Weekly)
"Peters really knows how to spin romance and adventure into a mystery." (Philadelphia Enquirer)

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    KARA 03-11-14
    KARA 03-11-14

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    "BEST BEST BEST ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    This is by far my most favorite Amelia Peabody yet! The story was so so good: non-stop excitement, constant anticipation, lots of action, plot twisting, and such fun adventure! The narration by Barbara Rosenblat is beyond award winning as well. There aren't many books I can say I'd listen to over and over again, but 100% this is one of them!

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    Maddy Barone 09-24-13

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    "Loved it!"

    I've loved the Amelia Peabody series since I read the first book 20 years ago. The narrator nailed the characters. Amelia's full steam ahead attitude, Emerson's bombast, and Rameses piping voice pulled me into the story. It was like listening to a one woman show!

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    Barbara Houston, Texas, United States 11-24-12
    Barbara Houston, Texas, United States 11-24-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Spend your credits on this series!"

    In order to make a story, and in the case of an audio book, more believable, more seductive, more addictive, the key architects of a narrated book i.e. the Author and the Narrator(s) must pay very close attention to detail. A missed step on either of their parts rudely ejects the listener from the mesmerizing effect of the chronicle and thrusts them back into reality for which all light prose is designed as an escape.

    Even if the listener is unknowledgeable of the History, Geography, Historical Persons, the language used at that time, both technical and non, the tools, dress, methods of transportation, etc.; the precision of these details rings true. A few examples of this are Howard Carter who is best known for discovering the tomb of King Tutankhamen, Giovanni Belzoni who is best known for purloining Egypt’s national treasures for the British Museum such as the two seated Colossi of Ramses II, and Flinders Petrie who is probably best known for the discovery of the Mernepta (or Israel) Stele but who should be also acknowledged for his pioneering of the methodical excavation and documentation techniques. The integration of these historical persons with the multi-dimensional characters created in the fertile mind of the Author constructs a story that is wholly believable. It is as well with lesser known place names like Deir el-Bahri, Maz Guna or the commonly known such as Giza, Cairo and Armana blending with sites now suggested being lost to modern excavators.

    The same holds true for the Narrator; if he or she mispronounces words, whether common or Historical in nature, strays from the cadence, dialect or accent of that place and time or, is unable or unskilled at differentiating the voices of the characters these deficiencies renders the recording a waste of time and credits. I had the occasion to listen to a Susan O’Malley version of the Last Camel Died at Noon and hated it. This comparison does not due Barbara Rosenblat her due, however. Having chosen other Authors just because of their selection of this Narrator, I must confess to being an unrepentant admirer of hers. She researches the accents and correct pronunciations for the performance down to the minutiae.

    This is the ultimate in pairing and can be enjoyed over and over.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila North Versailles, PA, United States 04-24-16
    Sheila North Versailles, PA, United States 04-24-16 Member Since 2016

    I am and have always been an avid readers and love listening to audio books because I drive a lot and can't sit and read about too often.

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    "the wonderful Emerson"

    I loved it like the twists and turns. sethos disguise were on point quite entertaining

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    Eric L Aust Kansas City, MO United States 01-18-16
    Eric L Aust Kansas City, MO United States 01-18-16
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    "Great Elizabeth Peters s great"

    Love this series and this is one of the best where Amelia and family seem to hit there stride

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    Red 11-25-15
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    "A Favorite in the Series"

    I really enjoy the stories with young Ramses, and Barbara Rosenblatt does a wonderful job interpreting his precocious character. As a listener, I love him, if he was a real life child, well, I'd be glad he wasn't mine. :-)

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    Sherri 10-11-15
    Sherri 10-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Adventure and Humor"

    I had many laugh out loud moments in this story. The narrator has brought the characters to life in a brilliant way that keep you listening even after you have pulled into the garage and turned the engine off.

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    044 Burnaby, BC, Canada 06-19-15
    044 Burnaby, BC, Canada 06-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story, Amazing Narrator"

    I love these stories. The by play between Peabody and Emerson can't help but make you laugh and I find the storylines both engaging and entertaining. You can almost picture what it would be like to meet the characters. Both individually and collectively they are a force to be reckoned with!

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    Aurora M. Brown 05-23-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Barbara does it again!"

    I love the Amelia Peabody series, and Barbara Rosenblat brings it to life. The great and subtle nuances in the voices of each character are lovely to hear. It is as if one is listening to radio theater. The depth and breadth she breathes into each character is utterly compelling, and I could listen to this series over and over (and have). Highly recommended!

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    Robin H. 04-03-15
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    "Fabulous as always!"

    great story and wonderful narration. Amelia is an old friend. it was a pleasure to visit with her and the family. loved the voice for Sethos.

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