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!
©1986 Elizabeth Peters; (P)1992 Recorded Books, LLC
"Bursting with surprises, a sheer delight" (Publishers Weekly)
"Peters really knows how to spin romance and adventure into a mystery." (Philadelphia Enquirer)
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!
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!
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.
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. :-)
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.
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!
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!
Amelia & Co. do more detecting than digging, as usual, when the Master Criminal shows up again -- but this time, he's not after artifacts. The treasure he wants is ... human. With Barbara Rosenblatt doing her usual fantastic job, we're transported to arid Egypt in the midst of the Emerson clan, and the action never stops.
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