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Lion in the Valley Audiobook

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

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.
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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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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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    Kim 03-24-13
    Kim 03-24-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Fun Jaunt Through the Egyptian Desert"

    Interesting introduction to one of the best scoundrels to plague the Emersons.
    Barbara Rosenblatt is excellent, as usual in this series but you must continue with the next books to get the full benefit of Ms Rosenblatt's ability to round out new personalities.
    This is a romp and you must appreciate the tongue-in-cheek humor of the author to fully enjoy this terrific series.

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    Riley Camden, Australia 02-19-13
    Riley Camden, Australia 02-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Peters and Rosenblat have produced another winner."
    Would you listen to Lion in the Valley again? Why?

    Yes, I probably will, but not until I have heard all of them first.


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

    Not on the edge of my seat, but the plot is a page turner - if you can have that from a cd.I have listed to so many now that I feel that the stories are almost more of a biography of the Peabody Emerson family than simply murder/thrillers. That does not mean they are not great stories, because they are - and delight of delight - I have many more to go.


    What does Barbara Rosenblat bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think she actually adds another dimension to the great Elizabeth Peters stories. I am continually amazed at the variety of voices she brings to her reading to make the stories more than real. In fact I have wondered if she was not the only reader - but I know she is.Listening to her read, and I've heard her read several, makes me feel I almost know the characters because she has breathed extra life into them. She is a most gifted woman (somewhat like Peabody herself!)


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I'm not sure what 'tag line' means.However what a brilliant BBC series these stories would make - there would be almost endless series. Fabulous scenery in Egypt with pyramids and so on as background. Back in the UK at the turn of the century and up to the 1920s - It would be a real winner.


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to these stories as I drive - the miles fly by!

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    Jennifer Raimo 02-04-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Entertaining"

    Always enjoy the Amelia Peabody books. An entertaining listen. Vivid charaters and a good reader.

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    Cynthia 01-07-13
    Cynthia 01-07-13
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    "An enjoyable listen!"
    What made the experience of listening to Lion in the Valley the most enjoyable?

    I greatly enjoy Barbara Rosenblat's readings of the Amelia Peabody series. I think she does a good job with timing of the often subtle humor.
    I enjoy the stories themselves for the mystery that keeps me listening and the subtle humor of the characters.


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    Purdy Oaten eastish of eden 10-22-12
    Purdy Oaten eastish of eden 10-22-12
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    "Amelia Packs Her Parasol&Takes On The Master Crimi"

    The father of all curses and the mother of wee Ramses are off to Egypt for another season of hunting the mummies and the master criminal.Ramses is with them once again, and his folks have to deal with his exceeding curiosity and precociousness,, amongst other things. I listened to this with my husband, and parts of it had us really laughing out loud. This was definitely the most fun I have had, listening to an Amelia Peabody mystery.

    Barbara Rosenblat gives her best performance, and that is counting all the Anna Pigeon and Goldie Schultz novels I have had the pleasure of listening to. Her performance alone makes this title worth its price, but add Peters' engaging characters and involving mystery, and "Lion in the Valley," adds up to a download well worth your one credit. As gruff as Emerson is, and as outspoken as Amelia is, how they will ever get through Ramses' childhood, let alone his years of puberty, is the real mystery to me...when he is already feeling the effects of the female form, at the tender age of eight!!!! The mysteries involving secret identities, innumerable characters in disguise, and of course, the identity, the seemingly mystical abilities and the evil plans of the master criminal, are their own subplots...and all of it is so much fun!! If you liked the other Amelia Peabody installments, I think you will like this one even more!

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    Anthony Dunnellon, FL. United States 09-04-12
    Anthony Dunnellon, FL. United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2015

    Avid book lover and listener. Nuff said for this purpose.

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    "Peters and Rosenblat: best match anywhere!"
    Would you listen to Lion in the Valley again? Why?

    After awhile you bet. I usually only read a book, or listen, once. With this dynamite duo though 2nd time I hear more of the details. Rosenblat brings Amelia to life in a way that is not only entertaining but can almost make it believable.


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

    With Ramses (Amelia and Emerson's prodigal son), one has to stay on the edge to know what he's up to. Since I really like Egyptian archaeology the plots reveal actual artifacts that one has to pay attention to so not to miss them! And we don't want anything happen to our Ms Peabody (aka Amelia).


    What does Barbara Rosenblat bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    In a word, Everything! She----is----Amelia Peabody. I know when each character is "speaking" and she also has Emerson and Ramses voices to perfection.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    England's aristocracy unveiled! And then some.


    Any additional comments?

    If you've never tried one of Peters' novels about Amelia Peabody do yourself an auditory favor and download one___all My genre is Stevem King, Koontz, Books like Polar Star and Girl With a Horners Neat (?)...etc but my wife is English so I gave it a try for her and loved/love every minute of her books! You can't go wrong unless you just don't enjoy real entertainment. Rosenblat is the female counter part of the most believed Frank Muller when telling a story with all the nuiances... Such a treat.

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    Edward Delmar, NY, United States 08-13-12
    Edward Delmar, NY, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Probably my favorite in the Amelia Peabody series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Lion in the Valley to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Barbara Rosenblatt makes the characters come alive. She takes a fun melodramatic, historical fiction and makes it even more fun.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All the characters are at their feistiest.


    Have you listened to any of Barbara Rosenblat’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She is always good. I first heard her do Mrs. Polifax mysteries and was amazed that she could do men, women, and many different accents.


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    Warnie Plano, TX, United States 07-25-12
    Warnie Plano, TX, United States 07-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Another fun book in the series"

    Once again, very fun to experience this story again on audio, but in this case, I definitely still prefer the print version, mainly because the voice Barbara Rosenblat uses for Sethos is awful. At least in my opinion. Ah, well. Other than that, totally enjoyable though!

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    G. Plude 09-13-07
    G. Plude 09-13-07 Member Since 2012

    orchid lady

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    "Where are Amelia and Emerson"

    Again, I must be the exception here but I really am disappointed in Rosenblat's narration. Amelia would never be so lethargic in her delivery. Emerson does not sound like the perfect physical specimen Amelia frequently refers to, but more of a pompous windbag. Having listened to both Susan O'Malley and Barabara Rosenblatt I'd take O'Malley's missing accent anytime.

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