With son Ramses, his wife, Nefret, and a few unwelcome additions in tow, the elder Peabody-Emersons embark on a dangerous sea voyage to Alexandria, ultimately ending up in Cairo for their annual excavations. But in this autumn of 1915 the exotic, alluring city is not what it used to be. Cairo has been transformed into an armed camp teeming with enemy agents, and shockingly bold tomb robbers are brazenly desecrating the ancient sites.
Amelia's foremost priority is to prevent the War Office from pressing Ramses into service again, on the same sort of job that almost cost him his life the previous year. But in these terrible days of global conflict and relentless skullduggery, no place in Egypt is safe. Even remote Luxor provides no guarantee of safety, especially after Amelia discovers a fresh corpse resting in an ancient tomb.
The grim discovery presages further trouble for the Emersons, as the sinister conundrum pulls them all into a bubbling morass of corruption, intrigue, and international espionage deeper and more fiendish than any they have hitherto encountered. Death follows death, with abduction and an assault on Amelia herself intensifying the chaos of a world at war.
Yet there is an even darker danger in store for the Emersons. Can it be that one of Amelia's oldest and most dangerous adversaries will intervene to alter the family's destiny? Tantalizing clues suggest that this may be so and point toward an archaeological discovery of unparalleled importance, and the resurrection of a voice that has been silent for millennia.
©2001 Elizabeth Peters; (P)2001 HarperCollins Publishers
"Readers will find all the delicious trappings of a vintage Peters extravaganza: lost tombs, kidnappings, deadly attacks, mummies, and sinister villains." (Publishers Weekly)
Since I couldn't get this book, or the next two, in unabridged format, I read them rather than compromising (even though I love Barbara Rosenblat's narration and think she adds a lot to the books), but I decided to give this one a chance, just to see if abridging ruined it. It did. The abridged version left out so much of what I like about the series that I recorded it, and the next two books, for a friend who likes the series but has a very long commute and no time to read.
If Audible were to get these three books in unabridged format, I'd buy them, even though I've already read them.
I guess that Audible can't be blamed if Harper only offers the next 3 Amelia Peabody books in abridged but I feel I am being ripped off since I am charged a whole credit for less than 1/2 the book. Luckily I have previously read these books so I can fill in the missing parts. Barbara Rosenblat could read a telephone book and make it exciting.
I've read all the Amelia Peabody books and have been listening to them while on the treadmill. I resisted getting any of the abridged ones until I ran out of unabridged. I must say, abridged books are terrible. As the other reviewers have said too much is left out.
I bought this yesterday and listened to the first hour. It's horrible. No introductory "Editor's Notes", no indication of when the action switches between Amelia's diary, Ramses' "manuscript H" and Nefret's letters. So much is missing.
Because I like the series, and after some reflection, I decided to go to Recorded Books, order the unabridged version on 14 CDs, pay $62 plus shipping, wait for it to come, then rip the CDs into iTunes. The ridiculous nature of having to do such a TwenCen transaction is why I suspect this book and the next two are highly pirated. Nobody under 40 would wait - they will just hop on BitTorrent and go get an illegal copy.
Audible, please talk to the copyright owners. It's not as if Rosenblatt never recorded this book unabridged and it's not available. They are losing money, and deserve to be whacked with Amelia's parasol!
I have enjoyed the Elizabeth Peabody books on Audible but am so dissappointed to get to the end of the series and find only abridged versions. Barbara Rosenblatt is amazing as always but the strory had big chunks missing. I read the book (the paper book) after listening because I felt a bit lost. Try and add the unabridged if they make them. Still worth listening to but only about half the book.
After reading/listening to all the Amelia Peabody books I was VERY disappointed to see that several of them are only available in an abridged version. Half the story was gone including all the subtle action which makes this series so fantastic. Why, after producing 12 books would they choose to ruin 3 of them by only recording abridged versions? HUGE LETDOWN.
This series to too good to cut :-) I bought the 3 Amelia Peabody books Audible had available only as abridged, and then had to hunt down and purchase the Unabridged versions elsewhere.
I'm really disapointed that this and the next 2 books are in abridged format only. I feel like I've missed so much. The humor, the family interactions. There is so much that seems to be not there.
I guess abridged is better than no book at all (what did happen at the Hipo pool?) still, I really miss the feelings of the series in this book. 6 hours is just not enough. I need my "the Emersons" Fix. Because it is abridged I just can't give it the full 5 stars.
I WAS DISSAPOINTED IN THE ABRIDGED VERSION. I LOVE EVERY UNABRIDGED AMELIA PEABODY BOOK BY ELIZABETH PETERS. WITHOUT THE ADDED DETAILS, THE BOOK IS FAR LESS INTERESTING. I WISH AUDIBLE WOULD CARRY ALL OF THE UNABRIDGED TITLES IN THIS SERIES.
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