This year, however, the legendary land of the pharaohs will yield more than priceless artifacts, for the desert guards even deeper mysteries that are wrapped in greed - and sealed in murder.
he purchase of a mint condition papyrus of the Famed Book of the Dead, a collection of magical spells and prayers designed to ward off the perils of the underworld, soon has Amelia calling on all her remarkable skills of detection and deduction to untangle a web woven of criminals and cults, stolen treasures, and fallen women - all the while under the unblinking eye of Sethos, the charismatic yet elusive Master Criminal.
Once again, Elizabeth Peters demonstrates the brilliance and wit that have ensured her place in the exclusive pantheon of America's greatest mystery writers.
©1999 Elizabeth Peters; (P)2009 Phoenix
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"Not as good as Barbara Rosenblatt!"
Those of you who love this series of books will be as frustrated as me that whilst all 18 books are available on the US version of Audible, only 5 are available here. So I was thrilled to see this one when it appeared recently. It's a good effort, but this narrator cannot represent the characters like the wonderful Ms Rosenblatt who can produce a whole stageful of voices. The musical interludes are a bit offputting too. Come on Audible - lets have some more of this excellent series - preferably the original productions.
I love the Amelia Peabody books and listening to them on audio book but listening to this one was a trial. It has been abridged clumsily and the narration is tedious. All of Elizabeth Peters' words are required and Barbara Rosenblat brings them to life. Accept no substitutes!
The story is what you would expect, easygoing on the mind with a mystery you can work out etc but the narration is dreadful and spoils the whole experience. My mind drifted as I was listening which never happens when enthralled by Barbara Rosenblat. So, on the whole very disappointing but only because of the dreadful narration.
"what a let down!"
I am a big fan of the Amelia Peabody series but I was hugely disappointed with this audiobook.
Barbara Rosenblat you are sorely missed!I could not distinguish which character was speaking for a lot of the time due to the very flat narration, especially when the abridgers had removed the headings - Manuscript H, Letter L etc and the 'Editor's Note'. All in all a big let down
No-one as the fault does not lie with the book but with the narrator.
She was not very good. Unlike Barbara Rosenblatt she read it all in the same voice with little appropriate feeling. It was of a similar standard to that of any parent reading a bedtime story to their young child.
The book is excellent, it was the narration that was at fault.
After listening to Barbara Rosenblatt narrating the Amelia Peabody series so well I was so disappointed in this version that I would not listen to any more if Samantha Eggar was the narrator.
"The Ape Who Guards the Balance"
I love Elizabeth Peter's Amelia Peabody books, but I was really disappointed with this production and the narrator.
"Find an unabridged version!"
What made this version enjoyable you may ask. Nothing! The fact that the original novel is brilliant means that this abridgement should have been at least an acceptable listen. Unfortunately it was not.
This has to be the worst abridgement I have either read or heard. The original story-line is chopped about and becomes disjointed.
Miss Peters writes clearly and concisely without extraneous information. To attempt to reduce the novel further is ridiculous and in this case means that important information is removed.
The performance: Most listeners have probably become resigned to American pronunciations. In a novel purported to be from the Journals written by a true blue English Woman (Amelia Peabody Emerson) and narrated, in this instance, by an English Actress, the lovely and talented Samantha Eggar. The expectation is that English pronunciations would prevail. Alas they do not, even for such simple words as Dynasty, pronounced in the UK as Di-nasty (a soft i) not Die-nasty.
Do I blame Miss Eggar? No! The producer has ultimate responsibility for the performance including the dreadful music which is an additional source of irritation.
Why do I not request a refund? Because I do not want to break up my collection of Amelia Peabody Emerson audio novels. It is to be hoped that the rest of the series will soon be available to the UK instead of just the USA.
Please bring back Barbara Rosenblat, it is unfair to other narrators, when we have already become accustomed to the excellent performance and characterizations of Ms Rosenblatt. Although not even she could have saved this abysmal abridgement.
I am extremely disappointed by this production, indeed I feel cheated, what should have been an enjoyable listen became an horrific journey. Really does the addition of some silly music turn a narration into a performance? I don;t think so, instead save on costs by using the unabridged novel and ask Barbara Rosenblat to read it to us.
"Horrendous. Read the book instead."
This book has a horrendous narrator who mis-pronounced all sorts of words. This performance doesn't compare in the slightest to the excellent readings by Barbara Rosenblat of the rest of the series.
If the narrator wasn't irritating enough, the editor who abridged the book presumably used the dartboard methodology for deciding which sections to cut. The story veers wildly from one scene to the next and with absolutely no warning. Only half way through a scene do you realise that this is not Ramses talking to David, but Mrs Emerson talking to the professor. It's so bad it's almost funny. Are we in the back streets of Cairo, at the dig, dining at Shepherds or on a boat? Who knows?! It's all the "fun" you can expect should you misguidedly buy this terrible audio book. Is this Nefret's personal thoughts, Mrs Emerson's letter to Enid, or someone speaking? Perhaps you could turn it into a drinking game with friends. Guess the speakers and setting and check in the paperback to confirm! Some sections are punctuated by bizarre harp twanging. The music is wildly out of place with the book, but at least you realise the scene is over.
Don't hope to follow the plot. Luckily I'd read the book but my poor husband had no idea what was going on some of the time. Why has a book so rich in detail and sub-plot been so mangled in being abriged?
Seriously, pick *any* other Elizabeth Peters book. I have a whole library of the Barbara Rosenblat audiobooks and all the paperbooks too. They are brilliant fun. This is the one rotten apple that has been mangled by an incompetent narrator and a careless editor.
Aside from the plethora of mis-pronounced words, the inability to sustain chosen accents gets rather aggravating. Speak with an accent or don't. I don't care which you choose, just don't attempt an accent and then let it fade out if starts to get arduous!
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