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The Ape Who Guards the Balance: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 10 | [Elizabeth Peters]

The Ape Who Guards the Balance: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 10

The prospects for the 1907 archaeological season in Egypt seem fairly dull to Amelia Peabody. Her adored husband, Professor Radcliff Emerson, has been ignominiously demoted to examining only the most boring tombs in the Valley of the Kings, but they are determined to make the most of a bad situation. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

All hail the jubilant return of the redoubtable Amelia Peabody! The prospects for the 1907 archaeological season in Egypt seem fairly dull to Amelia Peabody. Her adored husband, Professor Radcliff Emerson, has been ignominiously demoted to examining only the most boring tombs in the Valley of the Kings, mere leftovers really, but they are determined to make the most of a bad situation.

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.

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©1999 Elizabeth Peters; (P)2009 Phoenix

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  • Julie
    HIGHBRIDGE, United Kingdom
    10/21/09
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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.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Alison
    Linlithgow Bridge, United Kingdom
    6/2/11
    Overall
    "Disappointing"

    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!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Glenda
    Sutton on Derwent, United Kingdom
    2/28/11
    Overall
    "Dreadful narrator"

    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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    St John, United Kingdom
    4/9/11
    Overall
    "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

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Ba Macdonald
    Oxfordshire, England
    6/30/14
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    "Very disappointing"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No-one as the fault does not lie with the book but with the narrator.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ape Who Guards the Balance?

    None


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.
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    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The book is excellent, it was the narration that was at fault.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    England
    11/5/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Penelope
    Callander, United Kingdom
    8/5/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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