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The Curse of the Pharaohs: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 2 | [Elizabeth Peters]

The Curse of the Pharaohs: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 2

The sun rides high over the British Empire and the light still sparkles brightly in Amelia Peabody's eye as she returns for her second adventure in archaeology and romantic mystery as recounted in her lively journal, The Curse of the Pharaohs.
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The sun rides high over the British Empire and the light still sparkles brightly in Amelia Peabody's eye as she returns for her second adventure in archaeology and romantic mystery as recounted in her lively journal, The Curse of the Pharaohs.

It was Sir Henry's intention to ensure that no tomb had been overlooked in the previous expedition. Scarcely had the men been at work for three days when their spades uncovered the first of a series of steps cut into the rock.

The Times gave the story a full column, on page three. The next dispatch to come to Luxor, however, rated front-page headlines. Sir Henry Baskerville was dead. He was found next morning stiff and stark in his bed. On his face was a look of ghastly horror. On his high brow, inscribed in what appeared to be dried blood, was a crudely drawn uraeus serpent, the symbol of the divine pharaoh.

Instead of digging up the treasures of a lost age, it appeared that Amelia and her friend Radcliffe were excavating a deadly curse.

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"Peters really knows how to spin romance and adventure into a mystery." (Philadelphia Inquirer)

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    RC Hannaford 03-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent Book"
    What does Barbara Rosenblat bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Barbara Rosenblat brings Amelia to life, a forceful, wry and observant character Barbara makes her leap off the page as if she were sitting beside you and speaking of her experiences in Egypt, making me wish she were real and I could spend time with her.


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    LB 02-20-13
    LB 02-20-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "I just can't pass the first chapter"

    I really enjoyed the first book of the series, but this book, I just can't listen, I tried to listen for 1 hour but I can't go on...

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    Ane Tonsberg, Norway 12-18-12
    Ane Tonsberg, Norway 12-18-12 Member Since 2009
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    "I love the Amelia Peabody Series"
    What made the experience of listening to The Curse of the Pharaohs the most enjoyable?

    The book is well read. And I absolutely adore the characters in thhis series.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I always smile a lot reading these books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Teresa Cibabene Gavi, Italie 12-18-12
    Maria Teresa Cibabene Gavi, Italie 12-18-12

    "une vie dediée aux livres"

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    "mystery and humor with a sprinkle of wisdom"
    If you could sum up The Curse of the Pharaohs in three words, what would they be?

    Superstition, deception, far-sightedness.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Curse of the Pharaohs?

    The midnight meeting between Amelia and Arthur Baskerville


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

    New traits in Amelia's and Radcliff's personalities.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, when Amelia fears for Emerson's life and runs to the ancient tomb to help her husband.


    Any additional comments?

    Light and amusing as they may be, Amelia's adventures give us a good insight of Egypt's history. The mysteries are well built, and the constant irony is a subterraneous piece of advice - moderation in all aspects of life.
    Barbara Rosenblat's performance adds facets to the already rich personalities of the various characters.

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    Barbara Houston, Texas, United States 11-13-12
    Barbara Houston, Texas, United States 11-13-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "The Non Stop Action Had Me Up All Night!"

    When the pastoral boredom of the English countryside becomes too onerous for them, the sleuthing archeologist duo of Emerson / Peabody once again head back to Egypt to solve a mystery while excavating a site or two in their inimitable, intrepid way.

    Called back to fulfill a widow’s tribute to her deceased husband and per the instructions of his will by finishing the excavation he started, the E/P duet confer and decide to take on the project. The task seems simple as well as inviting but when the bodies keep piling up and there are a plethora of potential perpetrators, Emerson becomes increasingly vexed at his wife’s daring and persistent investigation into the crimes. He would like her to concentrate on cataloguing the dig; however when they become the target of the next murder attempt, he sees that the elimination of the dangerous murder or murders is a priority if they are to survive to complete their project.

    The accuracy and vivid description of the setting, culture, tools, social system, as well as the vocabulary employed by each diverse Nationality place the ‘reader’ precisely in the middle of that point in time and country. If you enjoy Victorian Sleuthing Novels, as do I, you cannot miss this series!

    As mentioned in the headline, this book kept me up until the wee hours. The narrator deserves more than equal credit (although how you could give 100% of the credit to the author AND to the narrator for this fine piece of work is still problematic) because she made the entire cast of diverse characters come to life! I have listened to the Susan O’Malley version (that I purchased in error) of one of the books in this series and Barbara Rosenblat is vastly superior. So much so that, while I continued on with the series, I went back and re-purchased that book by the better narrator.

    Well worth the credit or the cash!

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    Riley Camden, Australia 11-12-12
    Riley Camden, Australia 11-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Story, superbly read"
    Would you listen to The Curse of the Pharaohs again? Why?

    Yes, because book two develops the characters that appear in later stories and I would like to gain a bit more background of them. Also the story is gripping.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Curse of the Pharaohs?

    Emerson's antics at the Fantasia. Also their decision at the end to take Ramses with them in future.


    Which character – as performed by Barbara Rosenblat – was your favorite?

    Peabody


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I like the series, but have only had the later ones read and so I was looking forward to hear the earlier books to set the scene, so to speak, for the later ones. Often I find myself smiling. Laugh out loud - not yet.


    Any additional comments?

    Has Ms Rosenblatt recorded all the books in the series?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer SALT LAKE CITY, UT, United States 11-06-12
    Amazon Customer SALT LAKE CITY, UT, United States 11-06-12 Member Since 2015
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    "The Best so Far - even if it only book 2!"

    "My Dearest Peabody!" and her husband Radcliffe are again off on another excavation to preserve the antiquities of the ancient Egyptians while fighting off knives, poisons, visions in white and their own desperate care and love for each other - which creates dangerous situations as well. I cried and laughed - "He had a headache!!" And I thoroughly enjoyed this book - can't wait for more adventures!

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    Vicki Delfos 11-05-12 Member Since 2015
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    "I can't."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If they haven't read one of these stories, it's a good read. Otherwise the story line is a little predictable.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Make the main character less perfect.


    Did Barbara Rosenblat do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    By using different voices, well doine!


    Could you see The Curse of the Pharaohs being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes and don't know.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    amar Newark, NJ, United States 10-10-12
    amar Newark, NJ, United States 10-10-12

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    "Great Book!"

    Barbara Rosenblatt is great. She is so skilled. Hilarious. I loved it. I laughed a lot.

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    Amazon Customer Poulsbo, WA, United States 09-24-12
    Amazon Customer Poulsbo, WA, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2013
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    "After reading 3 books"
    Would you try another book from Elizabeth Peters and/or Barbara Rosenblat?

    I already have.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I liked the Egyptian history. The characters were borning and predictable - I didn't enjoy the snobbery and the explosive temper. The child was too much.









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    What aspect of Barbara Rosenblat’s performance would you have changed?

    Her performance is good -- it's just the written characters that I did not care for.


    Was The Curse of the Pharaohs worth the listening time?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    If Elizabeth Peters had more likable characters. it would be better, her stories are interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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