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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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    Amazon Customer Poulsbo, WA, United States 09-24-12
    Amazon Customer Poulsbo, WA, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2008
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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.

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    Brooke WICHITA, KS, United States 09-24-12
    Brooke WICHITA, KS, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved the Books, Loved the Audio Book"
    What did you love best about The Curse of the Pharaohs?

    Elizabeth Peters is a wonderful author. Amelia Peabody is an unforgettable character.


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

    Amelia and Emerson, sigh.


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

    No, but she read beautifully.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer ALTOONA, IA, United States 07-31-12
    Kindle Customer ALTOONA, IA, United States 07-31-12 Member Since 2012

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    "I love Elizabeth Peters"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Curse of the Pharaohs to be better than the print version?

    The audio version is always different because you hear the characters the way someone else interprets them. The reader for this series is GREAT! I love to read the Amelia Peabody books but listening to them has been a pleasure.


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

    There are always twists and turns in Ms. Peters' stories and surprises, too. She knows how to keep you involved with the story.


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

    Barbara Rosenblat is very good as Amelia, but she does a pretty good Ramses, also.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    I have read other books by Elizabeth Peters and I like her style. I read "A Crocodile on the Sandbank" first and went on to read the Vicky Bliss series but I've never gotten all the Amelia Peabody books. I working to fix that shortcoming, now, with Audible Books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Warnie Plano, TX, United States 07-19-12
    Warnie Plano, TX, United States 07-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Better than the print version!"

    So, I've read this book several times before, and it was always one of my least favorites of the early Peabody books for some reason. But listening to it on audiobook sort of made it all fresh and new, and I enjoyed it a lot more than I remember ever enjoying my crumpled old paperback, even though some of the voices sort of annoyed me. I forgot how many recurring characters are introduced in this book--Cyrus Vandergelt, and Kevin O'Connell, and Ramses, and Karl Von Bork, and, of course, the cat Bastet. And I forgot about the Emersons' musings about Tutankhamen's tomb at the end of the book--ho ho! I finished the whole thing in two days and definitely plan on revisiting the rest in audiobook form as well. Yay!

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    Rebecca Miami, OK, United States 07-12-12
    Rebecca Miami, OK, United States 07-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Listen Amelia Peabody Emerson Does It Again"
    Where does The Curse of the Pharaohs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my favorite books so far.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The villian wasn't revealed until the very end, I hate to know who done it after the first few chapters.


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

    I loved her interpretation of the relationship between the Emersons.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I listened to this book every chance I got.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debra Sneedville, TN, United States 04-18-12
    Debra Sneedville, TN, United States 04-18-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Love this narration and the series!"
    If you could sum up The Curse of the Pharaohs in three words, what would they be?

    Very compelling chemistry between Emerson and his son! Love that Ramses!


    What other book might you compare The Curse of the Pharaohs to and why?

    There is no other.


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

    I love Amelia, but Ramses has my favorite vote.


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

    Ramses thunderous meeting of his parents at Chalfont!


    Any additional comments?

    This is my favorite series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Trenkle 04-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Well Written and Well Read"

    Ms Rosenblat reads Ms Peabody very well - including all of the Victorian vocal beguilments. I laughed out loud!

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    Elizabeth GRANTS PASS, OR, United States 12-13-11
    Elizabeth GRANTS PASS, OR, United States 12-13-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Fun!"

    I enjoyed book 1 so much I decided to listen to book 2, and I'm now ready for book 3! I enjoy Perter's dynamic characters and descriptive prose! I recommend starting at the beginning of the series. Great fun!

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    Ann 12-09-11
    Ann 12-09-11

    Ann

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    "Love Ameila and Emerson"

    Curse of the Pharaohs is one of my favorite Amelia Peabody books. I have listened to this story many times and it just never gets old. Barbara Rosenblat is amazingly talented.

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    Kathryn 09-27-11
    Kathryn 09-27-11
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    "Brings beloved character to life"

    She's not to everyone's taste, but Amelia Peabody is a delight to many; and these performances bring her to life. The narrator captures her perfectly, flaws and all, and delivers on the author's wry humor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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