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The Falcon at the Portal: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 11 | [Elizabeth Peters]

The Falcon at the Portal: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 11

Join spunky Amelia and her charming family for a thrilling new archaeological adventure in Edwardian Egypt. Even on the joyous occasion of the marriage of their Egyptian "son" David to their beloved niece Lia, trouble finds Amelia and hunky hubby Emerson. And this time it is personal.
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Join spunky Amelia and her charming family for a thrilling new archaeological adventure in Edwardian Egypt. Even on the joyous occasion of the marriage of their Egyptian "son" David to their beloved niece Lia, trouble finds Amelia and hunky hubby Emerson. And this time it is personal.

In London, someone impersonating David is peddling high-quality fake antiquities, and soon the Emerson-Peabody home is burglarized. Once in Egypt, trouble only escalates as Amelia becomes a shooter's target, her son Ramses is implicated in a paternity scandal, and an American girl is found dead in the shaft of the pyramid they are excavating. When the family's impetuous ward Nefret disappears and comes back married, it takes all of their upper-crust British restraint to keep familial relations civil.

Grand Master Elizabeth Peters once again delivers the delectable goods we have come to expect: beloved characters, an intriguing mystery, and alluring settings among the ruins. Romance and danger heighten the excitement, as does Barbara Rosenblat's narration, which is nothing short of perfection.

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What the Critics Say

"Between Amelia Peabody and Indiana Jones, it's Amelia, in wit and daring, by a landslide." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Kermit Euless, TX, USA 12-21-05
    Kermit Euless, TX, USA 12-21-05
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    "Perhaps Best of Series"

    I made the mistake of first listening to the abridged version of FALCON. Some books can be abridged well, but not this one. Every line is full of characterization, or humor, or poignancy -- I cannot recommend the unabridged version, narrated by Barbara Rosenblatt enough.

    FALCON is part of Peters' series of Amelia Peabody mysteries, and contains everything readers come to expect--another dead body, another shirt ruined, delightful narration, and the incredible character of Amelia herself, who manages to both exemplify and transcend Victorian femininity. We have all the wonderful secondary characters (Cyrus & wife, David, Lia, Selim, Kadija, etc.) and an actual pyramid (though a sad pyramid it is) for Amelia and her gruff husband Emerson to explore--in an archeologically sound manner, of course. We even get a glimpse of their English home at the start (along with an important wedding) and a forgery plot implicating someone near and dear to their hearts.

    But what makes FALCON stand out more than (arguably) any other book in the series is the depth of the characterization. Yes, these are the same Amelia, Emerson, Ramses, and Nefret. But the clarity with which each is drawn, from their body language to their vocal inflections (thanks both to Peters and to narrator Rosenblatt) is absolute magic. The Emerson family has more personal stake in this mystery than ever before--because of the implications of the forgery, and because the murder victim is someone we get to know and, if not like, with whom we sympathize. Add to that a crescendo to the building romantic subplot between Amelia's genius son Ramses (it's a nickname) and her adopted daughter Nefret (it's Egyptian), and the fact that her horrible nephew Percy gets in some wonderfully low blows against the family's happiness, and FALCON ends up working not only as a mystery but as the best of family dramas.

    Give it a shot.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Donald Ottawa, ON, Canada 07-17-05
    Donald Ottawa, ON, Canada 07-17-05 Member Since 2003
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    "one of Peters' best yet!"

    what could be more delightful for a summer listen? Great plot with lots of twists and turns, leaps ahead in the Emmerson family story itself, Amelia's hilarious view of it all and read by the incomparable B. Rosenblat. Terrific!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    S.Palmer Long Beach, CA, United States 11-03-06
    S.Palmer Long Beach, CA, United States 11-03-06 Member Since 2004
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    "Fabulous!"

    This is one of my favorite of the series -- as heartbreaking as it is at times! Ramses truly becomes the stoic hero here -- gallant to a fault. I actually listened to this years ago on tape, and have since had to go back and listen to the whole series! This book hooked me!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs. Wendy M. Kulterman Fresno, CA 08-21-12
    Mrs. Wendy M. Kulterman Fresno, CA 08-21-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Abridged formats are forgetable"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    To have the unabridged recording of this story. The Amelia Peabody Series should never be abridged!! Please audible, release the unabridged version!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The entire Peabody/Emerson family. I cannot choose only one.


    What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

    Everything. Ms. Rosenblat's talent makes each book in the series a delight. EXCEPT the abridged versions, which really aren't a reflection on her abilities, but even her talented narration cannot mask the disappointment in the abridged version.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Falcon at the Portal?

    NONE. Please release an unabridged version of this book. Hey Audible, catch on to my recurring theme?


    Any additional comments?

    I hope more audible listeners will also request this series to be released in its entirity unabridged. Thank you

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    leora United States 08-06-12
    leora United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Love all the Amelia Peabody Emerson books"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The characters are strong, smart, and even sexy. The world they inhabit is interesting too.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Falcon at the Portal?

    I am really enjoying the Ramses/Nefret story arch.


    What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

    Terrific read in every way. Very dramatic, nuanced, and in touch with the essence of the characters.


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

    I always laugh.


    Any additional comments?

    I finish one and start another. The exploits of the Emerson family, and their friends and foes, are truly delightful, intriguing and enlightening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Virginia Beach, VA, United States 05-24-12
    Michelle Virginia Beach, VA, United States 05-24-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Read this series"

    Thank me later. Barbara Rosenblat is superb as usual. If you like a dash of tortured romance in your mystery, this is the book for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Louise South Yarmouth, MA, United States 02-06-10
    Louise South Yarmouth, MA, United States 02-06-10 Member Since 2002

    Recent Cape Codder long addicted to books.

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    "Dependably Enjoyable"

    This series is a favorite. The history is reliable, the style is authentic, and the plots are engaging. The the characters are likable and amusing; their development and their changing relationships pique interest in the ongoing saga.
    A great plus in the audio versions is the amazing Barbara Rosenblat, who gives each character a distinctive and convincing voice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alexandra Gainesville, VA, United States 07-17-14
    Alexandra Gainesville, VA, United States 07-17-14 Member Since 2009
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    "The Most Infuriating And Fascinating Installment"

    Talk about an emotional rollercoaster. I give this one the highest rating of any in the series, much as it maddened me the first time I listened to it. I would not recommend starting this one without having the next (He Shall Thunder in the Sky) on hand; these two collectively mark the high point of the series for me. Just when you think you're getting a payoff several books in the making, Elizabeth Peters turns the tables again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Blue Wren Australia 05-17-13
    Blue Wren Australia 05-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Lighthearted and Entertaining"

    Have read a few in this series and enjoyed them especially while I'm travelling. The story was resolved well but I still had to buy the next in the series to untangle the relationships and find how they turned out.The characters remind me of people I know.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Oakland, CA, United States 02-06-13
    Amazon Customer Oakland, CA, United States 02-06-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Loved it!"

    Riveting story. Definitely one of Elizabeth Peters' best. Hated to press the pause button. Highly recommend.

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    "fab"

    Read this series ages ago and had forgotten about it. Delighted
    to return to it in audio format. The books are well written, witty
    and interesting, sheer escapism, and beautifully read.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Penelope
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    "The Falcon at the Portal"

    The storylines are always good and the characters grow and age with each book. I thoroughly enjoy all the Amelia Peabody series and Barbara Rosenblat brings all the characters to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yvonne
    Milton Keyne, United Kingdom
    10/11/11
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    "Hard work"

    Although i found this story very interesting, there is something about the narrator that makes this hard to listen to! I love anything related to a eqyptian murder mystery, not 100% sure about this one.

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