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The Last Camel Died at Noon: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 6 | [Elizabeth Peters]

The Last Camel Died at Noon: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 6

The last camel is dead, and Egyptologist Amelia Peabody, her dashing husband, Emerson, and precocious son, Ramses, are in dire straits on the sun-scorched desert sands. Months before, back in cool, green England, Viscount Blacktower had approached them to find his son and his son's new bride, who have been missing in war-torn Sudan for over a decade. An enigmatic message scrawled on papyrus and a cryptic map had been delivered to Blacktower, awakening his hope that the couple was still alive.
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Publisher's Summary

The last camel is dead, and Egyptologist Amelia Peabody, her dashing husband, Emerson, and precocious son, Ramses, are in dire straits on the sun-scorched desert sands. Months before, back in cool, green England, Viscount Blacktower had approached them to find his son and his son's new bride, who have been missing in war-torn Sudan for over a decade. An enigmatic message scrawled on papyrus and a cryptic map had been delivered to Blacktower, awakening his hope that the couple was still alive.

Neither Amelia nor Emerson believes the message is authentic, but the treasure map proves an irresistible temptation. Now, deep in Nubia's vast wasteland, they discover too late how much treachery is afoot (and on camelback)...and survival depends on Amelia's solving a mystery as old as ancient Egypt and as timeless as greed and revenge.

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What the Critics Say

"If Indiana Jones were female, a wife and mother who lived in Victorian times, he would be Amelia Peabody Emerson...Combining a fierce affection for her family with indefatigable independence, stalwart Amelia proves once again an immensely likable heroine." (Publishers Weekly)
"Another interest-holding and humorously told Amelia Peabody Victorian suspense tale." (School Library Journal)
"The plot twists and turns....it's delicious." (Washington Times)

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    Debra Winnipeg, MB, Canada 12-10-05
    Debra Winnipeg, MB, Canada 12-10-05
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    "Good Story, Painful Narration"

    I'm an Amelia Peabody junky but I must say that listening to this one read by Susan O'Malley is just plain painful. It's like listenting to a really bad cover of your favorite song - you just want to scream "Stop! You're doing it all wrong!" I think from now on I'll skip any books that aren't available with Barbara Rosenblat as the narrator and read the book the old-fashioned way, just so I don't have to endure listening to another of Susan O'Malley's readings. I'm sure she's well suited to other stories, but to hear Ameila Peabody without a well-bred British accent is just wrong. I'm not sure how the producer could even imaging doing the story without the accents - it just doesn't make any sense. I won't make this mistake again and I hope you don't either! Barbara Rosenblat IS Amelia Peabody!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Lehua LAIE, HI, USA 02-10-08
    Lehua LAIE, HI, USA 02-10-08
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    "a shame"

    I am unfortunately spoiled by the narration of Barbara Rosenblat. Since buying the first book of the Peabody Series, I have eagerly listen in too each sequence of books until the purchase of this audio book. Grrr, although the book is still very exciting, the narrator is most certainly NOT. It got to the point where I just went out and purchased a hard copy of the book, then to try to listen to the MONOTONE narration of Susan O'Malley. (funny enough at first I thought there was something wrong with my mp3 player adjusting the speed of the player making the track faster then slower). Thank goodness the next book of the series continue with Barbara Rosenblat. I rated this audio book two star only because of the narrator. As for the book itself it is outstanding 5 stars.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Seattle, WA USA 02-15-05
    Amazon Customer Seattle, WA USA 02-15-05 Member Since 2004

    I don't mind the long commute anymore. Sometimes I even drive around town just to get to place I can stop.

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    "Peters does it again, but disappointed with reader"

    I love all the Amelia Peabody books. Amelia, Emerson and Ramses make an incredible team. But I was very disappointed in this reader. She does a straight read with no voice changes for the characters. I have gotten so used to the other reader that I had a lot problems listening to this book's reader.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    S. Love Frisco, TX USA 03-24-04
    S. Love Frisco, TX USA 03-24-04 Member Since 2000
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    "I Just Love Amelia"

    Another fabulous book about the Emersons. A bit different from the others, with most of the action taking place someplace other than Egypt. Also, I was happy to read a book in this series that did not revolve around "the master criminal."

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Karen V. Kennemer Texas 07-21-08
    Karen V. Kennemer Texas 07-21-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Poor Peabody"

    Yes it is unabridged. No it is NOT Barbara Rosenblat. Must be both to be the best audio of Amelia & company. All of the unabridged Peabody/Emerson books read by Barbara Rosenblat rate 5 stars for humor, intrigue and outstanding characterizations.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Oakland, CA, USA 03-13-05
    Rebecca Oakland, CA, USA 03-13-05
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    "The Last Camel Died at Noon"

    Susan O'Malley is no Barbara Rosenblat! I am so disappointed with this narrator - she almost ruins the story. The simple difference between the way O'Malley pronounces "Mama" as if Ramsey is from the Texas, and Rosenblat pronounces it with an uppercrust English accent completely changes the flow of the story... Truely there is no comparison.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Judith Sedona, AZ, USA 03-30-04
    Judith Sedona, AZ, USA 03-30-04 Member Since 2002
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    "My First Peabody Book"

    But it won't be my last. Amelia Peabody, a woman before her time, has managed with her famous husband, to get her little family in an
    impossible stew. The many twists and turns of the mystery, loaded with Egyptology tidbits make it great listening.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Karla Mechanicsville, MD, USA 05-12-07
    Karla Mechanicsville, MD, USA 05-12-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Narrator"

    Depending on who you chose to listen to for your first Amelia Peabody book is who you would prefer. Some say that Susan O’Malley is better than Barbara Rosenblatt or vise versa. If you are used to listening to Susan rather than Barbara; Barbara may sound too animated. If you are used to Barbara; Susan may sound boring and very monotone.

    If you have never heard any of the Amelia Peabody Series, I strongly suggest listening to Barbara Roseblatt’s rendition. At first, it may be a little hard to get the British accent and tone; but soon you can visually see the characters. While Susan O’Mally rendition is very monotonous and to the point; not allowing the characters to develop; which may disinterest you in the book altogether.

    Choose wisely…

    I gave the book at on star due to Narraration... Barbara rock's...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Wende Orlando, FL, USA 03-30-05
    Wende Orlando, FL, USA 03-30-05 Member Since 2002
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    "3 stars for author, 0 for narrator"

    I listened to "Crocodile on the Sandbank" narrated by Ms O'Malley and barely made it through, I found the narration extremely tedious and bland. I switched narrators to Ms Rosenblat and was immediately enchanted with books 2, 3, 4 & 5. I am disappointed that this sixth book in the series is not available from audible with Ms Rosenblat's narration, as I have had to endure a rather bland rendition to continue the series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie BENTON CITY, WA, United States 01-23-05
    Debbie BENTON CITY, WA, United States 01-23-05 Member Since 2004

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    "One of my favorites"

    I'll freely admit that finding the Amelia Peabody series available through Audible.com was my primary reason for joining. This is one of my favorite series and have enjoyed them all immensely. However, I have made a conscious effort to stick with one reader, not this one. I would not suggest that there is anything wrong with her voice or style. She just did not provide life to the various characters in the same way that Barbara Rosenblatt does. Perhaps this is just what I have become used to, but I will stick with the other reader as much as possible.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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