Amelia's not the type to take no for an answer, and pretty soon the Emerson family (Master Ramses, a prodigious young intellect is joining his parents for the first time) is tracking down a character known only as The Master Criminal. Or is the Master Criminal tracking them?
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A different narrator. Barbara Rosenblatt (I've listened to 3 other audibles narrated by her. She has a terrible English accent, makes the male lead characters (John Smythe in the Vickie Bliss stories, and now Emerson) sound like pompous windbags - they're NOT stuffy English gents at all. Also, I'm very tired of hearing all her swallowing, dry mouth, etc
The plot was s great - this is one of my very favorite series, written with humor and subtle fun.
The woman who narrated the first two Amelia Peabody books was perfect - Susa. O'Reilly.
Bitter disappointment - I regret buying it and can't finish listening to it. Back to Kindle for me on this one.
Barbara Rosenblat should retire or something. I hope she doesn't narrate any other books I love.
Old, tired member of the sandwich generation. Waiting to just get to heaven!!
A mother of the year candidate she is not, but a wonderful character in a book, by all means. I can't decide if their son is the more clever of the bunch or if he just really enjoys hearing himself talk. This is another good mystery that will leave you wanting more!
Fabulous. Hilarious. Memorable.
Anytime Ramses shows his "catastrophically precocious" charms, he makes me grin.
Elizabeth Peters is one of my favorite authors, and this is probably my favorite Amelia Peabody Emerson mystery, so I'm a bit biased. I've read the book so many times, I can quote particularly clever and funny sections. But, I never imagined the audiobook would be this amazing. Barbara Rosenblat is the perfect voice for this series, or rather, provides the most perfect voices for all the characters. It seems impossible that one person could become all the different characters, each accent distinct and exactly like I'd imagined them. This is one of the best read audiobooks I've ever heard, and I'll definitely be buying more narrated by Ms. Rosenblat. She's fabulous!
I got a bit confused during this one, perhaps because I found it a little too easy to tune it out. I also found the villains a tad boring and annoying. That said, it has some highlights, which for me include the lion, the Black Pyramid, and the head of the department of antiquities (not to mention Amelia's shining moment of maternalism). The slower parts are made bearable by the always incomparable narration of Barbara Rosenblat.
I am an artist and I love to listen to books while I work. Books have always been an important part of my life. Audible Rocks!
Ramses, a precocious 7 year old, is the star of this book. I laughed out loud at his opinions, antics, and triumphs over his parents, egypt, criminals, and everything else.
Lots of fun!
Artist & Journeyman Composter
Ramses Emerson, now a VERY precocious 4 years of age, is invited, along with a wholesome footman of the house to act as attendant, to accompany his parents, Amelia Peabody Emerson, and Radcliffe Emerson, to a new and exciting dig in Egypt, which, due
to Emerson's (the father's appellation) carelessness, is not an excavation of a pyramid, but
of a mere gravesite, full of scattered shards and a few bones. Quite disappointed is Peabody. Ramses, however, is exquisitely curious, and manages to keep himself marvelously entertained and occupied, whether it is filling in his classical Arabic with colloquialisms learned from the local workman, or discovering bits of Coptic papyri taken,
with permission, from the other archeologist, a Frenchman, who has the rights to a nearby
pyramidal excavation. He, Ramses, actually discovers the lost gospel of Thomas Didymus, which we know as one of the excised books of the Bible, but which Peabody
actually discounts and criticizes! This brings up my own slight disappointment with this
installment: I found her interaction and harshness with her son too often chilling. The
characters of the father and mother, Emerson and Peabody, are revealed clearly in this
story: Emerson is fair, but appreciative at the right times, and affectionate; Peabody, capable of compassion accompanied by correct action (see the first story), seems to be
lacking in graciousness and gratitude for the intelligence and good will exemplified by her
son, and sometimes is quite short - I feel unnecessarily so- and even disrespectful. Others may find this negligible,but, as the mother and father, distracted by lack of professional fulfillment, become interested and entangled in uncovered an illegal antiquities
theft and deportation criminal ring, end up being rescued by their son when the criminals
have dispatched them by tossing them into a hidden burial chamber awash with slimy mud
and scummy water 13 feet below the only opening, I felt her lack of simple manners
Ms. Rosenblatt's narration is outstanding; the characters, as usual, are numerous and
deliciously different,the humour in evidence ,the danger just right, the courage to overcome admirable, but the story this time left me a little wanting.
I may skip Number 4, which also deals with this criminal ring, and see what Number 5
has to offer.
I have to say I struggled though this one. The story got off to a decent start, but after they boarded the ship it got reeeally slow. I don't feel like it picked up till the last third of the book after that. I only gave it 2 stars because I compare everything to the first book, which is one of my favorites. Overall it got 3 because I felt 2 was insulting to Amelia. As for the performance, Barbara Rosenblat is sooooo good - ridiculously good!! I cant imagine listening to these stories told by anyone else but her. She brings every single character to life, making each one memorable, even if they were only mentioned in passing.
I wouldn't stand on my head for this book, however for any fan of the series its a must read because, well, its Amelia Peabody, Emerson, Egypt, and everything fantastic surrounding that time period. I could do without Ramses though... I liked it better when they left him behind.
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