When a sinister Egyptian spotted at the crime scene turns up in Mazghunah, Amelia can't resist following his trail. There's a mysterious scrap of papyrus and a missing mummy case to investigate, while she keeps at least one eye on their precocious son Ramses and his Egyptian cat. But the digging turns truly dangerous when Amelia and Emerson look for answers in an ancient tomb - one that could become their grave.
©1985 Elizabeth Peters; (P)1999 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Between Amelia Peabody and Indiana Jones, it's Amelia - in wit and daring - a landslide." (New York Times Book Review)
"[Elizabeth Peters] scores again with a riotously witty, tense, and cunningly constructed tale." (Publishers Weekly)
"Amelia Peabody Emerson, archaeologist extraodinaire, and arguably the most potent female force to hit Egypt since Cleopatra, is digging again!" (Philadelphia Inquirer)
This is a really fun series and I was so excited to see that Audible was beginning to carry it. However, this version has a vastly inferior narrator that will detract from the pleasure of the book for anyone who has already listened to the best. The author must have sold the rights to Blackstone early in her career before she could afford to be choosy about who would narrate. It will be worth your while to seek out this other narrator.
Just to clear up the confusion, Susan O'Malley stinks at narration and Barbara Rosenblat is the one who does this series justice with appropriate accents and inflections. Make sure to miss O'Malley's American dribble and catch Rosenblat's superb performance.
I've listened to Book 1 and 2 of the Amelia Peabody series with Susan O'Malley narrating. I have also sampled the narration of Barbara Rosenblat. Rosenblat's cadence turns Amelia into a cold, unsensuous old maid. Her narration lacks the passion of Susan O'Malley's fetching and lively "conversation."
I see other people strongly prefer Barbers Rosenblatt. I think it just depends on which narrator you begin with. I could hardly listen to Barbers Rosenblatt. Maybe because I'm an american, but to me the inflections are distracting, she sounds older and heavier and reads more slowly. Susan O'malley is just more clear and snappy, which I feel she fits the character better.
If you're just starting the series, listen to the samples of both. But I recommend Susan O'Malley.
Entertaining, subtle humor but was very slow in places. Definately a book that you can put down and come back to. The child character was supremely annoying and made the book unbelievable, however, overall I enjoyed it but would I not recommend as a great "have to read".
Why Susan O'Malley chose to not do an English accent I don't know, but she captures the personality of Amelia, Emerson and Ramses perfectly. It's that practicality to the extreme of Amelia's that makes the stories entertaining and very funny. I may be the exception in preferring O'Malley's reading but I think she does a much better job of capturing the essence of the characters. As for the story itself, not my favorite, but nevertheless very enjoyable.
Being the first book I ever listened to by this author and since I've never read anything by her I don't know for sure if it was the style of the author or the narrator, but it took some getting used to. The story line itself was fine, I guess. Nothing that really got me excited. At the end, it was kind of like "oh, that's it, it's over". I was a bit under-whelmed by the whole story.
This book reminds me of Monthy Python's sketch The Upper Class Twit of the Year. Although somewhat amusing it depicts a Britsh Empire that sank into the abyss a long time ago. The charaters are sketched rather than detailed - the perky Mother, undisturbed by the behavior of her child (precocious on the verge of mentally disturbed) and her unfeeling husband (a sane woman would have left that man a long time ago). The side characters are "typical" to the extent that a card board figure would be more believable. The "mystery" is cleverly constructed but bears little resemblance to reality and this is on the whole a quite boring read.
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