For the first time in many years, Ramses chooses not to accompany his parents on their yearly excavation. At the tender age of 11, Ramses has fallen in love. The object of his affection is 13-year-old Nefret, the auburn-haired beauty the Emersons rescued from the clutches of the ancient city of Napata, now safe in England where the needlessly solicitous Ramses can keep a watchful eye on her. Ramses' new obsession does not deter him from putting in his two cents worth, however, in a series of lengthy epistles to Egypt, containing enough elaborate syntax and romantic ardor to stretch his mother's patience to the very breaking point.
Her son's budding affaire de coeur reminds Amelia of her once-tumultuous romance with Emerson. She is hopeful that their time alone together will rekindle old flames. But every confidence meets with disaster when Emerson is ambushed, kidnapped, and severely wounded on the road to Luxor. Rescued, and squirming under Amelia's gentle ministrations, Emerson wastes little time in recovering his irascible nature, but to Amelia's dismay, he seems to have no recollection of who she is!
Now, both past and future are in jeopardy as Amelia attempts to locate Emerson's attackers; prevent his disclosure of an important artifact relating to Nefret's security; and renew feelings in him that appear as remote as a Pharaoah's tomb.
©1992 Elizabeth Peters; (P)1992 Recorded Books, Inc.
"Peters' romantic thriller...offers surefire entertainment." (Publishers Weekly)
"High adventure, narrated in Amelia's witty, inimitably resplendent style. Peabody fans will rejoice." (Library Journal)
I can't get enough Amelia Peabody read by Barbara Rosenblatt. These wonderful books come to life with her narration. Emerson's paper tiger voice, Peabody's ringing tones, Abdullah's wry humor all sing in this recording. And this installment of the series is one of Elizabeth Peters' best. If you like smart and funny mysteries, with the perfect touch of melodrama and a bit of real history, read these.
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Ms. Rosenblatt is one of my favorite narrators, and her approach to Amelia Peabody Emerson is spot-on in my opinion. Having listened to her with the Nevada Barr mysteries, I thought she was American yet it seems her British accent is perfect too. Go figure!
Anyhoo, of the Amelia Peabody series, this is my favorite. The plot twists make it fresh and exciting, and the banter of all characters is hilarious. A very fun listen.
I was worried about this seventh book in the Amelia Peabody series; having listened to the books in order of their publication, I wasn't sure of my reaction to a different reader (Susan O'Malley did an excellent job on the first six books). It took me less than one hour to get used to the narrator for this book, Barbara Rosenblat, who does such a great job that I intend to listen to it again! You always know what Peabody is really thinking, no matter what she says; Emerson's meaningful growls and Ramses' angelic voice had me laughing out loud: it was that delightful! I can't wait to get the next one!
This is one of my favorites of all the Amelia Peabody stories. Barbara Rosenblat is, of course, THE voice of Amelia and brings her to life, where Susan O'Malley could not. The story is also just fun, exciting, and suspenseful. Of course, anyone considering this recording should at least listen to Crocodile on the Sandbank first in order to understand Amelia and Emerson's relationship.
This absolutely sparkles with wit and fun. This is the pinnacle of author-narrator collaboration, and a title you'll enjoy listening to more than once.
I am a long-time Audible subscriber and have listened to 100's of audiobooks but this series by Elizabeth Peters, featuring Amelia Peabody Emerson, her husband Radcliffe Emerson and their inimitable son Ramses, is my favorite of all time. Though I have read the hard copy series, the incredible narration by Barbara Roseblat makes the audible version superior. She IS Amelia Peabody, and Emerson, and Ramses, etc, etc. Her characterization is so superb that you can unhesitatingly identify the character. The entire series is wonderfully funny, suspenseful at times and above all, you will fall in love with the Emerson family and not be able to wait for the next book to continue their joyful romp through life. I promise you that if you have not read this series, you are in for a wonderful treat.
I join others in saying that is a very entertaining series with adventure, a little romance, plenty of humor and characters with lots of personality. As soon as I have heard the one (narrated by Rosenblat please)I am ready for the next Peabody adventure. You can imagine my disappointment that I cannot locate Book 8, The Hippopotamus Pool at Audible. Anybody know why?
I LOVE the Amelia Peabody series... and I really like Barbara Rosenblat's narration - she "gets" every character.
My issue with part 2 of this book is that I can't seem to get it to burn onto CD. Part 1 burned fine - I've wasted 4 CD's so far. I hope it's a problem on my end and not something to do with the download. I would hate for anyone else to be as frustrated as I am!
That all being said - this book and series are worth the trouble! ENJOY!!
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.
This is Book 7 which means that I've spent the last half year listening to Amelia Peabody. And whenever I've finished one I looked forward to the renewal of my subscription so I could get the next book. If this doesn't tell you what I think of this series, nothing else I say will.
I love Peabody (as she's affectionately called by her Emerson), the way she talks, behaves and misjudges herself and others (of course, without being aware of it). Plus. Ms. Rosenblat's reading is on the spot.
"The Snake, the Crocodile, and the Dog"
Another great story by Elizabeth Peter's Amelia Peabody series and the characters brought to life by Barbara Rosenblat.
"Another wonderful book in Amelia Peabody series"
I have read all Elizabeth Peter's Amelia Peabody books and enjoyed them immensely for their Egyptological background, the mysteries and the eccentricity of the main characters. This book includes a bit of angst into things with a threat to Amelia and Emerson's relationship. Despite the fact that Amelia is written as robust and opinionated - she is quite touching here as she struggles with her fears. Having read the books I wasn't sure about listening to them, but Barbara Rosenblat does an extraordinary job at narration here. Beautifully distinct voices and the wry and absurd humour of the book comes through beautifully. Really enjoyed this!
"A bit dull"
This wasn't my cup of tea - it was a bit dull, and we never got to the end.
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