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1.0 out of 5 starsNot a fan of Susan O'Malley's narration style
Reviewed in the United States on February 21, 2019
I love Elizabeth Peters and the stories of Egyptology and archaeology in the 1890s. But, after listening to the first 3 books in the Amelia Peabody series narrated by Barbara Rosenblat, Ms. O'Malley's narration style was not to my liking. Ms. O'Malley reads each word carefully, but without a sense of action or drama...or character emphasis. I have deleted this version off of my Audible account and have purchased the same audiobook narrated by Barbara Rosenblat. In my opinion, Ms. Rosenblat truly makes these characters come to life.
Well we now have a name for our e're present Master Criminal, Sethos, king of old, the Lion in the Valley, high priest of Set, the closest thing the Egyptians had to the Christian Satan, and a red head to boot😁. As the stories always abound with at least on ginger tinted son of the British Isles, and Sethos rarely uses his natural shade, we are, as always distracted by more than one "red herring". Here we find why Emerson is so disturbed by Amelia's constant referral to"that admirable genius of crime" and Sethos' *real* reasons for interfering with their work this season. The requisite characters make themselves known, innocents wrongly accused, fallen souls for Amelia to rescue and save from the heir own folly, the omnipresent dead body "every year another body" to quote Abdullah, shady antiquities dealers, stuffy British tourists, snobbish Frenchmen, incompetent police and all set amongst the glorious backdrop of 1890's Egypt, in Her prime of rediscovery, her second glory as a treasure beyond measure and a record of history as the beginnings and cradle of civilization. Interwoven is the author's love of this land and her beautifully crafted family, the Emerson's, a love born out of respect and equality and the delightfully (if slightly frightful) precocious 9 year old Ramses, never spoken down to and raised to be ever alert and curious, they would have been the type of people I would have chosen for friends, never boring, active, intelligent and loyal, once you befriend the Emerson's you are in for life.
I am now on book five of this series and have enjoyed them all to a "five-star" degree! The author, Elizabeth Peters, and her husband are/were Egyptologists and archaeologists. These books, written in the 70s, are set in the mid to late 1800s and early 1900s when archaeology was just beginning in Egypt. Ms. Peters has researched the culture and speech for the time period as well as the new and burgeoning world of archaeology. The result is a series which is built on historical fact, rich in information, written in a lively, delightful, cheeky style. Amelia Peabody and her husband Emerson and their son (nicknamed Ramses) are all strong personalities with their own quirks who stumble upon a mystery and adventure in each new season of digging. In the series we are only with the family during their 'seasons' in Egypt (the rest of their time in their homeland, England, is caught up each time in a few pages). I try to have the next book at my disposal before I finish whichever one I am reading at present as I seem to be addicted to Amelia and her bunch. Yes, I enjoyed this book very much but you do need to read this series in order to fully enjoy and appreciate it. Start with book one--Crocodile on the Sandbank.
Elizabeth Peters was one of the great novelists of the twentieth century. She was formally trained in archaeology and so could be counted on to be accurate in her story weaving of Egypt in the late 1800's. She didn't need to be graphic to keep her readers spell bound. It seemed that no matter how many of her books I had already read, she continued to surprise me at the end of each new book. Unfortunately, we lost her in 2013 at the age of 85, but not before she wrote one last book (in 2008) in a stroke of brilliance. As for this particular book, what can I say - the intrepid Amelia Peabody and her husband Emerson not only have to deal with inept "archaeologists", French and English officials, and a Master Criminal all getting under foot, their son (Ramses) is a terrifyingly precocious and fearless child. Chaos ensues.
5.0 out of 5 starsAlways an enjoyable author to read
Reviewed in the United States on September 14, 2019
Sadly, the author of this series of novels has passed away. But, her work will be enjoyed for many years to come. The characters aged appropriately and the exchanges between the senior spouses rings true for anyone who has a marriage that has strong minded and opinionated couples. However the deep and abiding love is also shown.
5.0 out of 5 starsArchaelogy can be fun as Archaelogists Peabody, Emerson, & Ramses solve mysteries ancient and new. You will love Ramses!!
Reviewed in the United States on August 10, 2017
Great historical mystery. Peabody & Emerson plus their son Ramses While on an archaeology dig in Egypt the family faces several mysteries to solve before they become victims of the diabolical "Master Criminal". You will laugh along the way, & wonder why they always ignore their son when he knows all the answers. It is fun, has many twists, interesting historical perspective on archaeology at the turn of the century. You just have to love Amelia Peabody & her compassion, intuition, & relentless pursuit of truth, justice, & protection of Egyptian history.
5.0 out of 5 starsInteresting seeing all three Emersons contribute.
Reviewed in the United States on May 24, 2017
The Emersons, including Ramses, have returned to Egypt this time excavating the pyramids they wanted last year- the one they had to be rescued from after the Master Criminal trapped them. Amelia is getting gifts from the Master Criminal while trying to right the course of some young people's lives. More exciting drama than usual. Interesting seeing all three Emersons contribute.
4.0 out of 5 starsDelightfully witty and entertaining
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 7, 2007
In this fourth of the wonderful Amelia Peabody books, Peters has fun with some of the conventions of the Victorian sensation novel. A Russian count is murdered with a dagger through his heart, a pair of young lovers need to be brought together, and the Emersons confront the unexpected attentions of the Master Criminal.
One of the highlights of this book is Ramses' introduction to the tenderer emotions: after finding his 8-year old heart unexpectedly moved by the beautiful Enid, Emerson is forced to explain the intricacies of human biology to his precocious son...
There are many 'cosy' detective/mystery series out there but what distinguishes this one is the excellent writing, the genuine Egyptology knowledge which makes up the background, and the adorable characters. This is one series where it really is worth reading from the start.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 17, 2019
This is one of a serise of books, with the main charactor Peabody. It is set i n Egypt from late 100 upto 1930's and involves all sort of adventures. I have read the paper edition now I am re-reading on e books.
3.0 out of 5 starsA different experience as for me the narrators voice is wrong for the part of the main characters.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 25, 2013
I love the Amelia Peabody series and have read quite a few. Recently I have been listening to them through Audible and really like the narrator used. I didn't check to see if it was the same narrator on this version (audible didn't have this book), I should have done, or at least tried to find a sample of the recording. The narrator really didn't work for me so I was disappointed in this purchase. This however is my opinion and not a reflection of the seller. Other people may find that the narrator does not bother them so much.