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Crocodile on the Sandbank Audiobook

Crocodile on the Sandbank: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Amelia Peabody, that indomitable product of the Victorian age, embarks on her first Egyptian adventure armed with unshakable self-confidence, a journal to record her thoughts, and, of course, a sturdy umbrella.

On her way, Amelia rescues young Evelyn Barton-Forbes, who has been "ruined" and abandoned on the streets of Rome by her rascally lover. With a typical disregard for convention, Amelia promptly hires her fellow countrywoman as a companion and takes her to Cairo.

Eluding Alberto, Evelyn's former lover, who wants her back, and Evelyn's cousin, Lord Ellesmere, who wishes to marry her, the two women sail up the Nile. They disembark at an archaeological site run by the Emerson brothers - the irascible, but dashing, Radcliffe and the amiable Walter. Soon their little party is increased by one - one mummy, that is, and a singularly lively example of the species. Strange visitations, suspicious accidents, and a botched kidnapping convince Amelia that there is a plot afoot to harm Evelyn.

Don't miss the rest of the Amelia Peabody series.

©1975 Elizabeth Peters; (P)2002 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"The indomitable Amelia Peabody carries the listener along as easily as she carries her umbrella." (AudioFile)

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    ch Portland, OR USA 04-29-05
    ch Portland, OR USA 04-29-05 Member Since 2012
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    "O'Mally my pick for the early Amelia books"

    I've read all the books from the series and did not start reading the audiobooks until after Thunder in the Sky was issued. I originally got the O'Mally audiobooks from audible.com then I got some of the Rosenblat audiobooks from the library, prior to audible getting them. It's nice that Rosenblat has the authentic English accents, but I prefer the energy that O'Mally gives to her readings. I particularly love her portrayal of the feisty Emerson, particularly this book and The Deeds of the Disturber. Also the tongue in cheek tone of O'Mally's delivery suits the tone of the early Amelia books well. So I have decided to stick to O'Mally for the early books and Rosenblat for the later. I think both narrators do Amelia well.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Huntsville, Alabama 08-08-15
    Barbara Huntsville, Alabama 08-08-15 Member Since 2007
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    "The First Amelia..."

    I enjoyed this story very much when I first read it years ago, and when it became available on audible, I spent one of my very first credits on it. Susan O'Malley does a sweet job with Amelia Peabody; except Amelia is smart, sarcastic, imperious, soft-hearted, opinionated, and more than competent at doing whatever she decides needs doing. Miss Peabody is just not all that sweet.

    So when audible offered the Amelia Peabody books read by Barbara Rosenblatt, who gives Peabody a voice which reflects her whole amazing personality, I bought it again.

    Recently I wanted to give this audiobook to a friend, one of the few people on the planet who has not met Amelia, Emerson, and Ramses. Except now this is the only edition available on audible. I think I will buy the hard copy for her, and if she wants to listen to their stories she can get this for herself.

    Obviously I think this book is great, especially with the cheese cloth mummy, and the plucky young woman Amelia befriends, I mean I bought it as a paperback, a blandly narrated audiobook, and finally a narration that makes me laugh when I listen to it once every few years, so its a great story.

    If Barbara Rosenblatt is not available for this book, get the following books that she does read, and let her give life to the Peabody-Emerson family. Her voices for Emerson and Ramses are worth the price.

    That said, the story is great, and Susan O'Malley has a pleasant voice, if you want the digital version of this audiobook, by all means get this one, the book is that good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    julia 08-07-15
    julia 08-07-15
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    "Much more amusing when read by Barbara Rosenblatt"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would but not with this reader.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The Egyptian background.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Barbara Rosenblatt was a much better reader. The story seemed completely different. It was actually very funny and the story moved along so much better in the Barbara Rosenblatt edition. It seemed more interesting as well. This version is so flat and does the story no justice.


    Do you think Crocodile on the Sandbank needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It has several but this can stand alone.


    Any additional comments?

    Please get the better edition with Barbara Rosenblatt as reader.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle GILLETTE, WY, United States 04-18-13
    Michelle GILLETTE, WY, United States 04-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Amelia Peabody's First Appearance"

    I believe that when Elizabeth Peters wrote this book, she was not planning for it to be a series. But that it did become, and a great series it is. As the series developed a few things were changed from the appearance of Amelia as established in this book. She went from tall to short! However, that is a small quibble. The characters of Amelia, Evelyn, and the Emerson brothers are carried through the series, though Walter and Evelyn in somewhat lesser roles. I've always felt this was perhaps the weakest book in the series, having been written more in the style of the romantic suspense genre. But smart, independent, outspoken Amelia just won't really fit into that mold, and the Egyptian settings and archaeological tidbits add an extra depth.

    I've always liked this story, but listening to it gave it a new dimension, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I listened to the Susan O'Malley narrated version. I also have some of the Amelia books narrated by Barbara Rosenblat, who does an excellent job. But I enjoyed the O'Malley version also. I actually prefer her reading of Emerson's lines. Rosenblat's Emerson sounds like an elderly asthmatic, rather than the brilliant, high-energy, hot tempered, emotional, passionate man of the stories. His energy and intensity come through better in O'Malley's reading.

    Whichever, version you listen to, you'll find a story that has interesting characters, mystery, love stories, and humor--a most enjoyable book.

    Years ago I tried to get my daughter to read the Amelias. She just couldn't get interested in the beginning of this first book. Several years later, she tried it again and went on to read all the Amelias. She became as big a fan of the series as I am. I have the entire series in book form, but with increasing vision problems I have begun collecting some of my favorite books in audio. I find that I enjoy them all over again, but differently, while listening. Reading aloud, or being read aloud to, is still a great way to enjoy a story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary A. 07-25-03
    Mary A. 07-25-03 Member Since 2001
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    "Fabulous and funny!"

    I only recently discovered Elizabeth Peter's and her quirky heroine, Amelia Peabody. I loved this book! I especially like the narrator, as her voice so fits how I envisioned Amelia's voice to sound like. I like her inflection. My hubby even enjoyed listening to this book with me on a trip. This is definitely one I'll listen to again and again.

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    Stefany Cody 11-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "quite intriguing and eloquently wrote"

    Love the bold brash heroine in antiquities time, also in love with her word wizardry

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    Catherine Reed 10-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Good Story"

    Good story for the era (70's) in which it was written. Slow to get to the "meat" of the story. Good first novel.

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    Julie A Evensen 09-26-17
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    "Enjoyable read."

    Not what I usually pick, but I enjoyed listening to it. The plot should have been obvious, but I keep going back and forth about who the villain was.

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    Helen P. Bailey 08-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great first book in the series"

    I continue to enjoy Peters books but had not read the beginning story. Loved it! I enjoy audio even more as I can relax, close my eyes, and be swept away into the lives of Amelia and Radcliffe's adventures and relationship.

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    Bob Seashols West Point VA United States 06-29-17
    Bob Seashols West Point VA United States 06-29-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting yet predictable."

    I used this book to fill time back and forth to school. The story was entertaining even if it was slightly predictable. I enjoyed the story even if I was sure of the outcome.

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