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Best-selling mystery author Elizabeth Peters has captured the hearts of thousands of readers with her spunky Victorian Egyptologist, Amelia Peabody Emerson. In Seeing a Large Cat, Amelia must ensnare a modern-day killer, a bogus spiritualist, and a predatory debutante in the awesome Valley of the Kings. Someone is sending ominous messages: "Stay away from tomb Twenty-A!" Intrigued, parasol-wielding Amelia won't rest until she finds the forbidden burial site. But when the excavation yields an unusual mummy, she suddenly must protect both her family and the macabre discovery.

Her Ph.D. in Egyptology enables Elizabeth Peters to portray a lavishly detailed turn-of-the-century Egypt in her lively tale of crisp wit and shivery suspense. The spirited cast including Amelia, her eccentric family, and an array of international characters bursts into life with Barbara Rosenblat's brilliant narration.

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Just LOVE Amelia Peabody read by Barbara Rosenblat

Yes, the books in this series are all quite formulaic, as is the case with mystery series in general. And yes, they all run together enough in my mind that I would have a hard time saying anything unique about any one of them. But I ADORE them. I keep coming back for more because Peters just does SUCH a great job with them, and Barbara Rosenblat is OUTSTANDING at bringing them to life.

I would never have guessed that I would be interested in books set in Egypt and about a bunch of Egyptologists. For that reason I resisted beginning this series for a long time, although my sister was sure I would love them. She finally brought the first one on a long road trip we took together and I was immediately hooked. The Egypt aspect is now one of the things I like most about the series - I have learned so much from these books! (I have listened to them all - not read them in print, but I sometimes wish I had the print version available to see how some of the words are spelled.)

The plots are well-done - yes, a little formulaic, but still keep you guessing about who the villain is until the very end, and with enough twists and turns in the action to keep things interesting.

But by far the crowning achievement of the series is the characters - especially those of Amelia, her husband Emerson, and their son "Ramses". These are three of the best characters in all of fiction, absolutely delightful in their various idiosyncrasies and the relationships between them. Much of their dialog is laugh-out-loud funny and wonderfully quotable. I don't know whether or not I would have been as enthusiastic if I had first encountered them in print, rather than in audio format read by Rosenblat. She is simply astounding in her ability to portray countlesss characters of different genders, ages, nationalities, and personalities. And she does a SUPERB job with all three of the Emersons (as well as ALL the other characters).

It's amazing that Elizabeth Peters can keep the stories coming for so long, and the characters fresh and continually appealing through so many different books, but for me, it's still working on this, the ninth installment. I think I will never tire of listening to these books.

The BEST!!

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made me laugh

What made the experience of listening to Seeing a Large Cat the most enjoyable?

The characters are so much fun. I laughed out loud at Amelia more than once.

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  • Kathleen
  • Albuquerque, NM, United States
  • 03-18-13

Very enjoyable book

Would you consider the audio edition of Seeing a Large Cat to be better than the print version?

I like to listen to the audio version because it is like listening to a play. I don't have a lot of time to sit and read a book. I can listen to the book while I do other things.

What did you like best about this story?

The mixture of history, comedy and mystery.

What does Barbara Rosenblat bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She is an excellent narrator. I like the way that gives a different voice to each character. She does well with many different accents.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Follow the exploits of the Peabody/Emerson family in the mystery and majesty of 19 and early 20th century Egypt.

Any additional comments?

I have enjoyed listening to the entire series.

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Interesting book for my first book by this author

What did you love best about Seeing a Large Cat?

The story was a little slow but it was somewhat interesting in the beginning and it got better as it went along.

What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

Barbara Rosenblat does a great job reading this book and used different voices for the characters.

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The Narrator steals the show - Amazing!

This book is 9th in a series of amusing and interesting tales made addictive and outstanding by the narrator. Ms. Rosenblat has developed voices for the characters that are instantly recognizable and incredibly varied. I hear Emerson's 'Bah!' in my head when I'd like to say the word myself in conversation.

If you think ' how can the story hold up after 9 books?' think about how relationships change, how children become adults, how wars shape the world, how archeological finds kept happening all the time in the period of time these books take place, and you'll understand why the story doesn't go stale.

The characters are far more entertaining that the mystery in this story, but I recommend it highly, nonetheless.

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  • Suzanne
  • Chesterfield, MO, United States
  • 11-12-12

Great Listen!

Where does Seeing a Large Cat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

A delightful diversion between other books from other authors.

What did you like best about this story?

The relationship between the Professor and Mrs. Emerson.<br/>The adventures of the young people, kept secret from their elders.

Have you listened to any of Barbara Rosenblat’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

It's wonderful, as always.<br/>"The Last Camel Died At Noon" was performed by someone else, and the performance was such a disappointment compared to Barbara Rosenblat's. <br/>

Who was the most memorable character of Seeing a Large Cat and why?

Amelia Peabody Emerson, as always. The main reason, I guess, is that she is the Narrator of the story. Also, her use of the English language is sophisticated and humorous.

Any additional comments?

It's fun to look forward to the next book in the series, especially to learn how Ramses has grown and what he's up to.

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GODD BUT...

After the but is..this is the 9 th book in the series and the 9th one I have read ...and this one lacks some of the pizzazz that the first 8 book had it is still a good book but hoping book 10 goes back to the adventure contained in the earlier books

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  • Kathy
  • Troy, IL, USA
  • 02-07-09

Best of Historical Mysteries

If you are a fan of historical mysteries, and can accept some, (okay a lot) of improbability in your mysteries for the sake of fun, listen to all of this series. NOTE: Make sure the narrator is Barbra Rosenblatt before you download. ALSO - the unabridged aggravate me - maybe they don't you....

These books are so entertaining, fun and an escape from reality.

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