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Crocodile on the Sandbank Audiobook

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

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: Barbara Rosenblat's expert performance as Egyptologist Amelia Peabody is imaginative, witty, and great fun. Rosenblat has tremendous vocal range, capturing many characters of different genders and ethnicities. This rich and lively story is the first in Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody series, and I can't wait to listen to the rest of them. —Diana Dapito

Publisher's Summary

Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

Don't miss the rest of the Amelia Peabody series.
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© Elizabeth Peters; (P)Recorded Books

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    Wilde Rain 03-18-13
    Wilde Rain 03-18-13
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    "Fun mystery and lighthearted story"
    Where does Crocodile on the Sandbank rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its a light-hearted, interesting listen, ranks about middle of the range to others - but to be fair, that depends on what category of book we're talking about here in order to give it an unbiased ranking. In its category of what I'd determine as light hearted and fun, Id say its in the top 20 or so. I enjoyed it enough to buy and download a few of her other books, and I liked learning more about Egypt and tombs; Im looking forward to carrying on listening to the rest of the series. Her descriptions of the desert and Nile are pretty vivid, I could literally view the vistas through her words.


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

    First one Ive listened to - overall, a good performance.


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    Amazon Customer United States 03-03-13
    Amazon Customer United States 03-03-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Fun mystery to pass the time"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I am not usually a reader of mysteries, but this was fun and intriguing. I would eagerly read sequels, as the descriptions, the suspense, sense of place, and voice are all so well depicted.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the side-kick for the main character - the one she rescued, she was a great counter-point, particularly early on


    Which scene was your favorite?

    exploring the tombs


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    moments of suspense had me hanging on the next word


    Any additional comments?

    very well read and fun listen

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    Beth Zoar, OH, United States 03-02-13
    Beth Zoar, OH, United States 03-02-13
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    "Delightful"
    Would you listen to Crocodile on the Sandbank again? Why?

    No. Seldom do a second listen or read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The attitude of the main character. She was a woman's "libber" in 1880.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first kiss of which the heroine was aware. It was funny.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, the ones where the grumpy brother showed his humanity.


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    Lynn MARIETTA, OH, United States 02-08-13
    Lynn MARIETTA, OH, United States 02-08-13
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    "Gush warning!"

    I loved this book. The story was fun and interesting; Rosenblat was Amelia Peabody in my estimation. This is one of those books where the story carries you along and you can't wait to listen to more. It's light, but very entertaining.

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    Terri 01-21-13
    Terri 01-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Complete enjoyment, from start to finish"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Crocodile on the Sandbank to be better than the print version?

    Have not read the print version


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I knew where things were going pretty early on in the story, but was completely immersed in the story telling, so looked forward to the reading, through to the conclusion.


    What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

    Her voices were great and her inflections for the main character were hilarious.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I had trouble turning it off to move on to others things!


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    Teri-K 01-14-13
    Teri-K 01-14-13
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    "Delightful Book, Good not Great Narration"

    I read the first few Amelia Peabody books years ago, and remembered enjoying them, but I dislike reading books in first person and eventually got tired of Amelia's total self-absorption, so I stopped. When I saw that the first novel was available as an audio book I was delighted. I find listening to first person novels much nicer than reading them, and that was true of this book.

    Amelia Peabody is outspoken, confident, adventurous and a little naive. The story, a trifle old-fashioned, is a fun mix of exotic travel, mystery and a little romance. I felt the narrator did an excellent job of reading Amelia, whose voice was exactly what I'd imagined when I read the book. However, I dislike the was she portrays men's voices. They all sound either cartoony, with a slight lisp, or effeminate. Radcliff is clearly a masculine, testosterone-laden fellow, but here he sounds like a young boy who's voice hasn't changed.

    I'm still glad I purchased the book. the story and portrayal of Amelia more than make up for the deficiencies in the men's voices. I was genuinely sorry when we reached the end and will definitely look forward to hearing this one again.

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    Phil Australia 01-10-13
    Phil Australia 01-10-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Fun, quirky and eminently enjoyable!"
    If you could sum up Crocodile on the Sandbank in three words, what would they be?

    A really pleasurable few hours listening to Elizabeth's story of the inimitable Ameila Peabody. I loved the historical references, the way Amelia pushes the boundaries of what's expected of women at the time, and it's just plain fun!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It was a good rollicking plot.


    Any additional comments?

    Prompted me to buy the next few in the series! Looking forward to them.

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    Rachel Jundiai, Brazil 01-04-13
    Rachel Jundiai, Brazil 01-04-13
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    "An unusual begining"

    The first book of the series tells about an unusual woman and the begining of an unusual relationship. There is mystery, romance, cleverness and as little violence as possible for a mystery book.
    It is worth the listen.

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    JCWB Canada 01-04-13
    JCWB Canada 01-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Suspenseful and entertaining"
    Would you try another book from Elizabeth Peters and/or Barbara Rosenblat?

    I would like to read another book from Elizabeth Peters.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I found the plot convincing and that it retained my attention,


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

    I found Barbara Rosenblat`s performance to be compelling but not my favourite narrator


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

    I would read another book if there were one to follow Crocodile on the Sandbank as I enjoyed the main character.


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    Chris Pearland, Texas, United States 01-03-13
    Chris Pearland, Texas, United States 01-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Really 3.5 all round"
    What did you love best about Crocodile on the Sandbank?

    I thought the theme of overturning Victorian mores was interesting.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, in a somewhat subdued way. I was not necessarily on the edge so much as sat upright.


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

    Barbra Rosenblats voice comes out a bit jarring at first. It works with the book, because the main character/narrator is a bit abrasive as well.


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

    God I want to have sex with a man really bad, but my unwomanly demeanor prevents it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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