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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.
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Boring

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I don't know. I found the story very slow and boring and didn't even finish it.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Stephen King novel 11-22-63

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

boredom

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  • Loree
  • Abbotsford, BC, Canada
  • 10-10-12

An enjoyable, light listen

What did you like best about this story?

After a few heavier stories, I was looking for an enjoyable, engaging book that provided light entertainment. At first, I wasn't sure if this book would hold my attention, but pretty quickly, it drew me in with the great narration and dry humor. I wasn't disappointed at all!

Which character – as performed by Barbara Rosenblat – was your favorite?

While I enjoyed the author's work, I want to buy more in the series so that I can hear more of Rosenblat's narration! There wasn't a specific character that stood out; I enjoyed them all!

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  • Rosemary
  • New York, NY, United States
  • 10-02-12

Love it!

Would you listen to Crocodile on the Sandbank again? Why?

Yes, I already have. It's funny, and a romantic mystery, and wonderfully written and narrated.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Amelia Peabody

What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

British accents

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Excellent Listen!!

Where does Crocodile on the Sandbank rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I am not much of a mystery reader, but saw this on sale and took a chance. Loved it so much that I purchased the next title in the series and cannot wait to listen!

What did you like best about this story?

The main character (Amelia) reminds me of Katherine Hepburn in several of her movies. She is a strong minded, strong willed woman of independent means in a time when it was not so acceptable for women to be so.

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

This is my first listen by Barbara Rosenblant, but I purchased the second title as much for her performance as the writing.

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  • Lori
  • PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States
  • 10-01-12

Fun Victorian Mystery!

Where does Crocodile on the Sandbank rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I bought this book on one of the Audible sales after reading the reviews and was not disappointed! What a fun book and the main character was delightful - just a great interesting woman. The narration was superb and made a likable character even more so. Hoping for some other books from both this author and this narrator!<br/><br/>

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  • janine
  • Sonora, CA, United States
  • 09-28-12

Narration and Story are A+ !

Where does Crocodile on the Sandbank rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It could not be better. Barbara Rosenblat was born to read this series and between the accents and complexity of characters, it is certainly not an easy one. I have listened to it several times. <br/><br/>I absolutely adore the characters in this book. So well done..

What did you like best about this story?

The characters. Amelia Peabody cracks me up with her self confidence and opinions of which she has many.

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

. No, have not listened to any others.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed out loud many times. I love the dry British humor.

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I Love Amelia Peabody Emerson!

Where does Crocodile on the Sandbank rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I love this book! The writing, and especially the character Amelia Peabody remind me so much of another favorite character, Tish, created by Mary Roberts Rinehart. I listen to this book - and its sisters in the series - EVERY year. Never tire of Elizabeth Peters' Peabody; like visiting with a dear friend.

What did you like best about this story?

I like the thorough, accurate and detailed descriptions of Egypt of the time period, as well as the social mores affecting Amelia Peabody and the other characters.

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

Listening to Barbara Rosenblat read this book launched her to the tied No. 1 spot of narrators in my list of favorites (Jim Dale is the other No. 1). I've even begun listening to other series simply because Barbara Rosenblat is the narrator.

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

"Perfectly splendid."

Any additional comments?

I have all the books in this series, and often check to see if Elizabeth Peters is publishing a new "Peabody" for me to read.

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Loved it--such a fun listen

What made the experience of listening to Crocodile on the Sandbank the most enjoyable?

The book is an old favorite of mine, so it was fun to listen to it. The narrator did a very good job.

What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

The way she altered her voice for the characters.

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

Loved the moment when Peabody and Emerson were trapped in the cave.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed listening to this book, which is a favorite of mine. Amelia Peabody is a wonderful character. The narrator did a good job, although the voices/accents were not necessarily what I expected. Overall, this is a great find.

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What a pleasure!

What a truly delightful mystery! Amelia Peabody is a most entertaining protagonist. This is one of the most enjoyable books I have read for some time! I'm looking forward to reading the entire series.

Barbara Rosenblat, again outdoes herself with this wonderful narration! She made the story even better, if that was possible!

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A wonderful beginning.

I have read many of the books in this series so it was wonderful to read how it all started. Lots of intrigue, cultural history and entertainment. One of my very favorite authors.