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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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    lucy 09-06-12
    lucy 09-06-12
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    "I forgot how much i loved this series"
    Any additional comments?

    I read this series years ago when they first came out. I loved them then and its pure joy to listen again. Barbara Rosenblat's performance is the best. She captures the charters perfectly. She adds the best tonal drama as needed. I am very happy that audible has picked up this series and I intend to listen to them all!

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    Cheryl Fort St. John, BC, Canada 09-04-12
    Cheryl Fort St. John, BC, Canada 09-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fun, Witty, and a Wonderful Performance"

    The strong, witty, and "feminist" character of Amelia Peabody is really what makes the story. The plot its self- though comical, suspenseful, and over all entertaining- is rather predicable. Still, I really enjoyed listening and Barbra Rosenblat gave a great performance. Amelia Peabody is a refreshing character in todays world as the "Bella Swans" seem rather pathetic and the "Katniss Everdene's" seem rough and course. Amelia embodies the strength of a woman; she is NOT a woman trying to be strong like a man. The man VS. woman seems to be a theme in this book and is so funny to hear in the banter and conversation between characters. It's great!

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    Fay 09-03-12
    Fay 09-03-12
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    "Happily re-acquainted myself with old friends"
    What made the experience of listening to Crocodile on the Sandbank the most enjoyable?

    Hearing the story performed was quite a different experience of the book, which I first read not long after it was published. I've followed this series ever since. I realize with a little shock I may have created an expensive new habit for myself - hearing Peabody read to me for the next umpteen fabulous books.


    What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

    Ms. Rosenblat is the perfect reader of this series. She can boom like Emerson, cosset like Evelyn and be the perfectly rational Amelia Peabody without missing a beat.


    Any additional comments?

    I've already nearly finished hearing the second book in the series. It's even better.

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    Camron159 08-28-12
    Camron159 08-28-12 Member Since 2013

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    "It Loses something in Abridgement. It loses a lot"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Why oh why is this only available in Abridged form? I've listened to it on CD.
    These books do not lend themselves to abridgement. When you start snipping, you have to choose what bits don't support the mystery, and frankly, mystery is the least important part of Amelia Peabody's mysteries. It's HOW they got there. It's a SOAP.

    This edition is flawed by the heartless truncationof the twin grandchildren Davey and Charla. This is their introduction, and the entire ending of the book has been cut. The ending was as abrupt as a key-lime pie in the face.

    Boo!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Elizabeth Peters again?

    Of course. She's Marvelous. It's the producer I want to lynch


    What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

    Barbara is THE reader for these books. Can't imagine Amelia without her.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Of course!


    Any additional comments?

    The production team responsible for this abortion has inserted brief musical interludes between each chapter. They add NOTHING to the experience, and detract from it. One would at least expect the music would be middle eastern, but no...

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    Melissa 08-06-12
    Melissa 08-06-12
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    "good story, great performance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to anyone who likes a mystery interspersed with historical fact and set in a vintage time period. The characters are well developed and this provides a good introduction to a fun series performed by a great storyteller.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The only real drawback was that the ending became quite predictable before you got there; not how it all played out but who were the culprits and why.


    What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

    Barbara Rosenblat's performance was very enjoyable and made the characters come to life in a comic way. Excellent!


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    M 08-06-12
    M 08-06-12

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    "A fun mystery with great characters!"

    The characters are great - tongue and cheek Jane Austen. The narrator was superb!

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    Warnie Plano, TX, United States 07-19-12
    Warnie Plano, TX, United States 07-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "An all-time favorite"

    I've read this book sooooo many times already, but when I saw the audio version on sale for $5.00, I just couldn't pass it up. Though it took me a little while to get used to the narrator (she just sounded so much older than 34, which is Amelia's age when she writes her story down, describing events that took place in her 32nd year), but once I managed to distance myself from the voices for the characters that I've always heard in my head, I really enjoyed her delivery. It's a little bit of a different take, on Peabody and Emerson especially, than I'd imagined; it will be interesting to see if any of the audio version creeps into the in-my-head version the next time I read this in print! Anyway, in the end, I think the narrator did a great job, and I had just as much fun listening as I always have reading it. Bravo!

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    Valjean United States 07-11-12
    Valjean United States 07-11-12 Member Since 2012

    Adopted Child Of God

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    "Had to read the other Amelia Peabody books."
    If you could sum up Crocodile on the Sandbank in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting for the very first page. The action continúes from one page to the next.


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

    Yes. She is very discriptive so that you find yourself right there along with Amelia Peabody and her friends.


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

    Yes, everyone of her performanes is spot on. She is able to get the voice of each character so very realistic. I am able to even picture each character in my mind before I am told who it is that is speaking.


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

    All of her novels are able to make me laugh and cry.


    Any additional comments?

    I have also enjoyed books not in the Amelia Peabody series, but narrated by Barbara Rosenblat. I am just as great a fan of Barbara Rosenblat as I am of Elizabeth Peters.

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    Margaret Sonnemann Hobart, Tasmania Australia 06-11-12
    Margaret Sonnemann Hobart, Tasmania Australia 06-11-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Not Austenian"

    I wasn't familiar with the author or series when I purchased this audiobook and relied heavily on the reviews. Those comparing it with Austen or calling it Victorian misled me completely. It's so fraught with un-Victorian dialogue (though attempting to imitate it) and the actions/mindset/worldview are so totally contemporary, that I felt completely off-balance for the greater part of the book. Was I listening to a complete farce or was the author taking herself seriously? I'm still not certain if it's all a huge joke or if there are people out there that actually believe that it's authentic to the period it's set in. Looking back at the reviews, I see the phrase "tongue in cheek" a few times, but that's not really conveying that the book reads more like a parody (of...? Can't think what author!) than anything else.

    The narration is superb, however, and - by the time I'd finished it - felt there was almost something addictive in the book's silliness. It certainly is completely unique in style. BTW, I do love another unique/quirky author, Alexander McCall Smith, but somehow I "get" his sense of humor and not Elizabeth Peters'. Perhaps I will one day give Amanda Peabody a second chance, but not at the moment.

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    Kevin Clark WA 06-05-12
    Kevin Clark WA 06-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Have To Listen!"
    Where does Crocodile on the Sandbank rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    This is a wonderfully written story that is brought to perfection with the narration.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of coarse being a fan of steampunk, I love the main character Amelia and her forward thinking mind in a historic setting.


    What about Barbara Rosenblat???s performance did you like?

    The narration was the heartbeat that brought this book alive!


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

    I was glued to this book and couldn't stop listening.


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