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Editorial 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.
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Good, solid first in series

I got this book on sale a while back and just got around to listening to it. I am not a huge fan of books set in the past but there was something about this book. . . Amelia Peabody is a lot like Gail Carriger's Alexia Tarabotti. This is not like the Tarabotti books. Not steampunk. No werewolves or vampires to be found. However, the heroines in both series are so much alike that one can't help but draw parallels. The recording is old and at one point you can hear A LOT of background noises (they eventually go away). It's not awful, but it does take away from the story a bit- not so much that I won't listen to it again, just a little disconcerting. Rosenblat is awesomely dry and British sounding. I will be getting the next in the series for sure.

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  • Karen
  • Loves Park, Illinois, United States
  • 08-21-13

Stumbled upon this by accident.

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

Yes. Very interesting characters. Author make you have feelings for each one, good or bad. Listening to it again my feeling change some.

What other book might you compare Crocodile on the Sandbank to and why?

Set back in period time makes be feel I am part of a Christie Caper.

What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

Narrator gives each part of a character, the feeling you could see the performance in your head.

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

Yes I started listening to it at night. Love to hear someone read to me. Would stay up because story and delivery was Great. Kept me on the edge of the bed as it were. Love that the characters continue on in future books. Am a real Amelia Peacock fan now!

Any additional comments?

Thank you keep them coming.

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Light and refreshing!

I usually listen to sci fi fantasy, vampiric and thriller stories. This was an absolute treat! Funny, paced well enough not to get bored and a light listen where if I lost concentration it didn't really matter. Am off to get the next in the series!!

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  • Barbara
  • Houston, Texas, United States
  • 11-05-12

Adored this series! Even better the 2nd time!


When I first started listening to Elizabeth Peters I did not know what to expect. I am interested in Egyptology as well as Victorian England and so it seemed a good fit. I was EVER so pleasantly surprised at the depth of knowledge that the author displayed on the discoveries, digs, artifacts, language, culture, politics, controversies, etc. of that time and those places. She (far too modestly) says of herself “Accuracy is very important to me as a novelist; not only does my own professional pride demand it, but I have many readers whose expertise in various fields is at least as great as my own.” *

So I researched EP and found that her real name is Barbara Mertz, with a PhD in Egyptology (no small wonder) under which she has published 2 non-fiction archeology tomes; her other nom de plume: Barbara Michaels showcases thrillers with a soupcon of paranormal and of course our beloved Elizabeth Peters who lends her considerable imagination to mystery suspense. She states of these three personas that “The ostensible reason for using pseudonyms is that readers need to distinguish the various types of books written by a single author…” * I say it is because no one Author could encompass the richness, variety and eloquence of all three.

The vocabulary she uses, both historically and culturally accurate, enriches the value of the narrative and the mind of the reader. I cannot say enough about this Author. She is my personal favorite.

The Narrator is the perfect selection for the Peabody Series, and contrary to what others have stated, the only one who could accomplish each of the individual voices with such believability. Barbara Rosenblat is the consummate narrator with the attention to detail in the pronunciation of certain historically correct words (which Susan O’Malley does not), the span of gender and age, the establishment of distinct “personalities” for each of the characters.
All in all the best pairing of two brilliantly talented women!
I am on my second ‘read’ of this series and find it as delightful as I did when I first came across this gem.

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Fun Cozy

Oh we’ve come a long way baby!

Some of the sexist things that came out of Emerson’s mouth:

A woman with an inquiring mind is there such a thing!

Think, Peabody; if you have ever used your brain now is the time.”

“Speak, then. That is the trouble with women, even the best of them.” Emerson added. “They will indulge in vain cries of ‘if only’ and ‘had I known.’

Even though Emerson is at times an arrogant prig I couldn’t help giggling at some of the things he said and Amelia’s reaction to them. Also some of the times she really got him good like when his pocket was smoking that cracked me up. I enjoyed this cute cozy Amelia Peabody is so much fun and the ending cracked me up!

I read this for bookclub because we wanted something a little lighter this month and this one fit the bill perfectly, I think the discussion will come from my first line of this review, just how far women have come, and that showed in the mystery too I don’t think that exact same story could have been set in current times. Plus you get archaeology and Egyptology; mummy’s and murders this along with Amelia wit, Emerson’s gruffness makes the perfect combination for this fun cozy. I am looking forward to reading the rest of this series!


Barbara Rosenblat narrates this so perfectly, I have listened to her narrate all the Diana Mott Davidson books so who knew she could slip into this somewhat haughty English accent with such ease. What makes it even better is now I have no idea which accent is her “real” accent is she a Brit that can do a great American accent or is she an American who can superbly do a British accent? This just cements her spot on my favorite narrators list.

4 stars

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Lots of Fun

The narrator is brilliant! A light read which is both humorous and charming. The atmosphere is well created and the manners of the era nicely portrayed. I enjoyed this book immensely.

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The fun begins

This is the first book in an absolutely incredible series starring the indomitable Amelia Emerson, nee Peabody. These books were my favorites in hard copy but when you add Barbara Rosenblat's exquisite narration, they become my all-time choice in audiobooks. I have listened to every book in the series multiple times and they just get better and better. I only wish I could once again experience them for the first time. What a treat. If you haven't sampled them, do yourself a favor and fall in love with the Emersons but be sure to get only the ones narrated by Barbara Rosenblat. There is a night and day difference.

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You have to love Amelia! What a woman!

Elizabeth Peters' female protagonist is strong and entertaining. Barbara Rosenblat's reading is hysterical...I can't wait to hear more!

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Very enjoyable

Adorable characters, good story (though predictable), and terrific narration make this a very enjoyable "read".

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Wonderful

Absolutely wonderful, a fun romp through the sands of Egypt, with drama, romance and excitement at every turn.

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  • WmL
  • 08-26-14

What a Find and a Great Narrator!

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

This audible ranks very high amongst my favourites. It is easy to listen to, a good story and a really great narrator. All combine to make a really worthwhile download. So much so that I have gone on to download more in the series and will be very sorry when I get to the end.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All of the characters were enjoyable, each had their own little touches, but Amelia Peabody is a great character!

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

Barbara Rosenblat is a genius narrator! She really brings each character to life and this makes the stories much richer. All the different characters and accents add to the story.

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

No, not laugh or cry just smile delightedly from ear to ear!

Any additional comments?

Just great! This narration is what makes audible downloads so fantastic! An makes them enjoyable to listen to again and again.

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  • Lottie B
  • 11-15-13

Love Amelia Peabody

If you could sum up Crocodile on the Sandbank in three words, what would they be?

Highly entertaining read

Who was your favorite character and why?

Amelia Peabody

What three words best describe Barbara Rosenblat’s voice?

Clear, expressive, distinctive

Any additional comments?

I decided buy this as I have read most of the Amelia Peabody books and had heard that Barbara Rosenblat was an excellent narrator. Barbara is an excellent narrator but she was not quite censorious or strident enough to be my Amelia or Emerson.

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  • Moriah
  • 10-17-13

Parasol Protectorate meets Miss Marple

If you could sum up Crocodile on the Sandbank in three words, what would they be?

Archeology, Mystery, Humour.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters are amazing!

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

Amelia Peabody, she is amazing!

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

The book made me laugh out loud and I couldn't stop listening. A very late night and an early morning so I could find out what was going to happen.

Any additional comments?

I need to know what happens next!! Bring on the next book!