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Crocodile on the Sandbank Audiobook

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

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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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    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 03-16-12
    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 03-16-12

    Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!

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    "One of the Best Adventure/Comedy Series Ever!"

    Elizabeth Peters is a wonder! I have read all the Amelia Peabody series and didn't think I could love them more. Then along came Audible and Barbara Rosenblat. Even better than print! I listen to these over and over. The key is Amelia; she is the perfect heroine -- strong, funny, opinionated and full of heart. In this first volume, the reader is hooked by the end of the first chapter and anxious to return to Amelia, Emerson, and Egypt for the whole series! Can't say enough about this listening experience.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 10-22-05 Member Since 2001
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    "Great Entertainment"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I laughed outloud several times, prompting my husband to look at me like I was crazy. Amelia is the most endearing woman. I feel like the Emersons are part of my family now.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy J Tornado Alley OK 09-02-12
    Nancy J Tornado Alley OK 09-02-12 Member Since 2011

    Mystery reader (especially series) and Austen lover

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    "Peabody and Rosenblat -- what could be better?"

    The Amelia Peabody books have long been my favorite lighthearted, tongue-in-cheek novels, and Barbara Rosenblat is one of my favorite narrators. This first book of the series, which introduces Amelia and her decided feminist ideas (in Victorian-era England and Egypt), along with her absolute inability to see that others might not agree with her views, gives Rosenblat many opportunities for tongue-in-cheek, ironic performance. In this book, Amelia, newly wealthy and independent, goes to Egypt to become an Egyptologist. There she meets Emerson, they have many great adventures and fall in love. Hard to describe other than as a romp, full of humor and adventure.

    I hesitated to buy this audio since I had read the book several times, but I found it well worth the listening, making me laugh out loud often.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth United States 03-09-10
    Ruth United States 03-09-10 Member Since 2014

    I love clean books of all sorts. Love mysteries, fantasies epic to kids stories, fairy tales, romances, humor, and historical fiction

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    "A Wonderful Egyptian Escape!!"

    This is the first book in a series that I love! I have never read the books and have only listened to Amelia Peabody rise off the page in her amazing adventures. I am the stay-at-home mom of several children with disabilities and these books have helped me keep my sense of humor and my sanity. Cooking and cleaning are not so dull when I can push a button and be at Amelia's side in Egypt exploring the perils and pitfalls of the tombs. I love the characters, the plots and the machinations of Amelia as she works with her "councils of war" to solve the mysteries. Her machinations and the interplay of the characters only get better in future books. Two is not my favorite, but I won't miss any of them. With the addition of a handsome rogue of a villain and a small addition in the "brother of demons" this series is almost complete. They also deliciously satisfy the hopeless romantic in me, with their modest, English reserve. I don't have to worry about what my children will hear. You have to listen to these books. Barbara Rosenblat is my all-time favorite female narrator. She does an exquisite job. I never have to wonder who says what. I'm so pleased to own this excellent audio book for my very own.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 11-19-08
    Laura 11-19-08 Member Since 2012
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    "Fabulously entertaining!"

    Barbara Rosenblatt does a wonderful job narrating the part of Amelia Peabody. The book is somewhat predictable, but the story is SO wonderful and fun it pulls you along through the end. I also loved the characters' full development especially that of Amelia. A great listen!

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    Bronwyn VictoriaAustralia 01-16-08
    Bronwyn VictoriaAustralia 01-16-08
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    "Amelia super sleuth!"

    This is the second book in this series that I have listened to and found it to be very similar to the first.
    I found the story and archaelogical references interesting.
    As other reviewers have said it was somewhat predictable but in my opinion this made it a comfortable read, like putting on a favourite pair of slippers.
    The 19th century English used by Amelia is quaint and a little annoying at times but it became more familiar as the book went on.
    The narrator became a little distracted a couple of times confusing her voices. Background noise was distracting for the listener on more than one occasion also. I found her extremely 'proper' accent became a little irritating at times. This may be misleading though as, on the whole, she did a very good job of it.
    The author successfully blends the plot with humour, wit, mystery and suspense. All in all an enjoyable book.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Rose Troy BRIDGEPORT, AL, US 04-08-13
    Rose Troy BRIDGEPORT, AL, US 04-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Pass on this one"
    How could the performance have been better?

    Less breathing! If I heard one more swallow or large breath before speaking I was going to scream by the time I finished with this book!


    Any additional comments?

    I know this book was written in the '70's and is about the 1890's, but come on...it was so sensational and predictable that it wound up being a very irritating read. I am all for a powerful female, but the main female character is so over the top in her actions and self confidence that it overshadowed the entire story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    deepgreen 06-24-08
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    "A very good listen!"

    Appealing and believable characters (especially the heroine), interesting background (ancient Egypt as seen from the 1880s), and a bequiling plot. Excellent narrator! Overall, a very nice package.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda T. GREENVILLE, SC, USA 08-30-07
    Brenda T. GREENVILLE, SC, USA 08-30-07 Member Since 2007
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    "brilliant heroine, brilliant narrator"

    I have loved Amelia Peabody since I first met her many years ago in the pages of this book. Barbara Rosenblat brings this fictional woman to life so vividly. The mystery, history, and fun of 19th-century Egyptology is as fresh now as it was when the book was first published. Elizabeth Peters never disappoints the reader. She uses her extensive education in history (a Ph.D. in Egyptology, in fact) to take the reader back to the adventures of discovering tombs and temples during the heyday of excavations. I highly recommend this book, this series, and this narrator.

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    Jessica 08-07-14
    Jessica 08-07-14 Member Since 2011
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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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    8/14/16
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    "Excellent narration but out of synch"
    If you could sum up Crocodile on the Sandbank in three words, what would they be?

    Great story and wonderful characters of a brilliant series ranging through the the late to mid 19th century and into the early 20th century. The first on the series introducing the core main characters of Amelia and her husband Emerson, their close in laws, and Abdullah the head foreman. Superb thriller comedy, that is a fantastically entertaining romp through Egyptology and the site of Akhenatons city written by a qualified Egyptologist.


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

    As knowledgeable and accurate as Cadfael in its historical background, and like Cadfael is basically a murder mystery series revolving around a core group of characters, but unlike Cadfael is also a comedy series with a hugely entertaining female character whose closest current parallel in pure comedy if not in personality or similarity is probably Agatha Raisin.


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

    Her voice is perfect for Amelia, although her male voices are a bit iffy. She couldn't manage Emerson very well, at one point he sounded like a rather frail octagenarian, but unless they are going to include several other voices to add to the narration this is going to occur, as females have trouble imitating male voices and vice versa.


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

    Yes. I love this series, theres nothing on TV, and I wanted to multi task and listen rather than read. I had a long night ahead of me, very bearable with Amelia to keep me company.


    Any additional comments?

    Great, but the chapters are out of synch. Advertised as 9 here, 12 in fact in the book. The whole book is here and in order as the chapter numbers are given at the beginning of each, which is why I assume they have not sold it in a pairing with the book as they would be out of synch. A great recording, as good as you are going to get, spoilt for this who wish to read and listen simultaneously by a very careless or incompetent tech.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sapphire
    7/14/16
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    "a rather ripping tale"

    I really enjoy the adventures of Miss Peabody et al.

    She is an intelligent, forthright heroine intent on breaking the boundaries limiting her sex, always ready for adventure against dastardly foes

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anya Clarkson
    5/24/16
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    "Amelia Peabody has given me parasol life goals"

    I adored this book - it's witty, empowering and leaves you with a warm fuzzy feeling at the end

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • JoG
    2/13/16
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    "Very enjoyable romp"

    If you want an enjoyable story with a bit of lighthearted tension then this is great. It lacks the over detailed gore and sexual violence that is so prevalent these days, something which I consider a benefit. It's more Agatha Christie with extra "jolly hockey sticks!".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • AKEMAP
    1/11/15
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    "A page turner if there ever was one!"

    If you love romance, history and adventure then this is the book for you. There are facts galore with out being being boring. The wit is gentle the narrator is excellent. I have read this series or books at least 4 times each time they are just as enjoyable as the first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • WmL
    Reading, United Kingdom
    8/26/14
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Bath, United Kingdom
    11/15/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moriah
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    10/17/13
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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