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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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    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.<br/>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.<br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>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
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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

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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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    Elizabeth 06-04-12
    Elizabeth 06-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Charming story, wonderfully preformed"

    Sometimes I listen to a book because I know it is the only way I will be able to read it. In this instance, I think I wouldn't have enjoyed reading this story nearly as much as I enjoyed listening to it. It is detective fiction lite, a true cozy, the violence is minimal and the plot fairly conspicuous, with characters and setting interesting enough to hold things together. The pace might have been too slow had I been reading the book myself, but Barbara Rosenblat's performance, and it is assuredly a performance rather than narration, had me searching for the second book in the series as soon as I finished the first.

    This is not a hard hitting or terribly thought provoking book, it isn't meant to be, but it kept me quite entertained without requiring my full attention.

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    Nina Muenchen, Germany 06-04-12
    Nina Muenchen, Germany 06-04-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Miss Marple in late 19th century"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved the book! The story is developing nicely and you are led to false beliefs so that you are not able to predict the outcome of the story. <br/>I write Miss Marple in the late 19th century since the character of Miss Peabody seems to be quite alike in matters of unorthodox thinking and her nosiness even if she is a just at her early thirties.<br/>And over all I very much liked the performance of Barbara Rosenblat. Actually it was her performance with led me to buy the audiobook without having read a wrap-up of the store. Her voice and accent fitted my idea of an unusally confident and open-minded lady perfectly and by the time I had finished listening to the sample I was already addicted to the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Miss Amelia Peabody since I love strong female characters :-)<br/><br/>Well I also loved Radcliffe Emerson with his stubborn and provocative air...


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    Jennifer United States 05-31-12
    Jennifer United States 05-31-12 Member Since 2014
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    "The first is the best ..."
    If you could sum up Crocodile on the Sandbank in three words, what would they be?

    Rollicking good fun.


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

    The pacing of the plot - the action and the character development - is terrific. It's not particularly difficult to guess what's coming next but it so delightful listening to the story unfold, who cares?


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

    In this reading, Rosenblat does an outstanding job performing Amelia Peabody. In the later novels I find that Peabody's "voice" becomes more strident and annoying, but here, it's perfect.


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