Amelia Peabody, that indomitable product of the Victorian age, embarks on her first Egyptian adventure...
It began as a game, a treasure hunt in an old German castle....
For vibrant, lovely Jean Suttman, the fellowship to study in Rome was the culmination of all her dreams, until she undertook an innocent expedition to the ancient subterranean Temple...
At the end of her first unsuccessful season out in society, Lady Georgiana has all but given up on attracting a suitable man - until she receives an invitation to a masked Halloween ball....
In September 1925, Scotland Yard DCI Alec Fletcher inherits a large house on the outskirts of London from a recently deceased great-uncle....
Lady Emily Hardcastle is an eccentric widow with a secret past. Florence Armstrong, her maid and confidante, is an expert in martial arts. The year is 1908 and they've just moved....
Katie Lightfoot's tired of loafing around as the assistant manager of an Ohio bakery....
Northumberland, 1809: A beautiful young heiress disappears from her locked bedchamber at Linn Hagh. The local constables are baffled and the townsfolk cry "witchcraft"....
With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper-class society....
The third installment of the John Pickett series of humorous mysteries finds Bow Street Runner Pickett in Scotland investigating a woman found unconscious on the beach....
In the seaside town of Lighthouse Cove in northern California, everyone knows the best man for the job is actually a woman - contractor Shannon Hammer....
Jessica Tregarth goes to England to visit her grandfather; an invitation that surprises and pleases her....
Frightened yet resolute young woman searches for a perilous truth and for the beloved parent she thought was gone forever....
Selchester Castle in 1953 sits quiet and near-empty, its corridors echoing with glories of the past. Or so it seems to intelligence officer Hugo Hawksworth....
While house-sitting, Ellie opens an antique book about the town's aristocracy and finds disturbing secrets that extend to her own family....
As friends, the boisterous American Beryl couldn't be less alike than the prim and proper British Edwina. But as sleuths in an England recovering from the Great War, they're the perfect match....
When the Marquis of Amberley's coach is waylaid by highwaymen and his coachman shot, he is forced to take shelter at the first house he finds....
A new year, 1917, is dawning, and the Great War that ravages the world shows no sign of abating. Answering the siren call of Egypt once more, Amelia Peabody and her family arrive at their home in Luxor to learn of a new royal tomb ransacked by thieves. Soon, a more disturbing outrage concerns the archaeologists: the freshly and savagely slain corpse of a thief defiling the ancient burial site.
Besieged by the British and defended by formidable Turkish and German forces, the fortified seaport of Gaza guards the gateway to the Holy Land. Answering a call he cannot refuse from British military intelligence, Amelia's son Ramses must journey to this ancient, fabled city to undertake a mission as personal as it is perilous. Death will surely be his lot if he is caught or exposed. Meanwhile, Ramses' wife, Nefret, guards a secret of her own.
"Peters' real talent is in creating lovably eccentric characters whom Rosenblat nimbly brings to life....A very entertaining romp in the Middle East." (AudioFile)
"Series fans will relish the underlying humor, which is particularly good here, and recognize the characters as old friends who continue to improve and delight with age." (Booklist)
Why on earth are some of the Amelia Peabody series missing, and some availible only in abridged form? Who knows what we have missed in this one!
31 of 31 people found this review helpful
I love Amelia Peabody books and tend to listen to them over and over. Barbara Rosenblat is a wonderful narrator, and extremely consistent. However, this one - unlike the others - was abridged, and it was done very poorly. I found myself wondering the motivations for all sorts of actions by the Emersons, and getting frustrated because I could not follow the story. In the end, I bought the book so that I could figure out the story.
I don't think I'll ever buy another abridged audible book - please put this one out again - unabridged.
25 of 25 people found this review helpful
I wish I could give it 5 stars.. but...
So SO SO much is lost. I really love the AP series, and I love Barbara R. as a narrator... but it breaks my heart to lose so much in these abridged versions. I love the family stuff... I love the detail... I love to know what everyone is doing.
I wish these books were offered unabridged. I would get them in a heart beat to "hear" what I missed.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
After reading/listening to all the Amelia Peabody books I was VERY disappointed to see that several of them are only available in an abridged version. Half the story was gone including all the subtle action which makes this series so fantastic. Why, after producing 12 books would they choose to ruin 3 of them by only recording abridged versions? HUGE LETDOWN.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Elizabeth Peters brilliant writing was mangled in this "abridged" version. I hope she reads the reviews here as it seems many people who are willing to write reviews are disappointed. 5 stars to the gifted Barbara Rosenblat for her perseverance.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
yes and no. The story was choppy because of the abridgment but what i was able to catch was entertaining.
Would you recommend The Golden One to your friends? Why or why not?
once the unabridged version with Barbara Rosenblat comes out then yes. Until then read the book.
What does Barbara Rosenblat bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I have listened to all the books in this series. Ms Rosenblat brings a unique voice to each character. They are easily recognizable and suit the personalities well. I read many of the books before listening to them and can say she caught their voices perfectly.
Any additional comments?
please bring Ms Rosenblat back to the series for these unabridged versions. I have nothing against Ms O'Malley but her characterization is flat after listening to so many of these in Ms Rosenblat's voice.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
This book filled in a key hole for me in the story of the Emerson family's archaeological and investigating adventures. I was very disappointed that it was available only in abridged form -- normally I won't touch an abridgement -- but I decided to make an exception because I really wanted to hear this one. I was pleasantly surprised, as I would not have realized it was abridged if I had not known it. Barbara Rosenblat is great, as always!
11 of 15 people found this review helpful
Any fan of this series would have to be disappointed with this abridged version! So much of the nuance essential to building a relationship with the characters is destroyed by the hacking away of Ms. Peters excellent writing and character delvelopment.
I thoroughly enjoy the Amelia Peabody Series by Elizabeth Peters especially as narrated by Barbara Rosenblat. However, this abridged version cuts too much of the story out. The relationship between Ramses and Nefret Emerson is vital to carrying on the legacy of the main character and is sliced apart with editing
Please Audible! Get the unabridged versions of this and "Children of the Storm" so I can complete my series!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
This is the abridged version, I purchased it and the next two in the series not paying enough attention. However Audible does not carry the Unabridged version currently. So if you are not a fan of very detailed information in the Amelia Peabody series this book is for you. I personally like that much detail, but not everyone is like me, and that is ok.
What was most disappointing about Elizabeth Peters’s story?
What was disappointing is that it was chopped up in this version. I felt there were clear places where things continued on as though parts were not missing. However I think once I can locate and listen to the full unabridged version I am going to love it as much as all the others I have listened to and have really enjoyed.
Which character – as performed by Barbara Rosenblat – was your favorite?
I Adore her Amelia! Her other voices are wonderful too, and her other characters are so good that to me the male voices are believable in the book listening context.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
I enjoy Amelia's bravery and the tongue in cheek humor I find in this series. I bought the first of the series just by accident the story sounded interesting & it was on sale. Some months later I found the second on and then figured out it was a series so I started listening to them all, and really enjoyed each one until this one. I am in the middle of the next abridged version I purchased (Guardian of the Horizon) and I am not happy with it.
Any additional comments?
When do you think you will get these three in the unabridged version?
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Would you try another book from Elizabeth Peters and/or Barbara Rosenblat?
The books are great fun, and this narrator is perfect for them. However, this abridged version is poorly done - the story doesn't flow, and lots of interesting details are missing. As far as I can see, the description does not state that this is an abridged version - I felt cheated.
Have you listened to any of Barbara Rosenblat’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
The narrator does a great job - my only complaint is the poorly done abridgement, and especially the fact that this is not stated in the description.
Was The Golden One worth the listening time?
I didn't think so - I'm sure an unabridged version would be, though.
Any additional comments?
Just to reiterate - the description should clearly state that this is an abridged version of the book.