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Publisher's Summary

The irascible husband of Victorian Egyptologist Amelia Peabody demonstrates again why he has been nicknamed "Father of Curses." Denied permission to dig at the pyramids of Dahshoor, Emerson is awarded instead the "pyramids" of Mazghunah: countless mounds of rubble in the midst of nowhere. Nothing in this barren spot seems worthy of interest - until an antiquities dealer is murdered in his Cairo shop.

When a sinister Egyptian spotted at the crime scene turns up in Mazghunah, Amelia can't resist following his trail. There's a mysterious scrap of papyrus and a missing mummy case to investigate, while she keeps at least one eye on their precocious son Ramses and his Egyptian cat. But the digging turns truly dangerous when Amelia and Emerson look for answers in an ancient tomb - one that could become their grave.

©1985 Elizabeth Peters; (P)1999 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Between Amelia Peabody and Indiana Jones, it's Amelia - in wit and daring - a landslide." (New York Times Book Review)
"[Elizabeth Peters] scores again with a riotously witty, tense, and cunningly constructed tale." (Publishers Weekly)
"Amelia Peabody Emerson, archaeologist extraodinaire, and arguably the most potent female force to hit Egypt since Cleopatra, is digging again!" (Philadelphia Inquirer)

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Okay so the accent is missing....

Why Susan O'Malley chose to not do an English accent I don't know, but she captures the personality of Amelia, Emerson and Ramses perfectly. It's that practicality to the extreme of Amelia's that makes the stories entertaining and very funny. I may be the exception in preferring O'Malley's reading but I think she does a much better job of capturing the essence of the characters. As for the story itself, not my favorite, but nevertheless very enjoyable.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Better versions

This is a really fun series and I was so excited to see that Audible was beginning to carry it. However, this version has a vastly inferior narrator that will detract from the pleasure of the book for anyone who has already listened to the best. The author must have sold the rights to Blackstone early in her career before she could afford to be choosy about who would narrate. It will be worth your while to seek out this other narrator.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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wonderful time

Great reader, great book. Barbara Rosenblat makes it come alive with her different voices.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Need that same narrator

I've listened to Book 1 and 2 of the Amelia Peabody series with Susan O'Malley narrating. I have also sampled the narration of Barbara Rosenblat. Rosenblat's cadence turns Amelia into a cold, unsensuous old maid. Her narration lacks the passion of Susan O'Malley's fetching and lively "conversation."

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyed it but

I really enjoyed the first book much better. There was something wrong with the audio as the voice would change every now and then. It was an okay listen and did have a surprise ending.

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Fun and engaging.

The book was well written and engaging. I was interested and looked forward to hearing more. I was confused by some parts that sounded different but my only guess is that it was parts that were added back in after it was unabridged.

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I disagree, I prefer Susan O'Malley as narrator

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes

Any additional comments?

I see other people strongly prefer Barbers Rosenblatt. I think it just depends on which narrator you begin with. I could hardly listen to Barbers Rosenblatt. Maybe because I'm an american, but to me the inflections are distracting, she sounds older and heavier and reads more slowly. Susan O'malley is just more clear and snappy, which I feel she fits the character better. <br/><br/>If you're just starting the series, listen to the samples of both. But I recommend Susan O'Malley.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Light entertainment

Entertaining, subtle humor but was very slow in places. Definately a book that you can put down and come back to. The child character was supremely annoying and made the book unbelievable, however, overall I enjoyed it but would I not recommend as a great "have to read".

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The Mummy Case

Ramses adds that "little something special" to the book, livening it up. Amelia and her husband Emerson are the same great team as ever!

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It was okay

Being the first book I ever listened to by this author and since I've never read anything by her I don't know for sure if it was the style of the author or the narrator, but it took some getting used to. The story line itself was fine, I guess. Nothing that really got me excited. At the end, it was kind of like "oh, that's it, it's over". I was a bit under-whelmed by the whole story.