The Curse of the Pharaohs

The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 2
Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
Series: Amelia Peabody, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (2,953 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The sun rides high over the British Empire and the light still sparkles brightly in Amelia Peabody's eye as she returns for her second adventure in archaeology and romantic mystery as recounted in her lively journal, The Curse of the Pharaohs.

It was Sir Henry's intention to ensure that no tomb had been overlooked in the previous expedition. Scarcely had the men been at work for three days when their spades uncovered the first of a series of steps cut into the rock.

The Times gave the story a full column, on page three. The next dispatch to come to Luxor, however, rated front-page headlines. Sir Henry Baskerville was dead. He was found next morning stiff and stark in his bed. On his face was a look of ghastly horror. On his high brow, inscribed in what appeared to be dried blood, was a crudely drawn uraeus serpent, the symbol of the divine pharaoh.

Instead of digging up the treasures of a lost age, it appeared that Amelia and her friend Radcliffe were excavating a deadly curse.

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Critic Reviews

"Peters really knows how to spin romance and adventure into a mystery." (Philadelphia Inquirer)

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Wonderful!

Amelia Peabody and Radcliffe Emerson are married and settled into a quiet, English life. Yes; they are happy and yes; they are bored. In this installment, Amelia and Emerson ditch their baby with Evelyn and Walter and travel to finish a cursed dig. Amelia still endlessly expounds on her eccentric opinions, and Emerson is as vociferous as ever. The Curse of The Pharaohs is entertaining and an excellent addition to this series. As always, Barbara Rosenblat is wonderful with a variety of accents. You may notice that there are two narrators for this series: Barbara Rosenblat and Susan O'Malley. This is due to the fact that Blackstone Audio, Inc. and Recorded Books have both produced some of the installments. You do not have to switch narrators to enjoy each volume in this series if you stick with Recorded Books and Barbara Rosenblat. Some of the audiobooks for this series also have abridged additions. So, be careful.

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So much fun!

I read the first Amelia Peabody mystery, but never seemed to get into the second so I decided to listen instead. I don't know if I will ever actually read the rest after listening to this narrator. She does some amazing voices and kept me extremely amused by giving such life to our heroine, Amelia. She kept the story moving along and never once was I bored!

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Brilliant!

Barbara Rosenblatt is the perfect Amelia. She's also the perfect Emerson, Evelyn and all the other characters. Her range as a narrator is astounding and she rivals Jim Dale (in the Harry Potter series) for her ability to completely inhabit a character. Warning: Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody series is addictive. I wish Audible would make all the books available with Ms. Rosenblatt.

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Wonderful!

Amelia Peabody and Radcliffe Emerson are married and settled into a quiet, English life. Yes; they are happy and yes; they are bored. In this installment, Amelia and Emerson ditch their baby with Evelyn and Walter and travel to finish a cursed dig. Amelia still endlessly expounds on her eccentric opinions, and Emerson is as vociferous as ever. The Curse of The Pharaohs is entertaining and an excellent addition to this series. As always, Barbara Rosenblat is wonderful with a variety of accents. You may notice that there are two narrators for this series: Barbara Rosenblat and Susan O'Malley. This is due to the fact that Blackstone Audio, Inc. and Recorded Books have both produced some of the installments. You do not have to switch narrators to enjoy each volume in this series if you stick with Recorded Books and Barbara Rosenblat. Some of the audiobooks for this series also have abridged additions. So, be careful.

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Great Reading

I fundamentally enjoyed the reading of this book. I laughed out loud more than once.

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Old Time Adventure

A delightful adventure set at the turn of the century with mischief, murder, sabotage & deception added to a little historical fiction. Perfect entertainment for a Sunday afternoon in the rain!!

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  • 01-26-09

Great story and narrator

This narrator brings the story to life and will have you chuckling the whole way through at her highly proper attitude to ridiculous events. I love Elizabeth Peters' series.

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Barbara Rosenblat rules!!

I adore Ms Rosenblat's narration and characterizations. I made the error of purchasing the first Amelia Peabody book narrated by Ms O'Malley and boy is there a difference. Ms Rosenblat's narration is hands down the best!!

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Loved It!

Elizabeth Peters + Barbara Rosenblatt = Perfection!

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Fun and Entertaining

This narrator is great. She is so skilled at doing different voice and adds such entertainment to the stories. I often find myself laughing. Just pure fun and entertainment.

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  • Mrs
  • 12-23-12

parousel at the ready!

I love this book! In fact, I love the whole series of books. Amelia Peabody is everything you could want in a character; funny, witty and with a hard edge that is at the same time endearing and loveable. What is so great is that she seems so real, I find myself really relating to how she feels sometimes being a bit of a tom boy myself. All of the characters are great and the story keeps you hooked from start to finish! Fantastic adventure series that I would recommend to anyone. In fact, we called our son Walter which we chose because we like this series so much :-)

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  • Cheryl
  • 09-05-10

curse of the pharoahs

Very enjoyable travelogue/historical mystery. Miss peabody unravels various clues whilst having to wait for her husband to regain his memory of being married to her.The last eleven years of their lives together.This all adds to the suspense and tests amelias patience to the limit.

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  • S. B. Smith
  • 06-12-14

Amelia comes to Life

What made the experience of listening to The Curse of the Pharaohs the most enjoyable?

The narrator Barbara Rosenblat makes you feel like your listening to Amelia and her high handed way of dealing with everyone and everything that gets in her way, but it still comes over as a bit of fun

What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

Barbara's performance was brilliant. It sounded so like the way I have always imagined Amelia and her family would carry one with little or no regard to others as she sweeps everyone aside that doesn't agree with her, but it is very funny

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  • L
  • 09-09-12

Nostalgic adventures

This is the second in a series of Amelia Peabody stories, mostly set in 19th Century Egypt. They are charming and well-written nostalgia. This one involves a possible mummy's curse, several deaths, and danger for our intrepid heroine and her husband. Barbara Rosenblat does an excellent job with the voices of all characters, particularly with the upper-class English accents, only occasionally slipping-up with a modern American pronunciation. Easy-listening and entertaining, recommended.

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  • Penelope
  • 08-05-13

The Curse of the Pharaohs

Having been hooked, I couldn't wait to listen to the next book in the series. Another good and story read by a great narrator.

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  • Di
  • 06-17-20

Tongue in cheek murder mystery

I am listening again to the books in the series. It’s handy to go back to things you’ve enjoyed when your short on credits!

I have just donated all the printed books to a village reading club during lockdown. Since hearing these books read by the talented Barbara Rosenblat it is a joy that reading for myself doesn’t match. It makes me grin all the time, listening to the aristocratic voices and the fun the author obviously had with the characters. They get under your skin and it’s so enjoyable hearing the characters grow book by book. Great fun.

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  • Sheryl
  • 02-13-19

enjoyed

A very enjoyable listen with a delightful mix of humour and action. Would like to listen to more in the series.

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  • eatough1999
  • 08-28-18

A cozy whodunit

2nd outing with Peabody. I found her less irritating this time, which is a positive. The bodies pile up and Emerson and Peabody dual to be the first to discover the culprit(s) Narration excellent once again, differing accents handled well. I felt there was less wit employed generally which was a pity. My sleuthing on this one proved correct not sure whether that is a good thing or not.

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  • Transformer Books
  • 05-31-17

Marvellous

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

Yes. It's quirky, interesting, with appealing characters. The Egyptian and archeaeology detail is fascinating, the plot clever, and exciting. And it's very funny indeed, to the point of laughing aloud often.

What other book might you compare The Curse of the Pharaohs to, and why?

There's nothing quite like it, except of course her other Amelia Peabody books.

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

She expresses the characters splendidly with the different voices she brings to it. I am so impressed, she's a one-person dramatic performance; her Amelia voice expresses the very quirky temperament of this lady, her male voices are totally convincing and easily distinguished, her Egytian voices too, her different accents are excellent, and her young Ramses is just perfect, and utterly hilarious.

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

If it was one's first reading I think yes, but for myself, the answer is not at all, it's so wonderful I wanted to spread out the experience as long as possible.

Any additional comments?

I had read all the books, and loved them before finding the audiobooks, but Barbara Rosenblatt adds a dimension to the experience that I couldn't have imagined. She's fantastic.They are all good, but I am particularly fond of the ones which feature the child Ramses.

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  • Inishowen Cailin
  • 03-18-17

Irritating and tedious

Has The Curse of the Pharaohs put you off other books in this genre?

It has certainly put me off listening to the rest of the series. How many stereotypes can you fit in to one book? If it's not the Egyptians getting a heavy dose of English snobbery it's the red headed, freckled, Irish leprechaun people.I got bored with this book very quickly and couldn't wait for it to be over. It is too similar to the first book which I enjoyed a lot. In addition, the identity of the murderer was obvious from the beginning. The host of side characters were annoying and the Irish character really got on my nerves. The awful accent performed by the narrator coupled with the stereotypical, stage/Hollywood phrases e.g Begorrah and Top o' the morning etc made this an AWFUL listen and as offensive and irritating as the American Saint Patty.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Bored and irritated.

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  • Gianetta
  • 09-26-16

Amelia forever

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No. I love the stories but not the narration.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Amelia

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I have heard Barbara Rosenblat performing Emily Polifax and enjoyed her narration. I feel that Amelia's voice would be softer however. It just didn't sound like her for me. I've been reading and rereading these books for years and probably have too strong a perception of what the characters sound like..