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The Mummy Case

An Amelia Peabody Mystery
Narrated by: Susan O’Malley
Series: Amelia Peabody, Book 3
Length: 10 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (313 ratings)

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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.

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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.

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Strange inserts in narration

I loved the story, but the narration had several places that sounded "pasted in", as if the dialogue had to change after the fact to fit some politically correct editing. The voice of the pasted in parts was lower and more mature, so it seemed it was recorded years later. I couldn't tell any difference in the story line, but the change in narration was a little irritating.

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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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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."

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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.

If you're just starting the series, listen to the samples of both. But I recommend Susan O'Malley.

2 of 3 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.

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Love the Emerson's!

Love this series, love this book. The Emerson family really starts to come into their own and my favorite character is "introduced" although you have to keep reading to put the pieces together. I love the family dynamic that starts to come alive in this book, great mystery and beautifully written characters.

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Susan O'Malley IS Amelia Peabody!

I honestly do not understand how or why anyone enjoys Rosenblat's performance of this book. She has no comedic timing, she reads soooo slowly, and her voices of the characters are all so annoying to me that I cannot stand to listen. I tired, I listened to the whole first half of Crocodile on the Sandbank narrated by Rosenblat, and had to give up. It was so incredibly terrible.

Susan O'Malley on the other hand is SO WONDERFUL!!! She absolutely IS Amelia Peabody, and everything she does with these books is just such fun. She has great comedic timing, and it just makes the whole thing so enjoyable and fun and light.

It is a tragedy that she only did the first 6 books. I would love to listen to the entire series, but I just CANNOT deal with Rosenblat. So instead I have listened to these first 6 books narrated by O'Malley about 4 times each now. And I'll probably listen to them again and again. Someone, PLEASE have Susan O'Malley narrate the rest of the books!!! PLEASE!!!!