©1991 Elizabeth Peters; (P)1991 Recorded Books, LLC
I find E Peters writing entertaining, fascinating and most enjoyable. Admittedly it could be described as dated but that is only right and proper as the story is set at the beginning of the last century! I enjoyed the ingenious plot as it pulled me gently through the benign to the horrifying consequences. Thank you for an excellent listen.
Either Barbara Rosenblat is the most talented voice artist on the planet, or she has magnificent multiple personality disorder. The book is narrated by the inimitable Amelia Peabody, so the voice of this imperious, matriarchal, trailblazing protofeminist Egyptologist is our constant. But it's the brilliant contrast with the other voices that makes the listening so enjoyable - I had to stalk Barbara Rosenblat on Youtube to hear for myself that she wasn't a genuine member of the 19th century English upper classes.
The Amelia Peabody series (RIP Elizabeth Peters) gets better and better as it goes on. 'The Last Camel' is one of the earlier books, a tongue-in-cheek pastiche of King Solomon's Mines, a homage which pokes gentle fun at the self-satisfied arrogance of Empire.
Emerson (he of the 'sapphirine orbs', button-pupping muscles and impossibly manly chest) is brought vividly to life by Rosenblat's impressive vocal range, which renders his rumbling basso profundo and mildly cursing outrage in fabulous contrast to Amelia's penetrating contralto, Ramses' piping precociousness and Nefret's tinklingly musical treble.
I mostly listened to this book in the car, so the Peabody Emersons travelled with me on my way to work. I laughed out loud at their improbable adventures and at the moments in the narrative when they were being particular caricatures of themselves - and had a fond smile on my face for the rest of the time.
I'm a bookblogger living in the north of England. My favourite authors include Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer and William Gibson.
The Amelia Peabody books are tremendous romps and Barbara Rosenblat narrates them to perfection. Every character is distinctive, but Amelia is an absolute triumph.
"Amelia Peabody series is great!"
Elizabeth Peter's Amelia Peabody, along with her husband - Emerson, is an archaelogist and expert on Egyptian pyramids. Each year they spend time working on digs but danger, murder and young lovers "dog" each season. This book in the series is by far the most superb with masterful development of the characters, plot and sub-plots. The tension before all is resolved will please any mystery reader, particularly those that enjoy historical fiction.
"You Can't Beat Amelia"
This is one of my favorites in a great series. It has the signature humor, fine characterization, and action that make every Amelia Peabody worth listening to. I've read them all, but Barbara Rosenblat's narration really makes these books soar. An important new character is added in this one, so don't miss it!
"The Perfect Combination does it again"
There is little I can say about this book that I have not already said repeatedly about Books 1-5 of this series. The stories of Elizabeth Peters and the narration of Barbara Rosenblat are the perfect combination for wonderful audible listening. Peters writes the Peabody series with dry wit and humor, and Rosenblat delivers that wit and humor precisely as intended by the author.
This book involves the Emerson family in traveling across the desert to find "the Lost City" and rescue a young girl from the ancient culture of the City and take her back to civilization. In a nod to the novels of H. Ryder Haggard, Peters has stuffed this story with great adventure and derring-do, and Rosenblat makes it all exciting while being humorous. As with the rest of the series, there are many LOL moments. And I am always amazed at the talent of Barbara Rosenblat, who delivers British, American (from the South),Scots, Egyptian, French, German and other assorted Arabic accents and voices, with a voice of a timbre which allows her to make adult males, females, and children all believable.
Carry on, Peabody!
"Barbara Rosenblat's narration is here!"
I missed this book when I was on my Elizabeth Peters wave, because of the change in narrators. Then today I was browsing for similar books and saw this! Now that Barbara Rosenblat's narration is available, I bought it right away.
Amelia Peabody books are such a pleasure when read by Barbara. The books are great on their own, but this narrator was made for them and enhances the experience exponentially. They are so uplifting when read by Barbara Rosenblat. And they are worth every cent - I have re-read each of them 2 or 3 times.
Thank you Audible for making this available! Yay!
...off to listen to it now...
Barbara is truly gifted. She advances this moderately interesting plot to the level of a delightfully engaging tale.
"Cultural benefits from the heart of M/P/M"
This book was published during 1991 at the end of the Persian Gulf War when American jingoism was at its highest. While the rest of America was glued to their television sets to see this media exploited war, Elizabeth Peters (Barbara Mertz) was busily and gently (if I may be so bold as to grant her mantic powers) practicing her own form of syncretism.
That is to say she anticipated and tried to extenuate the Xenophobia that would result from the first bombing of the WTC. In her wisdom she sees people, ALL people as either good or bad but not because of their race, condition of life or nationality, but because of their actions.
Acquiring her Doctorate in Egyptology at the tender age of 23, I cannot help but believe that she embraces all cultures, foreign and domestic and would be a strident advocate for peace and civil rights.
This book was as usual a great read, however I thought that the enjoyment of this book is enhanced, not diminished because of its cultural value. A salutary piece of work.
Kudos to the effective delivery which enhances the experience.
"Best since Crocodile on the Sandbank"
Elizabeth Peters continues the Amelia Peabody series with disputably the best book since Crocodile on the Sandbank. Set in the Sudan, the book has the usual number of twists and dastardly villains. We are provided a small glimpse of a very loquacious Ramses as he approaches adolescence. I do like how Peters continues to develop the relationship between her characters as they grow together and age. Barbara Rosenblat’s narration is, as ever, simply amazing.
"Amelia Peabody Rocks!"
This is the best Amelia story yet. The plot twists and turns as much as the path Amelia and Emerson take. The reader can't tell who they should trust!
"The Best of the series so far"
Absolutely! The superb narration brings the characters to life in a way the written word does not. Barbara Rosenblat could read the phone book and make it interesting!
I did not see this as a bite-your-nails thriller but there several escape by the seat of your pants scenes in the book.
I did not have a favorite scene in this story.
The Amelia Peabody series is not meant to pull heartstrings but to amuse and entertain.
Trapped in a lost civilization, Amelia Peabody, her husband Emerson, and her son Ramses solve a mystery while trying to escape. Precocious Ramses leads the villains on a frustrating chase.
"another good romp from Peters"
This series never fails to entertain. great humor and great adventures always surround the Emersons. Rosenblatt is a master artist with her voice and brings us a performance harkening back to the days of radio dramas...all-by-hetself. warning: once you've listened to the magic that is the Peters- Rosenblatt collaboration, you're likely to be ruined for anything else.
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