Ba Macdonald

Oxfordshire, England
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  • The Ape Who Guards the Balance

  • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 10
  • By: Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by: Samantha Eggar
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

The prospects for the 1907 archaeological season in Egypt seem fairly dull to Amelia Peabody. Her adored husband, Professor Radcliff Emerson, has been ignominiously demoted to examining only the most boring tombs in the Valley of the Kings, but they are determined to make the most of a bad situation. This year, however, the legendary land of the pharaohs will yield more than priceless artifacts, for the desert guards even deeper mysteries that are wrapped in greed - and sealed in murder.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as Barbara Rosenblatt!

  • By julie a warren on 21-10-09

Very disappointing

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Reviewed: 30-06-14

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

No-one as the fault does not lie with the book but with the narrator.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ape Who Guards the Balance?


How did the narrator detract from the book?

She was not very good. Unlike Barbara Rosenblatt she read it all in the same voice with little appropriate feeling. It was of a similar standard to that of any parent reading a bedtime story to their young child.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The book is excellent, it was the narration that was at fault.

Any additional comments?

After listening to Barbara Rosenblatt narrating the Amelia Peabody series so well I was so disappointed in this version that I would not listen to any more if Samantha Eggar was the narrator.

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