Crocodile on the Sandbank : Amelia Peabody

  • by Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by Susan O'Malley
  • Series: Amelia Peabody
  • 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Amelia Peabody, that indomitable product of the Victorian age, embarks on her first Egyptian adventure armed with unshakable self-confidence, a journal to record her thoughts, and, of course, a sturdy umbrella. On her way, Amelia rescues young Evelyn Barton-Forbes, who has been "ruined" and abandoned on the streets of Rome by her rascally lover. With a typical disregard for convention, Amelia promptly hires her fellow countrywoman as a companion and takes her to Cairo.
Eluding Alberto, Evelyn's former lover, who wants her back, and Evelyn's cousin, Lord Ellesmere, who wishes to marry her, the two women sail up the Nile. They disembark at an archaeological site run by the Emerson brothers - the irascible, but dashing, Radcliffe and the amiable Walter. Soon their little party is increased by one - one mummy, that is, and a singularly lively example of the species. Strange visitations, suspicious accidents, and a botched kidnapping convince Amelia that there is a plot afoot to harm Evelyn.

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What the Critics Say

"The indomitable Amelia Peabody carries the listener along as easily as she carries her umbrella." (AudioFile)

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Crocodile on the Sandbank

This is a wonderful book. There is a problem, however. Barbara Rosenblatt should be the narrator. She was the first voice to give life to Amelia Peabody. To listen to another, less talented reader, who gives very little differentiation to the characters is very unsatisfying.
I prefer a reader who is easy to listen to. This means I don't have to listen with such utter intensity to differentiate one character from another. Barbara Rosenblatt is so good at this that listening to her is a relaxing experience. One immediately knows Amelia and her wonderful British womanness from her husband Emerson or her son Ramses.
Get Barbara Rosenblatt as the narrator!
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- Morgan

Have always loved Amelia (but not ms o'malley)

I, too, am familiar with both readers of these stories. And I've ordered other books she narrated before I realised that I really don't enjoy her reading voice.

As for Amelia, it may seem that she bashes men, but she is highly intelligent in an era when women were expected to be stupid. When mem treat her like an idiot, she tends to reciprocate in kind. When she is in the company of men who don't patronize her, she meets them as equals... which doesn't mean she doesn't argue with them, just that the arguements aren't one sided.

I greatly enjoyed the Egyptology involved in the books, the more so since Peters has a degree (can't remember if it's masters or doctoral) in Egyptology. She is also Barbara Michaels, many of who's books are also available here, if you prefer a contemporary setting.
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- Kate

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-23-2002
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.