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Elizabeth Peter's novels that feature Kirby are both entertaining and full of twists. The plots are much easier to follow in an audio book than her somewhat ponderous Egyptian series with Peabody. Kirby adds a quirky humorous anti-heroine slant, taking the endangered young art history student Jean under her protection when she becomes a target for a murderer. Peters makes very believable the group of students who are at once competitors and allies in their desire to get continued funding for their studies in Rome. Ancient art history and those who spend their lives exploring it are both much more accessible in this story. Even my teenage son wanted to listen when I had it on in the car. I rather hated for the book to end, and wish Peters' later novels were more like this one.
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Wow, was the narrator, Grace Conlin, bad. Dana was English, the accent varied. Jacqueline and Jean were one voice. The chapters numbers repeated for some odd reason. Pass on anything from this narrator.
I really struggled with the story due to the poor narration. Took me a month for a 6 hour book. Normally I'm buying extra credits but not this month.
I'm a HUGE Elizabeth Peters fan. I typically have a unequivocal requirement that her stories be read by Barbara Rosenblat. I broke my rule and suffered. Sadly there are close to a dozen Audibles by Elizabeth Peters narrated by Grace Conlin meaning I won't hear a one. In fact I'm returning book 2 and possibly this one.
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