A River in the Sky : Amelia Peabody

  • by Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by Barbara Rosenblat
  • Series: Amelia Peabody
  • 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Elizabeth Peters brings back beloved Egyptologist and amateur sleuth Amelia Peabody in an exciting tale set amid the ancient temples and simmering religious tensions of Palestine on the eve of World War I.
August 1910. Amelia Peabody and her husband, Emerson, are relaxing at home in Kent, enjoying the tranquil beauty of summer. But adventure soon beckons when they are persuaded to follow would-be archaeologist Major George Morley on an expedition to Palestine. Searching for the vanished treasures of the Temple in Jerusalem, Morley is determined to unearth the legendary Ark of the Covenant.
The skeptical Emerson wants no part of the scheme, until a request from the War Office and Buckingham Palace persuades him to reconsider. The Germans are increasing their influence in Palestine and British intelligence insists that Morley is an agent of the Kaiser, sent to stir up trouble in this politically volatile land. Emerson can't believe that the seemingly inept Morley is a German spy, but could he be mistaken?
Determined to prevent a catastrophically unprofessional excavation that could destroy priceless historical finds as well as cause an armed protest by infuriated Christians, Jews, and Muslims who view the Temple Mount, also known as the Dome of the Rock, as sacred, Amelia, Emerson, and company head to Palestine. Though it is not to her beloved Egypt, the trip to Jerusalem will also reunite her with her handsome and headstrong son, Ramses, working on a dig at Samaria, north of the holy city.
Before Ramses can meet his parents, however, he is distracted by an unusual party of travelers who have arrived in Samaria, including a German woman archaeologist and a mysterious man of unknown nationality and past. Unfortunately, Ramses's insatiable curiosity and his knack for trouble lead him to a startling discovery: information he must pass on to his parents in Jerusalem, if he can get there alive.

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What the Critics Say

"Once again, MWA Grandmaster Peters uses vivid settings, sharp characterizations, and deft dialogue to transport the reader to another time and place." (Publishers Weekly)

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Not the same, indeed....

I have loved every single Amelia book and every narration by Barbara Rosenblat, but I was kind of appalled by the narration of this one. I don't know if the problem was with the direction or if the reading just wasn't practiced enough, but there were these long, tedious, distracting pauses during the dialogue, particularly during the "Manuscript H" sections. If I hadn't already listened to Barbara Rosenblat read 17 other Amelia books with vim and vigor, I would have blamed the lack of energy in this book entirely on the narration.
The book started out with promise, I was chuckling along as the characters reestablished themselves, but after about the first hour I found myself having a harder and harder time staying focused on the story and characters because the reading was unnaturally slow and the syntax was absolutely awful in sections. I'm inclined to think that the story was about average for an Amelia book, not one of the best but a good mystery anyway, but because it was difficult to concentrate on the narrative thread, I found that I didn't really enjoy it as much as I was hoping to.
Die hard fans will still get something out of it, but if you are new to Amelia PLEASE PLEASE do not start with this one! Go back to the beginning with Crocodile on the Sandbank and experience the magic from there. By the time you get to this one, it will be possible to (maybe) overlook the problems and enjoy reconnecting with the characters at least.
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- Alia

As Comfy As Slippers

This book is like putting on a favorite pair of old slippers. The characters are familiar, this time in a new setting, the plot unfolds in a satisfying manner, and the narration is excellent.

I have to disagree that Barbara Rosenblat didn't do a good job. She did her usual excellent job, even with various accents. She did put a bit more emphasis on the "H" in Manuscript H than in previous books, but it wasn't annoying to me.

Great literature it's not, but it is a satisfying read.
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- Eva Gannon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-06-2010
  • Publisher: HarperAudio