Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.
Why we think it's Essential: Barbara Rosenblat's expert performance as Egyptologist Amelia Peabody is imaginative, witty, and great fun. Rosenblat has tremendous vocal range, capturing many characters of different genders and ethnicities. This rich and lively story is the first in Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody series, and I can't wait to listen to the rest of them. Diana Dapito
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I am a hardcore mystery fan, usually attracted to the detective or forensic genre. But having read a review of this book (non-audio version) on an e-list, I thought I would check it out.
Amelia Peabody has a wry, dry sense of humor and a sarcastic nature that made me wish she was a next-door neighbor I could call and have a chat. The reader, Barbara Rosenblat I believe, did an outstanding job reading this book and with her range of character voices she uses, she really did make the entire thing come alive. I found myself looking for excuses to make car trips, simply so I could listen to more of this book, and I have to say, I was disappointed when it ended. I will be looking for the other titles in the series.
What amazed me the most was that thought I am a fan of a much more hardcore mystery, I really did enjoy this. There was a lot of historical "Egyptology" information that I found fascinating. There was also a romantic element I enjoyed. Yet had the book been described to me as a romantic/historical mystery, I probably never would have chosen it. What initially got me interested was that it was described as a "humorous mystery" and it is that as well.
If you are looking to expand your horizons a bit or just to break out of a rut, I can highly recommend this book. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
I thought it best to start the Amelia Peabody series with Perkin's first book, and I'm happy that I did. It gives great background into this fabulous woman, who will knock the socks off of anyone who loves a strong female protagonist. For someone who does not know what to expect from this book, take a female Indiana Jones in the time frame of pre-1900, and plop her in the middle of a mystery in Egypt, surrounded by an archaeological dig complete with mummies, tombs, and curses. Amelia herself is a hoot. She's audacious, bold, single-minded, a flawless planner, extraordinarily intelligent, and very intuitive. She throws out one-liners that make the reader laugh out loud, while all the while Amelia is being completely serious. She's full of sarcasm yet sage advice. She will see to it that she gets whatever she wants, but at the same time shows compassion and tenderness when called for. Just to give a head's up, she speaks with the vernacular of a late 19th century proper English "lady" so if listening to that type of speech bothers you, skip it. But while I started somewhat skeptical that I could listen to Amelia for the entire length of the book, I quickly found her quick wit, and highly entertaining narrative style, very easy to listen to. Also, the narrator does an outstanding job with the other characters, keeping them in character throughout the book. In retrospect, considering how much dialogue there is in the book, and considering how the inflections of the narrator add so greatly to the entertainment factor, I believe that this is one of those books that actually lends itself more for listening than reading. The book is full of dry humor, a mystery, interesting information about archaeology, and even romance. In short, it has all the ingredients for a lighthearted book that is just plain fun, and I couldn't stop listening until I was finished! I can't wait to download my next Elizabeth Peters' tale with Amelia Peabody.