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Editorial Reviews

Why You Should Download This Audiobook: An Elizabeth Peters mystery is like opening a jewelry box belonging to a famous, well-traveled aunt. Aglow among riches, you marvel at stories she tells you about each piece, where it came from, who made it. These stories transport you to another time and place, and you sit listening with rapt attention. Elizabeth Peters has the same effect on her fans. With a stroke of her pen, she transports you to Egypt at the time of Howard Carter: a vast, exotic landscape filled with archaeologists hot on the trail of antiquites. Several our our nonfiction loving editors welcomed this novel as a change of pace from standard fare; it pays to travel every once in a while.
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Publisher's Summary

Against the romantic backdrop of Edwardian Egypt, the irresistible Amelia Peabody and her charmingly unconventional family prove themselves to be formidable foes of villainy. In The Ape Who Guards the Balance, Amelia must muster all of her considerable skills of detection to unravel a snarled web of stolen archeological treasures, murderous cults, and fallen women. The Peabody-Emerson family has set sail for Egypt and the 1907 archaeological season. But a mint-condition papyrus of the Book of the Dead falls into their hands, and the prospects for the 1907 archaeological season turn deadly.
This captivating best seller showcases the talent that caused the Mystery Writers of America to name Elizabeth Peters a Grand Master. With Barbara Rosenblat's dazzling narration, you will find yourself held pleasurably in the balance of this exotic mystery.
Don't miss the rest of the Amelia Peabody series. You can also check out more of our Most Addictive Series.
©1998 Elizabeth Peters (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC
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Critic Reviews

"An appealing cast of characters is led by a curious and adventurous heroine capable of handling any crisis that appears. The setting among ancient Egyptian ruins is an ever-fascinating one. Barbara Rosenblat's reading is lively, and her characterizations effective." (Library Journal)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Yvonne Jocks on 11-30-05

Another Wonderful Book in the Series

If one isn't familiar with the "Amelia Peabody" stories, then some plot elements might (per another review) seem irrelevant. But to those of us who love repeating characters, that is the true treasure of these books. The fact that they are mysteries about Victorian characters set in Egypt is significant, of course--because they're always dashing good mysteries! But the mysteries are rarely any more important than the interactions of Amelia Peabody Emerson (a wonderful example of a strong but human woman), her gruff but adored husband, her amazingly resilient if quiet-natured son nicknamed Ramses, and her adopted daughter Nefret--not to mention all the other wonderful repeating characters who await their return to Egypt each year. My mother loved these books, and I resisted them for a long time, but now I am an absolute fan, and buy the new one the moment it comes out each spring. If you like the time period and setting, if you enjoy delightful narration (both from the author and from the reader, Barbara Rosenblat), or if you enjoy finding a fictional family whom you'll want to revisit again and again, don't just try this book--try this series.

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17 of 17 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Susan on 09-08-05

another great Amelia Peabody book

There are a few authors whose books I buy immediately without even reading the cover. And fewer who I will pre-order based on name alone. Elizabeth Peters is one of those authors. Her books are readable and of the best "who dunit" tradition.
As for Ms call her the best reader I have ever heard falls short of the mark. She is wonderful. Once you listen to her you cannot be satisfied with other duller, uni-dimensional narrators.

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