The Last Camel Died at Noon : Amelia Peabody

  • by Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by Susan O'Malley
  • Series: Amelia Peabody
  • 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The last camel is dead, and Egyptologist Amelia Peabody, her dashing husband, Emerson, and precocious son, Ramses, are in dire straits on the sun-scorched desert sands. Months before, back in cool, green England, Viscount Blacktower had approached them to find his son and his son's new bride, who have been missing in war-torn Sudan for over a decade. An enigmatic message scrawled on papyrus and a cryptic map had been delivered to Blacktower, awakening his hope that the couple was still alive.Neither Amelia nor Emerson believes the message is authentic, but the treasure map proves an irresistible temptation. Now, deep in Nubia's vast wasteland, they discover too late how much treachery is afoot (and on camelback)...and survival depends on Amelia's solving a mystery as old as ancient Egypt and as timeless as greed and revenge.

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What the Critics Say

"If Indiana Jones were female, a wife and mother who lived in Victorian times, he would be Amelia Peabody Emerson...Combining a fierce affection for her family with indefatigable independence, stalwart Amelia proves once again an immensely likable heroine." (Publishers Weekly)
"Another interest-holding and humorously told Amelia Peabody Victorian suspense tale." (School Library Journal)
"The plot twists and turns....it's delicious." (Washington Times)

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Customer Reviews

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a shame

I am unfortunately spoiled by the narration of Barbara Rosenblat. Since buying the first book of the Peabody Series, I have eagerly listen in too each sequence of books until the purchase of this audio book. Grrr, although the book is still very exciting, the narrator is most certainly NOT. It got to the point where I just went out and purchased a hard copy of the book, then to try to listen to the MONOTONE narration of Susan O'Malley. (funny enough at first I thought there was something wrong with my mp3 player adjusting the speed of the player making the track faster then slower). Thank goodness the next book of the series continue with Barbara Rosenblat. I rated this audio book two star only because of the narrator. As for the book itself it is outstanding 5 stars.
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- Lehua

Good Story, Painful Narration

I'm an Amelia Peabody junky but I must say that listening to this one read by Susan O'Malley is just plain painful. It's like listenting to a really bad cover of your favorite song - you just want to scream "Stop! You're doing it all wrong!" I think from now on I'll skip any books that aren't available with Barbara Rosenblat as the narrator and read the book the old-fashioned way, just so I don't have to endure listening to another of Susan O'Malley's readings. I'm sure she's well suited to other stories, but to hear Ameila Peabody without a well-bred British accent is just wrong. I'm not sure how the producer could even imaging doing the story without the accents - it just doesn't make any sense. I won't make this mistake again and I hope you don't either! Barbara Rosenblat IS Amelia Peabody!
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- Debra

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-26-2004
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.