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The indomitable Amelia Peabody and her husband, known to many as "the Father of Curses", are into archaeology and mischief again. This third in the series brings the reader once more into Egypt and the shady world of black market antiquities. The winter excavation season has hardly yet begun when Amelia stumbles onto what looks suspiciously like a ring of thieves.Amelia's not the type to take no for an answer, and pretty soon the Emerson family (Master Ramses, a prodigious young intellect is joining his parents for the first time) is tracking down a character known only as The Master Criminal. Or is the Master Criminal tracking them?
©1985 Elizabeth Peters; (P)1991 Recorded Books, LLC
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"A writer so popular that the public library has to keep her books under lock and key." (Washington Post Book World)
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By Leanna on 04-20-11

Excellent!

Finally, all of the Emersons go on a dig. In The Mummy Case, their son, Ramses, joins Amelia and her husband in Egypt. This season, Emerson has his heart set on giving Amelia her dream: the excavation of a pyramid. Along the way, the Emersons stumble across a master criminal and we learn just how loquacious Ramses is. If you like dry sarcasm, you will enjoy this series. Barbara Rosenblat is as wonderful as always. You may notice that there are two narrators for this series. You do not have to switch narrators to enjoy each volume in this series if you stick with Recorded Books and Barbara Rosenblat.

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By Fay on 10-01-12

The Emersons and the mummy case - a must listen

Ms. Rosenblat's amazing narration of this series deserves some kind of award. An Oscar-of-audio books. She makes these already-great stories into masterpieces. She 'plays the roles' of the characters with a range from gruff manliness to sweet child and everything between.

The Mummy Case brings the Emersons back to Egypt, this time with precocious son Ramses along to enliven the tale. Their dig site is uninspiring, but the Master Criminal makes their lives interesting - and full of danger. And the Mummy Case comes and goes.

Amelia Peabody Emerson is hilarious and inspiring. Her stories are worth reading, and definitely worth listening to, if Ms. Rosenblat is doing the reading.


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By Carolynne on 07-21-06

Another excellent rendition

Barbara Rosenblat sounds like she is Amelia Peabody. A really enjoyable listening experience.

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By Colin on 09-07-09

A delightful romp, beautifully read.

This a lovely piece of escapism. The first-person narration is perfectly done by Peters and Barbara Rosenblat reads to perfection. She's stunning and it'd almost recommend this for the reader than for the writer! Every dialogue is beautifully timed and executed. The accents are pitch-perfect and she even gets the odd German pronunciation spot on. I can't vouch for the Arabic pronunciation by it's very convincing indeed.

I've heard a few criticisms of audiobooks as the 'lazy' option to absorbing a book. Perhaps, but with readers as good as Rosenblat, the audiobook becomes a convergence of two performances; the writer's work and the reader's rendition of it. The book is bigger, better and in the best of cases, more satisfying than one's own stab at it.

Highly recommended.

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