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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,482 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Peters Narrator: Barbara Rosenblat Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Amelia Peabody Mysteries Release Date: April 2010 ISBN: 9780061953675
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“Between Amelia Peabody and Indiana Jones, it’s Amelia—in wit and daring—by a landslide.”
New York Times Book Review

Intrepid archaeologist and superior sleuth Amelia Peabody returns in A River in the Sky. In this breathtaking new adventure, New York Times bestselling Grand Master Elizabeth Peters transports the indomitable Amelia and her family, the Emersons, from their usual milieu, early twentieth-century Egypt, to an exciting—and dangerous—new locale: Palestine! A tale full of atmosphere, intrigue, and thrills, A River in the Sky is further proof that “Peters has few rivals” (Houston Chronicle).

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Delightful…Once again MWA Grandmaster Peters uses vivid settings, sharp characterizations, and deft dialogue to transport the reader to another time and place.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Barbara Rosenblat’s unsurpassed performance scintillates once again. The many characters’ distinctive voices profoundly contrast in tonal range and quality while retaining a sensitive awareness of age, sex, culture, and nationality. Rosenblat never ceases to amaze…Flawless.”

    AudioFile

  • “Audie Award winner Barbara Rosenblat adeptly portrays the various characters, excelling especially in the role of Amelia, whose strength of purpose she emphasizes with crisp, sure diction, and a commanding tone. Rosenblat further ensures listeners miss none of Peters’ literary humor. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “As always, the humor boosts the action and gives the intrigue an exciting edge.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A Washington Post Bestseller
  • A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 2/19/2014

    " This is the newest in the series but takes place chronologically earlier than several recent entries. Peabody and Emerson are in fine form and I liked it but found it less satisfactory that if it was a chronological continuation. However, placing the Emersons in Jerusalem instead of Egypt was an interesting diversion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raymond | 2/9/2014

    " I was interested in the description of Port Said as that is the port from where I toured to Giza to enter one of the Pyramids last Thanksgiving! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anita Clenney Clenney | 2/1/2014

    " This book was as good this time as the last. Very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 2/1/2014

    " Elizabeth Peters was entertaining as usual with a mystery set, no in Egypt, but in Jerusalem. Emerson, Peabody, Ramses, David, Nefret, Daoud, Selim and other minor characters were there in the good guys corner. Opposite them in the bad guys corner were a motley crew of thieves, rascals, opportunists, philanderers, spies and the downright evil ones. Set on the eve of WWI, the novel explores some of the reasons behind the looming war, although it primarily focuses on the tensions between the various religious groups in Jerusalem and the concerns with appropriate archeological procedure which leads to death, kidnapping, and espionage. An entrancing story, quick read, fun as always to read of the divergent, but harmonious (for the most part) characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 1/26/2014

    " I'm a fan of this series and this installation did not disappoint. I do hope that Elizabeth Peters would add other "filler" books to the total series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/23/2014

    " Fun reunion with my favorite fictional family. Just pure entertainment, not much more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emilie[-MLE-] | 1/22/2014

    " I can't wait!! I hope it's set after Ramses and nefret are married... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/18/2014

    " Even Elizabeth Peters recognizes that her cast of characters has grown out of all possibility of control, which explains why she's writing in flashback now. Set somewhere between Guardian of the Horizon and Falcon at the Portal, A River in the Sky can't help but be something of a place holder - after all, if anything really monumental happened here, it would have to be worked into the alread-established Emerson chronology. Still, it's nice to see pre-marriage Ramses gadding about and hear the Professor's diatribes about the Holy Land - but, sadly, nostalgia can't quite carry the plot. Skip this one, and go back and read He Shall Thunder in the Sky again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 victoria.p | 1/15/2014

    " There wasn't much there there overall, but I enjoyed the Ramses sections a lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louise | 12/20/2013

    " I do love Emerson and Peabody. This time their 'little investigations' take them to Jerusalem where Ramses is kidnapped and Emerson single handedly quells a religious riot. Such fun! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 12/10/2013

    " An Amelia Peabody mystery that doesn't take place in Egypt -- it was okay but not great. The mystery wasn't all that intriguing. Not a book I would highly recommend and I have enjoyed several others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Moore | 12/5/2013

    " This was a fun read. Very easy and fast paced as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christy Stewart | 12/2/2013

    " A genuinly charming book for those who like Indiana Jones and Sherlock Holmes but it's just not my thing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alison Henderson | 11/8/2013

    " Loved this latest Peabody adventure. It's set in Palestine just before WW I, and it was interesting to observe the seeds for much of the current (chronic) unrest in the area. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 11/5/2013

    " Excellent Emmerson/Peabody fun. Full of humor and grinning moments of pure joy. Peters is at her best here, even if the mystery gets a little lost in the proceedings. I like this series because of the characters after all! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonja | 10/25/2013

    " Ending seemed quick, but it's classic Amelia Peabody fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elsa | 10/4/2013

    " Audio-Oh, Elizabeth Peters-I love you, and Barbara Rosenblatt-you are a goddess! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Douglas | 7/15/2013

    " As with all Amelia Peabody books this was a fun and great read. I am glad that Elizabeth Peters has decided to go back and fill in some of the empty "season" of exploring. This one was also fun for me since I have visited many of the sites mentioned in Palestine (Israel). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toby | 7/1/2013

    " Not her very best Amelia book - but a nice visit back in time with the family I've grown to love. Enjoyed the Jerusalem tidbits. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 6/12/2013

    " A lovely little pleasure read that makes me want to wrap a turban aroumd my head and jump on a camel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 1/24/2013

    " Amelia Peabody #19! Nice to revisit the Emerson's and get filled in on a period of time that wasn't addressed in previous books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 1/21/2013

    " This is another great Elizabeth Peters books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 12/6/2012

    " I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!! Another Amelia Peabody book! Due out 4/6! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee | 7/16/2012

    " The latest in a long series of Egyptologist mysteries. Eileen & I have found that they are something we can both read and enjoy, as well as share as books on CD on car trips. This one was par for the course. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 3/29/2012

    " Time marches on, and now we're in 1910. Set in the Palestine of the English, a messy Levantine time for this place, with characters familiar and (some) recycled. Not that I didn't enjoy every page! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gerry | 8/29/2011

    " goes back a few years out of sequence, and takes place in Israel, not Egypt "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 5/30/2011

    " Really 2 1/2 stars - l really like this series but this entry didn't have much "mystery" more spy thriller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rdonn | 5/19/2011

    " I love the Amelia Peabody series and hadn't remembered reading this before. As usual, despite the fact it is so formulaic, I just gallop happily through them. Had a nice read with this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nat | 5/4/2011

    " A British multilingual philologist with a familial background in archaeology and way too many morals to be a Victorian political spy? MARRY ME. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonja | 4/25/2011

    " Ending seemed quick, but it's classic Amelia Peabody fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josabry | 4/22/2011

    " while an enjoyable read, this book doesn't take place in Egypt, and focuses more on the story, and less on the archaeology. I had hoped for a more in-depth exploration of the history and excavations of the region. On the whole, though, still a well-written book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laryn | 4/16/2011

    " Really liked the first book in this series. Picked this book up as a early readers version at ALA. Struggled to finish it with my daughter, just didn't seem to be going anywhere. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alison | 3/31/2011

    " Loved this latest Peabody adventure. It's set in Palestine just before WW I, and it was interesting to observe the seeds for much of the current (chronic) unrest in the area. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 3/30/2011

    " I love this series but this one was pretty ho-hum. Peters didn't seem to have her heart in it and it felt rushed. Fan fiction? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/19/2011

    " I usually enjoy these characters even if the story winds up being close to the same. But this time I was really bored with the book. Not sure why. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 2/16/2011

    " I love this series. But this book seemed short. I highly recommend the series though "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee | 1/29/2011

    " The latest in a long series of Egyptologist mysteries. Eileen & I have found that they are something we can both read and enjoy, as well as share as books on CD on car trips. This one was par for the course. "

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About the Author
Author Elizabeth Peters

Elizabeth Peters (1927–2013) was born and brought up in Illinois. She earned her PhD in Egyptology from the University of Chicago’s famed Oriental Institute and went on to become a New York Times bestselling author whose novels were often set against historical backdrops. Peters was named Grand Master at the inaugural Anthony Awards in 1986 and Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America at the Edgar Awards in 1998. She also wrote books under the names Barbara Mertz and Barbara Michaels.

About the Narrator

Barbara Rosenblat, one of the most awarded narrators in the business, was selected by AudioFile magazine as one of the Golden Voices of the Twentieth Century. She has received the prestigious Audie Award multiple times and has earned fifty-four AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has also appeared in film, television, and theater, both in London’s West End and on Broadway.