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Download The Ape Who Guards the Balance: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 10 Audiobook

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,155 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Peters Narrator: Samantha Eggar Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN:
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All hail the jubilant return of the redoubtable Amelia Peabody! The prospects for the 1907 archaeological season in Egypt seem fairly dull to Amelia Peabody. Her adored husband, Professor Radcliff Emerson, has been ignominiously demoted to examining only the most boring tombs in the Valley of the Kings, mere leftovers really, but they are determined to make the most of a bad situation.

This year, however, the legendary land of the pharaohs will yield more than priceless artifacts, for the desert guards even deeper mysteries that are wrapped in greed - and sealed in murder.

he purchase of a mint condition papyrus of the Famed Book of the Dead, a collection of magical spells and prayers designed to ward off the perils of the underworld, soon has Amelia calling on all her remarkable skills of detection and deduction to untangle a web woven of criminals and cults, stolen treasures, and fallen women - all the while under the unblinking eye of Sethos, the charismatic yet elusive Master Criminal.

Once again, Elizabeth Peters demonstrates the brilliance and wit that have ensured her place in the exclusive pantheon of America's greatest mystery writers. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice | 2/15/2014

    " A fun Peabody mystery. Sethos and Bertha in the same book(?)--and as enemies! A bit of a stretch, and a little predictable, but it was a captivating read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kat Perano | 2/12/2014

    " I love the language and descriptions of Emmerson and his exasperations! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zdenka | 2/10/2014

    " Although I thought that I have by now got used to the tricks of the author, this volume got to me. I cried and laughed through it. Although it started quite slowly, and I wondered how many new twists Peters can come up with, this book is very good in mixing the old and the new. It uses many elements from past volumes and characters from former books suddenly taking on new roles and seen by the narrator in a new light (quite a refreshing feature actually - a little like in life, when you gain a deeped understanding of someone's motives when you spend more and more time with them and it sometime makes you change your mind about them...). But it also introduces new threads and new developments especially concerning the "children", setting the stage for romance and adventures of their own... Nefret, Ramses and David are more and more in the foreground and taking the initiative to ensure the security and wellbeing of the family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 1/24/2014

    " I have always really enjoyed the Ameila Peabody books. They are fun, entertaining, and really hard to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marlene | 1/20/2014

    " I've loved my previous adventures with AP and this one is proving to be no less delightful. I finished this week and I don't know if I just lost focus or what but didn't quite enjoy it like others I"ve read. A little too light perhaps. After Anne Perry I needed something light...plus, the election distracted me too. Any way, I didn't love it like I have most. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renah | 1/19/2014

    " Meh. It was ok, reasonably well-written, but the "family" plot was rather obnoxiously interwoven with the "mystery" plot. Entertaining but didn't convince me to read every book she's written or anything like that. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gkeller123 | 1/18/2014

    " I keep reading these because I like Egyptology and mysteries. I just don't like much of the other stuff in the books. I guess I just need to find another author who does mysteries in Egypt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J | 1/18/2014

    " I thoroughly enjoy the Amelia Peabody series. Entertaining, enlightening and completelty enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 12/5/2013

    " Just cataloging these books makes me want to reread them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 5/8/2013

    " AWESOME!! You MUST read them in order, though...they just get better and better as they go. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louise | 1/21/2013

    " It's got it all - Master Criminals; new discoveries in the Valley of the Kings; murder; mystery; jealousy; tomb robbers; and Peabody caught without her trusty parasol! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna Castele | 11/28/2012

    " I absolutely love this series. These would make great films. Amelia is a heroine for all times, and the archeological setting is delightful. Mummies, sarcophogus, curses, male/female role posturing....Mystery, humor, romance, these books have it all! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi Jo | 10/28/2012

    " Eh, it was OK. Amelia is a little overdone, as a character, and the mystery is only so-so. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginia | 10/13/2012

    " Still a great series after reading #10. January is so cold and dull in Utah. This book about the Valley of the Kings was a great escape. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucy | 9/29/2012

    " #10 for Amelia Peabody. Times are changing and becoming more strained and serious (but told with Amelia's usual wit and candor). "

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

    " Wish I could give this one 3 1/2 stars. I liked it better than 3 but not enough for 4 stars. I think Ramses reticence over Nefret is getting a little bit tiresome which might account for the lack of 4 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrieuoregon | 5/1/2012

    " I'm enjoying the perspective of the young people, and excited to read the next installment to see how their personal lives develop. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 9/15/2011

    " Another good Amelia Peabody mystery, but this book has a darker tone that lasts for the next few books in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl S. | 8/1/2011

    " Always enjoy the Amelia Peabody series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 5/7/2011

    " I enjoy the Amelia Peabody books, especially this one as Ramses and Nefret are older and more involved in the story line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/18/2011

    " Eek. I couldn't decide between a 4 and 5 for this one. I am really looking forward to the next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 9/19/2010

    " I love Elizabeth Peters and Amelia Peabody! This is my second book to read in the Peabody series, and I think I'll start the whole thing from the beginning. I really enjoy Peters's strong, passionate characters. They take the world by storm, work tirelessly day and night, and end with a win. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrieuoregon | 9/11/2010

    " I'm enjoying the perspective of the young people, and excited to read the next installment to see how their personal lives develop. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 8/12/2010

    " I have always really enjoyed the Ameila Peabody books. They are fun, entertaining, and really hard to put down.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marita | 8/9/2010

    " 1907 archaeological season. Much the same except the kids are in the awkward teenage years when one minute they fight and the next they are the best buddies again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 7/19/2010

    " I like this series. They're fun. "

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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

Samantha Eggar is an English film, television, and voice actress. She has appeared in such films as Doctor Dolittle, Dark Horse, The Brood, and The Light at the Edge of the World. Among her appearances on television are Star Trek: The Next Generation, Commander in Chief, and All My Children. Her accolades include a Golden Globe Award, a Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award, and an Academy Award nomination.