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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,158 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Peters Narrator: Barbara Rosenblat Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Amelia Peabody Mysteries Release Date:
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The Ape Who Guards the Balance begins in 1907 in England where Amelia is attending a suffragettes’ rally outside the home of Mr. Geoffrey Romer of the House of Commons. It seems Romer is one of the few remaining private collectors of Egyptian antiquities, and a series of bizarre events at the protest soon embroil Amelia in grave personal danger. Suspecting that the Master Criminal, Sethos, is behind their problems, the Emersons hasten to Egypt to continue their studies in the Valley of Kings where they soon acquire a papyrus of the Book of the Dead.

As with past seasons, however, their archaeological expedition is interrupted. The murdered body of a woman is found in the Nile. Ramses, Radcliffe, and Amelia all have their theories as to the origin of the crime, but their own lives might soon be at stake if the cult of Thoth and their ancient book is, indeed, involved.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Elizabeth Peters’ intrepid Eyptologist Amelia Peabody is off to excavate another tomb—and damn the danger…Amelia remains an irrepressible delight.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Delightful characters…[and] engrossing plot and writing of the highest caliber.”

    Washington Times

  • “She’s back! And lovers of the Amelia Peabody Emerson series will rejoice…The unexpected always happens when Peabody is around…This book maintains [Peters’] reputation as a mistress of plot.”

    Charleston Post and Courier

  • “Rich in characterization, incident, and humor, this latest adventure of Amelia Peabody is a grand, galloping adventure with a heart as big as the Great Pyramid itself.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • An Agatha Award Nominee for Best Novel in 1998

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alexis | 2/12/2014

    " Damnation! Immensely enjoyable! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Annie | 2/12/2014

    " Another good Amelia Peabody book. I seem to enjoy the stories where the kids are older and more involved in the stories like in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeri | 2/4/2014

    " I like the way this one has the younger generation fully involved in the adventure as old enemies come back to haunt the Emersons. The problems begin with an attack on Amelia in London, but the case follows them to Egypt where uneventful (read dull) archeological work is interrupted by attacks on various members of the family. There are clues pointing to the involvement of their old nemesis, the Master Criminal, but could he really have broken his promise to Amelia not to target those she loved? I devoured this one as usual. I love the series and the feeling of visiting old friends, and I have been more and more fascinated by Ramses as he's grown up through the course of the series. (Okay, I confess, I'm crazy about the boy. ) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kathy Petersen | 2/2/2014

    " Number 10 in the series, and I'm still enjoying the rather silly adventures of Peabody, Emerson, and cohorts (and enemies). Now, 1907. that is, the children are nearly grown and falling in love...and finding an extraordinary papyrus that of course causes all sorts of trouble...but nothing Amelia can't handle. Certain inelegant prejudices arise when the Emersons' niece falls for their beloved Egyptian pseudo-son, adding a nice - or rather, nasty - bit of reality. "

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