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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: September 1998 ISBN: 9781440781148
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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 Alexis | 2/12/2014

    " Damnation! Immensely enjoyable! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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. "

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

    " I think that this is the best book I've read so far in this lengthy series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 1/22/2014

    " David might be one of the most under-utilized characters in the Amelia Peabody adventures. But at least he has this book to really shine. He is such a sweetheart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanessa | 1/14/2014

    " This is another great addition to the Amelia Peabody series! It was a little different in that there was less Egyptology going on and more sleuthing and personal interactions, but we learn about these fun characters and have said a sweet goodbye to an old friend. Amelia's family is so much fun to hear about and "be a part of" during the journey through the book. Every time I finish one of these books, I crave more! I've put the next two on hold at the library ;) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 1/7/2014

    " As always, Amelia Peabody's great adventures didn't allow me to put the book down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 12/29/2013

    " I stayed up way past my bedtime to finish this book. I love how the children (young adults, really) are getting more of a voice as the series progresses. I laughed, I cried, I really like this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liwayway | 12/21/2013

    " the book that started my interest in amelia peabody's humorous adventures in archeological mystery. full of subtle wit and sarcasm. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginia | 10/14/2013

    " 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heather | 10/7/2013

    " Just another implausible romp by Elizabeth Peters. Not remarkable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Callista | 10/5/2013

    " Took a while to get going and could've been a little more tightly constructed, but the 2nd half of the book was up to the series' usual standards. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 9/30/2013

    " Amazing as always. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 3/18/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louise | 1/3/2013

    " 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! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kat Perano | 12/12/2012

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gkeller123 | 1/22/2012

    " 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 Melissa | 1/3/2012

    " #10 - recently listened to this on tape, made the characters much more alive! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi Jo | 10/18/2011

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suziqoregon | 5/26/2011

    " My blog post about this book is at this link. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lady Knight | 2/27/2011

    " Yet another fabulous addition to an already fantastic series! "

  • 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

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-six AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has also appeared in film, television, and theater, both in London’s West End and on Broadway.