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4.14 out of 54.14 out of 54.14 out of 54.14 out of 54.14 out of 5 4.14 (29 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: June 1999 ISBN: 9781436126427
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Amelia and family have arrived in Egypt for the 1911 archeological season, after the marriage of young Ramses’ best friend David to Amelia’s niece Lia. But trouble finds them immediately when David is accused of selling ancient artifacts.

While Amelia and company try to clear his name and expose the real culprit, the body of an American is found at the bottom of their excavation shaft. As accusations of drug dealing and moral misconduct fly, a child of mysterious antecedents sparks a crisis that threatens to tear the family apart. Amelia brings her brilliant powers of deduction to bear, but someone is shooting at her and coming awfully close!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Peters’ story is—as always—modern, believable, and exciting.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Barbara Rosenblat is Emerson, Peabody, Nefret and Ramses, and they are each so distinct that the listener may believe in multiple personalities.”

    AudioFile

  • “Well-realized time and place [and] interesting, lively characters.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Details of the dig hold attention as always, but it’s the way Peters mines the previous books for personal history that makes this adventure such a standout. Especially intriguing is the way Peabody’s treacherous nephew Percy is brought to the forefront. The ramifications of his actions set up what will surely be the next book, which readers will await with justifiable anticipation.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ainsley | 2/19/2014

    " I love the Peabody books, and I'm a sucker for the sequence featuring the grown-up Ramses in unrequited love...so there's no way I could give it less than five stars. *sigh* "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ahmed Koriem | 2/15/2014

    " Elizabeth Peters in The Falcon at the Portal, have a good start with satisfactory amount of action and movement, she also had done her homework for regaining the atmosphere of Egypt from a century as seen in the eyes of non Egyptians, but in total the story is page turner. I only seen that although she is making a mystery based on the archeology of old Egyptian history, she doesn't speak on the real history of those dynasties and pharos she deals with them. I know the author is the master of his work, but, some people know little about the truth of those great kings. "

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

    " I am torn in reviewing this book. I liked the history of what was going on in Egypt as World War was about to break out. But the main mystery wasn't engaging. The biggest reason to read this story was the build up of Nefret and Ramses. Their, will they/won't they relationship takes such an annoying turn I might have taken away a star except that the ending made me instantly start the next novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 FranMag | 2/8/2014

    " The thing I like best about Elizabeth Peters' books is when the twists in the plot come along, they are completely believable. And, if you are paying attention, you will surely come to the same conclusions as the characters and solve the mystery along with them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa C | 2/4/2014

    " I go back and forth over whether or not I loved this book. Certainly it was the most exciting of the series up until that time. Originally, this book and the one that follows it were intended to be one book, and are part of a set plotted out at the same time. They are an excellent example of how all the craft in the world can't match inspiration in the hands of a skilled author. It's clear that she suddenly had a burst of enthusiasm for her long-running series. Still, I think I would have preferred #11 and #12 be kept as one book, as I was very disappointed not to have a happy ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/21/2014

    " It's so nice to find easy, quick reads that still have brains. Unlike most chick lit (read: Twilight series, romance novels in general, Sarah Dessen etc) this book had an excellent and unique style, an engaging plot and strong characters. Amelia is witty, a strong woman and her voice (while clearly biased) is hers alone. The switch between Ramses anecdotes and Nefret's letters is flawlessly done and reads like excellent continuations of plot instead of interruptions in the main narrative. My only complaint is that it was a bit hard to keep track of all the names being thrown around, but that could be because this (#11 in the series) was the first that I read. Altogether a fantastic read =]. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 1/2/2014

    " Really enjoyed it second time around! One of my favorites even if Nefret bugs me. I like her only because Ramses is in love with her and anything Ramses loves, I love. Unfortunately I would merely be one of the many forgettable girls who fall head over heels for Ramses and not his Nur Misur. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 12/21/2013

    " Okay...good story but MAJOR CLIFFHANGER - I had to come home and immediately download the next in the series to start listening to...I NEED CLOSURE!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 11/27/2013

    " This book broke my heart. I'm sorry Nefret, things will never be the same for us. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mayakda | 11/14/2013

    " Want to slap Nefret in this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 11/11/2013

    " Another Amelia Peabody adventure. Consistently entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily Fauble | 11/9/2013

    " I really do enjoy these books, especially in audiobook form, which, alas this one was not, but hopefully the rest will be! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne | 9/17/2013

    " I read this a while back when my kids were little. I never read books twice but I mistakenly got this at a second hand store and I'm enjoying it more now that I am not falling asleep while reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cynthiaj | 5/29/2013

    " Really should be 2 1/2 stars but will still probably read the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tania | 1/27/2013

    " #11 in the series, and of course it contains one of my favorite (love) scenes "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 1/3/2013

    " This is my favorite of the Amelia Peabody books by far! Can't wait to pick up the next one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 7/22/2012

    " This book was painful, but also very, very good. It has to be read in conjunction with the next in the series or it is just way too painful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/11/2012

    " It was written well but I was soo mad a some characters descision that I couldn't like the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 TeresaFL | 5/4/2012

    " This is a wonderful series set in Egypt. If you love a little Egypt mixed in with some mystery and suspense, then this is the series for you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenifer | 8/30/2011

    " A mid-series book with lots of "setting up" for big payoffs to come. As usual, the audio with Barbara Rosenblatt masterfully narrating was a pleasure and a joy for me to listen to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 7/1/2011

    " I gave this one four stars even though it ended rather sadly and one of the characters was downright stupid in order to serve the plot. I still love the antics of the Emersons and their large and varied family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 6/18/2011

    " Not my favorite Amelia Peabody book but contains one of my all time favorite scenes. "

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

    " page-turning, tear jerking leaves many issues unresolved, must get next one soon "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 3/4/2011

    " A bit slow to get into the first 50-75 pages. After that very fast paced, highly enjoyable. These characters are always enjoyable to read about and I've loved getting to know them over the series. Classic, well thought out entertaining mystery with a touch of history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rissi | 12/26/2010

    " This was my 1st E. Peters mystery. Loved the humor and the style. Need to go back and read them in order. Lots of fun, plus Egypt and archeology, some of my passions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marita | 10/8/2010

    " One of my favorite Peabody books. Lots of emotional tension, mystery, culture and good old friends. Makes me want for more! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William Alan | 8/20/2010

    " This is the a surprising book in the series. A lot of things happen that do not fit the pattern of the other books. Truly there are major changes here. I loved it.

    Rames will never be the same. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 8/12/2010

    " Couldn't put it down. Love the evolution of Ramses's character in her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 8/2/2010

    " SPOILER ALERT (to some extent)

    If Ramses and Nefret aren't married by the end of the next book I'm going to write a letter of protest... "

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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.