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4.00013612352702 out of 54.00013612352702 out of 54.00013612352702 out of 54.00013612352702 out of 54.00013612352702 out of 5 4.00 (4,922 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: April 1996 ISBN: 9781436126533
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A masked stranger offers to reveal an Egyptian queen’s lost tomb and Amelia Peabody and her irascible archeologist husband, Radcliffe Emerson, are intrigued, to say the least. When the guide mysteriously disappears before he tells his secret, the husband-and-wife team sail to Thebes to follow his trail, helped-and hampered-by their teenage son, Ramses, and beautiful ward, Nefret.

But before the sands of time shift very far, all will be risking their lives foiling murderers, kidnappers, grave robbers, and ancient curses. And the Hippopotamus Pool? It’s a legend of war and wits that Amelia is translating, one that alerts her to a hippo of a different type-a nefarious, overweight art dealer who may become her next archenemy!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The sly wit makes this series unique to the subgenre of historical mysteries.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 5 janrt | 10/8/2016

    " I'm thoroughly enjoying working my way through the entire series. The narrator reads smoothly, though my spouse did comment, "she just doesn't sound like Amelia." That doesn't bother me. What does is that she does a strange rendition of foreign voices--their accented English sounds all wrong. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mindy | 2/10/2014

    " Excellent!!! Who will be kidnapped next? Ramses and Nefret find a new friend--David. The master criminal is noticeably abscent but two new groups of villians have emerged. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 2/5/2014

    " Not quite as good as the first Amelia Peabody story, but I always enjoy good romance between a married couple, especially in a mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Priscilla | 1/19/2014

    " Another fun Elizabeth Peters book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmen | 1/13/2014

    " Amelia Peabody and her husband, Emerson, are once again in Egypt. this time they are trying to find the tomb of Tetisheri. She is the goddess of childbirth, frequently displayed as a hippo. Their son is abducted, their ward also, the governess disappears, but all comes out well in the end. An enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ishki | 1/9/2014

    " Vacation 2007 at the beach. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Summer | 12/17/2013

    " As always, Peabody and Emerson entertain... along with Ramese and a few other characters! :) If you like British DRY humor, this series is good entertainment. Also, I have really enjoyed listening to these books on tape, Barbara Rosenblat is a wonderful reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrieuoregon | 12/16/2013

    " Loved this one. Love that the family is growing in its own way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 11/22/2013

    " Another Great Amelia Peabody Mystery!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 11/9/2013

    " This kind've fun since I listened to it. Fantastic reader brought the characters to life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shana E | 10/31/2013

    " These books just keep getting better and better!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Castele | 10/30/2013

    " 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 Bonnie | 10/27/2013

    " Always entertaining, well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 10/20/2013

    " Definitely in the same line as the others. If there's a theme, it is considering the line between love and fighting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly | 10/2/2013

    " Fun as always, but not my favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 9/24/2013

    " Another great Amelia Peabody mystery. I liked this one because more of the Emerson family is involved in the case -- they are all great characters, so it was good to see more of them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eve Gaal | 9/19/2013

    " Egyptology in the Queen's English. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Virginia Jacobs | 5/3/2013

    " This book was typical Amelia Peabody. I've read enough of the series that the formula is beginning to get old for me. Nonetheless, this book was as well-written, delightful, and entertaining as one would expect from Elizabeth Peters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tania | 4/24/2013

    " #8 in the series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 CJ | 3/17/2013

    " Now that Ramses and Nefret are growing up, these books are even more enjoyable than before. Another fabulous book in the Amelia Peabody series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JoAnn | 3/7/2013

    " Although I have read this at least twice before, it still had the same charm and satisfaction for me. I LOVE this author. "

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

    " Favorite line. "Are you feeling well, Peabody? You failed to interrupt me." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sybelle van Erven | 8/30/2012

    " Another one of the many in this series Amelia Peabody. Mystery combined with historical fiction. I really enjoyed it. I am not reading them in order, but it does not matter much it seems. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Callista | 8/16/2012

    " Not as absorbing or funny as the previous books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 7/8/2012

    " Emerson loses his memory and Amelia must win him back! LOVED IT! OOh, and that Sethos, he is a sneaky one! Although I just don't think he's dead. He's too tricky to just die like that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 11/13/2011

    " This series isn't always internally consistent (Ramses is now a teenager? Didn't Kevin get married in an earlier book?) but it is always entertaining! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marianne | 11/9/2011

    " Pretty good. My favorite of this series is the first one though. The Crocodile on the Sandbank "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 11/6/2011

    " Just alright, didn't have the same flair that I love to see in Mrs. Peabody Emerson. But I am excited about the rising of the next generation and excited to see what becomes of Ramses and Nefret! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Crosby | 8/13/2011

    " Another romp with Peabody and Emerson. As is usual with this series, there is a solid, simple plot that is filled out with a mix of archaeology, history, mystery, and humor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 5/18/2011

    " One of my all time favorites, I actually first listened to it on Book on Tape in like 3rd grade (and still listen to the same set of tapes) and it hooked me on Archeology, but especially Egyptology. I am now an Anthropology major, preparing to spend the rest of my life poor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 5/13/2011

    " Amelia is a great character! I like the books on CD better than reading them. The reader is that good! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nedra | 4/2/2011

    " One of those books on CD I love to listen to as I travel across the desert! Fun! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rustin | 3/17/2011

    " Left me a bit disappointed. I did like the voice the author used. She speaks in first person through Amelia Peabody, a progressive female adventurer, slueth, & Egyptologist. Her husband got on my nerves and didn't seem to have much depth as a character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice | 12/4/2010

    " Another fun read! Glad to see the kids are getting older and more involved with the mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristina | 9/10/2010

    " THis is the beginning of the relationship between Ramses and Nefret. Apparently in 2003 I decided I was going to read the whole series. It's very good entertainment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 9/1/2010

    " Another delightful romp through the archaeology of Egypt with amateur sleuth Amelia Peabody. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 9/1/2010

    " Another great Amelia Peabody mystery. I liked this one because more of the Emerson family is involved in the case -- they are all great characters, so it was good to see more of them.

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About the Author
Author Elizabeth Peters

Elizabeth Peters earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago's famed Oriental Institute. She was named Grand Master at the inaugural Anthony Awards in 1986 and Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 1998. In 2003, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Malice Domestic Convention. She lives in a historic farmhouse in western Maryland.

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.