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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,639 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: January 1991 ISBN: 9781436142120
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The last camel is dead, and Egyptologist Amelia Peabody, her dashing husband, Emerson, and precocious son, Ramses, are in dire straits on the sun-scorched desert sands. Months before, back in cool, green England, Viscount Blacktower had approached them to find his son and his son’s new bride, who have been missing in war-torn Sudan for over a decade. An enigmatic message scrawled on papyrus and a cryptic map had been delivered to Blacktower, awakening his hope that the couple was still alive.

Neither Amelia nor Emerson believes the message is authentic, but the treasure map proves an irresistible temptation. Now, deep in Nubia’s vast wasteland, they discover too late how much treachery is afoot (and on camelback) … and survival depends on Amelia’s solving a mystery as old as ancient Egypt and as timeless as greed and revenge.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The plot twists and turns…it’s delicious.…She has an antic sense of humor that glitters through her writing like mica through a rock.…Are we having a good time?  You bet!”

    Washington Times

  • “A delightful romp…one of the best outing in the Peabody Series.” 

    Chicago Tribune

  • “A delightful piece of fiction.”

    San Diego Tribune

  • The Last Camel Died at Noon is classic Peabody…You don’t have to read any of the other books in the series to enjoy Camel—but it will make you want to read them all.” 

    Orlando Sentinel

  • “Combining a fierce affection for her family with indefatigable independence, stalwart Amelia proves once again an immensely likable heroine.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Dear listener, put your modern-day stressors aside, step into 1907, and spend unfettered hours with the incomparable Barbara Rosenblat. In Elizabeth Peters’s sixth delicious Peabody–Emerson adventure…Rosenblat creates charming, clever characters of form and substance. Their conversation is droll, stimulating, and, for the overburdened listener, absolutely therapeutic. Her range of voices is one of the wonders of the universe.” 

    AudioFile

  • An Agatha Award Nominee for Best Novel in 1991

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 2/20/2014

    " very good! Exciting, twisting, always fun "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sparrowapril | 2/16/2014

    " I continue to think that this series may well have inspired the characters from The Mummy & The Mummy Returns movies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suziqoregon | 2/7/2014

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Fran Piercey | 1/12/2014

    " I found the authors insertions annoying "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 12/31/2013

    " In this one, they find/are brought to a hidden land - only to then need to figure out how to leave. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan Patrick | 12/2/2013

    " I enjoyed this book in large part because it wasn't just another murder mystery. I appreciated the nod to Rider Haggard, and the final third of the book was quite gripping in the sense that I couldn't figure out who everyone was or what they were going to do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ant Soozie | 10/25/2013

    " One of the best book titles ever! It's what caught my eye and got me started on the Peabody books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Libby | 10/21/2013

    " More great Peabody-Emerson fun; this installment describes how Nefret joins the family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolien | 10/12/2013

    " 5 stars One of my favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsey | 8/22/2013

    " Favorite quote: "Talking only dries the throat, Mama," said my son. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Xime Hr | 8/10/2013

    " I simply love Amelia and Emerson. I cannot say I didn't miss their Egyptian adventures but getting to know a completely unknown city was amazing as well as entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marjorie Guidry | 6/23/2013

    " I love every one of these. Terrific historical novel. Read them in order. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rissi | 6/17/2013

    " Egyptology details; exciting (for the late 1890s) mystery and adventure in Egypt and Darfur. I really enjoyed this mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Poppy Fields | 4/23/2013

    " One of my favorites from the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lissa | 2/6/2013

    " This is another great Amelia Peabody mystery with lots of Egyption details, action and plot twist. You are never sure who is doing what and why (esp Ramses) Lots of fun to read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emma | 7/18/2012

    " i found it a bit slow compared to her other books. not enough dead bodies, i suppose. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Morgan | 2/24/2012

    " Good fun. The author is clearly enjoying herself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy Petersen | 12/2/2011

    " With a title like this one, could it be anything but wildly amusing? Emphasis on the "wildly," for here Peabody, Emerson, and Ramses seek and find an isolated civilization worthy of H. Rider Haggard himself. Of course it's silly; that's partly why I continue to read the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kiley | 8/26/2011

    " The absolute best book I have read in a very long time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin Texeira | 8/5/2011

    " One of the best in a great series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 7/11/2011

    " I am having a blast re-reading the Amelia Peabody mystery series. This is one of my favorites! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mindy | 4/30/2011

    " This story was bogged down with all sorts of names and dates and troop movements that just were painful to read. I don't mind some history, but this was not done well or as far as I could tell really relevant. Not her best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 4/14/2011

    " It is fun to go back through this series and remember the origins of so many of the beloved characters, in this case Nefret, and to realize that Ramses was dumbstruck by her from the first! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 2/20/2011

    " Oh--How I love Amelia's descriptions of her husband---and her independence in a time when that simply didn't exist for women. The characterization is just so much fun in these Amelea Peabody mysteries that it almost outshines the plots which are equally as much fun. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Butterflycager | 1/17/2011

    " While I loved the premise (late 19th century feminist archaeologist and her dashing husband go on digs and solve crimes), I found the dialogue cumbersome and I didn't care much for the characters, particularly the irritating precocious son, Ramses. I won't be reading any more of this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fran | 1/11/2011

    " Every series must have some sort of Shangri La that is discovered and abandoned. Amelia and her family find a lost Egyptian civilization in conflict. After helping an ally to become king, they must not only flee but protect the secret of the hidden city. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 12/28/2010

    " Yet another delightful adventure of Amelia Peabody. I really liked the reference to Pirate of Penzance. It made me laugh out loud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shaon | 12/13/2010

    " A new character added! Perhaps a love interest for Ramses in the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey | 12/11/2010

    " This one might be my favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 11/23/2010

    " I've read quite a few of these, the first one in the series and the most recent one. This is about 6 books in, it was very entertaining. Liked meeting characters in childhood that I'd only encountered as fully grown adults. Amelia and Emerson were delights, very funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennie | 9/20/2010

    " Lots of fun. I forget how much I enjoy this series, and therefore haven't read most of the books yet. I'm going to have to remedy that right away. "

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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.