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3.76 out of 53.76 out of 53.76 out of 53.76 out of 53.76 out of 5 3.76 (37 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Peters Narrator: Barbara Rosenblat Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Amelia Peabody Mysteries Release Date: March 2006 ISBN: 9780061134913
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In New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Peters's eagerly anticipated Amelia Peabody adventure, the Emerson clan is a hairsbreadth away from unearthing the legendary site they've been searching for. But a sinister plot and a dark family secret stand in the way of their ultimate ambition -- and threaten to change things forever. . . .

Convinced that the tomb of the little-known king Tutankhamon lies somewhere in the Valley of the Kings, Egyptologist Radcliffe Emerson and his wife, Amelia Peabody, seem to have hit a wall. Emerson has tried desperately to persuade Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter to relinquish their digging rights. But Emerson's trickery has backfired, and his insistent interest in the site has made his rivals all the more determined to keep the Emerson clan away.

The family returns to Luxor and watches from the sidelines as Carter and Carnarvon "discover" King Tut's tomb. But before their own excavation can get underway, Emerson and his son, Ramses, find themselves lured into a trap by a strange group of villains demanding "Where is he?" The Emersons embark on a quest to uncover who "he" is and why "he" must be found, only to discover the answer is uncomfortably close to home. Now Amelia must find a way to protect her family -- and perhaps even her would-be nemesis -- from the forces that will stop at nothing to succeed in the nefarious plot that threatens the peace of the entire region.

Filled with heart-stopping suspense, and Amelia Peabody's trademark wit and wisdom, Tomb of the Golden Bird is the latest thrilling installment from the beloved "Grand Dame of historical mystery" (Washington Post).

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A ripping yarn.”

    Seattle Times

  • “[A] grand adventure.”

    Toronto Sun

  • “Another exciting Peabody tale of death in the desert.” 

    Barnes & Noble editorial review

  • “Absorbing…Peters delivers an irresistible mix of archaeology, action, humor, and a mystery that only the redoubtable Amelia can solve.” 

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “The Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Rosenblat audio enterprise seems to gain panache with each outing, since Amelia Peabody and her extended family of Egyptologists are tailor-made to display Rosenblat’s talent for drama and dazzling gift for accents…[She] is droll, sly, witty, and in complete control.”  

    AudioFile

  • “As usual...Peters has great fun dressing her characters up in Victorian finery and outpost-of-the-empire attitudes.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award in 2006
  • An Audie Award Finalist in 2007
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Audio Publisher’s Association “Audie” Award
  • AudioFile Magazine Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

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

    " I liked how the Emerson's story was intermingled with the actual story of the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeni | 2/11/2014

    " I've read all of the AP books, I love them and the feisty Amelia.....the books are a bit predictable, but I do love her characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steven | 2/8/2014

    " Elizabeth Peters is a pseudonym for Barbara Mertz, who holds a PhD. in Egyptology from University of Chicago. So her fictional stories of a woman Egyptologist are bound to have some degree of contextual authenticity. Unfortunately, although I made it through this mystery, I found that it never really engaged me. The "mystery" itself and the characters just didn't really seem very interesting. This book is the last in the series (following the internal chronology)--I may give her another chance by selecting one of the earliest in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela Helm | 2/6/2014

    " A good regular mystery, and I really like the main character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie | 1/31/2014

    " There is a lot going on in this book. The main event is the finding of Tutankhamen's tomb, obviously not by the Emersons. Of course there is skulduggery in plenty and the usual cast of characters and it is entertaining from beginning to end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Walta Evans | 1/29/2014

    " I listened to this one on CD. I just love Amelia Peabody mysteries. Most take place in Egypt, and there is always a crime of murder for Amelia to solve. She and her husband Emerson, better known as the Father of Curses, are so much fun. The reader for this book was excellent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 RachelAnne | 1/23/2014

    " I've been re-reading the Amelia Peabody Emerson mysteries this summer, in preparation to moving to the Middle East (Bahrain, not Egypt). It would appear that we will require something called "carbolic," and vast quantities of whiskey and soda. Does anyone know where I can procure a stout parasol and facial putty? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Torine | 1/20/2014

    " I always love these adventure mysteries, just for fun! The series is winding down, but the characters are just as engaging as ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William Alan Ritch | 1/19/2014

    " Very nice capper on the Amelia Peabody series. Good work with the mystery, the characterizations, and the history of the opening of King Tut's tomb. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sydney | 12/16/2013

    " Another in the Amelia Peabody books. Mysteries set in early 1900s egypt. Very good, historical, funny, romantic. The latest in the 18 book series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 11/30/2013

    " I like how she is letting the younger characters grow up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 11/21/2013

    " So sad to see this series end. I realize there's another one, but this is the last in the chronological series. I feel like I'm seeing the last of good old friends at this point. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lizzie | 11/17/2013

    " Amelia is back in another page-turner. I can't get enough of her adventures. "

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

    " Another fine entry in the Amelia Peabody chronicles. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristy Devanney | 10/26/2013

    " I like Elizabeth Peters and have read lots of her books. But after you've read one you've kind of read them all. Some of her books under Barbara Michaels were okay, but a little too much of the feminist undertones going on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marita | 11/28/2012

    " I've been waiting all this time to finally come to King Tutankhamun's tomb... I thought this one ended abruptly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila Massingale | 9/10/2012

    " A good friend gave me an audio copy of this book for Christmas, which I am slowly working my way through--I only listen while I'm traveling. Good so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teri | 8/17/2012

    " Amelia Peabody is always such fun, that the plot hardly matters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miss Mouse | 7/22/2012

    " For being the last chronological book in the series, I was disappointed with how things wrapped up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Mcnab | 5/1/2012

    " Another good adventure starring Emerson and Peabody. As well as the mystery involved and the enjoyment of spending time with the Emerson family and friends, this book keeps your interest high by the discovery of King Tut's tomb and all the wonderful objects found therein. Read it and enjoy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 11/22/2011

    " I felt so bad for Emerson, I wish Tut's tomb could have been his. I do understand this is fiction but I love these characters and want good things for them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 10/4/2011

    " Okay, but not much about King Tut. The curse never plays a role. Mostly about Sethos and plots in post WWI Middle East. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Avary | 9/10/2011

    " Not much happened, but I loved the setting in Cario and Luxor -- and such sumptuous living by the Emersons!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucy | 8/27/2011

    " #18 for Amelia....and the last? MPM evidently always wanted to take Amelia through the finding of Tutankhamun and now may be working on a Vicky Bliss instead. We shall see. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa C | 6/18/2011

    " I was ready to give up on the series all together after the last three, until someone told me that it was finally time to find Tutankhamon. This book has saved the series and re-sparked the fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jake | 5/6/2011

    " Audio Book. I like this series of books. I hope to find more of them on CD. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgia | 4/6/2011

    " It was with some sadness that I read the last of the Emerson's story. I liked the book, but not as much as some of the earlier ones in the series "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hmom | 1/20/2011

    " I was not too impressed with the story. It may be too "England" for me. So far as a whole I do not like British prim & proper books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 1/5/2011

    " This was my first Amelia Peabody. I enjoyed the Egyptian setting, but did not find the mystery all that compelling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharoncollier | 12/9/2010

    " I've just finished re-reading all the Amelia Peabody books (18 or 19). I love the fact that they follow the same characters for over 30 years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 12/6/2010

    " So sad to see this series end. I realize there's another one, but this is the last in the chronological series. I feel like I'm seeing the last of good old friends at this point. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vicki | 11/15/2010

    " I gave it 2 stars only because it's Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody series. Her earlier books were much better, IMO. I haven't been really enthralled with this series since Ramses got to be a teenager. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosemary | 11/5/2010

    " Fantastic! Elizabeth Peters skillfully and often amusingly blends Howard Carter's actual uncovering of Tut's tomb with the convoluted adventures of her fictional creations. Prof. Emerson is right--his beloved Peabody is immortal! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristina | 9/29/2010

    " Another good story about the extended clan of Amelia and Emerson, but the earlier books are better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 9/24/2010

    " Listened to this book on CD "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 9/23/2010

    " Another good adventure starring Emerson and Peabody. As well as the mystery involved and the enjoyment of spending time with the Emerson family and friends, this book keeps your interest high by the discovery of King Tut's tomb and all the wonderful objects found therein. Read it and enjoy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William Alan | 8/20/2010

    " Very nice capper on the Amelia Peabody series. Good work with the mystery, the characterizations, and the history of the opening of King Tut's tomb. "

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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.