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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,239 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Peters Narrator: Barbara Rosenblat Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Amelia Peabody Mysteries Release Date: March 2006 ISBN: 9780060878542
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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 flamboyant sleuth…[A] jewel of a series.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A ripping yarn.”

    Seattle Times

  • “It won’t matter if the reader hasn’t previously met Amelia and Emerson, their family, friends, neighbors, and employees. They’re on the spot when Tut’s tomb is found, and it’s grand adventure.” 

    Toronto Sun

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

    BarnesandNoble.com, 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)

  • “It’s a continuing pleasure for mystery fans to be drawn into the Emersons’ unusual extended circle.”

    Booklist

  • “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

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

Listener Opinions

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

    " One of my favorite Amelia Peabody mysteries. So fun to see the King Tut discovery though their eyes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Mcnab | 2/14/2014

    " 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! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MiriLou | 2/8/2014

    " This covers the time King Tut's tomb was found. Not too bad, but not my favorite of hers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 2/6/2014

    " I'm finally done with the series (at least what is out so far) and I am very happy with the way it went. She did a good job finishing with this book, so that there are no loose ends in case she doesn't write any more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stella | 2/6/2014

    " Darn! I've read them all now! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Toni | 1/26/2014

    " It was over 20 years ago that I read the first book in the Amelia Peabody Mystery series. This is the 18th in the series, and I've read them all--and wished all of them were longer. What better recommendation can I give? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/21/2014

    " This wonderful series follows Amelia Peabody Emerson and her family of Egyptologists as they explore ancient tombs, and solve a few mysteries along the way. This book includes the discovery of King Tut's tomb. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 1/10/2014

    " A late entry (2006) in the Amelia Peabody series. Ramses and Nefret are grown, married and have two children. The story takes place in 1922 when the tomb of King Tut was found by Howard Carter. There are several red herrings and no mystery to speak of. Too many characters spoil this soup. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl S. | 1/8/2014

    " This latest addition to the Amelia Peabody series was a tad confusing at times, but still very enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William Alan Ritch | 12/29/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miss Mouse | 12/16/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bridget | 12/15/2013

    " Can't say anything bad about this series. An all time favorite. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori Compton | 11/3/2013

    " I think I need to read the series from the beginning..some of this was hard to follow and the author didn't give enough background (because its a series most likely). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vanessa | 9/25/2013

    " Last in an 18 book series. Weak plot. Poor ending to an excellent series. Left much to be desired. Least favorite so far in the Amelia Peabody series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie | 9/21/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rose | 5/15/2013

    " It was fun to read about the discovery of King Tut's tomb, but much of the interpersonal tension between characters has largely been resolved. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 4/28/2013

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah | 2/4/2013

    " I did try to love this book since I am in love with Ancient Egypt. But it was just so dull and and consisted almost entirely of small talk. 540 pages of small talk! Quite impressive. So I never bothered to find out what was in the end. Never finished the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 1/19/2013

    " The characters in Elizabeth Peters books are just wonderful. Each character has a tenacious and colorful personality which adds true vigor & vitality to each & every story by this author. LOVE THEM. If you like Indiana Jones, you will LOVE these books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosemary | 1/19/2013

    " 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! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vicki | 9/23/2012

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Walta Evans | 9/11/2012

    " 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 Julie | 8/23/2012

    " This book didn't do quite as good a job keeping my attention as the others in the series. Still, I was rewarded for my perseverance by the end. If you haven't read any of the series, don't start here. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenn | 4/16/2012

    " Joel had this book ready for audio listening on my I pod...I thought it was ok, I didn't realize it's a series book, but I loved the woman who read it, she sounded like Judy Dench. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 10/27/2011

    " This was not my favorite(in the immortal words of Abby). The characters and their interaction was good as usual but the story left something to be desired. I will proceed with the next book in the series, I hope she isn't running out of good mysteries. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mandy | 7/15/2011

    " I hate to say it, but some pizzazz has gone out of these books now that Ramses and Nefret are married. There's a certain same ole' same ole' about this plot, but the children of Ramses and Nefret continue to delight and I love the character of Amelia. "

  • 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 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.