The Ape Who Guards the Balance : Amelia Peabody

  • by Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by Samantha Eggar
  • Series: Amelia Peabody
  • 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

All hail the jubilant return of the redoubtable Amelia Peabody! The prospects for the 1907 archaeological season in Egypt seem fairly dull to Amelia Peabody. Her adored husband, Professor Radcliff Emerson, has been ignominiously demoted to examining only the most boring tombs in the Valley of the Kings, mere leftovers really, but they are determined to make the most of a bad situation.This year, however, the legendary land of the pharaohs will yield more than priceless artifacts, for the desert guards even deeper mysteries that are wrapped in greed - and sealed in murder.he purchase of a mint condition papyrus of the Famed Book of the Dead, a collection of magical spells and prayers designed to ward off the perils of the underworld, soon has Amelia calling on all her remarkable skills of detection and deduction to untangle a web woven of criminals and cults, stolen treasures, and fallen women - all the while under the unblinking eye of Sethos, the charismatic yet elusive Master Criminal.Once again, Elizabeth Peters demonstrates the brilliance and wit that have ensured her place in the exclusive pantheon of America's greatest mystery writers.


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Not as good as Barbara Rosenblatt!

Those of you who love this series of books will be as frustrated as me that whilst all 18 books are available on the US version of Audible, only 5 are available here. So I was thrilled to see this one when it appeared recently. It's a good effort, but this narrator cannot represent the characters like the wonderful Ms Rosenblatt who can produce a whole stageful of voices. The musical interludes are a bit offputting too. Come on Audible - lets have some more of this excellent series - preferably the original productions.
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- julie a warren


I love the Amelia Peabody books and listening to them on audio book but listening to this one was a trial. It has been abridged clumsily and the narration is tedious. All of Elizabeth Peters' words are required and Barbara Rosenblat brings them to life. Accept no substitutes!
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- Alison

Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-08-2009
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books