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The Curse of The Pharaohs

The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 2
Written by: Elizabeth Peters
Narrated by: Susan O'Malley
Series: Amelia Peabody, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
4 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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The joys of home and hearth are about to drive Victorian gentlewoman Amelia Peabody Emerson mad. While she and her husband, the renowned archaeologist Radcliffe Emerson, dutifully go about raising their son Ramses, she dreams only of the dust and detritus of ancient civilizations. Providentially, a damsel in distress - coupled with a promising archaeological site - demands their immediate presence in Egypt. The damsel is Lady Baskerville, and the site is a tomb in Luxor recently discovered by Sir Henry Baskerville - who promptly died under bizarre circumstances. The tabloids immediately scream "The Curse of the Pharaohs!"

Amelia and Radcliffe arrive to find the camp in disarray, the workers terrified, and a most eccentric group of guests. A ghost even appears.

This is not at all what Amelia considers an atmosphere conductive to scientific discovery. Never one to deny others the benefit of her advice and example, the indomitable Victorian sets about bringing order to chaos and herself that much closer to danger. How Amelia triumphs over the forces of evil - and those who would stand between her and her beloved antiquities - make for a delightfully spirited adventure.

©1981 Elizabeth Peters (P)1999 Blackstone Audiobooks

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Great series, okay performance

I really enjoy this suspenseful yet gentle mystery series. In the first one of the series, the book was narrated by Barbara Rosenblatt who absolutely brought the English heroine Amelia Peabody to life. In this one for some unfathomable reason, they've gone with an american narrator and it just does not work, given all the distinctly English diction in the book. Shame because its a great story with engaging characters.

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  • Mary A.
  • 2003-07-25

Great second read!

This is the second book in the Amelia Peabody series. I love the reader as her voice is how I pictured Amelia's to sound. It's light reading, but very entertaining! I love the Egyptian angle in these books as both Amelia and Emerson are Egyptian archaeologists. Give it a try!

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  • Patrick
  • 2005-04-10

Great Series-Wrong Narrator

I am completely addicted to the Amelia Peabody series, but I believe a major factor is the absolutely brilliant reading and characterizations of Barbers Rosenblatt. I wanted to stay with the series so I tried this book and although I enjoyed the story it was not nearly as engaging with Ms. O'malley's narration. While pleasant enough to listen to, she just doesn't capture the essence of the characters like Ms. Rosenblatt. Her attempts at accents are, at times, ridiculous.

Enjoy the series, but stick to the Rosenblatt narrations.

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  • Dee
  • 2004-11-30

I agree..Barbara IS better

The narrator of this title is positively dreary compared to the life instilled in each and every Amelia Peabody book performed by Barbara Rosenblatt. I won't buy any other titles using this reader...only Barbara Rosenblatt.

I'm pretty fussy about the quality of the narrator. This one wasn't interesting enough to keep me focused throughout the entire story. Whereas Rosenblatt's interpretations of the lead characters are witty and often tongue-in-cheek, this reader made the characters downright unlikable when they weren't utter bores.

A dis-service to the book and it's wonderful cast.

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  • GSDNH
  • 2006-01-10

Enjoyed O'Malley's Narration

I also enjoyed O'Malley's narration. It took a little getting used to after Rosenblat, but after an hour I slipped into her characterizations easily. I found myself LOL on many occasions. I will continue with the series.

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  • Sue
  • 2007-02-27

Wrong Narrator

I made the mistake of getting thes rather than the one performed by Barbara Rosenblatt.
Barbara would have made this rather average Amelia wonderful, but this book can not rise above the poor narration.
Still, any Amelia Peabody is better than average of any other book. :-)

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  • Virginia Mom
  • 2005-04-25

Oh No! Downloaded Wrong Narrator!!!!

I LOVED the first book, but it was narrated by Barbara Ronsenblat. Susan O'malley sounds like a school-child asked to read in class compared to Ronenblat. She is so monotone that my mind wanders while listening and find I can't get interested. I well never download another narrated by her again! (sorry susan).

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  • Sarada R
  • 2019-06-24

Susan O'Malley is WONDERFUL!!!

I honestly do not understand how or why anyone enjoys Rosenblat's performance of this book. She has no comedic timing, she reads soooo slowly, and her voices of the characters are all so annoying to me that I cannot stand to listen. I tired, I listened to the whole first half of Crocodile on the Sandbank narrated by Rosenblat, and had to give up. It was so incredibly terrible.

Susan O'Malley on the other hand is SO WONDERFUL!!! She absolutely IS Amelia Peabody, and everything she does with these books is just such fun. She has great comedic timing, and it just makes the whole thing so enjoyable and fun and light.

It is a tragedy that she only did the first 6 books. I would love to listen to the entire series, but I just CANNOT deal with Rosenblat. So instead I have listened to these first 6 books narrated by O'Malley about 4 times each now. And I'll probably listen to them again and again. Someone, PLEASE have Susan O'Malley narrate the rest of the books!!! PLEASE!!!!

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  • Wadie
  • 2008-03-02

Loved It!!

I enjoy Amelia. She is quite a character. The descriptions of the people and of Egypt itself are beautiful. The plots can be on the razor's edge of being "too much". I love the narration by Susan O'Malley. She gives the story has just the right tone, not at all over the top as is the narration of Ms. Rosenblat. Ms O'Malley does a wonderful job on the voices of Emerson and Radcliff also. The story was huge fun. I can even enjoy a traffic jam while listening to this:)

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  • Primrose
  • 2005-03-26

Classic British humour

A stiff upperlip...and back...and a strong constitution in a woman who brokes no discussion around her decisions and her unfailing search for the right of every situation is a recipe for adventure. Finding new friends, learning and exploring and perhaps a bit of romance all wrapped in a mystery and a bit of British history.

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  • Katherine
  • 2019-07-18

Poor Narrator

Barbara Rosenblat is NOT the narrator. I did not look closely enough and assumed that “next in series” would automatically bring up the same narrator. It does not. Susan O’Malley has no British accent and mispronounces several words. Her style fails to differentiate the characters so it was difficult to follow when interrupted.