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The Deeds of the Disturber

The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 5
Written by: Elizabeth Peters
Narrated by: Susan O'Malley
Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
4 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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When the body of a night watchman is found sprawled in the shadow of a rare 19th-Dynasty mummy case, panic ensues. For no one doubts that the guard's untimely demise is the work of an ancient Egyptian curse. No one, that is, except that tart-tongued Victorian Egyptologist, Amelia Peabody, whose remarkable talent for criminal investigation has frustrated villains from London to Cairo.

Now fresh from her daring exploits in exotic Egypt, Amelia, her sexy archaeologist husband, Emerson, and their catastrophically precocious son, Ramses, have returned to their native England just in time to get wrapped up in the intrigue. It's a mystery worthy of Amelia's superior sleuthing, but can she elude the vile clutches of the real perpetrator long enough to uncover his identity...or is she destined to wind up as his next victim?

©1988 Elizabeth Peters (P)1999 Blackstone Audiobooks

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"A postitive treat! Even more hysterically funny than her last." (Marion Zimmer Bradley, author of The Mists of Avalon)

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  • Trish
  • 2003-07-18

Kept this Amelia Peabody fan happy!

Each book gets better. You are more invested in the characters with every book. If you haven't read the rest of the series WAIT. Start at the beginning with Crocodile in the Sandbank. You'll appreciate this one more if you do. Loved it!

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Ann
  • 2010-08-27

Narrator

I wasn't paying attention when I put this in my cart and accidentally purchased this version instead of the one narrated by Barbara Rosenblat. I have to say, I really prefer Ms. Rosenblat's voice for this series. I gave up and bought the other version.

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  • Sarah
  • 2019-01-01

poor preformance

i will try not to buy any other book in the series narrated by this individual. I am sorry I wasted my money. After listening to this copy for about 3 min, I stopped and bought the book a second time narrated by a far superior individual. I wish I could get my money back and remove it from my library.

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  • Dale C. Faber
  • 2018-05-30

Disappointed in narrator

I am revisiting the Amelia Peabody series and I have been disappointed that some of the Audible books are no longer narrated by Barbara Rosenblatt. Please make her recordings available! Susan O’Malley just doesn’t compare.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-01-21

Like story But

I like the story but I wish Susan O'Malley was not the performer. She could not make a distinct voice for each character.

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  • Diane Kendall
  • 2004-09-20

Ms. Narrator

I have listened to five of the books in this series- one after another - and I find the narrator to be just fine. I think this is a matter of personal preference. Try one and make your own judgement. The reader does make the characters come to life, in my humble opinion.

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  • Stewart Black
  • 2004-06-28

Disturber of

This is a reasonably well written thriller set in foggy old London. A married couple, both eminent Egyptologists, return home from an expedition in Egypt to become involved in a mystery concerning a specific 19th dynasty mummy in the Egyptian exhibits at the British Museum.

The story is fast paced and scientifically accurate in most aspects, though the usual amount of "writers' latitude" has been employed.

Unfortunately this otherwise enjoyable books is ruined by an absolutely awful reading. Ms O'Malley, who has clearly never taken an elocution lesson in her life, gives no credence to the English location of most of the story. Not only does she not speak English, but her American is poorly enunciated and her pronunciations of most words are inappropriate (for example, every "t" becomes "d" and every "ing" is "in'"). Add to this a voice than can only be described as annoying and you may readily recognise that her performance makes this book almost unlistenable. What a pity!

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  • Wadie
  • 2008-03-03

Wonderful!!

I want to marry Ramses when he grows up! What a great character! I totally love the voice done by Susan O'Malley. She is my favorite narrator for the Amelia Peabody series. She may not have a heavy English accent but the books are so full of fun and and occasional foolishness the narration voice NEEDS to be less rather than more. I'm hoping for more Amelia done by Susan!!

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  • The Powells
  • 2019-08-25

This series just gets better!

I love this story. As this series develops the characters just get better and more dimensional. the stories are great. This is probably my 4th time through in 20 years or so. First time with audiobooks. Susan really has the characters and delivery down!

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  • Amelia
  • 2017-07-09

love the Emerson-Peabody clan

listening to Ramsey's grow up and the love/respect Amelia and Radcliff share is a thoroughly enjoyable experience