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  • Lion in the Valley

  • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 4
  • By: Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (149 ratings)

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Lion in the Valley

By: Elizabeth Peters
Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
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Summary

Amelia Peabody, archaeologist and woman extraordinaire, should have greeted the approaching excavation with transports of joy. Nothing in the world could compare with exploring the muddy, musty corridors of some bat-infested pyramid. And at Dahshoor, to which she was headed, there existed some particularly fine specimens.

But Amelia, accompanied by her quixotic husband Emerson and Ramses, their elusive son, feels an awful, nameless foreboding as she stands upon the decks of the ship that bears them across waters of the Mediterranean towards Egypt.

Perhaps it has something to do with what transpired the last time they investigated the ruins of the Black Pyramid. On that infamous occasion they came face-to-face with Sethos, that chameleon-like villain otherwise known as The Master Criminal. While successful in depriving this "genius of crime" of his ill-gotten treasure, they were thwarted in their attempts to capture him. He escaped into the night like a wily serpent, revenge embroidered upon his countenance.

It is inevitable that The Master Criminal should come face-to-face with the inimitable Amelia Peabody again, but this time it is not antiquities he is after, but Amelia herself!

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Critic reviews

"Bursting with surprises, a sheer delight" (Publishers Weekly)
"Peters really knows how to spin romance and adventure into a mystery." (Philadelphia Enquirer)

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A DELIGHTFUL LISTENING EXPERIENCE

Would you listen to Lion in the Valley again? Why?

The Amelia Peabody Series is always good for light entertainment and worth revisiting from time to time.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lion in the Valley?

Exchanges between Peabody and her precocious offspring.

What does Barbara Rosenblat bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Barbara Rosenblat's narration is exceptional. She captures the characters with great humour and versatility.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Victorian mystery laced with humour.

Any additional comments?

This was my first Peabody experience. Now I have gone back to Book 1 and am working my way through the series. A great way to share afternoons with a friend while drinking coffee !

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Great escapism - the reader is wonderful

I find all Peters’ books excellent, this introduction to Seth’s is particularly satisfying. Particularly when you know what happens later in the series.

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wonderful book!!!

I live this series by Elizabeth Peters, especially narrated by the fabulous Barbara Rosenblat... she's gives the already colourful characters life and soul... wonderful escapism!!

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yet another brilliant addition to the series

what can I say but... brilliant! I'm hooked. The humour, engaging storyline, very creative characters and blended with the superb skills of the narrator makes this series one that i just can't stop listening to!
more please....

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Just Brilliant

An excellent story, with some real comedy. So much better than many of other similar works.
The reader is positively five stars. The different characters are wonderfully portrayed.

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Good lighthearted entertainment

Most enjoyable as have all of this series I have listened to so far, looking forward to the next

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Another Thrilling Installment!

I really enjoyed listening to this further adventure of Peabody and Emerson (and Ramses, of course!); and as ever, Barbara Rosenblat's narration and voice characterisations are exemplary.

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another excellent listen

Barbara Rosenblat triumphs again in her interpretation of this book she makes Amelia,Emerson and Ramses come to life

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Thoroughly enjoyable Egyptology whodunnit romp

Elizabeth Peters' series of Egyptology/Whodunnit romps, starring the indomitable Amelia Peabody, have long been a favourite of mine... so when browsing for an audible title, was pleased to see many of these now available.
If you like a whodunit, have an interest in (or would like to find out a little about) Egyptology, like mild humour and enjoy a book without swearwords or sex scenes - these are great. Maybe not life-changing literary works, but highly 'enjoyable reads' (or listens). I first came across one of these (7 or 8 in the series?) when I grabbed it at an airport and then I had to read all the prior volumes when I got home and have been hooked ever since, especially as an undemanding holiday read.
In the past, have found some Audible books a let-down, due to poor narration - but Barbara Rosenblat is wonderful, Amelia sounds just as I'd imagined her, plus Barbara is cleverly able to bring to life a whole range range of characters, male and female, young and old, English, Egyptian and others.
And due to Ms Peters eschewing the use foul language ("Good Gad!" is about as bad as it gets!) and graphic sex, you can listen to these 'in public' with out fear of offending anyone - when listening to this while gardening this summer, my 80 year old neighbour called over the fence to ask (a) could I turn the volume up, she was following the story, too and (b) what was it, she was really enjoying it...another convert!

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  • Coffee Lover
  • 24-11-05

A Delicious Confection

This series is a true delight. I have read all of the books, twice - but Barbara Rosenblat brings out every nuance and makes the audio books even more enjoyable. The characters come to life with her skillful narration. While these books are certainly full of suspense, they are so funny you will laugh out loud. As a bonus, Elizabeth Peters' PhD in Egyptology enables her to give credibility to her characters' adventures and lets her audience glimpse the Egypt that tourists do not see. Bet you can't listen to just one!

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  • Carole T.
  • 24-06-12

Love that Sethos!

This is a fun entry in the series. Elizabeth Peters has a talent for creating characters who the reader cannot wait to encounter time after time! Fortunately, she usually obliges and brings back the good guys! And here we have many of our favorites returning.

Barbara Rosenblat has become THE voice of Amelia Peabody and company. Count me among fans who look forward to her narration as much as we look forward to the next Amelia!

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  • Charlotte
  • 08-06-07

Peabodyitus (P bod E eye tiss)

Yes, Peabodyitus! I have it! I love this character. Years ago, I fell into Amelia's world by accident, and I've never wanted out. Elizabeth Peters has created a character that is warm, but strong, loving, but independent. I want to follow her family around always. Of course, I don't want her to catch me doing it, she might pop me with that umbrella!

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  • Robwms
  • 17-11-10

The Amelia Peabody Series by Elizabeth Peters

I am thoroughly enjoying this series, referred to me by a dear friend. I highly recommend this series. I must admitt that the reader (Barbara Rosenblat) has truly made the series live. Also because i enjoy many "period" movies it is easy to place faces, in my minds eye, with each character due of course to the reading of Ms. Rosenblat. Therefore you will understand that when Ms. Rosenblat is not the reader it is a great disappointment. I am now on book 8 "The Hippopotamus Pool" and only one book was not the reader I am so endeared. But please donot allow this to discourage one from reading them all! Many many hours of enjoyment await you all, Robbin Wms

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  • R. J. Fine
  • 25-06-12

Amelia Peabody is #1

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I highly recommend all the Amelia Peabody mysteries by Elizabeth. Peters because they are fun, exciting and oft times humorous.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love all the characters but young Ramses is by far my favorite. He always has something to say and does so in as many words as possible and the trouble he gets into is amazing.

What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

To put it simply....Barbara Rosenblat could read the phonebook and keep me entharalled!

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  • Kathryn PDX
  • 27-11-11

Always a treat

Wonderful characters in a magical time and place. Narrator does a great job portraying the not-self-aware Amelia, so confident whether right or wrong, but always charming.

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  • phoenixrising
  • 06-08-18

I will listen to anything Barbara narrates!

I read many books of this series when I was younger, and enjoyed them in print. But, when I had an hour commute to and from work, I got hooked on books on tape. Thanks to the public library, I was introduced to Barbara Rosenblatt as a narrator. She brings these books to life. It is like watching a one person play. It is not like having a book read to you. It is like a multi-person presentation. She gives each character a unique voice and mannerisms, and maintained these consistentcy throughout the entire series. Add to that the entirely quirky and wonderful world that Peters gives us, and it is a tour de force. I will own all of these on audible. And I am game to listen to anything Barbara narrates!

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  • Barbara
  • 24-11-12

Spend your credits on this series!

In order to make a story, and in the case of an audio book, more believable, more seductive, more addictive, the key architects of a narrated book i.e. the Author and the Narrator(s) must pay very close attention to detail. A missed step on either of their parts rudely ejects the listener from the mesmerizing effect of the chronicle and thrusts them back into reality for which all light prose is designed as an escape.

Even if the listener is unknowledgeable of the History, Geography, Historical Persons, the language used at that time, both technical and non, the tools, dress, methods of transportation, etc.; the precision of these details rings true. A few examples of this are Howard Carter who is best known for discovering the tomb of King Tutankhamen, Giovanni Belzoni who is best known for purloining Egypt’s national treasures for the British Museum such as the two seated Colossi of Ramses II, and Flinders Petrie who is probably best known for the discovery of the Mernepta (or Israel) Stele but who should be also acknowledged for his pioneering of the methodical excavation and documentation techniques. The integration of these historical persons with the multi-dimensional characters created in the fertile mind of the Author constructs a story that is wholly believable. It is as well with lesser known place names like Deir el-Bahri, Maz Guna or the commonly known such as Giza, Cairo and Armana blending with sites now suggested being lost to modern excavators.

The same holds true for the Narrator; if he or she mispronounces words, whether common or Historical in nature, strays from the cadence, dialect or accent of that place and time or, is unable or unskilled at differentiating the voices of the characters these deficiencies renders the recording a waste of time and credits. I had the occasion to listen to a Susan O’Malley version of the Last Camel Died at Noon and hated it. This comparison does not due Barbara Rosenblat her due, however. Having chosen other Authors just because of their selection of this Narrator, I must confess to being an unrepentant admirer of hers. She researches the accents and correct pronunciations for the performance down to the minutiae.

This is the ultimate in pairing and can be enjoyed over and over.

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  • bebe
  • 16-07-19

Excellent

Love it - great book - great series. This series is about Amelia Peabody, her husband Emerson and their son Ramses. Ramses is my favorite character. In this book he is eight years old. He is brilliant with a vocabulary that is amazing. He loves to research and is better at solving mysteries than his brilliant parents. They are English but love to go on expeditions to Egypt to dig for antiquities. They always encounter danger, murders and mystery. They biggest challenge is Sethos, whom they call the Master Criminal. Sethos is quite prominent in this book. In this book they also encounter the twins Ronald and Donald and their female friend Inid. One of the twins is loathsome. Amelia, Emerson and Ramses are in danger and are attacked several times. As usual, people around them end up dead.

The author is amazing. Her writing is charming, witty and fast paced. The dialog is quick and funny. The characters are as real as life. One reason the books in this series are so amazing is the narrator. Barbara Rosenblat is one of the top three female narrators in the business, in my opinion. She does male voices as well as she does female voices. He accents are spot on and her cadence, inflection and tones are excellent. She makes this excellent series even better. Peters and Rosenblat are a great team.

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  • Cheryl
  • 15-08-14

Ramses is Back!

For those that enjoy this Amelia Peabody Series by Elizabeth Peter; Book 4 is just as enjoyable as the others. Once again, it is a mixture of mystery and light romance and witty comedy.

I really enjoyed getting to know their seven year old son, Ramses. I also liked the rivalry I began to see between Amelia and her son.

Enjoy.

The narrator, Barbara Rosenblat . . . awesome!

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