These books are among the few that are made even more enjoyable when narrated, at least when done so by the incomparable Barbara Rosenblatt, who over many years managed to take the voice of Ramses from childhood through his emergence as a fully grown man. How she does all the voices and accents of the numerous characters is quite beyond my comprehension! In an interview with both Peters/Mertz and Rosenblatt on NPR, it came to light that Peters eventually came to hear Rosenblatt's characterizations as she was writing. The two had become inextricably intertwined.
Rosenblatt does an equally stunning job with the Vicky Bliss series. Like the Amelia books, they began as an apparent one-off, then morphed in a slightly different direction as Vicky's art thief/lover, John Tregarth, a.k.a. Sir John Smythe entered in the second volume. However, it is the touching Xmas eve Vicky and John spend in the fourth book, "Trojan Gold", huddling for warmth on a mountainside in Bavaria, nibbling on remnants of gingerbread and heating water for tea in a broken flowerpot, that I enjoy listening to most at this time of year.
Both He Shall Thunder in the Sky and Trojan Gold (narrated by Ms. Rosenblatt, of course) are available as unabridged audiobooks. I couldn't possibly get my knitting done without my Audible.com subscription.
Here are a few suitably wintry scenes from Kingston.
Hard to believe that winter hasn't yet officially arrived.