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Ancient Egypt, Book 1
Written by: Wilbur Smith
Narrated by: Mark Meadows
Length: 28 hrs and 36 mins
5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Fame and popularity breed envy in high places, and the adulation of the mob is fickle. They often take as much pleasure in tearing down the idols that they have grown tired of as they did in elevating them in the first place. It is safer by far to live unseen and unremarked, as I always attempt to do.

An ancient kingdom. An incredible destiny.  

Taita is a humble slave, an expert in art, poetry, medicine and engineering as well as keeping important secrets. He is the most treasured possession of Lord Intef. Yet when Intef's beautiful daughter, Lostris, is married to the Pharaoh, Taita is commanded to follow her and swiftly finds himself deeper than he ever could have imagined in a world of deception and treachery.  

But outside the palace, the great kingdom of Egypt is divided and in even greater danger. Enemies threaten on all sides, and only Taita holds the power to save them all....

The first audiobook in the epic Egyptian Series.

©2018 Wilbur Smith (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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  • KarenB_AZ
  • 2019-03-31

very good book

all in all, this is a very good book. I found myself having to break away from the book at different times because I found the narrator monotone. this is not a bad thing, it is more a matter of preference. I don’t know if I can put into words what I really think here, I did not know how much I liked this book, until I got to the end. I wonder if I should call this a slow burning book, one sneaks up on you, and surprises you at the end.
I will say this, you will care about the characters in this book. you will laugh at their jokes, cry at their defeat, and feel their pain and agonize with their suffering as as they go through their lives. That in the long run is the mark of a very good book or story.
I would recommend this book to an adult audience.

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  • Angel
  • 2019-02-14

Wow!

Absolutely love it!!! This is a perfect story to capture the spirit of ancient Egypt! Eloquently written and the narrator has a soothing voice, I would highly recommend this read!

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  • LM
  • 2019-04-01

Abridged

The .epub version of this and the audiobook are not the same. This is abridged or there are different editions with changes to the story in the print or eBook versions.

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  • Dianna Lichtenwalner
  • 2019-08-05

Outstanding performance!

I have read this book numerous times before, but it's an absolute pleasure to have it read to me by so great a performer. I'm very capable of bringing it to life in my imagination during my own reading, but Mark Meadows adds to the story with his own considerable talent. I highly recommend this book to everyone I discuss books with, and now I'll recommend this version as well.

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  • Peet Steyn
  • 2019-07-23

An excellent read indeed

The books of Whilbur Smith always manages to completely transport me to another time. His vivid descriptions and works of fiction intermingled with just enough historic fact cultivates an immersive experience that makes the stories immensely enjoyable.

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  • N. Saul
  • 2019-07-03

Slow, cardboard characters, and racist stereotypes

I got about 1/2way through this. Past the virginal good female protagonist vs her 'hussy' (African) ladies in waiting. Past the perfect male protagonist who is more clever, more talented, more honorable, and more politically savvy than any one of the other scores of 2 dimensional characters....a glaring feature of this book to the point of boredom. But by the time Smith got to all of the endless ways that "Savage Kushites Are Savage", I remembered that my life is too short for such simplistic BS and tried to figure out if there was a way to return the book. I felt like Maxine Waters and wanted to announce: Reclaiming My Time.

Save your money. Audible has an amazing selection. There is something better out there.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-06-21

exceptional read

I found myself enthralled with every word. the love story and explicit detail of every battle captivated me and distracted me from my dreary work at this factory. thank you Wilbur Smith. I will most definitely purchase the next book of the series.

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  • Sylvane
  • 2019-06-12

I was bored

I kept waiting for something to happen. It didn't. Then when I realized the book had 140+ chapters, I gave up.

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