Audio books are perfect for me. In impatience, I tend to skim through my reading, but with an audio book I get to enjoy the narrative as well as the story. Historical novels are my favorite genre but I try to read a bit of everything.
The story develops very slowly and the writing is not very exciting. I was able to finish listening to it, but barely.
I read this one after The Heretic Queen and wished I had read them in order. Overall it was historically accurate except for the connection of Nefertiti's sister becoming queen and her offspring leading to The Heretic Queen.
I really enjoyed this book (I have it as a book as well as audible)...I have read several versions of what happened during Akhenaten's time (including Twelfth Transforming by Pauline Gedge, a fellow Canadian) and find I enjoyed this one the most because it was being told by one of the main characters (Mudnojmet, sister of Nefertiti), and the writing was done is such a way you feel like you're living her life. I also have "Heretic Queen" in book format, which is my next audio download (also by Michelle Moran).
I was a little hesitant about downloading this book because I didn't want a book of dry dates and information on how the facts were obtained. Boy was I surprised! The story was lush with descriptions of the period while following the story of Nefertiti. Highly addictive. I felt I was right there watching the story unfold with the Egytian sun shining on me and coal being applied to me eyes. Cassandra Campbell as the narrator was fantastic. She changes her voice for each character and bring the story available verbally. I have now downloaded every book available for Michelle Moran and found my favorite narrator.
Sisters, can't live with them, can't live without them
The story of Nefertiti by Michelle Morgan, is told through via her sister, Mutnodjmet. It is the younger sister who accompanied her parents to the funeral of future pharaoh and reports the proceedings to Nefertiti. It is Nefertiti who marries the new future pharaoh, Amunhotep. The marriage was arranged in the hope Nefertiti with her strong personality (and father's guidence) will temper her pharaoh husband's heretical desires.
Mutnodjmet continues to serve her sister in many capacities. The bond between them is strong and complex and as interesting to follow as is the action around them. Like the court of Henry VIII, there is love, betrayal, political unrest and religious conflict with a nasty plague throw in for good measure.
As with Cleopatra's Daughter, this story is very engrossing and hard to put down!
Cassandra Campbell's narration is good for the story.
For me, Nefertiti by Michelle Moran, deserves a five out of five rating. But maybe you should read it for yourself to find out if I am correct n my judgement.
Although depending on some historic events, the view portrayed Nefertiti and Akhnaton is incorrect, full of lies, and don't make sense. Akhnaton was a great philosopher, a priest, and pro peace. An important change of Art, and Architecture had an impact on the theories of today. The beauty of Nefertiti that we all know today, can not reflect the evil figure portrayed.
Egypt has it's own special allure for most. Names like Nefertiti's bring with it visions of gold and hot sun. This books brings that to life with wonderful force and character. The individuals in this books are well rounded and thought out, with strengths and flaws that are easy to relate to. The story fleshes out the Egyptian past and brings the Royal lifestyle to light, with enough of a connection to history that I felt I learned something of the true past.
Facinating, engrossing and obsessive! These are all adjetives that I'm using to describe this book! Especially, the obsessive, as I couldn't stop thinking about the story and it's characters, between 'listenings'. The narration was terrific,very engaging and I'll look for more by this narrator. And, I will most certainly look forward to the author's next book!