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  • Temples, Tombs, and Hieroglyphs: A Popular History of Ancient Egypt

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Barbara Mertz
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
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    In this updated version of the classic of popular Egyptology, Barbara Mertz combines her doctorate in Egyptology at the famed Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago with a life-long enthusiasm for ancient Egypt. Her love of the subject is contagious and makes her the perfect guide to ancient Egypt for the student, the layman, and those who plan to visit or have visited the Nile Valley.

    Ethan M. says: "One of the best history books on Audible"
    "Probably 1 of the finest pairings of reader & book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have actually recommended this book to many people.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The book is factual, educational, but never tedious. The author is obviously highly knowledgable on her subject, but knows how to make history come to life, with warmth and an absolutely marvellous dry wit.


    What does Lorna Raver bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Having heard Lorna Raver read this book, I cannot imagine anyone else doing it. Her voice is perfect for the author's words, and the expression and animation she brings to her reading elevates this to an art form. If all history was conveyed by the combination of author and reader, we would have an incredibly well educated society.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The theoretical tale of Queen Hetepheres and her tomb difficulties was both amusing and wonderful. The tales bought down to us over the centuries of various legendary pharaohs, such as Good King Snefru, have been bought vividly to life.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved it so much, I sought out Barbara Mertz's other book on Audible : Red Land, Black Land, again read by the marvellous Lorna Raver. It is a viewpoint of the life of ordinary Egyptians in ancient times, and is another vastly informative and entertaining experience.

    Then I sought out other books read by Lorna Raver, and found to my delight, one of my favourites, Dana Sobel's The Planets, was also an option. It was quickly acquired, and is just as wonderful.

    If Audible had provided just those three books, my life would have been greatly enriched for those alone:)

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