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I, the Sun Audiobook

I, the Sun

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From palace coups in the lost city of Hattusas to treachery in the Egyptian court of Tutankhamun, that is the world of I, the Sun. This is the saga of the Hittite King Suppiluliumas, and rings with authenticity and the passion of a world that existed 1400 years before the birth of Christ.

They called him Great King, Favorite of the Storm God, the Valiant. He conquered more than forty nations and brought fear and war to the very doorstep of 18th Dynasty Egypt, but he could not conquer the one woman he truly loved.

©2014 Janet Morris (P)2015 Janet Morris and Chris Morris

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    AppyGirl 07-03-15
    AppyGirl 07-03-15
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    Where does I, the Sun rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This audio book version is in the tippy tippy top of my audiobook list! This book takes a lot of time to get through and honestly, Christopher's voice is what makes this audiobook so great to me!


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is ancient history, as close to first hand as I can get! I had never dug into this time period and am now wanting to find more!


    What does Chistopher Crosby Morris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I am in love with a voice. THIS voice. Velvet soft, expressive, perfect pronunciations. Christopher's voice brings so much more to the story! His pauses and phrasing bring subtle nuances to the story that really do make it immensely better than just reading it!


    If you could take any character from I, the Sun out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Kuwatna-ziti. He actually was my second most favored character in the book. I would find his story fascinating, as he was the one that witnessed how Tasmi grew into Suppiluliumas the great king! I see him as that uncle we all have that witness our failures and praise our triumphs. I bet he would have some epic stories of failures!


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rev. Zombie 07-08-15
    Rev. Zombie 07-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderfully Researched and Fantastic Performance."
    What about Chistopher Crosby Morris’s performance did you like?

    His voice is very rich and he adds perfect inflections of emotion into the performance.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is written like an autobiography of the Bronze Age Hittite king Suppiluliumas. Going in I knew absolutely nothing of the Hittites or much about the period. However, I, The Sun does not treat the reader as if they should know this time period and it keeps everything very clear to understand and follow.The first thing I realized with the book is Janet Morris's prose are outstanding. Seriously, this is one of the most well-crafted books I've ever read. The amount of research she did is also incredible. The novel is chopped full of little tiny details about everyday things that a person living in 1300 BC would have encountered. Normally I'd have expected an author that has done this much research to lay it on thick, causing the story to drag, but it never does.Christopher Morris' voice is wonderful for the role and he adds the perfect amount of emotion to his performance that adds to the whole experience.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Convoke USA 02-13-16
    Convoke USA 02-13-16 Member Since 2012

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    "The extraordinary life of a Hittite king"
    Would you listen to I, the Sun again? Why?

    I loved this audio production of I, the Sun, the classic biographical novel of Suppiluliumas I, king of Hatti the middle 2nd millennium BC. Hearing the pronunciation of place names and people names make this audiobook a great listen and adjunct to the print novel -- no wondering how to say names that rival Tutankhamen in complexity. This story, based on ancient records, made me laugh and made me cry, and the narration suited the tale perfectly.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tasmi, the king whose throne name was Suppiluliumas (Man of the Clear Spring), and whose story this is. I also loved Khinti, his second queen, Aziru of Amurru, the bandit prince, and the Great Shepherd, his close adviser. And his first four sons are unforgettable. I should also mention Hatib, the mercenary, who worked both for Hatti and for Amarna Egypt. These characters, each in their way, bring the ancient world to life, and jump right into your heart.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Tough choice, since so many scenes were great. Perhaps the scene on Alashiya, when Tasmi, Khinti, and the oldest Hittite princes meet Arizu of Amurru. Or the coup that made Tasmi king.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Absolutely. I laughed, I cried, I started over from the beginning when I got to the end. As for heart-rending scenes, I won't spoil it for you, but those and the battle scenes are among the best historical fiction I've ever read.


    Any additional comments?

    The print or e-book book has a map, an image of the king's seal, and images of Hittite and Egyptian chariots of the day. The audiobook has every name and country pronounced, and Christophre Crosby Morris's gifted narration of this first-person biographical novel. So I got got both together. The cover says that Jerry Pournelle called I, the Sun "A masterpiece of historical fiction" and a famous Hittite scholar praises its authenticity. If you want to experience life in the Ancient Near East, go conquering in a chariot, and found a dynasty, this is the book for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    marlene new cumberland, PA, United States 05-26-16
    marlene new cumberland, PA, United States 05-26-16 Member Since 2010
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    I accelerated the reading by twenty percent since it was annoyingly slow. In contrast, the plot moved at an especially enjoyable clip with no sacrifice of detail. My only other complaint is the anachronistic representation of the subject's 'romantic' relationships. Mr's. Morris betrays herself in her desire to make the subject more palatable to contemporary tastes - especially those of woman. Other than that, and the aforementioned reading pace I found the story highly engrossing, with very few character comprises made to plot demands. It is a very recommendable book to anyone interested in fuller view of this period in ancient history

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    If you could sum up I, the Sun in three words, what would they be?

    Well told atory


    What other book might you compare I, the Sun to, and why?

    There are a number of books about historical figures this one did remind me of Mary Renault's books about Alexander The Great.


    Have you listened to any of Chistopher Crosby Morris’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    This is the first book I've had with this narrator his lack of of an American accent made it a surprise when some words were pronounced the American way i.e. Shone pronounced as Shown.


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

    His final farewells to his sons were moving.


    Any additional comments?

    The names of the characters was sometimes confusing

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