This arduous journey through time, customs and religion provides an adventurous and accurate insight into the ancient people of Egyptian history.
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While at first I found it hard to focus, this book grabbed me and did not let go! I have visited Egypt several times, been a docent at a huge Egyptian exhibit...but this book gave me something I did not have before: an outsiders view of the daily life of the ancient Egyptians. The main character is an educated young man from a neighboring country who is captured by the Egyptian army when his kingdom is overrun. Via his travels and experiences you gain an incredible view of daily life in Egypt. With a happy ending to boot!
Having so much enjoyed a previous audible in the same genre (Henty's "The Lion St. Mark's"), I was really looking forward to a second pleasant experience. I can't say how I feel about this book, only about the narration. It bothered me so much that after about an hour of listening, the patterned speech and accent of the narrator became so irritating to me that I couldn't continue.
This is a good book. A long book with a nice ending. Well worth listening to. I drive up and down the M1 (UK) to Warrington each week and listen to a lot of books from Audible. Some good, some bad, but this made the journey quite short and interesting. I hope you enjoy it too!
The narrator's tone and style was stilted and difficult to listen to at first, i almost didn't continue past the first 10 minutes. But eventually I got used to it (even if I didn't care for it), and the historical storyline and character development were worth sticking around for. I enjoyed the book.
Anne in Happy Valley
If you feel you should read more British 19th century popular fiction after Dickens, Kipling, Bulwer-Lytton and Trollope, give this a read. An entertaining story, but for most 21st century readers, it may seem plodding and anachronistic, especially the frequent mention of how light-skinned people are better than the dark-skinned.
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