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The world of ancient Egypt springs magnificently to life in this astonishing historical novel of love, war, political intrigue, and religious revolution. Told from the first-person point of view, it is the story of Sinuhe, physician to the royal court of Pharaoh Amenhotep III and his successors in the middle of the tumultuous 14th century B.C. From his exalted position, Sinuhe was able to observe and participate in some of the most intimate and important decisions that affected the powerful Egyptian kingdom of the 18th Dynasty during a very troubled period of its history.

Waltari brilliantly captures the life and rhythms of the ancient world as it was 3,400 years ago. When Sinuhe is sent as envoy to various foreign courts, including Babylon, Syria, and Crete, he encounters strange people with even stranger customs and beliefs. But Sinuhe is a tortured soul, a man who has been in love many times, and always to his sorrow. He travels to forget. Based on actual historical events, Sinuhe encounters many of the real-life characters who are familiar to many: Pharaoh Akhnaton, Queen Nefertiti, Tutankhamon, and the ruthless Horemheb - all real people whose lives, images, and stories are known to us from stone engravings, sculpture, and papyrus chronicles brought to light by modern archaeology. Follow along on a journey down the ancient Nile to a time of mysterious religions, beautiful palaces, and squalid urban life - to a time of spiritual and political passions that threatened to overwhelm an entire kingdom.

©1945 Estate of Mika Waltari (P)2014 Audio Connoisseur

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Epic tale of epic proportions with great performance

Charlton Griffin is such an eloquent reader whom I became a fan of after listening to the complete Sherlock Holmes stories with Audible (highly recommended by the way!). Charlton handles this book with great care and builds the myriad of characters in this tome with passion and caring. The voice of the main character of Sinuhe through the years and the many supporting characters, especially of his loyal slave Kaptah, was all handled masterfully by the reader. The only weakness in Charlton's craft (at least with this book) is his limited range with the female characters. They all all sound more or less alike...kind of a shrilly old hag. Once I got used to that, I decided to tolerate that one flaw in exchange of the rest of the brilliant read. Great performance in all.

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Really old story told in beautiful way

I'm Egyptian I study Egypt history to connect me with home. I would say the story is mostly fiction but the description of the ancient way of life is accurate. The original story was in a different pharaoh reign, not Akhenaton, but just finishing reading the book "Nefertiti" I enjoyed it more because it's information was still fresh. I loved the performance and the special sound effect made it very different than the other books I heard on audible. It was more like watching a movie which I really liked. I hope those who read it find it as interesting as I did.

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Good Old Fashioned Historical Novel

I have loved the historical novels of Mika Waltari since I was a kid. He hit on a good formula. Take a figure from the past and let him (always a him unfortunately) make his way. The Egyptian is, I believe, the first of his historical novels (the Etruscan, and the Roman his most well-known other works). We follow Sinue from his childhood all the way to his old age. And, he meets people who represent different classes and trends in the society. And he has adventures and love affairs along the way. Now, this is not great writing but it is compelling writing.

A word about the narrator, Charlton Griffin. Griffin has an amazing voice. He imbues his characters with such distinctiveness. It is a pleasure to listen to him. Well, that is except for the female characters. Just as Waltari gave the females in this novel a sameness which is bothersome, Griffin does not render the female characters as fluidly as he does the males. So, if you are looking for a modern, progressive novel, this might not suit. But if you are in the mood for a nice stroll through history, this might be just your cup of tea.

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Well read book!

Enjoyed this book. Story was very easy to follow along. Book was very well read.

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Unexpected treasure

Where does The Egyptian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is among the top 3 audiobooks I've listened to so far. The story is completely absorbing and the narration is top notch. Some of the characters are really funny, too, which I wasn't expecting. I chose this audiobook on a whim, never having been drawn to ancient Egyptian history before, and now I'm really fascinated by that period.

What other book might you compare The Egyptian to and why?

I can't think of a close comparison to this book, but if you like historical fiction or Egyptian history then you would probably like this.

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

A great narrator can make a story come to life, and a bad narrator can ruin an otherwise great novel. Luckily, Charlton Griffin is the former. His performance is perfectly nuanced and not overdone. I'm really impressed by his vocal agility, especially when portraying the supporting characters. I will definitely seek out other audiobooks narrated by him.

If you could take any character from The Egyptian out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I would love to go to dinner with Kaptah, Sinuhe's loyal servant, and of course he would find a way to make me pay :) He is definitely the funniest character in the book, but he also has depth and a lot of heart under his great belly.

Any additional comments?

I'm definitely glad I took the risk on this audiobook, and I look forward to Mika Waltari's other novels.

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Egyptian story telling at it's best.

Loved it ! if you love ancient Egypt you will love this historical story too.

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Fictional History

Great job of weaving life lessons and biblical stories. Captivating and suspense all in one.

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The Egyptian an epic tell

This was a detailed expansion of life in Egypt 3,500 years ago. An intertwined story of rich, poor and royalty. Very interesting listening!

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I'm a big fan of Milka Walteri, amazing book. 😃😃

Amazing story, I red THE ROMAN first and was good but this one is even better.

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sweeping novel

narrator is excellent. the book is very long. I love to just experience the story which spans a lifetime. pretty good book but I much prefer text the dark angel and several other books by the author to this one.