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Since 1922, when Howard Carter discovered Tut's 3,000-year-old tomb, most Egyptologists have presumed that the young king died of disease, or perhaps an accident, such as a chariot fall.

But what if his fate was actually much more sinister?

Now, in The Murder of Tut, James Patterson and Martin Dugard chronicle their epic quest to find out what happened to the boy-king. They comb through the evidence--X-rays, Carter's files, forensic clues--and scavenge for overlooked data to piece together the details of his life and death. The result is a true crime tale of intrigue, betrayal, and usurpation that presents a compelling case that King Tut's death was anything but natural.

©2009 James Patterson (P)2009 Hachette

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  • Kelly
  • Bluffton, SC, United States
  • 10-17-09

Painful to listen to!

This is by far the worst book that I have listened to in the last 20 years. Maybe Patterson was trying to be like the River Gods book, which was fantastic, but it just drags on and never really gets going.

This was a waste of time and money!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Not factual

The author claims to have researched this subject. The book contains numerous errors and his viewpoint of Tut's life is pure fantasy. Howard Carter is also portrayed inaccurately. Don't buy this book if you want if you want facts about the life and death of King Tut.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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What a complete waste of good reading time. I hated the narrator. The story was ridiculous. Patterson is a dreadful author. I can't believe I wasted a credit on this.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Narration is odd

The narrator is reading this book as if it was a childrens book. All of the voices and accents are over the top. I'm not sure if 'll be able to finish it. The preview doesn't give a good idea of these voices.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Sheila
  • cleburne, TX, United States
  • 10-10-09


I have, until now, enjoyed James Patterson's work, but I think it may be because most of his works that I have read are of this century. I think perhaps he needs to stay in this century. The authors' (James Patterson and Martin Dugard) references to historic scenes and dialogs did not match the times in which they were depicted. References to "whiskey breath" in the alleys of ancient Egypt are glaringly out of touch with the times. One or two such mistakes in a book are excusable, but 3 or 4 within a single chapter is excessive and not what I expect from a professional. I found this very distracting, and I was reminded of a high school freshman's first efforts as writing fiction as a class assignment. I am unable to finish this book. I find it poorly written, which makes it wholly unbelievable. To be fair, this may be a reflection of his collaboration with Mr. Dugard, but as his name is on it, Mr. Patterson must share the responsibility for this book. I will be reluctant to buy another James Patterson without looking closely. I certainly will avoid his attempts at historical fiction. He does not seem to have the knack of putting himself and his readers into another time.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Adam
  • Anacortes, WA, United States
  • 10-18-10

Cheesy story, horrible narrator.

This was so awkwardly narrated and so badly written that I didn't even make it through the whole thing. Terrible. Really. Not even good historical fiction. It uses long-debunked theories about King Tut to build the story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Can`t Believe I Wasted a Credit on This!!

I usually check the reviews before buying an audiobook but this one I didn`t and BOY AM I SORRY! Never again - for the most part the reviews are right on. As for this audio I don`t even want to put one star but I think you have to to post a review. Anyway - the book never takes off -in fact I was like - so okay, Tut is murdered (toward the end of the book) by X and ...nothing??? The book just ends????? Who the heck cares that Howard Carter died alone or that his socialite girlfriend visited his grave when he died? I frankly care very little about Carter or his sponsor et al - this is all old history so let`s get to the story! There were too many fillers (that don`t even rise to the level of fillers but that is another story) that were uninteresting, irrelevant and just dumb! In fact I was not expecting the book to be so much about Carter and everyone else EXCEPT Tut! I foolishly thought the book would be about speculation re Tut being murdered for a bunch of new medical evidence or something like that. Given how many new wanna bes can`t get published it is amazing something this bad does. There is only one line that refers to the murder and (maybe I need to listen to it again to be sure) I am not sure how the author came to even that conclusion b/c I sure didn`t at least not based on the story the author created. Or at least he doesn`t convince me that what might have happened to Tut, did.
Fool me once, but never again will I read anything by this author. This book is just a huge disappointment! The chapters jumping back and forth from 1300 years ago to 1900s was a clever device until it kept happening practically every 2-3 paragraphs - so it seemed. Before going on to post my review I was relieved to read my views are not in the minority. I do not recommend this book ever to anyone. In fact, I deleted it from my drive for good measure.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Bulk-writer James Patterson just never quite "does it" for me, but this was a bit different from his normal fare. It wasn't awful, it wasn't great, but basically just a light way to pass some time reading. It was James Michener-lite. Patterson seems to believe that he has solved the mystery of King Tut, and I am totally not convinced and am baffled how he has the hubris to make such a claim on such scant evidence and copious speculation. The work is classified as non-fiction which is even more astounding. It is historical fiction, don't let the categorization fool you.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Evelyn
  • Richmond, VA, USA
  • 05-27-10

Dissappointing - more fiction than fact

Don't waste your time on this one!

James Patterson's writing was mostly fictional; indulgent to the point of fantasy. I was bitterly disappointed.
A fan of Martin Dugard, all his books are well researched and told with the kind of passion one has for their hobby. His work is gripping. That's the main reason I gave this book, "novel", 2 stars; for his research.

As a history buff and fan of antiquity, this book was a mistake. As a schoolboy I read of Howard Carter who remains an intriguing character. I was fortunate to travel to Egypt last year, visiting the boy Kings tomb in the Valley of the Kings. The wonders of this place, his mummified body and the recovered artifacts in the museums leave you breathless.

Although passionate about this subject, even a casual reader of this book might be irritated. 100 chapters that bounce back 'n forth from 1334 BC to 1922 in a dizzying manner to create tension. Annoying! This alone may illustrate the books other shortcomings. The alliteration describing the lust over Nefertiti seemed right out of a popcorn romance novel. Finally, slaves built the tombs and were murdered afterward? Come on! the village where the artisans lived is still there behind the valley.

James Patterson has his place and is a very successful writer. Kudos for taking on this difficult topic and mystery. But I'll steer clear of future "non-fiction" he takes on. Sorry Mr. Patterson, I mean no offense at all, this one just wasn't for me.

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The ancients time to revel and historians alike.

Deep plunge into the world of Egyptilogist to the pyramids and a retrospective look at Tutonkamen reign from fantasy and other worldly perspective, is at times a glorious passionate cry to things of and answering to wandering minds.