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Publisher's Summary

At the festival of Osiris, loyal subjects of the pharaoh gather to pay homage to their leader. Only Taita, a wise and formidably gifted enunch slave, sees him as a symbol of the kingdom's fading glory.

Danger surounds all those who oppose the ruling elite. But together with his protégés, Lostris, the beautiful 14-year-old daughter of his master Lord Intef, and the proud young army officer Tanus, Taita begins the long and dangerous journey towards his own glorious dream: to restore the majesty of the Pharaoh of Pharaohs on the glittering banks of the nile.

©Wilbur Smith; (P)Macmillan Publishers Ltd

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  • Hilde
  • Bergen, Norway
  • 09-26-16

Why making abridged vertion?

The original is far better than this abridged vertion who takes away most of what makes this story compelling.
I was disapointed!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great tale

loved this story as a teen. 20 years later it was great to hear it during my travels.

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Refreshing

I read the paper back of this book 14 years ago and it was most refreshing to listen to it. Great book!

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  • Matteo
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • 12-26-13

Couldn't finish it

I didnt like the narration and the story. Its nice that is in ancient egypt but I didnt find I was learning a lot about how things wore done then. I read 50% of the book and gave up

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

the river god

xalent book so is the audible thing.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Megan
  • 03-10-11

A little disappointed

Beautiful story and Tahita is still my most loved book character. BUT the reading is abridged and missing a lot of the story!!! Some of my very most favourite parts have been taken out. It's still a pleasure to listen to but I would recommend reading to the book witch is more complete.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • DL
  • 01-25-16

Robbed

Can't express how disappointed I am with this bullet point version of River God It's been abridged almost beyond recognition , huge swathes of the original book have been omitted .
If you loved reading the book , this version is guaranteed to leave you asking what happened to the story

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Slipper
  • 03-07-17

So disappointed

It was chopped so much I nearly couldn't follow the story. The whole slaughter of the Shrikes by the rise of the slave girls is missing as is the rescue of the king on his barge. A very disappointing audio book and Audio book should be ashamed of putting it in their catalogue.

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  • John Peter Jarvis
  • 04-26-18

disappointed customer.

It is a great shame that an obviously brilliant story was spoilt by the fact that was badly abridged. I will certainly not be purchasing books which have been abridged in the future. A great disappointment.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Peter
  • 11-06-08

Emotional roller coaster

This well written story, equally well narrated, draws on the whole spectrum of human emotions. In parts it is chilling and brutal, and in others romantic and seductive. If you like historical drama, you'll love River God.

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  • PH
  • 07-15-18

Why do an abridged version?

Sorry you spoiled a good story for no reason. Not sure why you took all the good bits out

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-25-18

Have read this book before andwas really disappoin

Read this book before ans was really disappointed with this shortened version. Although well read.

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  • Tatiana
  • 09-22-18

Interesting

I liked the story though it felt like too much detail at times. I find ancient Egypt fascinating so any story set in it is going to be a win for me, but this one is definitely a pick

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  • S. Richards
  • 01-05-18

Good read

Enjoyed it thoroughly, such a shame the next book isn't available - The Seventh Scroll - fingers crossed it appears soon

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  • Nicole
  • 03-03-17

Great fun story

I really enjoyed this book .
Kept me entertained whilst I decorated!
Highly recommended for a light hearted listen. Good fun

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  • Naomi Brewster
  • 03-29-14

great story - shame about the abridged version

What does Robert Powell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His voices were fantastic and brought the characters out beautifully

Any additional comments?

I loved the book but felt really let down by what was cut out in this abridged version. I bought this without realising that it was abridged so my fault I guess.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-09-18

story missing parts

great story read it years ago but this version has large sections removed and left out from the original book which is very dissappointing

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  • Mike Hurnell
  • 12-10-17

Story has been butchered by cutting out too much.

The narration is good. Thats as good overall as I can give. Very disapointed in how much of the original story was cut as it destroyed the complete picture. The two Wilbur Smith books I have read have both reveived the same bad treatment as only half the story left.

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  • Rick
  • 08-11-17

Would prefer full version

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I wouldn't recommend this version, the abridged version. I found, although the story was good, it was very rushed.

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  • Andrew Lehmann
  • 09-05-18

Ancient Egyptian Fiction at its Finest

I have read and/or listened to this book at least 10 times in the past decade. It creates characters I've longed to meet and vivid imagery of places I've longed to visit. The only disappointment for me, is that I feel like the story ends far too quickly. I know it is a series, but there are times in the story where aspects are drawn out unnecessarily, and there are other times where key moments are 'skimmed' over or hastily explained. Overall, I love the book though, and will continue revisiting it in the future.

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  • Lindsay
  • 01-27-17

Good book

I really enjoyed the book. However it wasn't as good as the African series.
Also there were single words clipped off at the end of a lot of sentences/paragraphs which was mildly annoying.

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  • Cameron
  • 12-08-16

Missing whole sections from the book.

I have read this book more times than I should admit, it is a bit of an obsession almost. what I can't understand about this audio book, is why they leave out entire sections of text from the book. I assumed it would be read exactly as the book is written, but for some unknown reason they have decided to cut and change the storyline.

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  • Kerry
  • 11-19-16

Fantastic Awesome Amazing!!!

in love with the realistic character's, the beatific scene's described just so that your own imagination can bring forth vivid wonderful scenes and depictions that you want to relive over and over again,,,