• Temples, Tombs, and Hieroglyphs

  • A Popular History of Ancient Egypt
  • By: Barbara Mertz
  • Narrated by: Lorna Raver
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-12-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (27 ratings)

Summary

In this updated version of the classic of popular Egyptology, Barbara Mertz combines her doctorate in Egyptology at the famed Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago with a life-long enthusiasm for ancient Egypt. Her love of the subject is contagious and makes her the perfect guide to ancient Egypt for the student, the layman, and those who plan to visit or have visited the Nile Valley.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Jules on 22-02-16

a bit too dramatic for my liking

With a factual topic such as Egyptian history, I think it's best to be told the facts and for the reader to then come to their own conclusions as to the why's, who's and when's that historical fact misses out due to a lack of evidence.

The author tend to put her own spin on such areas. I don't have an issue with this really, but it is the almost condescending way in which she discards other views from hers, that I have issue with.

The facts that are given are in line with well documented works, though the feeling of sanctimoniousness that the author and narrator relay make it hard going for me.

Another issue I have is the way the author spend around 10 minutes on the entire late period seems a bit odd and left me with a feeling that she'd run out of patience when writing the book.

It is easy to be over critical and I don't wish to be. Overall, the book is informative but runs out of steam at the end and has tried to be too theatrical.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jarrod on 01-02-12

A great introduction

I downloaded this audiobook a week before visiting Egypt. It was a great primer for someone with very little knowledge of the country. While I can't stand the American accent of the narrator (or in general for that matter), I liked this audiobook as it is beautifully written.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Euryleia on 07-07-08

Should History be this much fun?

This is written incredibly well and the narration is a treat. Are you supposed to laugh out loud at a history book? You will at this one. Are you supposed to stay up late because you can't wait to hear what she's got to say next? You'll do that, too. Usually I don't like to listen to history (the narrators tend to put me to sleep) but I am happy to have this in my Audible library.

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26 of 26 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Carole T. on 24-06-12

From the Same Pen as Amelia Peabody

Here's what gives such credibility to the Amelia Peabody historical mysteries set in Egypt. Barbara Mertz and Elizabeth Peters are one and the same. And what credentials she has for giving us this remarkable "popular" history!

Mertz is not afraid to use humor in a serious book about the history of Egypt. But, the account is also accurate and full of fascinating information. Who says a scholar can't also be a master of fiction? The narrator adds a lot as well. This is a great listen!

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