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Pharaoh Audiobook

Pharaoh

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Publisher's Summary

The worldwide number one best seller.

Wilbur Smith returns to ancient Egypt in a captivating new novel that will transport you to extraordinary times.

Egypt is under attack. Pharaoh Tamose lies mortally wounded. The ancient city of Luxor is surrounded. All seems lost.

Taita prepares for the enemy's final fatal push. The ex-slave, now general of Tamose's armies, is never more ingenious than when all hope is dashed. And this is Egypt's most desperate hour.

With the timely arrival of an old ally, the tide is turned, and the Egyptian army feasts upon its retreating foe. But upon his victorious return to Luxor, Taita is seized and branded a traitor. Tamose is dead, and a poisonous new era has begun. The new Pharaoh has risen.

Pharaoh Utteric is young, weak and cruel and threatened by Taita's influence within the palace - especially his friendship with Utteric's younger and worthier brother, Ramases. With Taita's imprisonment, Ramases is forced to make a choice: help Taita escape and forsake his brother or remain silent and condone Utteric's tyranny. To a good man like Ramases, there is no choice. Taita must be set free, Utteric must be stopped and Egypt must be reclaimed.

From the glittering temples of Luxor to the citadel of Sparta, Pharaoh is an intense and powerful novel magnificently transporting you to a time of threat, blood and glory. Master storyteller Wilbur Smith is at the very peak of his powers.

©2016 Wilbur Smith (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the Critics Say

Praise for Wilbur Smith:
"Best historical novelist - I say Wilbur Smith." (Stephen King)
"No one does adventure quite like Smith." (Daily Mirror)

Praise for the Egyptian series:
"Superlatively evocative.... Smith's descriptions hardly falter over 500 pages and [River God] has relentless momentum." (Observer)
"Big, brave and blockbusting...brilliantly detailed descriptions of life on the Nile." (Mail on Sunday)
"Grand mythical material...the set pieces are fabulous." (Times Literary Supplement)
"High adventure...there is never a lull in his majestic novel overflowing with passion, rage, treachery, barbarism, prolonged excitement and endless passages of sheer, exquisite colour." (The Washington Post)
"A rich, compelling look back in time [to] when history and myth intermingled." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"A grand tale of intrigue, deception, true love and exile." (Denver Post)
"An epic of sex, death and intrigue in the Valley of the Kings...richly written...packs in the action...excellent." (Weekend Telegraph)

What Members Say

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    Cara Moretta Melton Mowbray,England 06/12/2016
    Cara Moretta Melton Mowbray,England 06/12/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Rubbish book,badly narrated"
    Would you try another book written by Wilbur Smith or narrated by Mike Grady?

    As I wrote in my review of " Desert God", I found I could not engage with this book either for the same reasons as my review of it. "Pharoah" is just as bad, poor story, uninspiring dialogue and narration meant I could not finish it. I gave up within half an hour.


    Has Pharaoh put you off other books in this genre?

    No, I have enjoyed well -researched and better written stories of this genre.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Given the poor dialogue it would have been an uphill struggle


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Irritation and annoyance that I had wasted two credits on this book and "Desert God"


    Any additional comments?

    I will be careful to avoid both Wilbur Smith`s outpourings and Mike Grady`s monotonous tones.

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    keith Alexnader 25/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Another triumph"

    What else can I add to all that has been said except brilliance at its best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John L. 13/11/2016
    John L. 13/11/2016 Member Since 2015

    Audible stories make me smile on the rainy days when I walk the dog, peal the veg, or am faced with a long lonely car drive.

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    "Losing credibility"
    What did you like best about Pharaoh? What did you like least?

    There was plenty of action and gore, but it all started to seem a little implausible after a while. The deity elements took what could have been a good story and turned it into fantasy.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Good


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration was fine


    Did Pharaoh inspire you to do anything?

    I have followed the previous books in this series, now is the time to move on.


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cecile P34 23/10/2016
    Cecile P34 23/10/2016
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    "Beloved Taita. A great man."

    I always enjoy Wilbur smiths books it easy to visualise exactly within your minds eye

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    Mike 18/10/2016
    Mike 18/10/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Hmmmmm"
    What made the experience of listening to Pharaoh the most enjoyable?

    At first I didn't like the narrator, but as I listened further, I found the narrator added to the book quite a bit.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I found the plot quite formulaic, and in places contrived.

    Not something that can often be said about a Wilbur Smith book. Or maybe Im getting more fussy as I get old er !


    Have you listened to any of Mike Grady’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Nope my first one - but would be pleased to listen to his work again.


    Any additional comments?

    If you read River God, and then listen to this there is a significant drop in the quality of story and characterisation. In fact the characters feel lifted out of some of the previous books and just have different names.

    It whiled away some time reasonable pleasantly, but if this were written by another author I would not be seeking out other books he had written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ciaran 16/10/2016
    Ciaran 16/10/2016 Member Since 2009
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    "Great From Wilbur - but not a Tour de Force"

    Getting more than a little stale.
    Tatias self conceit getting wearing and contrived.
    Still a Good story, but Wilbur has become very predictable, Hero - Anti Hero - Boy meets Girl - Boy and Girl battle anti- Hero - with Tatias conceited assistance. Not the same originality or grit of say the Courtenay series.

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    weardalelad 15/10/2016
    weardalelad 15/10/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "tiata is great but used too much now!"

    smith has drawn every ounce out of his character. time to end it i think

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    B K Billsberry 14/10/2016
    B K Billsberry 14/10/2016
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    "Slow and anti-climatic at the end."

    Normally, Wilbur Smith's books grip me from start to finish but sadly I found this one to be slow and predictable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10/10/2016
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    "Not his best of the Egyptian series!"
    What did you like best about Pharaoh? What did you like least?

    There was no particular part I liked most or disliked most - it was all pretty humdrum - perhaps because the main character is always sooooo perfect and there is a lot of repetition about this, I found the use of certain words like "darling" not quite fitting into the theme !


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    There probably will be another book along the same lines...however if Wilbur Smith does and he researches the history ...based on the ending ...it could be epic!


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Mike Grady narrated well - especially as the lead character, he was well suited, because he has a deep voice, he didn't pull off the female roles as well - but pleasant enough to listen too overall


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Anything to do with Ancient Egypt I will go and see if this was a film...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Phil Sylvester-Thorne 03/10/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "A pale comparison to earlier work"

    By far the worst book he has written. Lacking in substance compared to the earlier in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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