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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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    M. Wilkinson Winchester, England 19/06/2017
    M. Wilkinson Winchester, England 19/06/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointingly paper thin."

    I have greatly enjoyed many Wilbur Smith books, this one seemed utterly vacuous tosh. Either I have changed or the author has.

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    jane macfarlane 04/03/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "good listening"

    very good I enjoyed it very much. It was well read thank you very much

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    Amazon Customer 04/03/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it!!!"

    As always, Wilbur Smith has written another excellent addition to the Taita books. I have always and will always love his writing style and ingenious imagination.

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    Miss L ttophi 26/02/2017
    Miss L ttophi 26/02/2017 Member Since 2011
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    "an ok book"

    for me not as good as some of his others but still one in the series

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    Amazon Customer 07/01/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Pharoah"

    The narrator's rendition was excellent. The book was typical of the authors work. Not as good as earlier books

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    Deidre Smith 24/12/2016
    Deidre Smith 24/12/2016
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    "As usual an excellent novel."

    well read with strength and feeling. You could visualise every part. a must read, and listen to.

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    kellie williams 12/12/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "Boring"

    First Wilbur Smith Novel I have ever read/listened to.

    Started okay but my God it's dull and I hate the pretentious lead character . I forced myself to listen to the end as i had paid money for it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

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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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  • j morris
    12/05/17
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    "What happened to Taita the warlock "

    I have noticed in the most recent in this series that Taita's powers have all but been forgotten by their very author - still a solid story but an impotent Taita is no Taita at all....

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