From palace coups in the lost city of Hattusas to treachery in the Egyptian court of Tutankhamun, that is the world of I, the Sun. This is the saga of the Hittite King Suppiluliumas, and rings with authenticity and the passion of a world that existed 1400 years before the birth of Christ.
They called him Great King, Favorite of the Storm God, the Valiant. He conquered more than forty nations and brought fear and war to the very doorstep of 18th Dynasty Egypt, but he could not conquer the one woman he truly loved.
©2014 Janet Morris (P)2015 Janet Morris and Chris Morris
Retired miner who enjoys gardening,reading & listening to music & audio books,but most of all enjoys time with his grandchildren.
Well told atory
There are a number of books about historical figures this one did remind me of Mary Renault's books about Alexander The Great.
This is the first book I've had with this narrator his lack of of an American accent made it a surprise when some words were pronounced the American way i.e. Shone pronounced as Shown.
His final farewells to his sons were moving.
The names of the characters was sometimes confusing
"Eavesdropping on Ancient History"
This audio book version is in the tippy tippy top of my audiobook list! This book takes a lot of time to get through and honestly, Christopher's voice is what makes this audiobook so great to me!
This is ancient history, as close to first hand as I can get! I had never dug into this time period and am now wanting to find more!
I am in love with a voice. THIS voice. Velvet soft, expressive, perfect pronunciations. Christopher's voice brings so much more to the story! His pauses and phrasing bring subtle nuances to the story that really do make it immensely better than just reading it!
Kuwatna-ziti. He actually was my second most favored character in the book. I would find his story fascinating, as he was the one that witnessed how Tasmi grew into Suppiluliumas the great king! I see him as that uncle we all have that witness our failures and praise our triumphs. I bet he would have some epic stories of failures!
"Wonderfully Researched and Fantastic Performance."
His voice is very rich and he adds perfect inflections of emotion into the performance.
This book is written like an autobiography of the Bronze Age Hittite king Suppiluliumas. Going in I knew absolutely nothing of the Hittites or much about the period. However, I, The Sun does not treat the reader as if they should know this time period and it keeps everything very clear to understand and follow.The first thing I realized with the book is Janet Morris's prose are outstanding. Seriously, this is one of the most well-crafted books I've ever read. The amount of research she did is also incredible. The novel is chopped full of little tiny details about everyday things that a person living in 1300 BC would have encountered. Normally I'd have expected an author that has done this much research to lay it on thick, causing the story to drag, but it never does.Christopher Morris' voice is wonderful for the role and he adds the perfect amount of emotion to his performance that adds to the whole experience.
"The extraordinary life of a Hittite king"
I loved this audio production of I, the Sun, the classic biographical novel of Suppiluliumas I, king of Hatti the middle 2nd millennium BC. Hearing the pronunciation of place names and people names make this audiobook a great listen and adjunct to the print novel -- no wondering how to say names that rival Tutankhamen in complexity. This story, based on ancient records, made me laugh and made me cry, and the narration suited the tale perfectly.
Tasmi, the king whose throne name was Suppiluliumas (Man of the Clear Spring), and whose story this is. I also loved Khinti, his second queen, Aziru of Amurru, the bandit prince, and the Great Shepherd, his close adviser. And his first four sons are unforgettable. I should also mention Hatib, the mercenary, who worked both for Hatti and for Amarna Egypt. These characters, each in their way, bring the ancient world to life, and jump right into your heart.
Tough choice, since so many scenes were great. Perhaps the scene on Alashiya, when Tasmi, Khinti, and the oldest Hittite princes meet Arizu of Amurru. Or the coup that made Tasmi king.
Absolutely. I laughed, I cried, I started over from the beginning when I got to the end. As for heart-rending scenes, I won't spoil it for you, but those and the battle scenes are among the best historical fiction I've ever read.
The print or e-book book has a map, an image of the king's seal, and images of Hittite and Egyptian chariots of the day. The audiobook has every name and country pronounced, and Christophre Crosby Morris's gifted narration of this first-person biographical novel. So I got got both together. The cover says that Jerry Pournelle called I, the Sun "A masterpiece of historical fiction" and a famous Hittite scholar praises its authenticity. If you want to experience life in the Ancient Near East, go conquering in a chariot, and found a dynasty, this is the book for you.
"entertaining ancient history"
I accelerated the reading by twenty percent since it was annoyingly slow. In contrast, the plot moved at an especially enjoyable clip with no sacrifice of detail. My only other complaint is the anachronistic representation of the subject's 'romantic' relationships. Mr's. Morris betrays herself in her desire to make the subject more palatable to contemporary tastes - especially those of woman. Other than that, and the aforementioned reading pace I found the story highly engrossing, with very few character comprises made to plot demands. It is a very recommendable book to anyone interested in fuller view of this period in ancient history
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