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Spend 24 hours with the ancient Egyptians.  

Ancient Egypt wasn't all pyramids, sphinxes and gold sarcophagi. For your average Egyptian, life was tough, and work was hard, conducted under the burning gaze of the sun god Ra.  

During the course of a day in the ancient city of Thebes (modern-day Luxor), Egypt's religious capital, we meet 24 Egyptians from all strata of society - from the king to the bread-maker, the priestess to the fisherman, the soldier to the midwife - and get to know what the real Egypt was like by spending an hour in their company. We encounter a different one of these characters every hour and in every chapter and, through their eyes, see what an average day in ancient Egypt was really like.

©2018 Donald P. Ryan (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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Full of interesting information

If you want a snapshot of the lives of the rich and poor in Ancient Egypt you'll get it. Nicely narrated, full of interest and for beginners it seems ideal. I learnt loads. Thanks so much Donald P Ryan. Just what I needed.

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Historically Accurate and Entertaining

loved it and I am going to use it as a book study with my home educated children.

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Great book, the narrator makes it even better!

First of all, I  have to compliment the narrator. He's amazing! He does such a great job and he gave life to this book and its characters. By far my favorite narrator, for now. I will check out additional books read by him purely because he does an astonishing job!    


As for the book - such a fun book! From the first chapter, the book was fun and easy to read.

I love the idea of combining fiction with historical facts! I also enjoyed the concept of the book - through 24 hours we meet 24 people from different layers of society. Although from different backgrounds and layers, their lives still have some common points. For example, while reading about one character who didn't sleep well because of screams in the night, you'll realize that it was because a character from the previous chapter was giving birth. By connecting characters and chapters, the author creates a world where each character has its own place.

The book does a great job of teaching you historical facts in a very amusing way, through telling a story of everyday people. The stories feel very well researched, but it probably isn't for individuals who already know a lot about ancient times in Egypt. This is for beginners, for people who want to learn about Egypt without getting too technical. 


Overall, a fun and easy read and I'll definitely check out more books from the same series, such as 24 hours in ancient Rome or China.

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interesting, but a bit light on facts

this is a nice look at what life may have been life in ancient egypt. compared to the other '24 hours in' books it feels a bit light on factual information and the ending is rather abrupt.
not a bad listen, but don't expect an in depth exploration.

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very interesting layman's introduction

as above, some primary sources are read out and most is gathered from evidence then embellished to make a more engaging story for the average reader. very good

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enjoyable but preferred the Ancient Rome book.

a different and novel perspective on history but personally I preferred the Ancient Rome audiobook more.