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Ancient Evenings

A Novel
Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
Length: 29 hrs and 58 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Norman Mailer's dazzlingly rich, deeply evocative novel of ancient Egypt breathes life into the figures of a lost era: the eighteenth-dynasty Pharaoh Rameses and his wife, Queen Nefertiti; Menenhetet, their creature, lover, and victim; and the gods and mortals that surround them in intimate and telepathic communion. Mailer's reincarnated protagonist is carried through the exquisite gardens of the royal harem, along the majestic flow of the Nile, and into the terrifying clash of battle. An extraordinary work of inventiveness, Ancient Evenings lives on in the mind long after the last tick.

©1983 Norman Mailer (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • D.R.
  • 25-07-18

Complete Drek

Half way through and I can't bring myself to care about any character. Putting aside the constant fluid and feces fetish, the story just doesn't go anywhere.

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  • night owl
  • 17-04-18

Disappointing

I confess, I'm only 25 percent through,but I really dislike this book. It's my first time reading a novel by Mailer.I am a big fan of his non fiction.They have learned a lot about the ancient Egyptans and Mailers slant on them doesn't ring true. Also the style of writing makes it difficult to get into the story.

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  • Setken
  • 20-08-17

Its Ka came forth splendidly!

The story and characters are one thing (Mailer took 10 years to write this masterpiece), but the performance by Hillgartner is superb! It made the book leap alive, or to say, that its Ka came forth quite splendidly!!!!

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  • MindinMotion
  • 12-11-19

A brilliant writer

Mailer is a brilliant writer but only a so-so novelist. The book could not keep me engaged beyond the awesome language and imaging of the first part. As stated in other reviews, this is worth the price if you only reference the first hundred pages or so. A virtuoso turn of imagination and background research.