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Imhotep

Narrated by: Clay Lomakayu
Series: Imhotep, Book 1
Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
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Summary

Stumbling in the dark of an unfinished tomb beneath the sands of Saqqara, American tourist Tim Hope unknowingly passes through a time portal that leads to ancient Egypt: a time before the Sphinx, before the great pyramids of Giza, and long before the loss of his beloved Addy.

When he discovers that two other Americans preceded him through the time portal, Tim immerses himself in the ancient world to search for them. As he becomes more comfortable with the simpler, more immediate land, he finds himself irresistibly attracted to the delicate Meryt, a wbt-priestess for the god Re.

Learning that a seven-year famine has led to a plot to overthrow King Djoser, Tim discovers that his fate, the lives of the two Americans and the future of Egypt rest in the hands of the legendary Imhotep, master architect of the Step Pyramid, renowned physician and intimate adviser to King Djoser.

©2010 Imhotep Literary LLC (P)2016 Imhotep Literary LLC

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Enthralled

I was totally enthralled by this book. The narrator's voice was perfect and so lovely to listen to.
A fabulous story,so rich in detail and in depth characters.
I look forward to the rest of the series.

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The Narrator was dull no exception in his voice I would not like him again

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  • Matthew
  • 13-06-16

One of the best of the year!

Would you consider the audio edition of Imhotep to be better than the print version?

Didn't read print version, so no opinion.

What did you like best about this story?

Totally original concept from start to finish. Outstanding in every regard, with the caveat that it is long for this type of novel, and it does get abit involved with many characters and agendas, so attention must be paid.

Which character – as performed by Clay Lomakayu – was your favorite?

The American couple were impressive.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I tried!

Any additional comments?

I was provided this audiobook by Audioblast in exchange for a fair and unbiased review. Good timing, as once again I had it in my queue for regular downloading. ( Do you think there is some collusion there ? Mmmm? )
All that said, this is truly an epic audio performance. The setting is exotic, the characters rich and realistic, the research clearly in depth, and the overall feel wonderfully fufilling.

It does get bogged down abit at time, and could do with some editing , but on balance this is one of my favourites of the year, and is well worth the credit and the time for anyone.

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  • Tekla S.
  • 13-03-18

Fascinating Historical Fiction

I really enjoyed this story. It provided a wonderful glimpse into what is known about ancient Egypt with the insertion of 3 fictitious characters chronicling their adventures in a strange land, amongst strangers. The narrator artfully brought it to life.

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  • Katibird
  • 15-05-16

Great walk back into ancient Egypt

Would you consider the audio edition of Imhotep to be better than the print version?

Have no idea. Only did audio.

What did you like best about this story?

No one thing. Characters, plot, making it all come alive. Great novel. Sorry it ended.

Have you listened to any of Clay Lomakayu’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. No idea

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Well, it is 19 hours so no. But I was sorry it ended.

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Pre-pyramids time comes alive. Author really sucks you in with detail, dialogue, and plot. Characters well fleshed out. Wonderful surprise. Always great to find a new author and a really good book.

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  • Charlie
  • 29-07-16

There is no "x" in "escape"

Entertaining story though it was a bit wordy and could have been made shorter without losing anything. It was quite well narrated with one glaring exception. The narrator pronounces the word "escape" as "exscape" and I found it grating, each of the 39 times it appears in the text.

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  • Robert
  • 08-05-18

This ios now one of my favorite books

The story of Imhotep By: Jerry Dubs is imaginative and fascinating. I especially enjoyed the philosophical discourse and thoughts. Found it difficult to set it aside and do necessary chores.
The great performance was exactly as this book demanded.
I am now a big fan of Jerry Dubs.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-05-17

would love audible would get rest of series<br />

highly recommend first of 4 book series can't wait to get the rest. Hopefully on audible.

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  • Anubyss
  • 24-04-17

Great twists

I now need to find another Egyptian focused audiobook to listen to. This one was great. Had no idea this was setup the way it was and I loved it.

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  • William
  • 21-01-17

an ancient story of love and power

I really enjoyed this book. I like fictionalized history and the premise of this historic figure really being an accidental time traveler was a delight. The pace of the book also seemed to mimic the leisurely pace of the time and the descriptions lead one to feel the warmth of the sun on my face while seeing the great expanse of the desert. Times may change, but basic human characteristics remain the same.

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  • LCNanny
  • 30-07-16

the main character has a pedophile relationship

What disappointed you about Imhotep?

The pedophile relationship between Tim (who is at least 30+ years old) and the young 12-13 year old Egyptian girl. there are several chapters prior to their sexual encounter, where Tim (or rather the author) begins to justify this relationship; taking us through the thinking of a pedophile. Not acceptable regardless of the circumstances. Then the author goes on in the following chapters giving us characters in support, and even pushing, this relationship as if the author knows it is not acceptable.

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  • Daniel Morlan
  • 13-03-20

A Gripping Story With Festering Blemishes

The biggest story blunders are twofold, and one is more gravely serious. I'll start with the forgivable one: Ancient Egyptians did not ride camels until 700 or so BCE. It is in my opinion a forgivable oversight, Where I am DEEPLY troubled, and I'm torn between my love of Ancient Egypt and wanting to immerse myself in future stories from the author and learning more, and experiencing more, there is by my standard, a wildly inappropriate underage sexual relationship in the story. It is presented in such a way that the underage female knows precisely what she's doing, and even takes control of much of the situation. I consider this a form of justification. It would NOT have been difficult or impossible to replace this character with a widowed woman who was of legal (even BARELY legal by today's standard). I am wrestling not just with the story, but with my own self-loathing in considering listening to future Imhotep stories and rewarding an author that likely projected a fantasy of his own into the story, and used the plot(s) to justify or validate it.

Something I can forgive, but incessantly grates my nerves as an armchair Egyptologist is the reckless mispronunciations of the names of people, places, and things, as well as the mispronunciation (gross mispronunciation) of the word escape. (The narrator uses "EXCAPE" which to me is hard to deal with. I don't mind the Native American accent, which the narrator has. Even though I'm seriously hearing impaired, I can pick out accents, and it seems oddly appropriate, and suitable. But his grotesque misproununciation of the words Escape, and Kemet in particular (It's "KEM IT" (Almost sounding like Henna) and not "Key met")

I like the complexity of the characters in spite of the simplified storytelling and lack of details that I crave. I want to know how the story ends, but I am battling with myself AND my inherent self-loathing because to me it seems obvious that there is an anachronistic cultural justification for what to me amounts to pedophilia. Yes, in ancient Egypt there were 14 year old females getting married and pregnant. We live in a different age, and it was NOT necessary AT ALL to have this take place. It harder to forgive than graphic sexual depictions of a more age appropriate nature, viscera, gore, and gratuitous violence.

I have very strong feelings about this work, and it's centered upon my opposition to the relationship between Imhotep and his "child bride". I'm going to be brutally honest and frank by saying that the only reason I have not exchanged this audiobook is because over a 3 day period I exchanged two. The first was a 126 hour history about the rise and fall of Rome. The next was a philosophy lecture series I didn't know was taught by an evangelical Trump supporter, and was disgusted by what I was listening to more than 1/4 the way in.

I'm uncomfortable about the underage relationship. I could easily justify it with the historicity, but I think it was HORRIBLY irresponsible for Jerry Dubs to do this, and I wonder if he did it to:

1.) Generate controversy and get the community talking about it, or:

2.) Is projecting a fantasy of his.

Sorry to be so harsh.