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KIYA: Hope of the Pharaoh

KIYA Trilogy, Book 1
Narrated by: Dara Rosenberg
Series: KIYA Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
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Summary

When Naomi’s sisters are snatched up to be taken to be wives of the erratic Pharaoh, Akhenaten, she knows they won’t survive the palace, so she offers herself in their place. The fearsome Commander Horemheb sees her courage, and knows she is exactly what he is looking for…

The Great Queen Nefertiti despises Naomi instantly, and strips her of her Hebrew lineage, including her name, which is changed to Kiya. Kiya allies herself with Horemheb, who pushes her to greatness and encourages her to make the Pharaoh fall in love with her. When Akhenaten declares Kiya will be the mother of his heir, Nefertiti, furious with jealousy, schemes to destroy Kiya.

Kiya must play the deadly game carefully. She is in a silent battle of wills, and a struggle for who will one day inherit the crown. If she does bear an heir, she knows she will need to fight to protect him, as well as herself, from Nefertiti who is out for blood.

©2013 Katie Hamstead (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Great Story - Annoying narrator.

What did you like most about KIYA: Hope of the Pharaoh?

I really enjoyed the story, and had read a previous one. When reading the previous one I was really THERE.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator's voice I found to be grating and irritating, and having watched dozens of documentaries on ancient Egypt her pronunciation of the historical names was just .... grrrr.

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  • Smokey
  • 24-08-17

Eleven Hours I'll Never Get Back!

I am typically a big fan of books on Egyptology, however this one was painful to finish. The writing is juvenile, trite, and completely predictable. While the narrator's diction is fine, I found the tone of her voice very annoying. Though this is intended to be fiction, it is laughably unrealistic. It reads more like a fairytale meant for an audience of preteen girls rather than historical fiction for adults. Needless to say, I will skip the other selections in this trilogy.

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  • Sharon Bayliss
  • 25-05-14

Fascinating and engaging

In Kiya, Hope of the Pharaoh, Egyptian soldiers visit a Hebrew village to find a new wife for the Pharaoh. The Egyptians desire one of Naomi's younger sisters, but Naomi bravely volunteers herself in order to protect her sisters' virtue. When she arrives at the palace, she continues to show strength and bravery, as she stands up for the other wives and concubines, fights the tyrannical first wife, and stays true to her religious beliefs despite threat of death.

I usually do not read historicals, but I'm so glad I made an exception for Kiya. I was immediately fascinated by the world she created and rooted for her characters. I loved stepping into a different world and was impressed by all the detail, such as social norms, culture, food, clothing, and marriage traditions. However, a world is nothing without its characters, and this book has fantastic ones. Naomi/Kiya is a wonderful strong, female character. She is courageous, moral, and easy to root for. I also found the Pharaoh's character to be complex and fascinating. I expected him to be more of a traditional "bad guy" type, but he was very layered and unusual. And the love story between Naomi and Malakai was noble and heartwarming. When he told the story of Rachel and Leia, I admit to tearing up a bit.

I'm so excited to read the rest of the series! Well done Katie Hamstead!

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  • Sstjames
  • 15-09-15

Hate hate hate this narrator

I'm sorry it was so hard to get through the audio of this book. Great story but terrible narration, her voice was like a kindergarten teacher telling the story of Cinderella .

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  • TMC
  • 19-06-17

Can't get to the story

The narration of this story is just awful in my opinion... over acted. I can't even get past it to find out if I like the story. I'll try reading it myself as it received good reviews for the story itself.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-07-16

Predictable but nicely done

I enjoyed the book and found that ,though the main character and the Pharro were impossible to fit in today's world, they seemed plausible for the intended time.

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  • John Storbeck
  • 15-01-15

Don't waste your time

Book was written for 7th grade level..

Narrator made me want to shoot my phone..

It horrid waste of time

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  • A
  • 14-09-20

Its written for young girls.

Improbable action revolves around independent fiery young girl, and conveniently tough masculine but tender at the right moment men. Trite and disappointing, but intriguing enough in the way of most self absorbed pre-teen books plot to explain why it's getting the good reviews as well. Narrator over acts bratty kid, which suits the obnoxious protagonist, and is annoying but appropriate, again if you keep in mind target audience is 11year old girls who like reading that independence and downright rudeness Is a good way to become popular and admired. It feels like a guilty pleasure. hate admitting I finished it (! wanted to know what happened so that's a plus right?) but over all felt like I was reading either a kids book, or a book written by a kid. if you're happy with either of those, you'll probably enjoy it. if it were marketed as a tween book, I would have probably given it glowing reviews....

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-09-20

Very Early Reverse Book Of Esther Style Read

Narration was good, especially because I could just hear the story, not being distracted by the person reading. I've been listening to lots of books re: Akhenaten lately as well as many about the Exodus! Kiya is mentioned as being very loved by the Pharaoh, but not much else is related about her. If, she was indeed a Hebrew, that would explain why. Clearly the storyline follows an early take on the book of Esther, and what could have happened if she had not been the "primary" queen. Nefertiti is cruel in this book, but considering the historical understanding that no other wives or concubines were allowed to bear sons for Akhenaten and the reality that first wives usually ran the harems, this is very plausible. I loved Malachi (no spoilers, get the book) and even seeing a possible, different, more tender side to Akhenaten. Thoroughly enjoyed it... looking forward to the next two.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-03-20

One of my favorites!

Such a great listen, both with the story and the narrator. It's a series I've relistened to more than a few times

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  • Elizabeth P.
  • 06-07-18

Only ok

I would rate it between 2.5 - 2.75. Can't decide which was worse, the performance or the story. Probably the former.