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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (140 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nina Burleigh Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2007 ISBN: 9781415945155
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Little more than two hundred years ago, only the most reckless or eccentric Europeans had dared traverse the unmapped territory of the modern-day Middle East. Its history and peoples were the subject of much myth and speculation–and no region aroused greater interest than Egypt.

It was not until 1798, when an unlikely band of scientific explorers traveled from Paris to the Nile Valley, that Westerners received their first real glimpse of what lay beyond the Mediterranean Sea.

Under the command of Napoleon Bonaparte and the French Army, a small and little-known corps of Paris’s brightest intellectual lights left the safety of their laboratories, studios, and classrooms to embark on a thirty-day crossing into the unknown–some never to see French shores again. Carrying pencils instead of swords, specimen jars instead of field guns, these highly accomplished men participated in the first large-scale interaction between Europeans and Muslims of the modern era. And many lived to tell the tale.

Internationally acclaimed journalist Nina Burleigh brings readers back to a little-known landmark adventure at the dawn of the modern era–one that ultimately revealed the deepest secrets of ancient Egypt to a very curious continent.


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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mellen | 2/12/2014

    " It's pretty interesting, but I never did finish it. Definitely a surprise to find out that Napoleon spent so much time in Egypt. I associate the British with Egypt more than the French. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 2/7/2014

    " really fascinating history I knew absolutely nothing about! Really interesting! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cari | 2/4/2014

    " A great introduction to the French "occupation" of Egypt, I just wish Burleigh had gone more in depth. In the end the sum feels very shallow, like she just barely scraped the surface. My interest was very much captured; wish there was more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jose | 12/7/2013

    " Interesting audio book. Learned a lot about french imperialism in egypt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rich | 12/3/2013

    " Burleigh offers a welcome fresh perspective on Napoleon's Egyptian campaign by focusing on the stories of ten of the savants who accompanied the Little Corporal to the Middle East. The author shows how these men, mostly under very trying conditions, were able to make discoveries of immense historical and scientific importance. Their discoveries were the only true victories in Napoleon's otherwise disastrous & ill-conceived adventure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 12/1/2013

    " Did you know that Napoleon invaded Egypt and brought 150 of Frances top artists, scholars and scientists with him? Fascinating, no? YES. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 12/1/2013

    " Beginning of "egyptology" and decades of plunder. Learned a lot. Little repetitive though - like a long non-fiction piece was expanded into book form. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 11/8/2013

    " Extremely interesting look at a period of history that I had no idea existed. Don't read it if you're looking for a strictly military history, though. As the title states, the book mostly focuses on the scientists; the soldiers are an afterthought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 10/31/2013

    " I'd heard of course of the cadre of scientists Napoleon took to Egypt in his failed bid to take over that country, but I knew little about them. Fascinating group of men, and laid the groundwork for what we today call the science of archaeology. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 8/5/2013

    " Interesting non-fiction book about Napoleon's expedition in Egypt. It really lowered my opinion of Napoleon, but I found the lives of the scientists interesting. And to think that I always believed that the Rosetta stone was discovered by the British... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 7/12/2013

    " Interesting and a well-timed read for me, given some recent travel. The book was adequately written and reflects a depth of research. I particularly enjoyed reading about famous scientists that I know from other contexts, like physics and mathematics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 10/20/2012

    " Napoleon rounds up brilliant men and strands them in Egypt. They settle in abandoned Mameluke mansions. Good story, great details about the setting. Not too much science for this non-scientist. Good other details about Mr. Conte, (inventor of Conte crayons) and others you might NEED to know about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 8/27/2012

    " Certainly a piece of history that I was not really aware of before I read this book. However, it just didn't read that well and I got bored with the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Prubo | 1/30/2011

    " Wonderfully written book about a little-known period of history. Loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 emily | 11/12/2010

    " What I learned from this book? When Napoleon asks you to go somewhere--no matter how exotic the locale, no matter what glory he promises you--be sure to say 'no'. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yvonne | 8/6/2010

    " I wanted to learn more about Egypt and less about the scientists. One of those history-is-so-much-stranger-than-fiction kind of books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Prubo | 3/11/2010

    " Wonderfully written book about a little-known period of history. Loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 emily | 3/8/2010

    " What I learned from this book? When Napoleon asks you to go somewhere--no matter how exotic the locale, no matter what glory he promises you--be sure to say 'no'. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jose | 11/22/2009

    " Interesting audio book. Learned a lot about french imperialism in egypt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 10/6/2009

    " really fascinating history I knew absolutely nothing about! Really interesting! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 5/31/2009

    " Certainly a piece of history that I was not really aware of before I read this book. However, it just didn't read that well and I got bored with the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mellen | 1/9/2009

    " It's pretty interesting, but I never did finish it. Definitely a surprise to find out that Napoleon spent so much time in Egypt. I associate the British with Egypt more than the French. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 12/8/2008

    " Interesting and a well-timed read for me, given some recent travel. The book was adequately written and reflects a depth of research. I particularly enjoyed reading about famous scientists that I know from other contexts, like physics and mathematics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie at All Ears | 10/29/2008

    " Interesting non-fiction book about Napoleon's expedition in Egypt. It really lowered my opinion of Napoleon, but I found the lives of the scientists interesting. And to think that I always believed that the Rosetta stone was discovered by the British... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 9/15/2008

    " Did you know that Napoleon invaded Egypt and brought 150 of Frances top artists, scholars and scientists with him? Fascinating, no? YES. "

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About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of thirty-nine Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.