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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (13,012 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michelle Moran Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2007 ISBN: 9781415939413
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Two sisters. One legend. Two religions. One Egypt.

Nefertiti and her younger sister, Mutnodjmet, have been raised in a powerful family that has provided wives to the rulers of Egypt for centuries. Ambitious, charismatic, and beautiful, Nefertiti is destined to marry Amunhotep, an unstable young pharaoh. It is hoped by all that her strong personality will temper the young Amunhotep’s heretical desires.

From the moment of her arrival in Thebes, Nefertiti is beloved by the people. But as she turns her attention to producing a son, she fails to see those plotting against her husband’s rule. The only person wise enough to recognize the shift in political winds is Mutnodjmet. Observant and contemplative, Mutnodjmet has never shared her sister’s desire for power. Her greatest hope is to share her life with the general who has won her heart. But as Nefertiti learns of the precariousness of her reign, she declares that her sister must remain at court and marry for political gain, not love. To achieve her independence, Mutnodjmet must defy her sister–while also remaining loyal to her family.

Love, betrayal, political unrest, plague, and religious conflict–NEFERTITI brings ancient Egypt to life in vivid detail. Fast-paced and historically accurate, it is the dramatic story of two unforgettable women living through a remarkable period in history. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • A stunning debut-I can't believe it's her first novel-what a thrilling read! I found the whole book rich and compelling, exciting and haunting. Nefertiti is a fine creation, both appealing and frightening, and she's surrounded by a thoroughly satisfying cast of characters, too. The whole world of Anceient Egypt comes to life. Rosalind Miles, bestselling author of I, Elizabeth
  • "There haven't been two more fascinating or outrageous siblings since the Boleyn sisters...Nefertiti is obsessive reading. Robin Maxwell, author of The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn
  • An engrossing page-turner, Nefertiti brings ancient Egypt to life as two royal sisters struggle to find fulfillment and happiness- one craving ultimate political power, the other desiring only to follow her heart. A strong debut novel of passion and intrigue, Nefertiti kept me up way too late! India Edghill, author of Wisdom's Daughter
  • A provocative portrait of limitless power in an ancient land of limitless fascination. Ki Longfellow, author of The Secret Magdalene
  • Nefertiti is a fascinating window into the past, a heroic story with a very human heart. Compulsively readable! Diana Gabaldon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Breath of Snow and Ashes
  • "Though sometimes big events are telegraphed, Moran, who lives in California and is making her U.S. debut, gets the details just right, and there are still plenty of surprises in an epic that brings an ancient world to life. Publishers Weekly
  • "Beautifully written and completely engrossing, this first novel should enjoy wide readership. Library Journal
  • "A wonderful, beautifully written, and well researched novel, Nefertiti is a page-turner filled with amazing visuals of a dazzling historical period. Jani Brooks - Romance Reviews Today

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 1/14/2014

    " If you enjoy historical fiction, I would definitely recommend this book. Wish I could give it 3.5 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J. | 1/1/2014

    " I bought this book out of sheer interest in all things Egyptian, especially the reign of Akhenaten and Nefertiti. This book exceeded all of my expectations. The writing style has a precise, beautiful flow, and Mutnodjmet's voice is completely compelling. Moran is an artist with the words that she chooses, the pictures that she paints. I felt like I was actually in Egypt experiencing everything right along with the characters. This was a perfect book to read at the beach. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edith Plisko | 12/26/2013

    " A good book,recommended to every one to likes to read about ancient History. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 12/25/2013

    " This book weaves an intriguing tale of daily life in Egypt thousands of years ago, while holding true to fact whenever possible. I was totally captivated! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emilyla | 12/22/2013

    " This is such and AMAZING book! It is a fun approach to a historical event. Mutjnomet makes a great heroin and I would recomend this book to everyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fern | 12/22/2013

    " I LOVE Egyptian history, and I love historical fiction even more. This book satisfied both for me and I couldn't put it down. In fact, the author just wrote a sequel to this book so I picked it up again to read before reading the sequel. Its even better the 2nd time around! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shrihari Chakrapani | 12/22/2013

    " too narrative, and got too much of a beat-around-the-bush stuff for pages together. didn't feel reading further. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alina Marie | 12/15/2013

    " Moran does it again! I loved cleopatra's daughter, and this is on the same level. It is not the best historical fiction book i have ever read, but it is light reading, with captivating details and rich descriptions of an entrancing Egypt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Healey | 12/3/2013

    " Superb debut novel from Michelle Moran. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mcs | 12/2/2013

    " Great Novel . Entertaining , well written probable dipiction of the lives of ancient rulers "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea Heath | 11/28/2013

    " This book was hard to put down. It was an intriguing story and after finishing it, I immediately went online to read more about the royal Egyptian families. It's fascinating stuff! I highly recommend this book and this author. She brings to life things that happened thousands of years ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danceteacherkc | 11/26/2013

    " I have read all of the egyptian series by Michelle Moran and they are a lot of fun. if I remember correctly, there are some potentially inappropriate moments but I dug the series so I don't think it was too bad... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 9/20/2013

    " Great page turning historical fiction book. The author did a great job of drawing in her reader and making her care about a queen who lived thousands of years ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 8/21/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book and am delighted to learn that there is a sequel, The Heretic Queen! It made me want to learn more about the Egyptians, other than Cleopatra. "

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

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, however it did seem to be very reminiscent of Tudor history, particularly the relationship between Anne and Mary Boleyn. I know very little of Egyptian history and this has definitely sparked an interest. A good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Boehm | 6/18/2013

    " I enjoyed this as summer reading. I liked the historical context of the novel and the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carissa | 1/4/2013

    " I really enjoyed this. Writing from Mutnodjmet's point of view was a good choice as Nefertiti might not have been a very sympathetic character. Can't wait to get the other 2 books from the library. She also has a book on Madame Tussaud coming out sometime this year "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 mELT | 12/8/2012

    " I FINALLY finished this novel... it took me awhile. It was a fun, interesting read about Queen Nefertiti and her reign. I loved the main character, Mutnodjmet; she was simply amazing-- she kind of reminded me of Moran's character, Mme. Tussaud, from her latest novel. Good read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sonia | 11/12/2012

    " Story of the Queen contradicts with her image elsewhere...story is more about her sister than the Queen itself :( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth Edwards | 2/5/2012

    " Not mu usual type of book but fascinating and hard to put down. The book is so well written that you end up wanting to learn more about Ancient Egypt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 12/5/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. It is real history with the development of compelling relationships that may have been. What an amazing time in history! Nefertiti was the Queen whose likeness we are all familiar with today through the artwork from that period of time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kenechi Udogu | 9/3/2011

    " Very interesting read. Recommended for fans of historical fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 6/9/2011

    " This book is really amazing! Nefertiti and her sister (can't spell her name, lol) remind me so much of me and my little sister. I'm pretty self centered and stuck up sometimes and my sister is more down to earth. Anyway, it was a great book, I learned a lot too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 5/21/2011

    " You've heard of her, but how much do you really know? A friend recommended this book and author to me as engrossing historical fiction. You can see and feel the times in ancient Egypt as she recounts the tale of how it could have happened. Looking forward to the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jami | 5/16/2011

    " Well told with many delightful insights into Egyptian culture. I enjoyed this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aphrodite | 5/15/2011

    " I think that Nefertiti was a fabulous book filled with great
    ancient Egyptian history that will mesmerize you till the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 5/14/2011

    " Young Kings and Queens. Interesting facts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sophia | 5/12/2011

    " This is really an amazing book. I read it in one breath!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kendra | 4/30/2011

    " I feel really smart after reading this book :) Great read, crazy lives "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lesli | 4/30/2011

    " Was an interesting book. Really liked the history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Haan | 4/28/2011

    " Great book! I love Egypt and really liked the story
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nidya | 4/21/2011

    " Politic, Jealousy, beauty, rumor, believes, and authority. The novel has it all...
    this is a story of Nefertiti, y know. The strongest women in Egypt history "

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About the Author
Author Michelle MoranMichelle Moran is the internationally bestselling author of seven historical novels, including Rebel Queen, which was inspired by her travels throughout India. Her books have have been translated into more than twenty languages. A frequent traveler, Michelle currently resides with her husband and two children in the US. Visit her online at MichelleMoran.com.
About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several 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.