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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (296 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Mertz Narrator: Lorna Raver Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2008 ISBN:
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Esteemed Egyptologist Barbara Mertz updates her widely praised social history of the people of ancient Egypt, which was originally published in 1968. Combining impeccable scholarship with a delightfully personal style, the author reconstructs the life of the Egyptians from birth to death, and beyond death, too.

She also presents much fascinating detail on the building of the pyramids and the intricate art of mummification. Students and laymen alike will enjoy the wealth of authentic material on every aspect of Egyptian life that Mertz provides. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Hardison | 2/7/2014

    " This is a wonderful book IF you are interested in ancient Egypt or anthropology. Though a solid scholar and Egyptologist, Mertz makes this a fun read, sprinkling deliciously funny one-liners throughout. However, if you are not a fan of ancient history, don't bother. I, personally, love Egypt (ancient and modern), history, and anthropology. I found the book fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bea | 2/2/2014

    " I came to Barbara Mertz's (AKA Elizabeth Peters) book after reading several books in the Amelia Peabody series. What do you know? Her historical writing is equally entertaining as her fiction! Mertz obviously fell in love with the ancient Egyptians and it shows. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 1/1/2014

    " Barbara Mertz, better known as the creator of the Amelia Peabody series under her pen name Elizabeth Peters, sets out to show us that the ancient Egyptians loved life. It's true, we mostly associate them with a pretty serious cult of the dead. Mummies, tombs, the Book of the Dead and all that. But though they certainly had their eye on death and the after-life, they also loved their children, pets, games, food, and beer. And, no surprise here, given the author's considerable story-telling skills, the book is fun to read -- smart, well written, personable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 12/28/2013

    " Exceptional book on Egyptology. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lana | 9/1/2013

    " Good, but I didn't like it as much as Temples, Tombs and Hieroglyphs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 6/1/2013

    " Very good, lots of facts about what life could have been like in Ancient Egypt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 4/23/2013

    " I figured I've skimmed this book enough to call it read. It's one of those books I will and do use for reference. It's good for the historical writer. It has a lot of information I have never been able to find on the internet. And it isn't written like a textbook. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 12/30/2012

    " A great read to learn about ancient Egypt. She is a wonderful writer, so makes it very interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Bales | 11/28/2012

    " An updated classic about daily life in Ancient Egypt which details the lives of slaves, everyday people and kings during the centuries of Egypt's pharonic dynasties. Originally published in 1964, I read the 2004 edition. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 8/20/2012

    " Great for generalized research, tons of info on everyday ancient Egyptians in one place. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pancha | 4/17/2012

    " The author has a very conversational narrative style that sometimes veers into the humorous or sarcastic. It makes for an easy read, but sometimes the levity edged towards the annoying. Still, if you like Ancient Egypt this is a fun book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 1/9/2012

    " This book is a well written portrait of ancient Egypt and if you enjoy her Amelia Peabody series of mysteries you will enjoy this book. (Elizabeth Peters) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina | 9/16/2011

    " Not a bad book, though the editorial asides from the author are somewhat distracting. Her opinions are interesting, but many are offered with no factual support, undermining her reportage of other facts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katiekins | 5/20/2011

    " A charming & witty popular introduction to everyday life in Ancient Egypt. Architecture section is a little boring, but birth, marriage, homes, amusements, clothing--all fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lana | 1/12/2011

    " Good, but I didn't like it as much as Temples, Tombs and Hieroglyphs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zjay | 12/6/2010

    " Filled with digressions and personal anecdotes. Despite frequent comments about her own experiences, she manages to represent the daily life of the people of Egypt. I was turned off by her discursive style and refused to read her other book on the pharaohs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 7/22/2008

    " This book is a well written portrait of ancient Egypt and if you enjoy her Amelia Peabody series of mysteries you will enjoy this book. (Elizabeth Peters) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 7/19/2008

    " A great read to learn about ancient Egypt. She is a wonderful writer, so makes it very interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina | 7/12/2008

    " Not a bad book, though the editorial asides from the author are somewhat distracting. Her opinions are interesting, but many are offered with no factual support, undermining her reportage of other facts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 7/12/2008

    " Very good, lots of facts about what life could have been like in Ancient Egypt. "

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About the Author
Author Barbara Mertz

Barbara Mertz studied at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, receiving an MA and a PhD in Egyptology. A former president of the American Crime Writers League, she presently serves on the editorial advisory board of KMT, A Modern Journal of Ancient Egypt and the board of governors of the American Research Center in Egypt, as well as the editorial board of The Writer. She is also a member of the Egypt Exploration Society, the James Henry Breasted Circle of the Oriental Institute, and the National Organization for Women. Under her own name she is the author of Red Land, Black Land, Daily Life in Ancient Egypt. Under her pseudonym Barbara Michaels, she has written many novels of suspense. As Elizabeth Peters, she has produced numerous mystery-suspense novels, many of them set in Egypt and the Middle East. The Mystery Writers of America awarded Dr. Mertz the MWA Grandmaster in 1998.

About the Narrator

Lorna Raver, named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of the Year, has received numerous Audie Award nominations and fourteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. An experienced stage actress, she has also guest-starred on many top television series and starred in director Sam Raimi’s film Drag Me to Hell. Her numerous audiobook credits include The Age of Innocence, Up from Orchard Street, The Lodger, Selected Readings from the Portable Dorothy Parker, and Diamond Ruby.