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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (472 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Mertz, Lorna Raver Narrator: Lorna Raver Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this updated version of the classic of popular Egyptology, Barbara Mertz combines a doctorate in Egyptology at the famed Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago with a life-long enthusiasm for ancient Egypt. Her love of the subject is contagious and makes her the perfect guide to ancient Egypt for the student, the layman, and those who plan to visit—or have visited—the Nile Valley.

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  • “This updated and revised version of Dr. Mertz’s stunning collection of everything related to the civilization of ancient Egypt is brought to life through Lorna Raver’s informative and entertaining narration. Presented as half textbook, half historical fiction, Raver finds a solid balance between the two genres. Her voice brims with mystery and the unknown as she, along with the listener, travels along the path that Mertz has meticulously paved from the earliest glimpses of the remarkable civilization to the very latest discoveries. Raver is solid and unwavering throughout, sounding as though she’s enjoying the information she so clearly presents. She brings fun and excitement to a field that many consider to be overly analyzed and studied, offering a learning experience through an abundance of speculative fiction sure to capture the minds of even the youngest listeners.”

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sarah Sammis | 2/11/2014

    " An excellent read! This book was published roughly four years before she ventured into fiction writing but her sense of humor and skills as a writer show through in this non-fiction over-view of Egyptian history. It would be another ten years before she would publish her first Amelia Peabody mystery but this book shows a lot of sources of inspiration for the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cassandra Silva | 2/10/2014

    " As it is difficult to find a book that covers the reigns of so many great pharaohs and the history of Egypt in such a short read its hard not to appreciate what the author did here as she covered a great deal of ground in a rather logical format for a set of history that is so highly controversial. Unfortunately I did not enjoy her constant insertion of unnecessary opinions on various historically debated topics in this work. I wish she would have left the gossipy, somewhat personal "asides" out of it. A lot of the basic content of this is really good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Erik Graff | 2/1/2014

    " This is a fine introduction to ancient Egypt from pre-history to the Roman conquest and to Egyptology by a University of Chicago Egyptologist also known, under the pseudonyms Elizabeth Peters and Barbara Michaels, as a novelist. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Daniel Kukwa | 1/18/2014

    " This is the most irritating & frustrating non-fiction work I have read in some time. It can't decide if it's a history of Egypt, a history of Egyptian archeology, or a gossipy history of people studying Egyptian history. The author's lame attempts at sarcastic side-bars don't help one bit. It contains some interesting information, but it's in no way a cohesive read. Very disappointing. "

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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.