Extended Audio Sample

Download Temples, Tombs, and Hieroglyphs: A Popular History of Ancient Egypt Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Temples, Tombs, and Hieroglyphs: A Popular History of Ancient Egypt Audiobook, by Elizabeth Peters Click for printable size audiobook cover
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: Elizabeth Peters Narrator: Lorna Raver Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2007 ISBN: 9781400175604
Regular Price: $20.99 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

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. Download and start listening now!

bdpr

Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A joyful intellectual excitement permeates the book. The New York Times

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lia | 1/14/2014

    " A rousing enjoyable read. Ms. Mertz takes us on a historical journey from the beginning of recorded history in Egypt through to the conquest of that land by Rome. She spends an extensive amount of time on the heretic Akhenaton, but we all must be allowed our favorites. I most appreciate her presentation of both facts and her own theories. She never pretends her theories are more than that, unlike some scholars who tout theories as fact. Definitely highly recommend this for students of Egyptology at any level. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 1/14/2014

    " A spunky survey of Egypt history. With colorful but thoughtful commentary on Egypt, egyptologist, and the importance of learning about the past. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 1/12/2014

    " Very informative. A nice recap of ancient Egyptian history. The author's sense of humor and sarcasm added a delightful touch. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 1/6/2014

    " I listened to the audio CDs and I was able to follow along pretty well. Good writing style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica | 1/5/2014

    " Fabulous, rolicking, overview of ancient Egyptian history told by a great storyteller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Iwaswondering | 12/27/2013

    " Excellent book. I was afraid a study of Egyptian culture would be boring with so many pieces missing of what we know. But Mertz does a great job making it entertaining and funny. (Imagine describing a book on Egyptology as funny!) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Taylor | 12/26/2013

    " Dry, very dry. At most times hard to read. But a good way to learn about Egyptian history, if you can get him through the dryness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenton | 12/20/2013

    " An engaging, informative, survey of ancient Egypt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leonardo Puy | 12/19/2013

    " Best history book ever :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fran | 11/15/2013

    " Fascinating. Occasionally it drags out too much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth | 4/28/2013

    " I read this ages ago when I was first starting out in Ancient Egypt. If you understand that this author is also known as Elizabeth Peters you'll realise that she writes a chapter on pharaohs in the same way she writes her novels. I nearly fell about of bed laughing at some points. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Livingston | 4/23/2013

    " Absolutely loved the authors style of presenting info. A fun way to casually read up on the history of ancient Egypt. I had a hard time keeping focus at some parts but otherwise great! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynette | 8/31/2012

    " i love stories, documentaries, and books about ancient Egypt. i'm fascinated by the religion, and all aspects of Egyptian life. But i found this book very long winded and dry. It wasn't exciting or very informative at all. It took forever for me to finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 5/11/2012

    " Marvelous introductory history of ancient Egypt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 2/3/2012

    " Loved this book! I listened to it on audiobook. Very informative if you want to get a basic grip on Egyptian history. Both the author's style and the reader's inflection were vibrant, engaging, and at times even laugh-out-loud funny. Highly recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MJ | 1/4/2012

    " I'm listening to the audio book version. It's very conversational and accessible to the lay person. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bea | 6/15/2011

    " History shouldn't be this much fun! But what else could you expect from Barbara Mertz aka Elizabeth Peters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah Tuttle | 2/19/2011

    " I couldnt get into this. I tried listening to the audio while visiting Egypt but it was way too much detail for me that I got lost. I couldnt finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 2/14/2011

    " A little self-conscious at times, she boxes herself in at the end. Otherwise a lively and entertaining look at what could be a very dry subject. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taylor | 2/3/2011

    " This is a good jump off point for anyone who wants to learn about Egyptian history. It's a little dated and needs to have a second edition. But a really good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fran | 1/18/2011

    " Fascinating. Occasionally it drags out too much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 1/13/2011

    " Funny and Egyptian history, yes you can have both.
    I had first bought this as an audible book but realized I needed a version I could mark up as well.
    Part of my standing book collection. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lana | 1/12/2011

    " Excellent book that despite being nonfiction was a real page-turner. Dr. Mertz clearly knows her stuff. It's a great introduction for people who just want to get into Egyptology. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 10/12/2010

    " A little self-conscious at times, she boxes herself in at the end. Otherwise a lively and entertaining look at what could be a very dry subject. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 10/3/2010

    " I couldnt get into this. I tried listening to the audio while visiting Egypt but it was way too much detail for me that I got lost. I couldnt finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erik | 6/10/2010

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Penny | 1/18/2010

    " A Popular Hx of Ancient Egypt is the reason I read this book in order to gain understanding of the country we will soon and very soon be visiting. I'm excited. Now I have some perspective of when all these pharoahs existed and what happened under their watch. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Malia | 10/19/2009

    " Enjoyed reading about alot of the Pharoahs, especially Tutmose III.
    Updated version. Ancient Egypt always interested me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 7/17/2009

    " "The ka was an exact duplicate of the person, brought into existence by the gods at his or her birth, and surviving his death." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 6/8/2009

    "
    wish I'd known there was a new edition before I bought a used copy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MJ | 6/1/2009

    " I'm listening to the audio book version. It's very conversational and accessible to the lay person. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynette | 4/6/2009

    " i love stories, documentaries, and books about ancient Egypt. i'm fascinated by the religion, and all aspects of Egyptian life. But i found this book very long winded and dry. It wasn't exciting or very informative at all. It took forever for me to finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 2/27/2009

    " I listened to the audio CDs and I was able to follow along pretty well. Good writing style. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author
Author Elizabeth Peters

Elizabeth Peters earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago's famed Oriental Institute. She was named Grand Master at the inaugural Anthony Awards in 1986 and Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 1998. In 2003, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Malice Domestic Convention. She lives in a historic farmhouse in western Maryland.

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.