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2.9 out of 52.9 out of 52.9 out of 52.9 out of 52.9 out of 5 2.90 (29 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Arthur Phillips Narrator: Gianfranco Negroponte, Simon Prebble, Gerard Doyle Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2004 ISBN: 9781436147583
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Pride and obsession, ambition and jealousy fuel this highly entertaining tale of a man intent on discovering an ancient Egyptian tomb <#150> and of another man, equally obsessed, hunting for a murderer. "Maddeningly suspenseful [and] outstanding performa Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An intricately built whodunit for the King Tut lover in all of us…When is the last time you encountered a contemporary writer with Philips’ far reaching intrests and easy facility with faraway places, faraway times.”

    Esquire

  • “Witty.”

    New Yorker

  • “A wonder, a work of imaginative prowess that more than fulfills the promise of Prague.

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Ambitious and funny and clever…Philips works beautifully with a theme he explored in Prague: the way people construct place.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “The audacity of [Philips’] creation [is] as great as that of his protagonist’s and the success of it even greater.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “A dense and witty novel, full of surprises and puzzles.”

    Providence Journal

  • “Brilliantly done.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “Vastly entertaining.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Phillips proves himself once again to be a wildly creative storyteller.”

    Booklist

  • “Philips’ formidable research and witty prose make this on well worth your time.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eana | 1/29/2014

    " from kerri, san juan del sur, in exchange for castaneda's journey to ixtlan to ryan "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb Deshler | 1/25/2014

    " This one is really different. I enjoyed the twists, and trying to figure out just what happened, all the way to the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurie | 1/22/2014

    " The end of this book is good, but it was an ordeal to get there. It just went on and on, and there was little interesting for me to hold on to. I finished because I wanted to see how the author would wrap it up, but I only recommend this book if you really really love Egypt, or if you love books with unreliable narrators. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colin Hogan | 1/21/2014

    " This book is better in theory. A story of self invention constructed from all fictional primary sources written by unreliable and ridiculous narrators. Reading it, however, it was tedious, slow, and mostly predictable. I credit Phillips for his immense imagination in tackling a subject about which he is not overly familar, but even the mystery didn't help this book along. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 1/20/2014

    " Epistolary novel in the voices of an ambitious self-made archeologist, attempting to find a tomb in Egypt and an Australian detective trying to solve an old murder. Neither character is particularly sympathetic, both are deluded and are attempting to delude. The book is interestingly plotted and focuses on themes of whether a text or narrator can be believed as well as on how a person makes his mark and on immortality. I found it engaging if perhaps a bit long. The "surprise" ending isn't the point - most readers will have figured out the basic plot by the middle of the book - more interesting is the theme of self-delusion evident in both narrators. Interesting historical glimpse into the what motivated archeology in the 30s and well-written. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Magda | 1/18/2014

    " I really worked to get into this book, but only made it to page 82. I don't like any of the characters, and have no reason to read further. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 1/15/2014

    " I haven't read Pale Fire, but this seems like an admirable imitation. It's a bit too silly sometimes, but I don't think I've been more entertained by a novel in a long time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Itsbecka | 1/10/2014

    " Good book showing the descent into madness. Well worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noran Miss Pumkin | 12/31/2013

    " the cd is far superior to the book this time. it is a little warped-i warn you, as you travel through time and the mind of a person losing his heart and soul to the sands of Egypt.(less) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LB | 12/19/2013

    " Disappointing. I read this based on a review in Publishers Weekly. The buildup was better than the payoff. The novel combines letters and recollections from different characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marie | 12/13/2013

    " I tried reading this last year but was too distracted. I think if focused, I might like it a bit more. It was humorous "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nijole | 11/29/2013

    " such a cool book. you can't believe any of the narrators, and yet, you know exactly what's going on. a really fun read. a mystery. historical. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosemarie Howe | 11/25/2013

    " tedious after a while but good atmosphere "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 5/5/2013

    " a very strange book - could someone explain the ending to me? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nstob | 2/15/2013

    " Weird, funny in its own way. I liked how in the end, the crazy walled himself in...nice tie up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glynis | 5/27/2012

    " This was ok, but ultimately I was disappointed. The premise was clever, but it took way too long to sort things out. Life is too short for me to have to work so hard to enjoy a book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Spednic | 9/2/2011

    " I realized I had already read it...............didn't really care for it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sophiene | 8/8/2011

    " A good read with a twist at the end. You just see everything go wrong from the beginning, but you still want to know how wrong.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 J | 6/11/2011

    " I'm done with the whole unreliable narrator, at least for a while. Well written and plotted, I thought, but it was a slog to get through because of that device. I read it through but probably have put it down after the first fifty pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 5/2/2011

    " The Egyptologist is probably the funniest book I have ever read. But that humor is not evident until you reach nearly the last page of the book, at which point everything is clear. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Manuela | 4/6/2011

    " Brutto, brutto, brutto. Talmente noioso che l'ho abbandonato dopo 100 pagine.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susie | 3/21/2011

    " What a weird book...I had it on my to-read list because I love Egypt and Egyptian artifacts, but I must say I was unprepared for the randomness of this novel. I kinds/sorta liked it, but not enough to recommend to anyone else. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rashmi | 3/10/2011

    " Loved the book. Cleverly constructed, very well-written, imaginative, sardonic exploration of one man's obsessions with immortality and greatness - most impressively, the author delivers an awesome ending and wraps up the book without many loose ends. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shaun | 2/10/2011

    " This book had it's moments, but it also seemed to drag a bit. I liked parts of it, but overall was just okay. It had some aspects of an Indiana Jones adventure, but was too slow for me and didn't keep my attention. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Facook | 2/4/2011

    " I HATED this book. I hated the "protagonist." I quit 2/3 through because I was sick of reading this drivel. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Liz | 1/25/2011

    " I am actually have a difficult time getting through this book. I think it is the way there are two stories being told at the same time. I'm finding it tiresome to get to the point. As of right now I'm actually putting it aside maybe to return to later. But for now I'm moving on. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 1/8/2011

    " I don't even know where to begin to know what to think about this one. Crafted by an artisan - no doubt. Did I love the story...meh. The audiobook was well done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 1/6/2011

    " extremely interesting narrative, especially seeing the two views of both Trilipush and the Australian detective. and then, the twist at the end! very surprising and thought-provoking. makes me want to read the book again now that i know the ending... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glynis | 12/21/2010

    " This was ok, but ultimately I was disappointed. The premise was clever, but it took way too long to sort things out. Life is too short for me to have to work so hard to enjoy a book. "

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About the Author

Arthur Phillips is the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of The Song is You, Prague, The Egyptologist, and others. Prague was named a New York Times Notable Book and received the Los Angeles Times/Art Seidenbaum Award for best first novel. His books Angelica and The Song Is You were both optioned for film, the former by Mitchell Lichtenstein and the latter by Focus Features. Phillips received his BA in history from Harvard University, and he had several occupations before becoming a novelist, including a speechwriter, a jazz musician, and a child actor; he is also a five-time Jeopardy! champion. He lives in New York with his wife and two sons.

About the Narrators

Simon Prebble, a British-born performer, is a stage and television actor and veteran narrator of some three hundred audiobooks. As one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices, he has received over twenty Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.

Gerard Doyle was born of Irish parents and raised in Hertfordshire, England. In Great Britain he has enjoyed an extensive career in both television and repertory theater and toured nationally and internationally with the English Shakespeare Company. He has appeared in London’s West End in the gritty musical The Hired Man. In America he has appeared on Broadway in The Weir and on television in New York Undercover and Law & Order. A seasoned narrator of audiobooks, he has been awarded eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and in 2006 won the prestigious Audie Award for his reading of Blackstone’s recording of The Dead Yard by Adrian McKinty. He lives with his wife and two children in Sag Harbor, New York.