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2.97 out of 52.97 out of 52.97 out of 52.97 out of 52.97 out of 5 2.97 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Patterson, Martin Dugard Narrator: Joe Barrett Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9781600246364
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Since 1922, when Howard Carter discovered King Tut’s 3,000-year-old tomb, most Egyptologists have presumed that the young king died of disease or perhaps an accident, such as a chariot fall.

But what if his fate was actually much more sinister?

Now, in The Murder of Tut, James Patterson and Martin Dugard chronicle their epic quest to find out what really happened to the boy-king. They comb through the evidence—X-rays, Carter’s files, forensic clues—and scavenge for overlooked data to piece together the details of his life and death. The result is a true crime tale of intrigue, betrayal, and usurpation that presents a compelling case for the theory that King Tut’s death was anything but natural.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With the novelist’s speculative ‘what if…?’ and the researcher’s historical legwork, using X-rays, forensic clues, and previous period research, Patterson and Dugard try to prove that King Tutankhamen was murdered…The bottom line: the storytelling works.”

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  • “[The Murder of King Tut] effectively portrays the exotic ancient world, including colorful insights into Tut’s brief reign.”

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  • “Different from the Alex Cross series and other Patterson novels, this novel crosses the border into fascinating, historical—and true. Patterson’s passion wins the reader over early on, and I wanted more when I finished the book.”

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  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane Leja | 2/16/2014

    " I've been fascinated by Egyptology ever since teaching units to 6th graders back when I taught. And I love James Patterson's books so this seemed a perfect (quick) read for me. Very interesting, but is it true? We'll likely never know for sure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 2/11/2014

    " Patterson's attempt at mixing history, biography, and his own version of the truth about Tut "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melanie Swift | 2/9/2014

    " Blech. Patterson's egomania gets in the way of both stories, and neither story is well written. It reads as though his "co-author" probably did any and all actual research for the book, and Patterson lazily drafted these minichapters between manicures and lunches with his agent. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mary Krekeler | 2/8/2014

    " This was an elementary book. Chapters were very short, lots of empty pages. It's as though he committed to writing the book and then found out it wasn't such a mystery after all. BORING! There were ideas brought up in the book but never concluded. I've never really read any of James Patterson's books before. Not sure why, at least from this book, that he's so favored. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 2/6/2014

    " A good story that kept my interest. Would have loved more details on how Patterson determined the murderer, but a good story nonetheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremysparks | 1/25/2014

    " It was my daughters library book and I picked it up and read it in one day. Its a great page turner and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Im a fan of historical fiction in general but there is undoubtedly non fiction woven in. I would absolutely recommend this to all readers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tina | 1/15/2014

    " This version of the story of King Tut is fascinating with its charge of murder but the shifting timelines were tiresome and the interjection of the author in the story was a huge turn-off although James Patterson is one of my favorite authors. The incorporation of the discoverers story was enlightening. A good-ish read due to subject matter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barry Reynolds | 1/14/2014

    " not the best james patterson book but still enjoyable "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cara Mckeown-welsh | 1/14/2014

    " Interesting cool book..... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Deedee | 12/23/2013

    " This book wasn't sure what it wanted to be. It reads like a novel; there is alot of speculation (as oppposed to facts); and it wants to be taken seriously as history. Doesn't work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christi Ensberg | 11/27/2013

    " my husband obviously hated it but I kinda liked it!! I wish it was more concentrated on the time of Tut part than the other parts but I still loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula | 11/27/2013

    " This book was fascinating ! It was a page turner. Unusual for Patterson to write non-fiction, but he nailed it ! The way Patterson captured the story, it seemed to be fictional ! Highly recommended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tim | 11/7/2013

    " This reconstruction of the discovery of King Tut's tomb and of his life and death is moderately interesting as a rather self-congratulatory work of historicized fiction that may have gained considerably in substance had it been presented as a graphic novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 10/30/2013

    " Very good, and rather easy reading for a James Patterson book. No great chases or anything, but very well written, going from Tut's time to the excavator of the tomb's time to present. If you are interesting in King Tut, it's a great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jayson | 9/13/2013

    " Brian Deason gave this book to me. I enjoyed the book and read it in only two days. I think some of the facts were fictional rather than based in truth. It made me want to study more about Egyptian history of the period. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicky | 6/1/2013

    " I love history like this. I was just a bit skeptical when I checked this book out at my library, but I really enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 4/9/2013

    " I enjoyed book, however the book didn't reveal anything that I didn't know about King Tut. I am an avide History Channel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ericaisrich | 9/26/2012

    " The way history was presented was engaging. I am a fan of timelines interfacing. The theory presented as to how Tut died was a good one. As in any Patterson book, this was an easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 9/26/2012

    " James Patterson delves into both the story of how King Tut died and also how his tomb was discovered. I know that writers who "tell the story" of history can take a few liberties here and there, but it doesn't take away from an interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kal | 7/25/2012

    " I need to do some research..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 5/18/2012

    " Great factual read, if you're fascinated with Egypt then this is a must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeannie Dechant | 10/16/2011

    " Interesting in its own way but I would not view it as something other than fiction. Nice little story but not much more than that. I know that the author wants to present it as being a non fiction but does very little to prove that is indeed true. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily Dillon | 10/14/2011

    " Very fast read. I enjoyed the story of tut and his wife the best. Interesting how Patterson paired the story of Tut with the life of the man who discovered his tomb. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christy | 6/29/2011

    " Kinda what I expected out of James Patterson (good vacation book for the flight). He could have spent a little less time talking about himself and a little more time on the characters. Not everyone can be as good as Michelle Moran I guess... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ryan | 5/19/2011

    " Don't waste your time. This is my first Patterson book, but if the rest are like this, I don't predict I'll read another. The chapters are short, the characters are shallow and the plot never sucks you in because he writes it like CSI for ADHD patients. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremysparks | 5/18/2011

    " It was my daughters library book and I picked it up and read it in one day. Its a great page turner and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Im a fan of historical fiction in general but there is undoubtedly non fiction woven in. I would absolutely recommend this to all readers. "

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

    " I loved it. It was kind of short but I did not have alot of time to spend on it anyway. Patterson really got me interested quickly with his story and I was excited to read every page. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michele | 5/5/2011

    " Thank goodness this book was short and fast, even that was painful.
    Very short on details and long on plugs for Patterson's other books. There are MANY other books out there that do a fantastic job of laying out details of Tut's life and death. This shouldn't even be on the list. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie | 5/3/2011

    " Quick read...really brings the story to life. If you are an avid Egyptologist you probably already know all this. But for me it was an enjoyable read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Hal | 4/14/2011

    " I keep giving James Patterson a chance, he's supposed to be good, but every time I am disappointed. This is boring, repetitive, no intrigue and no suspense. Patterson has the formula for writing technically correct, but there is no feeling or power. Sorry Mr. Patterson. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miko | 4/14/2011

    " This book makes me want to visit the Valley of Kings and see for myself the kid pharoah. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry | 4/7/2011

    " Fast-paced and interesting, but not definitive authority on King Tut or the circumstances surrounding his mysterious death. I kept reminding myself to read the book as historical fiction, not non-fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 RK | 3/23/2011

    " perhaps the best thing about this book is that it made me empathetic toward Howard Carter. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 3/19/2011

    " I couldn't decide what the author was trying to accomplish in this book. It was a quick read and kept my interest long enough to finish, so I guess that's good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauren | 3/19/2011

    " Why write a non-fiction book like a fiction book? Also, please stick to facts or at least hypothesis instead of crap. This book was bad. The only good thing was that it was short...very. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carissa | 3/16/2011

    " This book sucks! I am a fan of James Patterson and Egyptology, but the two do not mix well in this book. It is sooooooo boring. So boring. "

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About the Author
Author James Patterson

James Patterson is one of the most popular writers of all time, with more than three hundred million copies of his books sold worldwide. He holds the record for most New York Times bestsellers and is the author of the two most popular detective series of the past decade, the Alex Cross novels and the Women’s Murder Club. Patterson has won an Edgar Award, the mystery world’s highest honor, and his novels Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider were made into feature films. His lifelong work to promote books and reading is reflected in his website ReadKiddoRead.com, which helps parents, grandparents, teachers, and librarians find the very best children’s books for their kids. Patterson is a recipient of the Los Angeles Times’ 2015 Innovator’s Award.

About the Narrator

Joe Barrett has appeared both on and off Broadway as well as in hundreds of radio and television commercials. He has earned multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards and has been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. He has narrated books by such authors as Trevanian, Brian Freeman, Don Winslow, and James W. Huston.