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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,889 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:
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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.”


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


  • “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.”


  • 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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