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Author: Toby Wilkinson Narrator: Michael Page Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2017 ISBN: 9781541477377
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In this landmark work, one of the world’s most renowned Egyptologists tells the epic story of this great civilization, from its birth as the first nation-state to its final absorption into the Roman Empire—three thousand years of wild drama, bold spectacle, and unforgettable characters.

Award-winning scholar Toby Wilkinson captures not only the lavish pomp and artistic grandeur of this land of pyramids and pharaohs but for the first time reveals the constant propaganda and repression that were its foundations. Drawing upon forty years of archaeological research, Wilkinson takes us inside an exotic tribal society with a pre-monetary economy and decadent, divine kings who ruled with all-too-recognizable human emotions.

Riveting and revelatory, filled with new information and unique interpretations, The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt will become the standard source about this great civilization, one that lasted—so far—longer than any other.

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Quotes & Awards

  • This is a penetrating and authoritative overview of a violent ancient civilization often revered by contemporary scholars and enthusiasts. Publishers Weekly Starred Review
  • “Michael Page’s narration flows with some of the sweep of storytelling but without diverting attention from the text to the performance. He has a deep, resonant voice, a likable English accent, and a serious but amiable manner…He conveys the sense of the text and the author’s implicit judgments skillfully and subtly and renders a great number of complex Egyptian names and terms with the ring of authenticity.”

    AudioFile

  • “With a literary flair and a sense for a story well told, Mr. Wilkinson offers a highly readable, factually up-to-date account.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “[Wilkinson] writes with considerable verve…[He] is nimble at conveying the sumptuous pageantry and cultural sophistication of pharaonic Egypt.”

    New York Times

  • “Magisterial…[A] rich portrait of ancient Egypt’s complex evolution over the course of three millenniums.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • A Washington Post Best Books of the Year selection
  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

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About the Author

Professor Toby Wilkinson is an internationally acclaimed Egyptologist and the prizewinning author of eleven books which have been translated into eleven languages. His books include the New York Times bestselling The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt, The Nile, and his newest, A World Beneath the Sands (forthcoming from W. W. Norton in September 2020). He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a member of the international editorial board of the Journal of Egyptian History. He is Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lincoln and a Bye-Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge.

About the Narrator

Michael Page has been recording audiobooks since 1984 and has over two hundred titles to his credit. He has won numerous Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. As a professional actor, he has performed regularly since 1998 with the Peterborough Players in Peterborough, New Hampshire. He is a professor of theater at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.