Nefertiti

  • by Michelle Moran
  • Narrated by Cassandra Campbell
  • 15 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Nefertiti and her younger sister, Mutnodjmet, have been raised in a powerful family that has provided wives to the rulers of Egypt for centuries. Ambitious, charismatic, and beautiful, Nefertiti is destined to marry Amunhotep, an unstable young pharaoh. It is hoped by all that her strong personality will temper the young Amunhotep's heretical desires. From the moment of her arrival in Thebes, Nefertiti is beloved by the people. But as she turns her attention to producing a son, she fails to see those plotting against her husband's rule. The only person wise enough to recognize the shift in political winds is Mutnodjmet. Observant and contemplative, Mutnodjmet has never shared her sister's desire for power. Her greatest hope is to share her life with the general who has won her heart. But as Nefertiti learns of the precariousness of her reign, she declares that her sister must remain at court and marry for political gain, not love. To achieve her independence, Mutnodjmet must defy her sister while also remaining loyal to her family.
Love, betrayal, political unrest, plague, and religious conflict: Nefertiti brings ancient Egypt to life in vivid detail. Fast-paced and historically accurate, it is the dramatic story of two unforgettable women living through a remarkable period in history.

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What the Critics Say

"Beautifully written and completely engrossing." (Library Journal)
"Nefertiti is a fascinating window into the past, a heroic story with a very human heart. Compulsively readable!" (Diana Gabaldon)
"Though sometimes big events are telegraphed, Moran...gets the details just right, and there are still plenty of surprises in an epic that brings an ancient world to life." (Publishers Weekly)

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Boring! Not even close to the synopsis.

This should have been titled "Mutnodjmet: The Story of Nefertiti's Co-Dependent Low Self-Esteemed Emotionally Abused Younger Sister"! This book gives very little insight into Nefertiti - instead it follows the life of the Queen's sister. "Love, betrayal, political unrest, plague, and religious conflict"? Not so much. Since very little is known about Nefertiti, the author could have made this a very interesting account with literary license and a bit of imagination. The narrator's monotonous droning only makes this book worse. It's hard to tell who is speaking, especially in all-female conversations since she never changes her tone. I had to keep rewinding the first chapter over and over again before I figured out that Nefertiti's sister is the one who is telling the story. In addition, this book doesn't lend itself well to being an audiobook. Nefertiti's husband, Pharoah Amenhotep IV's worships the God ATEN, in the city AkhetATEN, with 6 daughters by Nefertiti (MeritATEN, MeketATEN, AnkhesenpaATEN, NeferneferuATEN, Neferneferure, and Setepenre) and 2 sons by other women (Smenkhkare and Tutankhamun, a/k/a "King Tut"). Cassandra Campbell's boring mumbling makes it hard to differentiate between all of these names. Ultimately, we never really learn anything about Nefertiti's own feelings towards her family, her husband, or her people - only second-hand musings by Mutnodjmet (after 16 hours, you still won't be able to pronounce her name!) As for the history of Egypt, Margaret George's "Cleopatra" is better researched, colorfully bringing the empire alive.
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- Linda Lou "OCD over books, listening to 1 a day; ANY genre, fact & fiction. Influenced by Audible reviewers so I keep mine unbiased - FRONT to BLACK!"

Great Read

I really enjoyed this book. It was engrossing from beginning to end, with no slow moments. Much of it is true to the known history of Nefertiti and her family. I look forward to the next work by this author.
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- Stephanie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-31-2007
  • Publisher: Books on Tape