The Egyptian

  • by Mika Waltari
  • Narrated by Charlton Griffin
  • 23 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The world of ancient Egypt springs magnificently to life in this astonishing historical novel of love, war, political intrigue, and religious revolution. Told from the first-person point of view, it is the story of Sinuhe, physician to the royal court of Pharaoh Amenhotep III and his successors in the middle of the tumultuous 14th century B.C. From his exalted position, Sinuhe was able to observe and participate in some of the most intimate and important decisions that affected the powerful Egyptian kingdom of the 18th Dynasty during a very troubled period of its history.
Waltari brilliantly captures the life and rhythms of the ancient world as it was 3,400 years ago. When Sinuhe is sent as envoy to various foreign courts, including Babylon, Syria, and Crete, he encounters strange people with even stranger customs and beliefs. But Sinuhe is a tortured soul, a man who has been in love many times, and always to his sorrow. He travels to forget. Based on actual historical events, Sinuhe encounters many of the real-life characters who are familiar to many: Pharaoh Akhnaton, Queen Nefertiti, Tutankhamon, and the ruthless Horemheb - all real people whose lives, images, and stories are known to us from stone engravings, sculpture, and papyrus chronicles brought to light by modern archaeology. Follow along on a journey down the ancient Nile to a time of mysterious religions, beautiful palaces, and squalid urban life - to a time of spiritual and political passions that threatened to overwhelm an entire kingdom.

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Good Old Fashioned Historical Novel

I have loved the historical novels of Mika Waltari since I was a kid. He hit on a good formula. Take a figure from the past and let him (always a him unfortunately) make his way. The Egyptian is, I believe, the first of his historical novels (the Etruscan, and the Roman his most well-known other works). We follow Sinue from his childhood all the way to his old age. And, he meets people who represent different classes and trends in the society. And he has adventures and love affairs along the way. Now, this is not great writing but it is compelling writing.

A word about the narrator, Charlton Griffin. Griffin has an amazing voice. He imbues his characters with such distinctiveness. It is a pleasure to listen to him. Well, that is except for the female characters. Just as Waltari gave the females in this novel a sameness which is bothersome, Griffin does not render the female characters as fluidly as he does the males. So, if you are looking for a modern, progressive novel, this might not suit. But if you are in the mood for a nice stroll through history, this might be just your cup of tea.
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- Amazon Customer

Epic tale of epic proportions with great performance

Charlton Griffin is such an eloquent reader whom I became a fan of after listening to the complete Sherlock Holmes stories with Audible (highly recommended by the way!). Charlton handles this book with great care and builds the myriad of characters in this tome with passion and caring. The voice of the main character of Sinuhe through the years and the many supporting characters, especially of his loyal slave Kaptah, was all handled masterfully by the reader. The only weakness in Charlton's craft (at least with this book) is his limited range with the female characters. They all all sound more or less alike...kind of a shrilly old hag. Once I got used to that, I decided to tolerate that one flaw in exchange of the rest of the brilliant read. Great performance in all.
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- Lelumikko

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-02-2014
  • Publisher: Audio Connoisseur