The Murder of King Tut

  • by James Patterson, Martin Dugard
  • Narrated by Joe Barrett
  • 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Since 1922, when Howard Carter discovered 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 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 that King Tut's death was anything but natural.


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Not factual

The author claims to have researched this subject. The book contains numerous errors and his viewpoint of Tut's life is pure fantasy. Howard Carter is also portrayed inaccurately. Don't buy this book if you want if you want facts about the life and death of King Tut.
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- Patricia Kopp


I have, until now, enjoyed James Patterson's work, but I think it may be because most of his works that I have read are of this century. I think perhaps he needs to stay in this century. The authors' (James Patterson and Martin Dugard) references to historic scenes and dialogs did not match the times in which they were depicted. References to "whiskey breath" in the alleys of ancient Egypt are glaringly out of touch with the times. One or two such mistakes in a book are excusable, but 3 or 4 within a single chapter is excessive and not what I expect from a professional. I found this very distracting, and I was reminded of a high school freshman's first efforts as writing fiction as a class assignment. I am unable to finish this book. I find it poorly written, which makes it wholly unbelievable. To be fair, this may be a reflection of his collaboration with Mr. Dugard, but as his name is on it, Mr. Patterson must share the responsibility for this book. I will be reluctant to buy another James Patterson without looking closely. I certainly will avoid his attempts at historical fiction. He does not seem to have the knack of putting himself and his readers into another time.
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- Sheila

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-28-2009
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio