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Eloise Jarvis McGraw the author of “Mara Daughter of the Nile,” gives a wonderful picture of ancient Egypt through the eyes of a young slave woman. I first read this book as a middle school assignment and loved it. While it is not my normal genre, I found it to be an astonishingly entertaining. The book fallows a seventeen-year-old slave girl Mara who gets caught up in the mad schemes Egyptian nobility. All the while falling in love and becoming the hero of the region. I personally think this book holds up very well to the modern styles of writing.
The book was originally published in 1963, yet the style of the narrator as well as the writing give almost a modern feel. In the end the book had a rather narrow plot, but it worked. There is not much of anything surprising, gruesome, disgusting, or disturbing. Over all, it is a very clean book that I would recommend to all ages. 8 out of 10 for sure!
1. Excellent Narrator (listened on 1.5 speed)
2. Decent story
3. Phenomenal writing
1. Simple plot
2. Maybe a bit rushed
I bought this book—Well, the recording—As I read it numerous times when I was growing up. As an adult and I see it is rather juvenile, but going back to my childhood for a few hours made it worthwhile.
However the recording was so poorly done it really ruined the book.
Not the quality of the recording, but the poor recording by the narrator. Please, take some time and listen to Frank Muller or Scott Brick .... this reading was so overdone, even for a children’s book.