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Amazing Account Life in Ancient Egypt River God 24 Hr Book on Tape Wilbur Smith

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Seller: ancientgifts (4,385) 100% Top-Rated Plus, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122211708340 Click here to see 1,000 archaeology/ancient history books and 2,000 ancient artifacts, antique gemstones, antique jewelry! River God A Novel Of Ancient Egypt by Willbur Smith Read by Dick Hill. DESCRIPTION: Book on tape UNABRIDGED Contains 8 cassettes/24 hours of listening. Publisher: Brilliance Corporation; (1994). Smith is a consistently popular writer, and his latest endeavor has considerable publicity push behind it. In other words, expect high demand. He goes fictionally where Norman Mailer, in Ancient Evenings (1983), went before: Pharaonic Egypt. But he ventures forth into this world with less demanding results; it's simply easier for the reader to fathom Smith's re-creation than Mailer's, because it's less mystical, less detailed, more concrete. That's not to say, though, that Smith has not done his homework as he tells the story of Taita the eunuch, slave to a noble's daughter. Taita narrates the dramatic events of which he was either witness or participant as his mistress receives the dubious honor of marriage to the pharaoh. The brutality of life in ancient times is everywhere evident in Taita's tale, which involves fatal intrigue at every turn. It is clear Smith knows his subject: his graphic depiction of lust, bloodletting, politics, and, in Taita's case, honor is firmly grounded in rich details that evoke the period. Please note: the box is pretty beaten, having traveled to Asia and Europe several times. The tapes are in perfect condition. Twenty-four hours of a fantastic tale of Ancient Egypt – you really get the feel of what life must have been like. Buy it, listen to it, life will be different – you’ll never forget the story. CONDITION: 1) Cardboard carton is used and worn. Tapes are like new. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR JACKET DESCRIPTION(S). PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: Set against the backdrop of the Hyksos invasion of Egypt, circa 1780 B.C., Smith's adventurous tale of ancient love, intrigue and avarice. A sprawling recreation of the grandeur of ancient Egypt follows the fortunes of the clever and scheming eunuch Taita; the beautiful Lostris, a lord's daughter; and Tanus, an ambitious soldier. Ancient Egypt has been ravaged by war, drained of its lifeblood, and led by weak men who inherit the cherished crown. For Tanus, the fair-haired young lion of a warrior, the gods have decreed that he will lead Egypt's army in a bold attempt to reunite the Kingdom's shattered halves. But Tanus will have to defy the same gods to attain the reward they have forbidden him, an object more prized than battle's glory: possession of the Lady Lostris, a rare beauty with skin the color of oiled cedar - destined for the adoration of a nation, and the love of one extraordinary man. Wilbur Smith has written twenty-seven novels, including the bestselling River God, The Seventh Scroll, Warlock, and Monsoon. His books are now translated into twenty-six languages and have sold over eighty million copies. PROFESSIONAL REVIEW: REVIEW: A grand tale of intrigue, deception, true love and exile. Vivid and fascinating...Packed with passion, war, intrigue and revenge. River God offers many of the features that make a good audio title: a first-person narrator with a distinct personality; a fast-paced, fascinating story; and many opportunities for description. The narrator and his royal masters strive to gain control of the upper and lower kingdoms of Egypt while going through adventures, battles, political intrigue and romance--all with vivid descriptions of life in ancient Egypt. The story pushes the limits of credibility at times, but it is such fun that it doesn't matter. Reader Dick Hill does an excellent job building tension and excitement, as well as keeping interest for twenty-four hours of listening. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: River god is one of those books that you will remember long after finishing it. It is set during the beginning of the Second Intermediate Period of Ancient Egypt, when the Hyksos dominated the region for some centuries. The plot of the book is the struggle of the Upper Egypt Dynasty against the usurper of the Lower Egypt, and then against the foreign invaders, all seen through the actions and thoughts of the members of the ruling clan. The main character is Taita, a eunuch slave to the Pharaoh’s vizier. Wilbur Smith's book may not be the most historically accurate, but this time I didn't care. Aside from Taita, his other characters (the Queen Lostris, the Prince Memnon, Tanus, among others), the descriptions of the Nile and its surroundings, and the incredible fast pace of the book, all of that added to make this reading a great pleasure. REVIEW: Simply, this is the best Wilbur Smith story out there. Masterfully told with excellent detail of the era. Smith brings ancient Egypt alive for the reader in this story on a level that everyone can identify with, the common man's level - but with a twist - Tiata the slave is NOT a common man. A slave becomes the savior of the empire and forever wins your heart. While the story is somewhat gruesome at times, it reflects the trecherous and barbaric era accurately, and reminds us that civilization has not advanced mankind's basic nature in many, many ways. I listened to the cassette version and I must say I was riveted to this story. I sat in my car long after I arrived at my destination listening in fascination. REVIEW: This novel is perfect for those who like `Gone With the Wind' epics. There is a cast of hundreds, a larger-than-life hero and heroine, and a narrator who adds a bit of narcissistic comic relief. The plot involves the love of Tanus, a noble of ancient Egypt (the date is c. 1780 BCE) for Lostris, the daughter of Lord Intef (the main villain). Lord Intef ruined Tanus' father secretly, and only the narrator, Taita the slave, knows the true story of Lord Harrab's disgrace and his son's inability to marry Lostris. The love story however is not the only plotline. There is everything from desert bandits, to the conquest (briefly) of Egypt by the Hyksos, to the removal of the Egyptian royal court into Ethiopia. Through all these events, Taita provides his very unique opinions on everything from a slave owning society (a necessity that's `natural' to him, even though he is a slave), to his many inventions (he claims to have invented or perfected grandstands, brain surgery, and chariots, amongst other things), to his many investments in `river front property'. Some of the events are quite gruesome - such as when Intef finally gets his just desserts - but the dramatic story holds up, no matter how fantastic the events become. Smith has really created a modern classic with this novel, which combines good history with good storytelling. I most always ship audio books Media Mail in a padded mailer. Domestic shipping (insured media mail) is included in the price shown. Domestic shipping also includes USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site). ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per item so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers. Most international orders cost an additional $12.99 to $33.99 for an insuredshipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers. All of our shipments are sent via insured mail so as to comply with PayPal requirements. We do NOT recommend uninsured shipments, and expressly disclaim any responsibility for the loss of an uninsured shipment. Unfortunately the contents of parcels are easily “lost” or misdelivered by postal employees – even in the USA. That’s why all of our shipments include a USPS delivery confirmation tag; or are trackable or traceable, and are insured (international tracking is at additional cost). We will accept whatever payment method you are most comfortable with. If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world – but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE." TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish

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