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Fame and popularity breed envy in high places, and the adulation of the mob is fickle. They often take as much pleasure in tearing down the idols that they have grown tired of as they did in elevating them in the first place. It is safer by far to live unseen and unremarked, as I always attempt to do.

An ancient kingdom. An incredible destiny.  

Taita is a humble slave, an expert in art, poetry, medicine and engineering as well as keeping important secrets. He is the most treasured possession of Lord Intef. Yet when Intef's beautiful daughter, Lostris, is married to the Pharaoh, Taita is commanded to follow her and swiftly finds himself deeper than he ever could have imagined in a world of deception and treachery.  

But outside the palace, the great kingdom of Egypt is divided and in even greater danger. Enemies threaten on all sides, and only Taita holds the power to save them all....

The first audiobook in the epic Egyptian Series.

©2018 Wilbur Smith (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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  • 04-01-19

Abridged

The .epub version of this and the audiobook are not the same. This is abridged or there are different editions with changes to the story in the print or eBook versions.

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very good book

all in all, this is a very good book. I found myself having to break away from the book at different times because I found the narrator monotone. this is not a bad thing, it is more a matter of preference. I don’t know if I can put into words what I really think here, I did not know how much I liked this book, until I got to the end. I wonder if I should call this a slow burning book, one sneaks up on you, and surprises you at the end.
I will say this, you will care about the characters in this book. you will laugh at their jokes, cry at their defeat, and feel their pain and agonize with their suffering as as they go through their lives. That in the long run is the mark of a very good book or story.
I would recommend this book to an adult audience.

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Historical fiction with a flair

Beautifully crafted, extensive tale that I would have happily given 5 stars except for the extensive descriptions of animal and human suffering.

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Start With This Series

If you haven’t read Wilbur Smith YOU NEED TO! I am so sad because I have now finished all of his series along with all but one of his novels. I’m saving that for an up coming road trip with my husband.
Mr. Smiths writing style is so very extraordinary, vivid, alive, I feel like I am a character in one of his stories his novels are so easy to melt into. I feel as though I can, smell the air, taste the salt of the sea, feel the stinging heat of the desert, touch the minerals and rocks, hike through the jungles, go on Safari, feel the splashing rain, smell the mineral iron smell of blood, ride a horse....I JUST DO NOT KNOW HOW TO EXPRESS HOW FABULOUS THESE NOVELS & SERIES ARE!
***THANK YOU Wilber Smith for sharing your stories with the world, I for one am richer for it.

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  • 03-02-21

I Chose It Because Of All The Good Reviews

I’m so selective of my monthly audible credit, that I have quite a few criteria set up that a book must meet. It has to be over 12 hours and if it is more, the better. I read every review people write before I choose a book. This one was so highly recommended. I guess it’s just not my style. Maybe the first couple hours are ok. But it is just long for no reason. The writer uses the same descriptors and metaphors over and over. There really is no character arc. No reveal. No climax. Just a long fictional saga with no logical end. But a lot of other people like it?

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Outstanding performance!

I have read this book numerous times before, but it's an absolute pleasure to have it read to me by so great a performer. I'm very capable of bringing it to life in my imagination during my own reading, but Mark Meadows adds to the story with his own considerable talent. I highly recommend this book to everyone I discuss books with, and now I'll recommend this version as well.

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Wow!

Absolutely love it!!! This is a perfect story to capture the spirit of ancient Egypt! Eloquently written and the narrator has a soothing voice, I would highly recommend this read!

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Excellent

I love Egyptian history and this book although fiction was richly supported in authentic imagery. Told thru the eyes of a faithful slave, it is a story that spans 2 generations. Smiths colourful storytelling immerses the reader in every scene. My interest was held from start to finish.

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Ridiculous

The main character sounds like an egomaniac and the book is melodramatic and preposterous. Somehow I got charged $23 for this thing - not sure how that happened. And I can't seem to return it, which I really want to do because it isn't worth a credit let alone $23.

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I was bored

I kept waiting for something to happen. It didn't. Then when I realized the book had 140+ chapters, I gave up.

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  • John Peter Jarvis
  • 04-08-19

Brilliant

A truly enthralling story and an excellent narrator. Please use him again he is the best I have heard. I will now listen to the Seventh Scloll. Thankyou.

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  • JohnLuke
  • 07-09-19

I couldn’t finish this book

I never return books but even at £2.99 I had to return this one. I had really high hopes for it but I just couldn’t listen to anymore. The narration was excruciating and the characters lacking in any nuance. The hero was very heroic, the beautiful girl was very beautiful, the clever man was very clever and the bad man was very bad.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-17-20

No. Just....no.

I didn't get far into this one before I dropped it. The villain is a caricature - you can practically hear him twirling his moustache, which the Egyptians didn't wear. They lost me at the stage performance of the story of Isis and Horus - drama wasn't an Egyptian thing at all. I don't expect total historical accuracy, but this really jumped the shark for me. If you're going to do a historical setting, you should at least try to portray it something like how it was.

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  • GrahamC
  • 10-24-19

superpowered eunuch slave fawns over 14 year old

1st quarter of the book I cringed
2nd quarter I struggled with
2nd half of the book was much improved and I found it interesting

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  • C. J. Dunne
  • 02-06-19

A very good read/listen

Having been an avid fan of Wilbur smith for many years I took the opportunity of repurchasing river god now on audible having listen to taita and his mistress the story sounds anew and takes the listener back in time as if you are part of this story. I can thoroughly recommend anybody to purchase and listen to River God as it is one of the best stories that I have ever listened to.

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  • mollymoon1
  • 09-03-19

Superb - great story telling from Wilbur Smith

I love this book. I haven't read it for several years, but it is one of my favourites and I have read it several times. Set in ancient Egypt the story begins with an adventurous young man and a mischievous girl under the care of her slave Tiata - our story teller. The original trilogy, which has since been transformed into several episodes follows his life and trials whilst caring for his various charges. This book has twists and turns taking you through every aspect a slave has to do to survive in ancient Egypt during the course of his daily routine. He has to lie, cheat and put his own life on the line. Great stuff.

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  • lennyboy
  • 03-14-21

ALL ONE CHAPTER

I have read this hardback book several times and it was good to get in on audible. Mark meadows does the story justice and he keeps an even pace throughout with some good voices. I enjoyed listening to it. My only complaint is that the main recording is in one big chapter. This was problematic when transferring devices eg phone watch iPad. To pick up where it had left off on,other devices which meant searching through the time sequence to get to where I had left the story. It would have been much better if the chapters were broken down as the written word . Wilbur smith 4 books are all 20 plus hours having to trawl through hours listening detracts from the experience to get back into the story. Library chapters would be a better recording

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  • Ellie
  • 10-27-19

Loved it.

I really enjoyed this, and I know that if I had acctually read this book, I probably wouldn't have finished it.
Thanks to the wonderful narration by Mark Meadows, it was brought to life, a mix of Joe Abercrombie, Con Iggulden and Jeeves of Jeeves and Wooster fame, I know that may seem a little odd but give it a listen and I'm sure you'll understand.
Made me laugh and made me cry....a lot, be aware there are quite a few very descriptive moments where animals are hunted, caught in battles etc. That said, I can't watch Watership Down so take from that what you will. Go on, treat yourself.

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  • G3org3
  • 09-23-19

Intoxicating

An epic tale with fantastic narration. Took a while to get used to Mark Meadows' style but he brought the characters to life beautifully. The story is intricate, delicately weaved and offers numerous delights. As a fellow South African I should have discovered his books long ago but alas it took me a while but I'm happy I finally did. I can't wait to get my next book downloaded for hours of lietening pleasure

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  • Lise brown
  • 07-10-19

Disappointing

I was very disappointed listening to this book. It lacked plot and intrigue. There were very few in depth character explorations. if you like me love ancient Egypt you are much better listening to Christian Jacq series Rameses.

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  • Michael
  • 02-19-19

Loved it, would highly recommend to anyone.

great performance, great story. would highly recommend to anyone. I laughed, I cried I was there on the return to Egypt!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-25-21

perfect.

As always, another perfect title from Wilbur. May God rest his soul. I loved it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-30-21

Too graphic in descriptions of violence

I enojyed the overall story, though definitley longer than it needed to be and a little repeative. I would not listen again as I found the descriptions of the rape of torture of women too violent and graphic and will not continue with the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-06-21

River God Fun

Could listen to this over & over
Love the Narrator, on my repeat list

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-06-21

Enjoyable tale, with rich detail

The characters were well portrayed, and the narrator was pleasant to listen to. Worth listening to.

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  • Carole Thurlow
  • 05-26-21

River God

I am a big Wilbur Smith fan, and loved this book in hard copy. I didn't like the narrator's voices. They didn't seem to be in good character.
Still I was happy to hear the story.

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  • Andrew L
  • 02-16-21

A Yearly Read

I love this story so much. I read/listen to it at least once a year. Such a captivating story, and the way in which the lives of the Ancient Egyptians are brought to life - just breathtaking. I see a little of Taita's confidence in me, so I really relate to his character. I've previously listened to the abridged versions on Audible, and the story was just so rushed and disjointed. I was so happy with the full unabridged version was released.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-09-20

Great book

loved it, great story, keeps you entertained the entire story. looking forward to the next book

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  • Yahya Hamed
  • 05-16-20

Amazing piece of art.

I enjoyed the book.
It’s full with events and information. It gives the reader fascinating view of the ancient Egypt. It’s almost like traveling in time.. when I close my eyes, I can see the Nile and everything there’s to see.
I love Taita and his wisdom. Taita is one example of the great minds in the ancient world and how civilized they were. I loved the scene when Taita saw the first horse and the first wheel.. how he was so fascinated and in Ooh moment.. how he hold the first horse not believing it was an evil soul.
This book is piece of art and we should really celebrate writers like Wilbur Smith.
I can recommend this book as not many people will have the gut to wonder in an ancient world and take the most wonderful journey.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-04-20

Long story but very enjoyable

OK - overall this was a good story - very details and epic
The main character was a bit much though - in the sense that he was a narcissus - he was the best at everything apparently - so he needed to get over himself a bit
PLUS (and this is purely my opinion) the narrators voice / accent etc (who was the main character) to me sounded like 3CPO from Stars Wars so the whole time I could not get the image of a gold robot in ancient Egypt out of my head!!