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River God

Ancient Egypt, Book 1
Written by: Wilbur Smith
Narrated by: Mark Meadows
Length: 28 hrs and 36 mins

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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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  • LM
  • 01-04-19

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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  • KarenB_AZ
  • 31-03-19

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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  • Angel
  • 14-02-19

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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  • Jill Siler
  • 02-10-19

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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  • Dianna Lichtenwalner
  • 05-08-19

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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  • Peet Steyn
  • 23-07-19

An excellent read indeed

The books of Whilbur Smith always manages to completely transport me to another time. His vivid descriptions and works of fiction intermingled with just enough historic fact cultivates an immersive experience that makes the stories immensely enjoyable.

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  • Eden
  • 24-11-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-06-19

exceptional read

I found myself enthralled with every word. the love story and explicit detail of every battle captivated me and distracted me from my dreary work at this factory. thank you Wilbur Smith. I will most definitely purchase the next book of the series.

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  • Sylvane
  • 12-06-19

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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  • N. Saul
  • 03-07-19

Slow, cardboard characters, and racist stereotypes

I got about 1/2way through this. Past the virginal good female protagonist vs her 'hussy' (African) ladies in waiting. Past the perfect male protagonist who is more clever, more talented, more honorable, and more politically savvy than any one of the other scores of 2 dimensional characters....a glaring feature of this book to the point of boredom. But by the time Smith got to all of the endless ways that "Savage Kushites Are Savage", I remembered that my life is too short for such simplistic BS and tried to figure out if there was a way to return the book. I felt like Maxine Waters and wanted to announce: Reclaiming My Time.

Save your money. Audible has an amazing selection. There is something better out there.

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  • John Peter Jarvis
  • 08-04-19

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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  • C. J. Dunne
  • 06-02-19

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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  • G3org3
  • 23-09-19

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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  • mollymoon1
  • 03-09-19

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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  • Liz
  • 23-07-19

No chapters

Great book but struggled to navigate as there are no chapters so you can only move at 30 second intervals or along a very long time line

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  • Ellie
  • 27-10-19

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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  • GrahamC
  • 24-10-19

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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  • Mark Hodges
  • 16-08-19

River God.

Another great story from the master Wilbur Smith expertly told depicting the lives of the Egyptian empire to the present day.

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  • Tommy M.
  • 20-07-19

Masterclass in Naration

A great story told very well. The narrator makes it captivating from beginning to end. Well worth a listen.

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  • Ed
  • 03-12-19

Good mix of fiction to plausible historical background

This was my first book by this author. Tempted by the historical setting. Really enjoyed it - will try some of his other books

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  • Michael
  • 19-02-19

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
  • 17-08-19

Great book again!

Loved it, have read the book itself. All Wilbur Smith books I find them incredible.

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  • Pinella
  • 25-07-19

Wonderfully entertaining story - I loved it

I highly recommend this book to any adult who has a fascination with Ancient Egypt and it really takes you there although I'm sure there is some creative license involved. The story is told through the eyes of a eunuch slave, Taita who is described in the blurb as 'humble'. There is absolutely nothing humble about Taita, but he is beautiful and brilliant and clever and funny and fiercely loyal to those whom he loves, namely his beloved mistress Lostris; and her lover, his best friend Tanis. Taita takes us on an odyssey south to where the Gods created the Nile and delivers us years later to 'this very Egypt'. If this book doesn't make you laugh and cry, you don't have a heart. The narration is brilliant. This is one of my favourite Audible books and I will definitely listen to it again.