The Murder Of King Tut by James Patterson (audio)


Thrust onto Egypt’s most powerful throne at the age of nine, King Tut’s reign was fiercely debated from the outset. Behind the palace’s veil of prosperity, bitter rivalries and jealousy flourished among the Boy King’s most trusted advisors, and after only nine years, King Tut suddenly perished, his name purged from Egyptian history. To this day, his death remains shrouded in controversy.

The keys to an unsolved mystery

Enchanted by the ruler’s tragic story and hoping to unlock the answers to the 3,000 year-old mystery, Howard

King Tut

Carter made it his life’s mission to uncover the pharaoh’s hidden tomb. He began his search in 1907, but encountered countless setbacks and dead-ends before he finally, uncovered the long-lost crypt.

The clues point to murder

Now, in The Murder of King Tut, James Patterson and Martin Dugard dig through stacks of evidence–X-rays, Carter’s files, forensic clues, and stories told through the ages–to arrive at their own account of King Tut’s life and death. The result is an exhilarating true crime tale of intrigue, passion, and betrayal that casts fresh light on the oldest mystery of all.

I listened to this audio over the past week.  At first I found it a bit hard to follow the back and forth of Tut’s time (1300 BC) to Howard Carter’s time (1920) … to the occasional James Patterson time (current) where he fills us in on his progress and thoughts on the book.

Once I was able to pick up this flow…. I really started to enjoy the audio.  The historical value of the story of Tutankhamen was fascinating to me.  I had flashbacks to my experience when I first seen the movie Titanic and suddenly I couldnt get enough of Titanic related facts.  Now here I am again in that place except now it is King Tut.

I have always been fascinated with movies the likes of  Tomb Raider, National Treasure, and Raiders Of The Lost Ark.  Being an archeologist would be an incredible job and the adventures of searching and finding the treasures of the past makes my heart beat a little faster.

I really enjoyed learning more about King Tut in this non fiction dig back into the days of Egyptian tombs, pyramids, and Pharoahs ruling the land.  While I knew King Tut had been a young Pharoah – I had not realized how young or that he had married his sister!  (oops – have I said too much?)

The excavation of Tut's Tomb

The sections on Howard Carter (the man who in November 26, 1922, discovered King Tut’s tomb) were equally as interesting.  I even enjoyed the take directly from James Patterson himself on how this book came to be and his onw exensive research into the history and the mystery that surrounds Tut.   James also shares some of his personal rules in writing that to me, were note  worthy.

If you enjoy historical fiction/non fiction I think you will find a lot of value in this audio.  For me the adventure had just begun as I am now following up on more information on Howard Carter and his amazing discovery of the boy King.  James Patterson takes this piece of history and breathes life into it.  I recommend taking it in.

Thanks to Hachette Audio, I have three copies of this audio to use for a giveaway!  Enter here!

I received my review audio from Hachette Audio Group

About Sheila (Book Journey)

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Posted on December 31, 2009, in Audio Giveaway and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. I will have to get this one! Sounds like an awesome book. I too love those same movies, we have all the Raiders movies. Great review!

  2. This sounds good! I entered your giveaway of this one, didn’t I?

  3. This sounds absolutely fantastic. I love historical novels.

  4. I didn’t know this was a nonfiction book. Maybe I’ll give it a shot! Those Egyptians were fascinating. Thanks for your great review.

    • I didnt know it was non fiction either Heather until I started listening to it. It really is interesting, Patterson did a ton of research and pulls out evidence to all of this…. I think the actual “murder” is speculation…. but there are a lot of pieces that make is seem probable.

  5. Patricia Barraclough

    This is a topic I’ve been interested in since I was in high school.
    The digs are fascinating. Taking a look at the evidence with our modern technology allows us to speculate a bit more accurately about what really happened.

    • Patricia – that’s what I loved about this book! Of course now I am on a crazy phase of wanting to know more. I think I will start at my library to look for books on Howard Carter and King Tut!

  6. I would love to get my hands on a copy of this, short on funds, but it is on my wish list
    Thanks

  7. please count me in…enjoy audio books while traveling.

  8. I might just try this. Wasn’t it King Tut tomb that was cursed? I can’t remember.

    • Yes Ladytink – they claimed that it was… and if read or listen to this book you will believe it when you hear what happens to the man (Howard Carter) who found Tut.

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