Mountains of the Pharaohs: The Untold Story of the Pyramid Builders

Mountains of the Pharaohs: The Untold Story of the Pyramid Builders

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By (author) Zahi A. Hawass, Narrator Simon Vance

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  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 173mm x 25mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 30 January 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Old Saybrook, CT
  • ISBN 10: 1400132800
  • ISBN 13: 9781400132805
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged

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An unprecedented account of one of civilization's greatest achievements. The great pyramids of Giza have intrigued humanity for thousands of years. Questions about the construction and the purpose of these majestic monuments have existed since the middle period of ancient Egyptian civilization; in the sixth century B.C., Herodotus was the first of generations of explorers to travel to Egypt in an attempt to unlock their secrets. Recent cutting-edge research has uncovered information about how and why they were built unimaginable to previous generations. In "Mountains of the Pharaohs," Zahi Hawass, a world-renowned archaeologist and the official guardian of Egypt's timeless treasures, weaves the latest archaeological data and an enthralling family history into spellbinding narrative. Nearly five thousand years ago, the fourth dynasty of Egypt's Old Kingdom reigned over a highly advanced civilization. Believed to be gods, the royal family lived amidst colossal palaces and temples built to honor them and their deified ancestors. Hawass brings these extraordinary historical figures to life, spinning a soap opera-like saga complete with murder, incest, and the triumphant ascension to the throne of one of only four queens ever to rule Egypt. The magnificent pyramids attest not only to the dynasty's supreme power, but also to the engineering expertise and architectural sophistication that flourished under their rule. Hawass argues that the pyramids-including the Great Pyramid of Khufu, the only one of the Seven Wonders of the World still standing-were built by skilled craftsman who took great pride in their work.

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Zahi Hawass is the secretary general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities and director of the Giza Plateau. He is the author of many books on ancient Egypt, including the bestselling "Valley of the Golden Mummies." He was the host of such National Geographic television specials as "Open the Lost Tombs" and "Pyramids Live." Simon Vance has recorded over four hundred audiobooks and has earned over twenty "AudioFile" Earphones Awards, including for his narration of "Scaramouche" by Rafael Sabatini. He is also the recipient of five coveted Audie Awards, including one for "The King's Speech" by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi, and he was named an "AudioFile" Best Voice of 2009.

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"Simon Vance's educated British accent and soft voice add a dusty patina to his descriptions.... Egyptian names, words, and places seem to roll off Vance's practiced tongue as though the author himself were speaking them." ---AudioFile