The Pharaoh and the Priest


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The Pharaoh and the Priest (Polish: Faraon) is the fourth and last major novel by the Polish writer Bolesław Prus. It was the sole historical novel by an author who had earlier disapproved of historical novels on the ground that they inevitably distort history. Pharaoh has been described by Czesław Miłosz as a "novel on mechanisms of state power and, as such, probably unique in world literature of the nineteenth century.... Prus, in selecting the reign of 'Pharaoh Ramses XIII' in the eleventh century BCE, sought a perspective that was detached from pressures of topicality and censorship. Pharaoh is set in the Egypt of 1087–85 BCE as that country experiences internal stresses and external threats that will culminate in the fall of its Twentieth Dynasty and New Kingdom. The young protagonist Ramses learns that those who would challenge the powers that be are vulnerable to co-option, seduction, subornation, defamation, intimidation and assassination. Perhaps the chief lesson, belatedly absorbed by Ramses as pharaoh, is the importance, to power, of knowledge. Prus' vision of the fall of an ancient civilization derives some of its power from the author's intimate awareness of the final demise of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in 1795, a century before the completion of the novel. (Summary by Wikipedia) (26 hr 23 min)

Chapters

Prefatory Remarks and Introduction 19:17 Read by Piotr Nater
Chapter I 25:34 Read by MaryAnn
Chapter II 9:18 Read by Piotr Nater
Chapter III 15:01 Read by MaryAnn
Chapter IV 16:01 Read by ToddHW
Chapter V 13:02 Read by ToddHW
Chapter VI 18:50 Read by Alan Williams
Chapter VII 12:21 Read by Nadine Eckert-Boulet
Chapter VIII 13:50 Read by Rapunzelina
Chapter IX 13:23 Read by Rapunzelina
Chapter X 13:24 Read by Rapunzelina
Chapter XI 23:14 Read by DJRickyV
Chapter XII 21:27 Read by KHand
Chapter XIII 13:40 Read by Rapunzelina
Chapter XIV 25:42 Read by zaanta
Chapter XV 13:26 Read by zaanta
Chapter XVI 16:57 Read by Rapunzelina
Chapter XVII 18:56 Read by Rapunzelina
Chapter XVIII 26:25 Read by Rapunzelina
Chapter XIX 25:23 Read by Lynne T
Chapter XX 30:39 Read by Lynne T
Chapter XXI 23:23 Read by Deon Gines
Chapter XXII 14:47 Read by Arnie Horton
Chapter XXIII 16:45 Read by ReadAllDay
Chapter XXIV 33:08 Read by ReadAllDay
Chapter XXV 27:03 Read by ReadAllDay
Chapter XXVI 20:13 Read by ReadAllDay
Chapter XXVII 23:36 Read by ReadAllDay
Chapter XXVIII 29:51 Read by ReadAllDay
Chapter XXIX 15:40 Read by ReadAllDay
Chapter XXX 20:38 Read by Deon Gines
Chapter XXXI 29:55 Read by Deon Gines
Chapter XXXII 21:56 Read by Deon Gines
Chapter XXXIII 25:19 Read by Lynne T
Chapter XXXIV 27:21 Read by Deon Gines
Chapter XXXV 27:13 Read by Deon Gines
Chapter XXXVI 19:36 Read by Deon Gines
Chapter XXXVII 25:23 Read by Deon Gines
Chapter XXXVIII 24:31 Read by Deon Gines
Chapter XXXIX 26:06 Read by Deon Gines
Chapter XL 29:43 Read by Deon Gines
Chapter XLI, part 1 18:38 Read by Deon Gines
Chapter XLI, part 2 22:51 Read by Deon Gines
Chapter XLII 17:16 Read by Deon Gines
Chapter XLIII 33:46 Read by Deon Gines
Chapter XLIV 33:09 Read by Deon Gines
Chapter XLV 19:53 Read by Deon Gines
Chapter XLVI 18:05 Read by Deon Gines
Chapter XLVII 19:44 Read by Deon Gines
Chapter XLVIII 31:46 Read by Deon Gines
Chapter XLIX 25:20 Read by Deon Gines
Chapter L 16:15 Read by ReadAllDay
Chapter LI 16:57 Read by ReadAllDay
Chapter LII 21:57 Read by ReadAllDay
Chapter LIII 29:58 Read by ReadAllDay
Chapter LIV 18:08 Read by ReadAllDay
Chapter LV, part 1 28:25 Read by ReadAllDay
Chapter LV, part 2 17:40 Read by ReadAllDay
Chapter LVI 28:19 Read by ReadAllDay
Chapter LVII, part 1 19:21 Read by ReadAllDay
Chapter LVII, part 2 20:45 Read by ReadAllDay
Chapter LVIII 34:53 Read by Deon Gines
Chapter LIX 17:32 Read by Lynne T
Chapter LX 24:47 Read by KHand
Chapter LXI, part 1 19:58 Read by KHand
Chapter LXI, part 2 17:50 Read by KHand
Chapter LXII 25:02 Read by Deon Gines
Chapter LXIII 28:52 Read by Deon Gines
Chapter LXIV 19:06 Read by Lynne T
Chapter LXV, part 1 21:17 Read by Deon Gines
Chapter LXV, part 2 18:55 Read by Deon Gines
Chapter LXVI 20:12 Read by rookieblue
Chapter LXVII 8:39 Read by Deon Gines

Reviews

Epic!


(5 stars)

I'm almost finished listening to this scholarly,absorbing tale, but am so impressed, that I won't wait to give it five stars. This is despite there being patches of poor sound quality and inexperienced readers. The tale is amazing. Thanks to all involved.