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''This outstanding, unabridged audiobook edition of Cleopatra is ably narrated by William Sutherland and is technically flawless in its recording.'' --Reviewer's Bookwatch --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

HENRY RIDER HAGGARD (1856-1925) was born in Norfolk, England. After failing the Army entrance exam, he went to Natal in 1875, as secretary to Sir Henry Bulwer, and the next year went to the Transvaal. He returned to England in 1881, married, and settled down to a literary life. His first novel, King Solomon's Mines, was published in 1885. He published thirty-four adventure novels during his lifetime. He was knighted in 1912. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Echo Library (June 20, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406803448
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406803440
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,846,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Tom Johnson on January 11, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The other reviewer did a great job. I agree totally. Normally I would not be attracted to another story about Cleopatra, but I love Haggard's novels, his writing style, character development. I bought this for my Kindle and was surprised at the wonder, complex, multi-dimensional story. Hard to put down. Characters come alive and you experience the mysteries of ancient Egypt. Haggard is a first class writer. Tolkein read Haggard as a boy. This is one I will re-read from time to time. No longer copywrited, I got it for 99 cents for my Kindle.
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By M. T. Bowers on March 6, 2010
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This is the epic story of the pharaoh who never was. The story of Harmachis and Cleopatra is vivid and intense, and involves love gone wrong in so many ways.

With the exception of a short prologue, the entire book is given as a translation of three ancient scrolls. Here's a sentence, to give you an idea of the style: "Then in life mayst thou be wretched, and after death may Osiris refuse thee, and the judges of Amenti give judgment against thee, and Set and Sekhet torment thee, till such time as thy sin is purged and the Gods of Egypt, called by strange names, are once more worshipped in the Temples of Egypt, and the Staff of the Oppressor is broken, and the footsteps of the Foreigner are swept clean, and the thing is accomplished as thou in thy weakness shalt cause it to be done." It gives the story a certain Biblical weightiness, and isn't as intrusive as it might seem, but be prepared. That aside, it's a great character study of strong personalities against a violent historical backdrop.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Kiwi on December 13, 2010
5* for the Book, 1* for the version from General Books LLC

Love H Rider Haggard's books, and Cleopatra has to be his best "little known" novel (as compared say to the better known ones such as "King Solomons Mines". Other reviewers have done a great job describing the novel, I'm not going to rehash, I agree.

However, if you are interested in buying this, be aware that the book is now out in the public domain and a plethora of reprints are available, mostly from Print on Demand Publishers reprinting copyright-expired books. And, believe me, there's some truely awful reprints available. Some of these publishers produce quite good quality books, some do not. What you do need to do is check the publisher carefully for all these older "copyright expired" books. An outstanding example of "not good quality" is the reprint published by General Books LLC. This version is scanned in using OCR technology (and using pretty poor quality OCR scanning equipment and software from the look of their books), is overall of very poor print quality, uses automated reproduction with no index, no illustrations and an excessive number of typos.

To quote some specifics from the publisher's own web site:
"We created your book using OCR software that includes an automated spell check. Our OCR software is 99 percent accurate if the book is in good condition. However, with up to 3,500 characters per page, even one percent can be an annoying number of typos...."

"After we re-typeset and designed your book, the page numbers change so the old index and table of contents no longer work. Therefore, we usually remove them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ebmida on April 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I recently got my Kindle (Love it!!!) and this was the first book that I downloaded for free @ Gutenberg.org where there are thousands of books for the public to enjoy. I had never read anything by this author but I have always enjoyed the subject of Cleopatra and that era, so I thought I'd give it a chance. I literally could not put this book down and I was saddened when it ended! I felt like I was right there, the intrique, the betrayal, the all encompassing love! My next stop..."King Solomon's mines" I can only hope that it is as magnificent as this one was.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "faery_princess" on May 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
I have read a couple of books about Cleopatra and this book by Haggard gives me a new light to things! His story about Harmachis and how he got involved with her gives somewhat a new reflection about Cleopatra. Once you started reading this, you'd definitely won't put this book down. Its sort of a time warp for you would actually get to feel as if you are part of the story! The plot, sceneries depicted-- everything is original and definitely entertaining! A must read for those who is interested with ancient Egypt!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 26, 2011
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OK, this is a novel, not history, but Haggard was able to weave a very readable story that makes you believe you are a time-travelling witness to the lives of his ancient Egyptian characters. Now, I can't help but feeling I have a secret insight into what MIGHT have happened during Cleopatra's reign. There are so many beautifully written, free, pre-1923 works. It almost makes me proud to be so cheap!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gagewyn on November 11, 2004
Format: Paperback
Rider Haggard's Cleopatra tells the story of the legendary queen as shown through the eyes of Harmachis, an Egyptian physician and priest of Isis. It is written from the point of view of Harmacis at the end of his life. He is old and recounts his life story. Like so many others he was obsessed with the beautiful Cleopatra, and so he tells her story as much as his.

Unlike most admirers, Harmachis actually gets involved with Cleopatra. She pushes him to reveal secrets of Isis (including the location of hidden treasures of the pyramids) to further her political ends. Throughout the story, the reader is left wondering whether Cleopatra really does love Harmachis. Sometimes she seems only to use him and she does betray him every time. But one has to consider that Harmachis comes from low class parents, so actually ending up with him might not be an option for her. She seems to really love him and maybe she really is trying to arrange things for them. Her power over him is complete, possibly because she doesn't know what she wants.

The setting and story are lavish. After all, this is ancient Egypt, complete with hidden treasures of Isis. At the same time the story is about more timeless issues - love and betrayal and love vs religion. It has the right blend of action, emotion and awesome settings to keep me interested all the way through. And the ancient setting keeps Cleopatra from feeling dated, as do some of Haggard's other novels.

I highly recommend Cleopatra to anyone into 1890's stuff, Egyptian stuff or adventure novels.
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