Audiobook cover photo obtained from

Audiobook cover photo obtained from


Author: Shauna Roberts

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged

Narrator: Hollie Jackson

Length: 6 hours, 52 minutes

Release Date: July 14, 2014

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publisher: Hadley Rille Books

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

* I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. This audiobook was downloaded from

Mesopotamia approx. 4750 years ago

This is a retelling of The Epic of Gilgamesh.

The book was an interesting and entertaining listening experience.

Set in the ancient world of Mesopotamia in the time of King Gilgamesh, in the great city of Uruk, this book follows the intertwined lives of several interesting characters.

Gilgamesh may be the most powerful King of the most powerful city in the land, but that does not mean that he is a good King. In fact, he is anything but a benevolent ruler. He claims the right to bed any bride on her wedding night and exercises that right often and with brutality. He forces citizens to wrestle him and does not care when they are left crippled and unable to support themselves or their families afterward.

Citizens of Gilgamesh’s city have been flocking to the temples of their Gods in droves asking for assistance and protection. The temple priests and priestesses are desperate to find a way to turn Gilgamesh into a King worthy of worship and adoration rather than fear and hatred.

Shamhat, a priestess of Inanna, is sent into the wilderness to find and civilize a wild-man who is thought to be a match for Uruk’s violent King. The priestesses are hoping that he will be able to humble Gilgamesh.

This story brings to a life a tale that has endured the test of time. It is a book that examines the benefits of being part of a society (civilization) versus the benefits of living free and relying on no one but yourself. Which is better? Why? It also highlights the drawbacks of both lifestyle choices. Is it better to give up your freedom in exchange for comfort and security? And what happens when the leader who is responsible for maintaining order thinks only of himself and not his citizens?

The character of Shamhat is a wonderfully vivid character and Hollie Jackson (the narrator) skillfully brings her to life in stunning detail. Her voice is perfect for this character and greatly enhances the listening experience.

This book is not meant for younger readers since it contains sexually explicit and violent situations.

If you have not yet heard the tale of Gilgamesh or it has been a while since you have read it, I highly recommend listening to it as an audiobook. It is an experience that you will not regret. Everyone should know the tale of Gilgamesh and this book does a great job with that epic tale.

The author has included many fascinating cultural details as well as details about the ancient gods and how they were worshipped. I found the description of ancient burial rites as well as the intricacies of ancient commerce particularly interesting. There are Author Notes included at the conclusion of this audiobook which offers even more details.

I rate this audiobook as 4 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Photo taken by: Vicki Stanwycks, New Orleans

Photo taken by: Vicki Stanwycks, New Orleans

Shauna Roberts was born in Ohio and has lived an interesting life. She has a wide variety of interests and affiliations. For more information about Shauna Roberts visit her website at

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