• The Cairo Trilogy (Dramatised)

  • By: Naguib Mahfouz
  • Narrated by: Omar Sharif
  • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Performance
  • Release date: 18-07-2007
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (3 ratings)

Publisher's Summary

Omar Sharif leads an all-Egyptian cast in this three-part drama, recorded entirely in Egypt's capital. Adapted from Naguib Mahfouz's novels, this is a gripping family saga, with a monstrous father, a loving mother, and four children. It is set in seductive Cairo from 1917 to 1953, against a backdrop of political upheaval.
©2007 Goldhawk Productions Ltd (P)2007 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"This is a Sony award-winning production of the late Naguib Mahfouz's saga set in Cairo from 1917 to 1953, during the rise of nationalism and the beginnings of Islamic fundamentalism. A patriarchal family, a mirror of Egypt itself, has monstrous father al-Sayyid Ahmad at its head. His sons rail against the tyrannical love and tradition in the family and ally themselves to the dangerous upheavel outside. Recorded in Cairo and crammed with the tumultous sounds and voices of a city in crisis, the dramatisation is brilliant. Its brightest star is the plangent, soulful voice of Omar Sharif as al-Sayyid Ahmad."( Observer)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Arlington Cory on 23-02-2014

Abridged Story Ages Badly

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No, it was not worth my time. The material selected left out the most important parts of the story.

Has The Cairo Trilogy (Dramatised) turned you off from other books in this genre?

Think I will stick with complete readings.

Did The Cairo Trilogy (Dramatised) inspire you to do anything?

Over melodramatic had the quality of a soap opera.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Mariam Nakhla on 27-06-2011

Perfect

It was very interesting. I really enjoyed it
The sounds are very good, and the novel itself is amazing how the writer draws every character.
I loved it and I sure will recommend it to friends. I hope to find more Naguib Mahfouz audio books soon :)

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Brian Keaney on 11-09-2008

Authentic, evocative and moving

Naguib Mahfouz won the Nobel prize for this trilogy and I can see why. This trilogy tells the story of three generations of one family against the backdrop of the Egyptian struggle for independence. The remarkable authenticity of the production (it was recorded in Cairo), the quality of the acting, even the evocative background music all make this a really memorable listening experience.

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By jesjaspers on 23-04-2017

ok drama

it is such a pity there is not an unabridged reading of this undoubted
classic.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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