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  • Burial Rites

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Hannah Kent
    • Narrated By Morven Christie
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnúsdóttir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of her lover. Agnes is sent to wait out her final months on the farm of district office Jón Jónsson, his wife and their two daughters. Horrified to have a convicted murderer in their midst, the family avoid contact with Agnes. Only Tóti, the young assistant priest appointed Agnes’ spiritual guardian, is compelled to try to understand her. As the year progresses and the hardships of rural life force the household to work side by side, Agnes’ story begins to emerge and with it the family’s terrible realization that all is not as they had assumed.

    elizabeth says: "I really tried but can't listen anymore"
    "Slow, maudlin, w overly earnest, breathy narration"
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    What would have made Burial Rites better?

    More social history. More plot. Less trite characters.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Hannah Kent again?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of Morven Christie’s performances?

    No


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I had thought the novels depiction of atypical time and place would be interesting; It wasn't.


    Any additional comments?

    In fairness, I could only get through half the book. I almost always finish books hoping they'll get better but in this case I made an exception.

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