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Rebel Queen Audiobook

Rebel Queen: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

From the internationally best-selling author of Nefertitiand Cleopatra's Daughter comes the breathtaking story of Queen Lakshmi - India's Joan of Arc - who against all odds defied the mighty British invasion to defend her beloved kingdom.

When the British Empire sets its sights on India in the mid-nineteenth century, it expects a quick and easy conquest. India is fractured and divided into kingdoms, each independent and wary of one another, seemingly no match for the might of the English. But when they arrive in the Kingdom of Jhansi, the British army is met with a surprising challenge.

Instead of surrendering, Queen Lakshmi raises two armies - one male and one female - and rides into battle, determined to protect her country and her people. Although her soldiers may not appear at first to be formidable against superior British weaponry and training, Lakshmi refuses to back down from the empire that is determined to take away the land she loves.

Told from the unexpected perspective of Sita - Queen Lakshmi's most favored companion and most trusted soldier in the all-female army - Rebel Queen shines a light on a time and place rarely explored in historical fiction. In the tradition of her best-selling novel, Nefertiti,and through her strong, independent heroines fighting to make their ways in a male-dominated world, Michelle Moran brings nineteenth-century India to rich, vibrant life.

©2015 Michelle Moran (P)2015 Simon and Schuster

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    Riverderby 04-29-15
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    "Very entertaining"

    I enjoyed this audio book very much. Learned a lot about the history of India's culture in the 1800's and the struggle with British rule. The story lagged at times, just enough for me to give 4 stars. The reader is amazing and her voice is a highlight. Her accent is beautiful and she doesn't over exaggerate the character voices--a real pet peeve of mine with audio books. Overall a wonderful book for my daily commute.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    allison Hempstead, NY, United States 04-29-15
    allison Hempstead, NY, United States 04-29-15 Member Since 2010
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    loved this book. Michelle Moran definitely did her homework on this one. amazingly done

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    S. Singh Kendall Park, NJ 12-23-15
    S. Singh Kendall Park, NJ 12-23-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Lakshmi Bai and Sita Bhonsle -- what a great story!"

    Always admired Jhansi Ki Rani, and now got to know the story of the greatest Indian woman in history through one of her loyal guards - Sita Bhonsle. Thanks Michelle for writing such an excellent story of Sita and through her the story of Rani Lakshmi Bai. The first and painful resistance to the despicable invasion of India by the British, will now be forever etched in my mind. The narration by Sneha Mathan made the characters and the story come alive. Her different voices and accents for key characters in the story played out like a movie on the screen of my mind. Thanks Sita, Michelle, and Sneha!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 04-08-15
    Mary 04-08-15

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    Where does Rebel Queen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Will be on my Favorite Books of 2015 list.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I had two favorites: the Rani and Sita. Both strong characters.


    Have you listened to any of Sneha Mathan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but wouldn't hesitate to listen to more. She made the story come alive.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Liz Myers 04-07-15
    Liz Myers 04-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Pronunciation of names and places helped me"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It really helped me with the pronunciation of the names and places.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the book! It is the first time I read anything dealing with the history of India. I want to read more historical Indian novels.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Rhoades Florida, USA 06-25-16
    Kimberly Rhoades Florida, USA 06-25-16 Member Since 2012

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    "Fantastic!!!"

    What a remarkably story. Well done! Great narrator. Historical, brilliant, captivating and a pleasure to hear.

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    J Crocus North Carolina 07-25-16
    J Crocus North Carolina 07-25-16
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    "Enjoyable!"

    This book presented a different backdrop than I was accustomed to. India during the late 1800s was something I was unfamiliar with. The book held romance and action and feminism, which are all things I enjoy. I loved learning about a woman's experience in a different time and setting.

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    Ava New York, NY 10021 06-09-16
    Ava New York, NY 10021 06-09-16 Member Since 2014
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    Excellent, couldn't put it down, poignant story and awesome descriptions.
    Narrator was exceptional, pulled you right in.

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    Julie Malone Mahnomen, MN 12-20-15
    Julie Malone Mahnomen, MN 12-20-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Narration Makes All the Difference!"

    Because of my unfamiliarity with Indian names, places, things, it really helped to listen to this book rather than read it. Very interesting!

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    Jeff Steen Burlington, NC, United States 11-11-15
    Jeff Steen Burlington, NC, United States 11-11-15 Listener Since 2006

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    "As expected, an excellent novel NY Michelle Moran"

    A really fascinating glimpse into a fascinating culture, with characters I genuinely cared about. Even knowing it would end in tears, I kept hoping otherwise. The narrator was excellent, with a melodic and graceful voice somehow making each character distinct.

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