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The Twentieth Wife Audiobook

The Twentieth Wife

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Publisher's Summary

An enchanting historical epic of grand passion and adventure, this debut novel tells the captivating story of one of India's most controversial empresses, a woman whose brilliance and determination trumped myriad obstacles and whose love shaped the course of the Mughal Empire.

Skillfully blending the textures of historical reality with the rich and sensual imaginings of a timeless fairy tale, The Twentieth Wife sweeps listeners up in Mehrunnisa's embattled love with Prince Salim - and in the bedazzling destiny of a woman, a legend in her own time, who was all but lost to history until now.

©2002 Indu Sundaresan; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Sundaresan writes in the great tradition of the Indian epic, an art she carries forward with grace and brilliance....This is a remarkably readable book despite the historical basis, with which many readers will not be familiar." (Library Journal)
"Sundaresan's debut is a sweeping, carefully researched tale of desire, sexual mores, and political treachery set against the backdrop of 16th- and 17th-century India....[She] charts the chronology of the Mughal Empire, describing life in the royal court in convincing detail and employing authentic period terms throughout." (Publishers Weekly)

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    L. Abernathy 09-19-11 Member Since 2017
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    "long but worth the listen."
    Where does The Twentieth Wife rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I like period pieces, esp based in fact. Learned a lot and already listening to the next epic, Feast of Roses, as the lives and legacy continues. It took a while to realize the beginning of each chapter is an actual reading from the original manuscripts. Sometimes I got lost in the characters and who was who and related ,but it did not detract from overall understanding to the central characters. When I learned these people were also ancestors to the Taj Mahal dynasty, my interest was really piqued.

    These books are not for everyone.


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    Nicole Montreal, Québec, Canada 01-20-11
    Nicole Montreal, Québec, Canada 01-20-11
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    "Exquisite narration and captivating writting"

    I picked up this book (audio of course) with no expectation but the one need to get away from my daily routine. The story is "déjà vu" of the story of women in harems and politics but... how wondefully written. Each word creating clear images in your mind. I felt like if my mother was once again reading bed stories to me again. But here I felt the need to write this review mostly to praise the narrator. Sneha Mathan, Oh my God! what a talent she has. I sit at work now still hearing her voice calling me back to the book. Beautiful marriage of talents here. A story of women for women.

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    Anne 07-01-10
    Anne 07-01-10
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    "An interesting read"

    This was a very unusual book, but I enjoyed reading it and would recommend it to anyone.

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    Nancy 06-20-10
    Nancy 06-20-10
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    "Very interesting"

    Very much enjoyed this book and the view into another culture. Another book I could not put down. Well done.

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    Kristen 03-31-10
    Kristen 03-31-10 Member Since 2016
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    "good story"

    pleasant story, great narrator, fun to learn about ancient india

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    WICKIE 03-28-10
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    "OK for the price"

    based on other reviews I used my credit to purchase. The narrator was excellent. The storyline was slow and long for me and the historical romance I expected wasn't captivating or very interesting.

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    A.R.B 03-21-10
    A.R.B 03-21-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story, amazing reader"

    I found myself spellbound, unable to turn this book off. The combination of Sundaresan's writing and Mathan's ability to bring it alive cannot be matched.

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    Gail Ridley San Deigo, CA USA 10-03-09
    Gail Ridley San Deigo, CA USA 10-03-09 Member Since 2016

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    "Great Listen... Good Story!"

    Wonderfully written historical love story and superb narration. I am going to listen to it again and purchase the squeal. I normally do not like love stories, but this one was truly unique.

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    Wyonia Perry Hall, MD, USA 10-17-08
    Wyonia Perry Hall, MD, USA 10-17-08
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    wonderful narration of a wonderful story!

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    Booklover 11-17-12
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    "Evocative and Enjoyable"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The author conjures up the Mughal Empire with skill and feeling, a period story woven through an individual narrative, the best way to enjoy history. The narrator is outstanding -- a factor that can't be underrated.


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