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The Twentieth Wife Audiobook

The Twentieth Wife

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.
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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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    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 Oklahoma City, Virgin Islands (U.S.) 03-31-10
    Kristen Oklahoma City, Virgin Islands (U.S.) 03-31-10 Member Since 2010
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    "good story"

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

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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
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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 2015

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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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    wonderful narration of a wonderful story!

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    I really enjoyed this audio. It was a well told and well read story with well developed characters, story line and great description. Highly recommended.

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    Cariola Chambersburg, PA USA 01-31-08
    Cariola Chambersburg, PA USA 01-31-08 Member Since 2006

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    "Good First Novel"

    Overall, this was an enjoyable listen--but perhaps a bit long for the content. (Of course, there's also a sequel now!)

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