• Burial Rites

  • A Novel
  • By: Hannah Kent
  • Narrated by: Morven Christie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (2,108 ratings)

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Burial Rites

By: Hannah Kent
Narrated by: Morven Christie
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Publisher's summary

A brilliant literary debut, inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829.

Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution.

Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes's death looms, the farmer's wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they've heard.

Riveting and rich with lyricism, Burial Rites evokes a dramatic existence in a distant time and place, and asks the question, how can one woman hope to endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?

©2013 Hannah Kent (P)2013 Little, Brown and Company

Editor's Pick

A completely visceral listen"I devoured this tale of the last days of Agnes Magnúsdóttir, a woman accused of murder in 19th century Iceland. I listened, as it happened, on a trip to Iceland—but even if I had been sitting in traffic in my car, the way Kent evokes the bleak, harsh scenery of the country, combined with Morven Christie’s impeccable performance, would have transported me."
Sam D., Audible Editor