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The Feast of Roses Audiobook

The Feast of Roses

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Publisher's Summary

In her critically praised debut novel, The 20th Wife, Indu Sundaresan introduced the love story of Emperor Jahangir and Mehrunnisa. The story continues in this lush sequel, when Mehrunnisa comes into Jahangir's harem as his 20th and final wife. This time, Jahangir has married for love, and members of his court are worried that Mehrunnisa could exert control over their futures. Their concerns are well founded.

Despite the rivalry of the imperial harem, which has plotted against her from the beginning, Mehrunnisa soon becomes the most powerful woman in the Mughal Empire. She rules from behind the veil, securing her status by forming a junta of sorts with her father, brother, and stepson and by risking all, even her daughter, to get what she wants. But she never loses the love of the man who has bestowed this power upon her.

©2003 Indu Sundaresan; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Weaving another rich historical tapestry...Sundaresan colors the life of a fascinating woman whose female wiles inspired the Taj Mahal." (Booklist)
"The novel's scope and ambition are impressive, as are the numerous period details....Readers who enjoyed the first volume will find similar pleasures tracking the fate of one of history's most intriguing women." (Publishers Weekly)
"Sundaresan's love of storytelling is apparent in this well-researched historical romance. She makes sure that the reader stays enthralled from chapter to chapter and, with this sequel, will surely do the same in creating anticipation for her next book." (Library Journal)

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    "Lots of Historical Detail & not enough story"

    I listened to the first book and this is the sequel to it. I enjoyed the first one, The 20th wife, more. It had more "story" to it. Truly, with this one, I felt as if the author was just repeating history she had researched from the very extensive journals of India's moguls. It just spouted off facts about battles for power until finally, I couldn't finish it. I really wanted to as I felt committed to the two books but I couldn't take the boredom any longer. Kept hoping it would pick up but it didn't. I will say, though, that is this narrator is SUPERB.

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    Wyonia Perry Hall, MD, USA 10-17-08
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    "Wonderful Writing, Plot AND Presentation"

    I can't say enough about this reader; I wish she had more performances. She is perfect for this book (and the other in the series), which is beautifully written.

    A joy to listen to!

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    Bookoholics Anon 04-15-10 Listener Since 2009
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    "Fascination history of Mughal India"

    This author has a great skill writing battle scenes and creating lush images of Mughal India. Her novels start slowly, but they always gather speed and intensity. Only the epilogue seemed a bit flat. The narration is beautiful. I enjoyed every minute.

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    YamahaChic 01-06-17
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    Strong and clear story line. Narration was engaging but too many Arabic words were mispronounced.

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    TofuGirlSF 12-26-16
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    "Great reader. Many skips and repeats in recording"
    Where does The Feast of Roses rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    An okay story made listenable by wonderful reading and by enjoyment of the detail of court life.


    Any additional comments?

    There are many places where the recording repeats and skips. It's really a problem.

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    SavvyK Chicago, IL United States 02-03-16
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    "Most beautiful narrator voice I have ever heard"

    Truly an amazing sweeping epic novel, most beautifully written and splendidly visual. The narrator's voice is the most eloquent elegant perfect English I've ever heard.

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    Teadrinker Newark, NJ, United States 11-06-15
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    "Disappointing"

    I listened to this book because I'm studying the time-period and historical fiction is always useful to understand the context. Unfortunately, the characters never seemed real. Their actions are inexplicable. This is a good subject and some day a good book can be written about it.

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    Shopper VA 09-13-15
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    "The Feast Of Roses"

    Beautiful sequel to The Twentieth Wife gives us a closer look into the life of Noor Jahan and mid 17th century Mogul rule
    The story is written and narrated beautifully, Sneha is an excellent narrator she brings book to life

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    G. Price 09-11-15
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    "Lost in a far away world"

    I loved this book. The story took me to a time of rich beauty and captivating history. The narration facilitates the historical escape. Highly recommend

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    Peggy 08-22-13
    Peggy 08-22-13
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    "Interesting and intruiging story!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I absolutely would recommend this book and any books by this author and narrator! This was such an interesting and informative story! It gave me a glimpse into another culture and era that I had never thought of before. I enjoyed it so much I sought out other books by this author!


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    Loved this book and would like more from Indu Sundaresan!

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