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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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    "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
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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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    "excellent"

    wonderful narration of a wonderful story!

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    C Aspen, CO, United States 07-06-07
    C Aspen, CO, United States 07-06-07 Member Since 2017
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    "Basically romance"

    Although it might be considered historical fiction, it read like a romance novel for me.

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    Giselle 12-12-16
    Giselle 12-12-16 Member Since 2014
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    From the first few minutes I started bargaining with myself into listening for an hour everyday. What an awful way to feel about the story in the first impressions of the book!! (I usually listen to 2-6 hours of audiobooks a day) I tried it for 3 day and got 3 hours in and just wasn't enjoying the book at all. The characters were just so bland and I didn't see the reasoning behind any of their ambitions. Why was this little girl so obsessed with this rude, horrible prince? Why was the prince so selfish and self absorbed? And what he does to his father... I just couldn't stand all the awful pointless characters and finally decided that this book wasn't for me. Also, why the insta-love? That's what I'd call lazy writing. DNF'd after 3 hours. I ended up reading reviews from other people on goodreads and am glad that I didn't finish this book as I'm sure I wouldn't have liked it any better as the book went along. The narration was okay but didn't wow me in any way.

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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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