Library Ed. Blackstone Audio 2006
CS ISBN 978-0-7861-4909-4 $85.95 Ten cassettes
CD ISBN 978-0-7861-5942-0 $108.00 Eleven CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 978-0-7861-7071-5 $29.95 One MP3-CDs
DD ISBN $27.97
In 1601 Prince Salim rebelled against his father, the Mughal emperor of India, and by 1605 became Emperor Jahangir himself. With 300 concubines and 19 wives, why did Salim choose 34-year-old Mehrunnisa, a Persian refugee born in abject poverty who defied traditional feminine roles, to be number 20—and his empress? Sundaresan thinks it was love and regales us with a wonderfully plausible story shimmering with saffron and splendor. Sneha Mathan’s rich voice, with its depth and variety of accents, tinged with a hint of British India, sweeps us into this exotic world. She portrays a Mehrunnisa who is sweet yet capable of being devious when necessary. The sequel is out, but not yet in audio. What a treat if Mathan were to read it. P.E.F. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine [Published: JUN/ JUL 07]
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