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Burial Rites: A Novel

by Hannah Kent
Read by Morven Christie

Hachette Audio | September 10, 2013 | Audio Book (CD)

Burial Rites: A Novel is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 9.
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?

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 5.75 × 5.25 × 1.5 in

Published: September 10, 2013

Publisher: Hachette Audio

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1619699796

ISBN - 13: 9781619699793

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfection What a lovely book to read. I was hooked and could not stop reading it. I did make up a few of the words as I went along and I thought that was quite enjoyable! A must read!
Date published: 2014-08-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from copy of Margaret Atwood book it's a good book, I really enjoyed it, but I hope you didn't read Alais Grace by Margaret Atwood, because it's just a copy of it, so it was a turn off for me, since I don't want to read a rewrite.
Date published: 2014-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful, beautiful story Beautifully written! Not pretentious or long winded. Simple, beautiful and to the point. While the topic isn't a happy or joyous one, I can't say that the book or story are depressing. The story flows like the seasons Kent describes. The characters are authentic, researched and well described for us. A memorable read.
Date published: 2014-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent historical read In Iceland in the early 1800's, there are no jails or prisons, so when a horrific murder is committed, the prisoners must be either sent to Copenhagen or kept locally by residents. This means that Agnes, one of the convicted, must be boarded by a family in the district that the murder occurred. She is at first an outcast, suspected of any imagined crime. But soon as the winter comes, the family members hear her story and come to change their minds and hearts. Realistically told and beautifully written I spent my whole day reading this wonderful first novel.
Date published: 2014-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Amazing I thought this novel was amazing from start to finish.  Beautifully written and researched, it is a heart wrenching story of a remarkable woman.  Based on true events, it is a very dark and gloomy novel which left my heart feeling heavy.  Told with such detail, such as the detailed life of 19th century Iceland was wonderful and the symbolic ravens that seemed to   always be coming back, gave me chills. It is unlike anything I have read in quite sometime and although the outcome is well known, it was deeply moving.  Agnes has always been branded as evil, and Kent did an amazing job at telling a different side of the story, although much of the novel is fiction, based on true events, it still portrayed a non well known view of Agnes.  It's been a few days since I have finished and the characters are still with me.  I haven't been haunted by a novel in awhile, simply amazing.
Date published: 2013-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic historical read In Iceland in the early 1800's, there are no jails or prisons, so when a horrific murder is committed, the prisoners must be either sent to Copenhagen or kept locally by residents. This means that Agnes, one of the convicted, must be boarded by a family in the district that the murder occurred. She is at first an outcast, suspected of any imagined crime. But soon as the winter comes, the family members hear her story and come to change their minds and hearts. Realistically told and beautifully written I spent my whole day reading this wonderful first novel. 
Date published: 2013-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Debut Novel In 1829 Agnes Magnusdottir, was convicted of killing her former employer (and part time lover) and his friend.  Without the availability of a prison to house female inmates Agnes is sentenced to await her execution on a local farm.  Although the family is, understandably, reluctant to have Agnes under their roof they find it, surprisingly, not as uncomfortable or threatening as they had feared.  While on the farm Agnes has a court ordered spiritual advisor in the form of a very young Reverend Toti.  Between her conversations with the priest and the halting friendship of the farmer’s wife the reader hears Agnes’ story. I understand this is Ms. Kent’s first book.  All I can say is “Wow … what a way to start!”  Having done her research to ensure that the book is historically correct, she then gives Agnes a beautiful voice with which to tell her very poignant story.  Of course this is work of historical fiction so dialogue was invented and the thoughts of other people involved in Hannah’s life were at the discretion of Ms. Kent – and this is exactly where Ms. Kent won me over.  The author wove history, research and imagination into a book that I found difficult to put down.  Despite already knowing the outcome … spoiler alert if you have not read any previous reviews … that Agnes Magnusdottir was the last woman to be executed in Iceland, I was compelled to keep reading to the very last page.   While I can't describe this as an uplifting book, it was a compelling read.
Date published: 2013-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read An original story of an historical event in Iceland, where a convicted woman lives with a family until her execution. Well researched and full of details of the harsh lives lived years ago. A haunting picture of humans coping with events thrust upon them. The criminal, the keepers, the confessor, and the victims all add to the depth of this well-told interpretation of events.
Date published: 2013-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredibly Heart-wrenching! There are few words to describe the beauty and passion of this novel. It is gripping, packed with emotion, and poignant with humanity. Agnes was a poor maid who along with another woman and man, were sentenced to death for the brutal murder of her master. As she awaits her beheading, she is sent to live with Jon Jonsson, a government district officer, and his family. For the Jonsson family, there was no choice in the matter. The accept Agnes with great reluctance. Assistant Reverend Toti, a junior cleric, is assigned with the monumental task of spiritually preparing Agnes for her imminent execution. Through flashbacks, the reader learns of Agnes’ ordeal and how she became involved with the murder. As the months pass, the lives of Agnes, Toti, and the Jonsson family become entwined as each character struggles to deal with Agnes’ death and the emotions stirred by it. Hannah Kent writes a beautiful, heart-wrenching tale of a woman who is a victim of poor circumstances and the effect she has upon the people surrounding her. The harsh realities of the Iceland’s indigent women is exposed in this gritty tale. Strong visual writing make this a novel that will stay with you long after the last page has been turned. It's an emotionally intense and lovingly written story that is causing a great stir in the publishing world. This is a must read!!!
Date published: 2013-09-04

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Burial Rites: A Novel

by Hannah Kent
Read by Morven Christie

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 5.75 × 5.25 × 1.5 in

Published: September 10, 2013

Publisher: Hachette Audio

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1619699796

ISBN - 13: 9781619699793

About the Book

From an original new voice comes a brilliant debut, inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829. OA magical exercise in artful literary fiction.ON"Kirkus Reviews, " starred review.

From the Publisher

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?

About the Author

Hannah Kent was born in Adelaide in 1985. As a teenager she travelled to Iceland on a Rotary Exchange, where she first heard the story of Agnes Magnúsdóttir. Hannah is the co-founder and deputy editor of Australian literary journal Kill Your Darlings, and is completing her PhD at Flinders University. In 2011 she won the inaugural Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award. BURIAL RITES is her first novel.
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