Beneath a Marble Sky

  • by John Shors
  • Narrated by Mozhan Marno
  • 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1632, the Emperor of Hindustan, Shah Jahan, overwhelmed with grief over the death of his beloved wife, Mumatz Mahal, commissioned the building of a grand mausoleum to symbolize the greatness of their love. The story surrounding the construction of the Taj Mahal occurs, however, against a scrim of fratricidal war, murderous rebellion, unimaginable wealth, and, not least of all, religious fundamentalism ruthlessly opposing tolerance and coexistence between the disparate peoples in the empire. At that time, Hindustan comprised all of modern Pakistan and Kashmir, most of eastern Afghanistan, and two-thirds of the Indian subcontinent (roughly north of Bombay to the Himalayas). Beneath a Marble Sky, narrated by Princess Jahanara, eldest daughter of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, recounts their story, and her own as well, a parallel tale of forbidden love enduring censure and extreme deprivations. Beneath a Marble Sky brims with action and intrigue befitting an epic era when, alongside continuous war, architecture and its attendant arts reached a pinnacle of perfection. In a splendid debut, John Shors has crafted an immensely listenable and well-researched historical novel of surprisingly contemporary relevance.


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Would you listen to Beneath a Marble Sky again? Why?

Yes, with the compelling story and the fantastic narration by Mozhan Marno

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jahanara and her struggle through life

Which scene was your favorite?

When Jahanara meets the love of her life while building the TajMahal

If you could rename Beneath a Marble Sky, what would you call it?

Perfect Title would not change a thing

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- Terri

Sweeping, though cliché historical tale.

The story was not a "page-turner" and by that I mean I was able to turn it off at any time and wasn't compelled to listen any chance I got. this narrator used strange acting voices that didn't seem appropriate to the time, tone, story or character. Pauses /edits were obvious and not well timed. The audio had skips and repeated sentences.
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- SavvyK

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-04-2013
  • Publisher: Recorded Books