Burial Rites

  • by Hannah Kent
  • Narrated by Morven Christie
  • 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the 2014 Indie Awards
In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnúsdóttir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of two men. Agnes is sent to wait out the months leading up to her execution on the farm of district officer Jón Jónsson, his wife, and their two daughters. Horrified to have a convicted murderess in their midst, the family avoid contact with Agnes. Only Tóti, the young assistant priest appointed her spiritual guardian, will listen to Agnes’s side of the story. As the year progresses and the hardships of rural life force everyone to work side by side, the family’s attitude to Agnes starts to change - until one winter night, she begins her whispered confession to them, and they realise that all is not as they had assumed.
Based on a true story, Burial Rites is an astonishing and moving book about the truths we claim to know and the ways in which we interpret what we’re told. In beautiful, cut-glass prose, Hannah Kent portrays Iceland’s formidable landscape, in which every day is a battle for survival.


What the Critics Say

"Here is an original new voice, with a deep and lovely grasp of language and story. Hannah Kent's first novel, Burial Rites, is an accomplished gem, its prose as crisp and sparkling as its northern setting." (Geraldine Brooks)


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Icelandic Drama

What did you love best about Burial Rites?

The story was unfolded in a most intriguing manner.

What did you like best about this story?

The descriptions of the characters, the cold icelandic weather and the living environs that the characters performed their day to day tasks in.

Which character – as performed by Morven Christie – was your favorite?


Who was the most memorable character of Burial Rites and why?

Agnes was revealed as an intelligent and compassionate lady who was convicted of a crime that she was sentenced to die for, but the unraveling of the story reveal the unfortunate circumstances and a questionable application of justice.

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- Sharon

A fascinating journey

I selected this book as it had got so much press and the reviews were gushing to say the least. The reviews don't exaggerate - It is an amazingly well written story about a place that I have never even thought about. Hannah Kent has a very bright future, her novel is incredibly engrossing. Morven Christie's narration is pretty close to perfect - she knows how to pause for dramatic effect and how not to rush, which is integral to this story.There were times when the narration was so evocative that I started shivering, empathizing with the cold conditions in the novel. The pronunciation of the Icelandic names was a joy to listen to and added immensely to my enjoyment. If you like novel's that take you to new and different locations (seriously who would have known anything about 19th century Iceland??) then this truly is a delight.
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- Kerrie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-01-2013
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd