The 19th Wife

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: David Ebershoff

Narrated By: Unknown

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: August 2008

Duration: 19 hours 1 minutes


Faith, I tell them, is a mystery, elusive to many, and never easy to explain.

Sweeping and lyrical, spellbinding and unforgettable, David Ebershoff's The 19th Wife combines epic historical fiction with a modern murder mystery to create a brilliant novel of literary suspense.

It is 1875, and Ann Eliza Young has recently separated from her powerful husband, Brigham Young, prophet and leader of the Mormon Church. Expelled and an outcast, Ann Eliza embarks on a crusade to end polygamy in the United States. A rich account of a family's polygamous history is revealed, including how a young woman became a plural wife.

Soon after Ann Eliza's story begins, a second exquisite narrative unfolds, a tale of murder involving a polygamist family in present-day Utah. Jordan Scott, a young man who was thrown out of his fundamentalist sect years earlier, must reenter the world that cast him aside in order to discover the truth behind his father's death.

And as Ann Eliza's narrative intertwines with that of Jordan's search, readers are pulled deeper into the mysteries of love and faith.


  • Anonymous

    This book combines history with a modern murder mystery to create suspense. The author intertwines between historical facts and fiction. It's confusing at first until you realize what the author is doing. Overall, it's interesting; however, I found the ending of the fictional story very quick and abrupt. I would have liked more development of the fictional characters and story.