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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (564 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fred Saberhagen Narrator: Raymond Todd Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455182497
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Now you can enjoy Fred Saberhagen’s classic trilogy unbroken: the complete saga of The Broken Lands, The Black Mountains, and Ardneh’s World.

In the distant future, society has crumbled. Dark forces rule the land, oppressing all human life. But whispered in the shadows is a rumor of rebellion. Deep in the swamps, a small band of rebels has congregated, determined to win back their freedom. Greatly outnumbered by their foes, they are organized around one incredible weapon of technology: the mystical Elephant. It is only a legend, a story left over from the Old World before magic and the wizards came to the land. But whoever masters the Elephant holds the key to their world’s freedom—or defeat.

When one young man, determined to avenge the death of his family, sets out to find Elephant, what he discovers will change everything.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of the best science fiction fantasy epics to come along in years…Fred Saberhagen can be justly proud of this addition to his canon.”

    Science Fiction Review

  •  “I couldn’t really put the book down and regretted every page turned because it made one page less to discover…Empire of the East is the work of a master.”

    Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction

  • “The audio production is equal to the story. Blackstone did a perfect job producing the Raymond Todd narration for Empire of the East. While a reader that does not distract from a story is desirable, Todd’s voice talent goes beyond and enhances it.”

    SFFAudio.com

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randy Richardson | 2/9/2014

    " Reread this to prepare to read Ardneh's Sword. It was just as good the second time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blake | 2/4/2014

    " My favorite fantasy book. It has great characters, great magic, great action and the best climaxes. Wow, I talked myself into reading this again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dylan | 1/19/2014

    " Fred Saberhagen blends science fiction and fantasy together so masterfully that it is sometimes hard to distinguish between magic and the technology of the past, crafting the story of a world that could have been. This book is thoroughly engaging from start to finish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terence | 1/4/2014

    " I'm not a huge fan of Saberhagen -- his Berserker series and the subsequent Books of Swords, etc. have always left me cold -- but I thoroughly enjoyed these three (particularly the character of Chup). "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Deborah | 12/23/2013

    " At disc five and still not into the story. Guess it's time to put this one down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil | 11/30/2013

    " I read this when I was 15. Thought I'd give it a read again since Saberhagen wrote a followup a few years ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanglebones | 9/16/2013

    " Good, basic sword and sorcery adventure, with a bit of a post-apocalyptic premise. Nice setup for the subsequent Books of Swords/Lost Swords "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathan | 9/10/2013

    " Retreat to victory, melding magic and adventure "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Larry | 4/5/2013

    " With a more engaging main character and villain this could have been 5 stars. The supporting cast and superb ending carried this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Benjamin Alexander | 8/5/2012

    " Listened to volume 1. Interesting. fun. Didn't think the narrator's voice matched the story though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tyler Mackey | 7/6/2012

    " Amazing beginning to a world that gets to host one of the greatest series I've ever read or heard about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elynn | 9/17/2011

    " First book is the best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandon | 7/6/2011

    " A rather well done mix of magic and sci fi with a dash of myth. Though the magic could have been more detailed in places. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 5/25/2011

    " This was the only science fiction book in my 7th grade school library. It may have made the book seem more awesome than it objectively is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 4/22/2011

    " I enjoyed this book the second time I read it. I am much older now, so saw interesting things I didn't notice as a kid. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin Lowmaster | 3/10/2011

    " Fantastic. I love the seamless switching of viewpoints of characters that are in the same scenes. It's an intricate world that is a lot more than you might expect from the start. Very enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanglebones | 2/21/2011

    " Good, basic sword and sorcery adventure, with a bit of a post-apocalyptic premise. Nice setup for the subsequent Books of Swords/Lost Swords "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandon | 12/30/2010

    " A rather well done mix of magic and sci fi with a dash of myth. Though the magic could have been more detailed in places. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 7/26/2010

    " Fantastic. I love the seamless switching of viewpoints of characters that are in the same scenes. It's an intricate world that is a lot more than you might expect from the start. Very enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 7/7/2010

    " I enjoyed this book the second time I read it. I am much older now, so saw interesting things I didn't notice as a kid. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Deborah | 11/25/2009

    " At disc five and still not into the story. Guess it's time to put this one down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Benjamin | 7/31/2009

    " Listened to volume 1. Interesting. fun. Didn't think the narrator's voice matched the story though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blake | 4/6/2009

    " My favorite fantasy book. It has great characters, great magic, great action and the best climaxes. Wow, I talked myself into reading this again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terence | 6/6/2008

    " I'm not a huge fan of Saberhagen -- his Berserker series and the subsequent Books of Swords, etc. have always left me cold -- but I thoroughly enjoyed these three (particularly the character of Chup). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elynn | 11/27/2007

    " First book is the best. "

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About the Author
Author Fred Saberhagen

Fred Thomas Saberhagen (1930–2007), a native of Chicago, worked as a science writer for the Encyclopaedia Britannica. He began writing science fiction for Galaxy in 1961. He is most renowned for the Berserker series of stories and novels.

About the Narrator

Raymond Todd is an actor and director in the theater as well as a poet and documentary filmmaker. He plays jazz trombone for the Leatherstocking quartet, an ensemble that gets its name from one of his favorite Blackstone narrations, The Deerslayer. Todd lives in New York.