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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,115 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anchee Min Narrator: Alexandra O'Karma Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The critically acclaimed author, Anchee Min, paints a fresh portrait of the last Chinese empress in this brilliantly fictionalized tale set during the waning days of the empire.

Seventeen-year-old Orchid belongs to an aristocratic family that has fallen on hard times. Unexpectedly, she is chosen as one of the emperor's lesser concubines. Within the Forbidden City are thousands of women hoping to bear the emperor a son and become his empress. Orchid, determined and resourceful, schemes her way into the royal bed and seduces the emperor. But as the opium trade erodes the might of the Ch'ing dynasty, Orchid find herself at the center of a crumbling nation.

A colorful depiction of one of history's least understood women, The Empress Orchid is another enthralling masterpiece for Anchee Min.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kendall | 2/4/2014

    " I liked the beginning of this book much more than the end. Her life was interesting, and it makes me want to know more about the time period in China, but after she had her son, the book went downhill. The writing focused so much on the political intrigue, and not enough on the main character as a person. Don't think I'll read the following books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Andri | 2/2/2014

    " Anchee Min menggambarkan sosok Orchid secara lebih manusiawi, daripada sosok yg digambarin Pearl S Buck di Maharani. Gw jd suka sama si Orchid.. waktu baca Maharani.. sebel ama si Orchid. Emang gak punya pendirian kali ya gw.. 8-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Deja | 1/26/2014

    " I find this book rather interesting. I didn't know so much about Chinese culture and am very happy to have read this. I always thought Chinese people were humble, but this book showed me that even eastern cultures can be wasteful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Leigh | 1/24/2014

    " Historical novel but based on the life of a real Manchu empress in the 1850s. Again, the power of her narrative and descriptions (beautiful descriptions of the lavish court life in the Forbidden City) cause me to forget that her prose isn't as powerful as it could be. "

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About the Author
Author Anchee Min

Anchee Min was born in Shanghai in 1957. At seventeen she was sent to a labor collective, where a talent scout for Madame Mao’s Shanghai Film Studio recruited her to work as a movie actress. She moved to the United States in 1984. Her first memoir, Red Azalea, was an international bestseller, published in twenty countries. She has since published six novels, most recently Pearl of China.