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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, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2017 ISBN: 9781436102353
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charis | 1/14/2014

    " This book is set in China and is about the making of concubines. It was good, but sad at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Khrys | 1/13/2014

    " Great read! What an insight into the world of politics, history, human nature and culture! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee Rapp | 11/2/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. I like reading about the culture and the etiquette of the time. It was very interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hery Prasetyanto | 9/24/2013

    " Drama yang sangat apik, dengan intrik2 kelas atas. Perjuangan yang tiada akhir dari tokoh utama menuju kemuliaan yang diharapkan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 7/25/2013

    " Transports you to a completely different time and place. An engrossing and fascinating look at Chinese culture during this period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dimpf81 | 7/21/2013

    " Note - Not this edition - red cover with half face at bottom of cover. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellanor | 1/3/2013

    " Gift from Beast "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kia | 9/5/2012

    " Cool book about the forbidden city! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darlene | 7/7/2012

    " Loved the historical perspective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pella | 4/18/2012

    " A fascinating look at ancient china/royalty/sexism/deprivation amidst abundance. Love that historical fiction! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shy | 12/19/2011

    " A very compelling read! The tale manages to keep suspense even though you know from the beginning about Empress Orchid's survival and rule as Regent for many years. But the anticipation of events is still intense. Very enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 11/13/2011

    " Such a fascinating read. Told through Empress Orchid's eyes, life in China and its Forbidden City, during the last days of imperialism, unfolds. I was mesmorized by the story of a concubine who becomes empress. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 10/3/2011

    " This wasn't as good as most books I read about China. It was still really interesting and I learned all about the Forbidden City. But the book could have been a lot longer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 7/11/2011

    " Not a true story, but it provided insight into life in the forbidden city. The author did a great job of evoking strong emotions towards the characters in the novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 6/22/2011

    " I liked this book, I thought it was well written, though the author gives too much away, she seems to tell you what will happen before it happens at every opportunity... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dimpf81 | 6/3/2011

    " Note - Not this edition - red cover with half face at bottom of cover. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tuti | 5/5/2011

    " great novel to read and very inspriing to learn about the hardship and duties of woman in 17th century china. loved it~ "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 4/29/2011

    " interesting, full of chinese history during the ch'ing dynasty (1852), slow at times, almost didn't finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 4/15/2011

    " Nice historical fiction. It was a bit dry in parts and part of me didn't feel connected to the characters. It was interesting to see the court intrigue and plots behind the throne. Gave me a renewed appreciation for being a woman in these times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jewel | 4/12/2011

    " Beautiful, luscious story. I loved it and it's another one of my top favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 4/2/2011

    " Quite an amazing story. Interesting review of an important time in Chinese history. Well written. Quick and captivating reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikki | 3/22/2011

    " Not exactly the same, but this reminded me of Memoirs of Geisha. Really enjoyed it! "

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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.

About the Narrator

Alexandra O’Karma has appeared on regional stages, television, film, Broadway, and off-Broadway. You may have seen her with Tommy Lee Jones in the film Yuri Nosenko, KGB or on episodes of One Life to Live. She was the Reader in the four-time Emmy winner, Festival of Lessons & Carols and appeared on Broadway in Getting Married. In the national tour of Death Trap, she performed with Elliot Gould, and she played opposite George Segal in Toronto in the contemporary play, Double Act.