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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,921 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pearl S. Buck Narrator: Kirsten Potter Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Imperial Woman is the fictionalized biography of the last Empress in China, Ci-xi, who began as a concubine of the Xianfeng Emperor and on his death became the de facto head of the Qing Dynasty until her death in 1908.

Buck recreates the life of one of the most intriguing rulers during a time of intense turbulence. Tzu Hsi was born into one of the lowly ranks of the Imperial dynasty. According to custom, she moved to the Forbidden City at the age of seventeen to become one of hundreds of concubines. But her singular beauty and powers of manipulation quickly moved her into the position of Second Consort.

Tzu Hsi was feared and hated by many in the court, but adored by the people. The Empress’ rise to power (even during her husband’s life) parallels the story of China’s transition from the ancient to the modern way.

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  • “A long, richly woven and to me, quite absorbing novel.” 


  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lorraine | 2/6/2014

    " maybe it was just me? but I feel: too long. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cindy Stephens | 2/4/2014

    " This is my favorite Pearl Buck novel. Walking through the Forbidden City and seeing the Summer Palace after reading this book, made me feel connected and love the book even more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Edy | 2/4/2014

    " Pearl S. Buck merupakan Karl May-nya cerita Cina. Dia sangat memahani budaya dan intrik2 dalam tembok kekaisaran Cina. Wanita ternyata bisa menjadi begitu kuat dan sadis ketika memegang kekuasaan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Huyen | 1/7/2014

    " so here you go: China at its most peculiar and perplexing in a turbulent and precarious time. Imperial Woman is story of the life of Tsu Hsi Empress of the early twentieth century, one of the most formidable and powerful women in China's history. She's up there with Wu Zetian and Jiang Qing as the most ruthless, shrewd and manipulative figures in politics. Coming from a modest background, she exploited her charm to seduce the Emperor, took power when he died, poisoned her own son, allied with a corrupt and cunning eunuch to seize control of the Qin dynasty, assassinated her opponents and signed a notorious treaty with the western imperialists, forever leaving a humiliating mark on china's history. Pearl Buck added a very personal touch to this intriguing drama with her first hand account and observation. I read the book quite a few years back, but still have a lingering impression of the complexity of life in the Forbidden City and the continual ferocious struggle of a new and an old china, all entwined in this curious woman's life. "

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