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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,484 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: January 2017 ISBN: 9781436102407
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A compelling portrait of China's last empress as she makes the dramatic transition from a strong-willed, instinctive young woman to a wise and politically savvy leader. The sequel to Empress Orchid. "O'Karma's narration is exquisite. Her mellifluous Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy_2 | 2/20/2014

    " Life, power, love and knowledge. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lara | 2/19/2014

    " This is the sequel to Empress Orchid. It was more political than the first and so I liked it a little less, but I found Cixi's story completely intriguing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 2/17/2014

    " Sequel to Anchee Min's Empress Orchid. Sad life of one's life. There are so many things if life you cannot control.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tes | 1/30/2014

    " This was the best history lesson I've ever had. Well-researche & well-written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Petra | 1/28/2014

    " I enjoy Anchee Min's stories about the Empress of China. The historical information is very interesting. How lonely life in the Forbidden City must have been with no one to trust. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tinee | 1/10/2014

    " I was so eager to read it after Empress Orchid but was lead to disappointment when I read the first few chapters. The Last Empress is dull and dry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luisa Huang | 1/9/2014

    " Nice way to learn about history of China....it's actually at lot more history that the last book by Anchee Min "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fizzylizzy | 12/29/2013

    " WOW this book is amazing. If you like history and especially Asian history, you will LOVE this book to pieces. It's so rich in detail in every aspect such as with illustrating how a room looked to what emotions people were feeling. It's an intense book but its fabulous. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 emily | 12/11/2013

    " I actually really liked the first of these books ( Empress Orchid), but this one? less so. what I really enjoyed about Empress O. was the real human aspects of the characters -- this time, it was essentially a history narrated in the first-person. rats! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 11/26/2013

    " Sequel to EMPRESS ORCHID, this continued her dynasty until her death - it was interesting reading the history and struggles, amazing that any woman would have wanted to be the empress. Very much enjoyed it. I look forward to reading the remaining books authored by Anchee Min. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jana Boss | 10/26/2013

    " Great read if you are fascinated by female monarchs like me! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 An-D Koenig-Feldman | 10/17/2013

    " Very interesting, entertaining and also educational,gave me some insight to old China, the government and the culture. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erica | 10/15/2013

    " Not as good as Empress Orchid. Took me forever to get through. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lin | 10/4/2013

    " I really enjoyed the first book "Empress Orchid". This book was almost a recitation of facts. I felt the author wasn't telling Orchid's story, or how she felt, just facts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Felishacoltrin | 8/7/2013

    " Great Chinese history review and touching story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanna | 6/30/2013

    " This isn't quite as good as Empress Orchid but this is a good historical fiction read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Penny | 9/27/2012

    " Not as wonderful or beautriful a book as the Empress Orchid. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 8/1/2012

    " Sequel to "Empress Orchid"; excellent read on China and it's history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bridget | 11/29/2011

    " Good read about a historical character. I will say that it did become really whiny at points, not only from the supporting characters but from the main one as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lonni | 8/19/2011

    " Much sadder than Empress Orchid, but just as readable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Summer | 6/23/2011

    " I tried to like this book, but I struggled through it. The majority of the book was composed of politics and military battles. Empress Orchd was much more enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 6/16/2011

    " Told in the eyes of a woman. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lin | 5/28/2011

    " I really enjoyed the first book "Empress Orchid". This book was almost a recitation of facts. I felt the author wasn't telling Orchid's story, or how she felt, just facts. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Renee | 5/1/2011

    " A struggle to finish . . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 3/28/2011

    " I heard Anchee Min speak years ago about her life growing up in China under Mao. I've never read a book she wrote until this one. It was so interesting! I never knew anything about this last empress who ruled China in the late 19th century. Well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 3/22/2011

    " this gives truth to "Behind the rise and fall of a man is a woman." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Roselina | 3/16/2011

    " Not as good as the 1st book, i even skipped paragraphs while reading "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 3/8/2011

    " I was underwhelmed when I read this. Empress Orchid was so amazing, and The Last Empress seemed to go on forever, I struggled to finish it. It was fascinating, nevertheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 2/13/2011

    " I enjoyed this book very much, but it probably has a limited audience. You must have an interest in, and some knowledge of Chinese history to follow along and remain engaged. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Val | 1/4/2011

    " Liked the content and storyline; the fact it is based on real events; but the writing style is not quite as good as Amy Tan or Kingsolver.
    Will read more when get a chance. "

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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.