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Empire: The Empire Duet, Part 1 Audiobook

Empire: The Empire Duet, Part 1

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Publisher's Summary

Orson Scott Card is a master storyteller who has earned millions of fans and reams of praise for his previous science-fiction and fantasy works. Now he steps a little closer to the present day with this chilling look at a near-future scenario: a new American Civil War.

The American Empire has grown too fast, and the fault lines at home are stressed to the breaking point. The war of words between Right and Left has collapsed into a shooting war, though most people just want to be left alone.

The battle rages between the high-technology weapons on one side and militia foot-soldiers on the other, devastating the cities and overrunning the countryside. But the vast majority, who only want the killing to stop and the nation to return to more peaceful days, have technology, weapons, and strategic geniuses of their own.

When the American dream shatters into violence, who can hold the people and the government together? And which side will you be on?

©2006 Orson Scott Card; (P)2006 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Couldn't be timelier...heartfelt and sobering....All the action doesn't obscure the author's message about the dangers of extreme political polarization and the need to reassert moderation and mutual citizenship...it drives it home." (Booklist)

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    Amazon Customer Philadelphia, PA 03-05-08
    Amazon Customer Philadelphia, PA 03-05-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Stick to SciFi"

    Orson should heed Pat Sajak's axiom - paraphrased - that "Celebrities are the least qualified to comment on politics. They live in a fantasy world."

    Aside from the lacking literary value of the book - long, boring political analysis sections - the epilogue is a verbose, if more eloquent restatement, of the Rodney King philosophy, "Can't we all just get along?"

    Sorry Mr. Card. I purchased a novel, not a forum for your errant socio-political-religious diatribe. And yes, contrary to your belief, heartfelt or otherwise, there is absolute virtue in the world. And absolute evil. Some things are black and white.

    But you do have a right to offer your opinions, but I would challenge the false pretense of the cover of a novel (with a valueless epilogue). I just wish I knew that was what Empire was about before I purchased it.

    JTB

    14 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Audiobook Addict Plano, TX 11-13-07
    Audiobook Addict Plano, TX 11-13-07 Member Since 2015
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    "Scary Yet Awesome"

    This book is scarily real. We can't imagine a civil war happening, yet Card really shows us a believable way for that to happen. This book is real good a must read for anybody, who likes fiction, and Card. This is his best book yet. Better then Ender's Game.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-28-07 Member Since 2015
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    "An enjoyable listen!"

    While his research may not hold up to the levels of Tom Clancy, his story telling is certainly more than a match and leads the other authors of the genre.
    Card manages to critique the radicalism of the left and the right, without coming to judgment on their respective viewpoints, while showing the inherent endgame of radicalism on either front, Totalitarianism.
    The premise is very well thought through, the characters are believable, and while my personal beliefs may conflict with the details, yes I am a Conservative, the story is well written and well read, making for a very enjoyable listen!

    A must for any Card fan!

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Rishard Chapoteau hawthorne, nj USA 12-04-06
    Rishard Chapoteau hawthorne, nj USA 12-04-06 Member Since 2004
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    "Another great work by Card"

    Its scrary how plausible he makes this out to be. The parallels drawn between America and Rome and why we aren't Rome is pretty interesting. Also the Red state Blue state issues were addressed well.

    Its a really good book and I highly recommend it to any other Card fans.

    *Spoiler Alert*
    The only thing I had a problem with is that the civil war wasn't big enough.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Boise, ID, USA 02-01-07
    Jim Boise, ID, USA 02-01-07 Member Since 2015
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    "Lame"

    I liked Enders Game but this one just didn't live up to Card's abilities.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth Decatur, GA, USA 12-04-06
    Kenneth Decatur, GA, USA 12-04-06 Member Since 2012
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    "Not Ender's Game"

    This story starts out great and turns into an episode of "Sliders" before you get very far. Although I will applaude Card for giving Today's Press a hard time, the story has gargantuan holes in the technical and strategic aspects. Plus you can see Mr. Card somewhere on vacation here and there noting how he will have to use this in a story somehow. It's kinda thin for modern Sci-Fi. I would have expected a more thorough continuity study before issuing this version. It's only about half done. It really could have been a better book with some more 'due dilligence.'

    The premise that the country is deeply divided is a line of silliness that's been going on ever since people could say impressive things like "This country is deeply divided!" for orator effect.

    True, I would rather see terrorists invade somewhere in Georgia rather than New York for fear of NY surrendering too soon.

    Fun book, but low marks for a master writer.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Toronto, ON, Canada 07-05-08
    Jim Toronto, ON, Canada 07-05-08
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    "Poor"

    I am a big Orson Scott Card fan but this book is almost unrecognizable as his work. The characters are shallow, plot lines are left hanging, and you have to suspend your disbelief so may times it is ridiculous. Despite Card's comments at the end of the book the story mostly comes off as a right-wing rant that seems to be based on watching too much FOX news. The main point that Card misses is that most Americans are very patriotic when push comes to shove and the idea that they would turn against the central government is laughable. Indeed, the idea of attacking government is most closely associated with extreme right-wing groups rather than left-wing groups as Card portrays in this book. Card has many other excellent books to choose from; bypass this dreck.

    17 of 44 people found this review helpful
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    T. Hanson USA 01-15-08
    T. Hanson USA 01-15-08 Member Since 2005

    engineer shooter

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    "Needs to be a movie"

    Excellent portrayal of something that could realistically happen, given enough cash and determination.

    The point driven home is perfect, Excellent descriptions (accurate) of US .mil tactics and camaraderie. The only "Factual/Technical Issues" are solved by the "waving majik wand" theory of Future Present Sci-Fi.

    1000% Excellent, worth buying, let alone a credit.

    Be warned tho, this is NOT in the same "Style" as the Enders series, it is a near future US based novel, with politics involved.

    One of the few books on here that aren't tailored to the "left wing".

    4 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Daniaell 12-11-06
    Daniaell 12-11-06

    Runs with scissors.

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    "A Riveting Read"

    Don't pay attention to the reviews telling you this is too preachy---this guy knows exactly what he is talking about and hammers home the concept in a way that is respectful towards the men and women who spend their lives protecting this country. This is an awesome read, a topic that certainly is plausible in today's ridiculous climate of nasty political division and it made me want to cry. I found it difficult to turn off when I needed to. Great job by the reader as well. I have listened to many of his narrations and he is fantastic. He has read many of OSC's books as well as the Prince Roger MacClintock series by David Weber and John Ringo and as far as I'm concerned he can read any military action book and turn it into an enjoyment.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Lutz, FL, USA 07-11-09
    Robert Lutz, FL, USA 07-11-09
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    "An empty, right wing cliche"

    I am about half-way through this book. Scott Card remains a good story teller, but, in this book, he really lets his right-wing stripes show. The story, which is not terribly compelling, is simply a vehicle for his rant. In and of itself,I would be OK with that, if the rant had anything intelligent or original to say. While followers of Rush Limbaugh and the like may really enjoy it, the rest of us get really bored of the tired cliche of the anti-military, anti-american left. I am a big fan of Orson Scott Card and have read many of his books, but this book is a dud. If Card was channeling "State of Fear" with "Empire," he succeeded.

    15 of 41 people found this review helpful

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