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Empire of the East | [Fred Saberhagen]

Empire of the East

In the distant future, society has crumbled. Dark forces now rule the land, keeping all humans under their oppressive thumbs.
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Publisher's Summary

In the distant future, society has crumbled. Dark forces now rule the land, keeping all humans under their oppressive thumbs.

In the darkness of the shadows and whispered on the winds, there is talk of rebellion. In the swamps, a small band has formed. Determined to regain their freedom, the rebels, heavily outnumbered, plan to overthrow an army of thousands, with the help of one incredible weapon.

It is only a legend, a story left over from the Old World before magic and the wizards came to the land. A weapon of technology. It is the mystical Elephant, and whoever masters it holds the key to freedom...or defeat.

One young man, determined to avenge the death of his family, sets out to join the rebellion and find Elephant. What he discovers will change everything.

©1979 Fred Saberhagen; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks

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    Into The Wide Blue 07-07-08 Member Since 2005

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    I don't know if the story is good or not - the narrator ruins the story. I think I would actually have to read it myself to truly know.
    The story seems discordant, but the narrator reads it in such a choppy manner that I can't be sure. It's hard to listen and it easy to be distracted by other things going on around me so that I miss key points in the story and have to go back and listen again - argggggg.
    The narrator also seems to lack the basic ability to follow the writers grammar clues, completely skipping over intentional pauses marked by commas and then completely distorting the sentences. He does this through the entire book.
    So don't waste your credit or $ on this one, check it out from you local library if you are truly interested.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Luis B. Mendoza Kissimmee, Florida United States 02-07-08
    Luis B. Mendoza Kissimmee, Florida United States 02-07-08 Member Since 2002

    I love Scifi and Fantasy books.

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    "Distracting Reader"

    Overall I did like this book and would recommend it but you have to be patient. It gets off to kind of a slow start and to make things worse the reader is well.. kind of annoying. I could ignore the long pauses but the constant loud inhaling is VERY distracting. Could they not edit that out.
    ...INHALE CATCH MY BREATH,,,,,LET IT OUT... KEEP READING...

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    W. R. Vogel Soggy Seattle, North America 10-21-07
    W. R. Vogel Soggy Seattle, North America 10-21-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Good book, bad narrator."

    First, I'm a Saberhagen fan, so I lived the book when I read it and as I listened to it. Todd's narration is, as always, barely tolerable. The frequent mispronunciation is very distracting. I won't buy anything he narrates again.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Dallas, TX, USA 09-06-06
    Michael Dallas, TX, USA 09-06-06 Member Since 2004
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    "Uninteresting"

    I looked forward to listening to this book. I had known about Fred Saberhagen for sometime as I have been "into" SF for many years, but just hadn't gotten around to any of his material. Well... I just couldn't get into this story. I quit in the middle of part 3. I did not care about characters, the plot was not unique. It was like he told himself he needed to write a book that had some typical sci fi/fantasy riffs, complete with the usual suspects. . I just can't recommend this book. I did not care for the plot or characters. It did not have any heart. There are too many good ones out there don’t waste your time.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    L. Travelers Rest, SC, United States 04-07-06
    L. Travelers Rest, SC, United States 04-07-06 Member Since 2004
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    "ALMOST quit"

    I have to admit, I quit listening to this book several times in the beginning, listened to other books, and then came back to it. Honestly I didn't think I was going to ever finish listening to it based on the beginning...

    BUT, then I started over while I had no other books to listen to, and THEN got hooked... couldn't put down the MP3 player after that until it was done.

    Don't let the first part put you off, the plot thickens and the characters get fleshed out... I'll probably go ahead with the other books in the series now...

    I ALMOST quit, glad I didn't!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lainee Boca Raton, FL, USA 06-19-05
    Lainee Boca Raton, FL, USA 06-19-05
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    "A subtle crescendo."

    This book is the psuedo prequel to "The Swords" and "Lost Swords" novels by Saberhagen. Stand alone this is a very good novel and closer to what many expect from him. Taken as the prequel to the Swords novels, this is a must read and great set up for one of the best fantasy series ever written.

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    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 10-17-14
    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 10-17-14 Member Since 2009

    I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.

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    Any additional comments?

    This is one of those books I would have loved 10 years ago, but alas it just couldn't hold my interest with my more mature tastes. However it is not a Tolkien clone, but since it was written in the late 60's and early 70's it has been copied many times, including in the masters of the universe cartoons from the 80's to some degree.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Leander, TX, USA 04-19-06
    Matthew Leander, TX, USA 04-19-06
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    "Best so far"

    This is the best book I have listened to yet from audible.com. It was like 3 books in one. The plot elements were interesting, the tension was sincere, the characters were likable and the world was fascinating. I highly recommend this book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Marysville, WA, USA 06-22-06
    David Marysville, WA, USA 06-22-06
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    "stay away"

    An awful book! It was painful to listen to, although other reviews said that it got better towards the end. Weak character development. Characters had no personality. This book was like a trilogy crammed into one abridged book. A descent plot that goes nowhere. Its just bad

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Post Falls, ID, United States 01-30-14
    Patrick Post Falls, ID, United States 01-30-14 Member Since 2011
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    "I love Fred Saberhagen but not Raymond Todd"
    Would you listen to Empire of the East again? Why?

    No, I stopped listening because I could hardly follow the story with the jilted reading. It was read like an encyclopedia.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Rolph and will probably read this book the traditional way.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I notice that Raymond Todd has read various non-fiction works and I think he is much better off in that category. Great voice but terrible inflection for dialogue and accents changed for the same characters multiple times.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep Raymond Todd in non-fiction and use Derek Perkins for all of Saberhagen's books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Somewhat bizarre delivery"

    An average fantasy tale spoiled by an unaccountably poor narrator. If you like all your characters to sound like a drunken Swedish speak-and-spell then this is the audiobook for you. If not, maybe consider the hard copy.

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