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Hidden Empire: The Empire Duet, Part 2 | [Orson Scott Card]

Hidden Empire: The Empire Duet, Part 2

In this sequel to Card's best-selling novel Empire, Averell Torrent has become President of the United States, with enormous political and popular support and, if people only realized it, a tight grip on the reins of both political parties. He has launched America into a get-tough, this-world-is-our-empire foreign policy stance.But Captain Bartholomew Coleman, known as Cole to his friends and enemies alike, sees the danger Torrent poses to American democracy.
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In this sequel to Card's best-selling novel Empire, Averell Torrent has become president of the United States, with enormous political and popular support, and, if people only realized it, a tight grip on the reins of both political parties. He has launched America into a get-tough, this-world-is-our-empire foreign policy stance.

But Captain Bartholomew Coleman, known as Cole to his friends and enemies alike, sees the danger Torrent poses to American democracy and the potential disasters involved in his foreign military adventures. He quickly runs afoul of the president, and on the run, he and a few friends and allies seek proof of how Torrent orchestrated the political takeover - by assassinating a president and nearly starting a civil war.

©2009 Orson Scott Card; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

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    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 05-28-12
    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 05-28-12 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.

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    "A Must Read Sequel!"
    What made the experience of listening to Hidden Empire: The Empire Duet, Part 2 the most enjoyable?

    Hidden empire took the initial storyline constructed in Empire and moves to a conclusion. Fitting its author, the conclusion cannot be guessed though Card does a great job of offering foreshadowing points that you connect in retrospect.

    One enjoyable part of the series is the manner in which he builds conflict among the numerous factions and clearly articulates his premise.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story brought my sadness to teams, smirks of happiness and the whole gambit of emotions in between. Card delivered on the series. Definitely a must read.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    There were three voices in this performance -- one of the Card's voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I listened to it in two sittings. It is approximately 11 hours long, so hunker down and get some popcorn.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Frazier Cary, NC USA 09-18-14
    Joe Frazier Cary, NC USA 09-18-14 Member Since 2014

    a dedicated dilettante

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    "Red State vs. Blue State-> Benevolent Dicatator?"

    Orson Scott Card does nothing if he doesn't thoroughly analyze a topic through his novels. Some may be pure fiction, such as time travel analyzed in Pathfinder and Ruins, stand-ins for the non-fictional such as the Ender series where he analyzes hatred of and hostility towards those who are different (Ender's Game), then dealing with the consequences of how you treat those who are "other", alien or different than you. In Empire and Hidden Empire, Mr. Card reflects on the political chasm of those who are conservative and those who are liberal (red state vs. blue state), a civil war that results from the chasm and a potential leader who views the only solution to that and other global problems is to become a benevolent dictator, albeit one who keeps the form of democracy.

    As is my typical practices, I went between the Kindle and Audible versions of Empire but the Audible version only of Hidden Empire. Mr. Card provides the narrative introduction to each chapter while Stefan Rudnicki narrates the core of the story. Mr. Rudnicki is a consummate narrator and he brings his golden voice, deft pacing and perfect inflections to bear on these stories. He ranges from a Southern soldier and an eastern-seaboard house wives / political wonk to an Hispanic soldier and a Nigerian boy; now that's range. An amazing job, as always. Rusty Humphries joins the narration effort in Hidden Empire and does fine job essentially playing himself. If you enjoy audio books, you'll like this version.

    For full review: wp.me/p2XCwQ-Yu

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    e.good 12-14-09
    e.good 12-14-09 Member Since 2013
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    I love Orson Scott Card -- in fact Ender's Game was the first audio book, and the first sci-fi book I remember enjoying. Stefan Rudnicki could read the telephone book and make it sound like poetry. But I have been disappointed by the Empire duet.

    Some parts read like a top notch thriller, but this is a book lacking the heart, character, and subtley of OSC's usual style. The characters on all sides commit acts that make them unsympathetic -- as a listener I didn't know who the good guys were, even when I was told.

    I'm giving it a 3 because of Rudnicki's narration, but I'd skip it unless you're an OSC junkie.

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    Sherry Garland, TX, USA 12-12-09
    Sherry Garland, TX, USA 12-12-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Hidden Empire"

    Listen to Empire first and continue the story with this book. Another wonderful and thoughtful story from Orson Scott Card.

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    Ralph Grants Pass, OR, USA 01-27-10
    Ralph Grants Pass, OR, USA 01-27-10
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    "Fun and fabulous!"

    A great book. Well read, hard to turn off. I HIGHLY recommend "Hidden Empire"!

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    Vicki New Albany, IN, United States 07-21-15
    Vicki New Albany, IN, United States 07-21-15 Member Since 2011

    71-year-old grandmother who has been an avid reader all my life. I have recently retired from being a litigation attorney (for Plaintiffs).

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    "A Great Sequel"

    As a sequel to Part 1, this is a fantastic follow-up. However, it is not quite as good as the first one. The conspiracy heightens, but is not quite as realistic. I would still recommend this to everyone who enjoys political conspiracy.

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    PeaceDog 04-29-15
    PeaceDog 04-29-15

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    "Empire, Hidden Empire....Hungry for #3!"
    Would you listen to Hidden Empire: The Empire Duet, Part 2 again? Why?

    YES! This is a poignant story. I loved the hint of sci-fi weaved into the story of political intrigue and divisiveness, reflecting a version of our current affairs.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I listened to both Empire and Hidden Empire and the performance was A+


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I had the time, I would have listened to this in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    The reviews hinting or overtly pointing to any partisanship as a reason for a less favorable review are the symptoms manifesting from the underlying problems the author addresses.Whether Left or Right or whatever, it is truly time for people to take a difficult, long hard look in the mirror and acknowledge their intolerance towards others.

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    Bill CORVALLIS, OR, United States 04-26-15
    Bill CORVALLIS, OR, United States 04-26-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Stick to fantasy"

    How could the creator of "Ender's Game" produce such tripe? Realistic SF is supposed to extrapolate from the present time, and Card fails to do this. He sets his conservative protagonists against "progressives", whom he forces into the villains' role by making them do things that real progressives would never, ever do. It's not even well-written. The ever-implausible story is interrupted by endless rumination on politics and religion. In respect of Card's past brilliance, I listened to the whole thing in hopes that he would pull out an interesting idea. And in the end he did, but it wasn't worth it. Card now joins Crichton on my list of good fiction writers who fail in the real world.

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    Michael Sacramento, CA, United States 01-30-15
    Michael Sacramento, CA, United States 01-30-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Very Good."

    Loved it. Not Cards best but very much his style. As usual very good narration.

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    S. Anderson Salem, MO United States 11-27-11
    S. Anderson Salem, MO United States 11-27-11 Listener Since 2005
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    "Fantastic!"

    I loved the first Empire book. And even though Orson Scott Card is a favorite author of mine I never start a book with expectations on previous works in the series or by the author... but this one is absolutely as great as the first in the series and I can't wait for Mr. Card to bless us all with the next.

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