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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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    James Gammill 12-04-06 Member Since 2004
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    "Civil War?"

    If you are an Orson Scott Card fan because of the science fiction aspect of his stories, expect something different from this book. However, his books are really about intrigue, political maneuvering, and strength of character. Empire brings those elements to a current setting.
    Be prepared for the range of emotion that would be inevitable if you witnessed another Civil War in America. Some parts are painful; more so than if they were taking place at a future time and place instead of here and now.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer West Jordan, Utah 01-24-08
    Amazon Customer West Jordan, Utah 01-24-08 Member Since 2010

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    "Rightwing Leftist Alert!"

    Orson Scott Card is a democrat... a liberal, even. And yet, we find ourselves reading a book where the Conservative Right makes up the majority of the protagonists. Why would Card do that? Probably because even though he's a democrat, he's actually a democrat of the "Right to Choose the Right (or wrong)" variety, rather than the "I'll do whatever I want to do, and you can go hang" variety.

    Empire opens us up to a world not too far off from the one we live in today... I even got the impression that the book takes place mostly in 2007/2008. He shows us how the heated, bitter, angry partisan attitude in this country could, though hopefully won't, tear the nation apart.

    I am a long-time fan of Card, and like many of his fans, his earliest work will always be our favorite. But like anybody in any career, he has matured, and he's moved away from the boyish fun and intrigue of Ender's Game and become much more politically oriented, it seems. Empire is more of a lavishly decorated political commentary, an allegory, even, than it is a true novel of Science Fiction. The "holes" that so many other reviewers are keen to point out are the kinds of holes you could find in any one of Aesop's Fables (the Grasshopper and the Ants, for example).

    Though this is not my favorite Card novel, it is certainly an entertaining political story which deserves attention, and having Stefan Rudnicki narrate it certainly makes the audio experience pleasant.

    10 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Eddie D. Moore 06-13-17 Member Since 2014

    Traveler and writer of strange tales. AKA The Editor's Gadfly

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    "So Says the Oracle"

    I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who thinks that our current polarized political situation could lead to and an uprising. If it wasn't for the fact that Orson Scott Card did not see the fall of Bill O'Reilly coming, I would be tempted to call him a prophet.

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    George Sutton 04-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Authors comments at the end say it all!"

    enjoyed the story but the greatest enjoyment was from the authors comments at the end of the book! Thanks Mr. Card for so eloquently stating the truth of where our country is headed and what must be done to stop it!

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    C.Graham 02-03-17
    C.Graham 02-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Interesting story"

    Overall good story, but the dialog between main characters can get a little bit of noxious at times. it certainly had moments that made me think "what if".

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    Roger 01-11-17
    Roger 01-11-17
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    "With deadly accuracy"

    It is amazing how accurately OSC is able to articulate the phases and ideology of the opposing forces in America today. Written a decade ago, tensions have raisen since then and are now comparable to those reflected in this book. Each year they progressively get worse. Everyone is insane.

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    Jeffrey A Robinson 06-19-16 Member Since 2014
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    "interesting premise but some uniteresting dialogue"

    the actual idea and premise of the book is very interesting and I'd love for there to be other books that explore this topic more even if not in this particular universe. the issues that I have with the book is that it gets lost in the dialogue that often times doesn't build characters aren't helpful in advancing the plot and altogether just uninteresting. this is a large part of what I think is keeping this story from being as tight and cohesive as it could be

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    charles 05-24-16
    charles 05-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Enlightening point of view being explored "

    Great author, great story. The interview at the end with the author was really good

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    Richard 03-02-16
    Richard 03-02-16
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    "Don't skip the epilogue"

    Over all a good book to listen to. keeps your interest but the best part is by far the epilogue. Good luck to the moderats of the world.

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    Emily 07-18-15
    Emily 07-18-15
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    "Great listen, whether you're left or right."

    This book will (hopefully) make you recognize and question your own fanaticism. I know it did for me. Also, I could listen to this narrator all day, he always does a superb job.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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