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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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    Jeanne Burns MINNEAPOLIS, MN, US 02-15-07
    Jeanne Burns MINNEAPOLIS, MN, US 02-15-07 Member Since 2015
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    "Stay With Card's Other Books"

    ...if you like Orson Scott Card.

    In Empire, Card borrows from research he'd done for other books, and some concepts/relationships, in order to preach about political radicalism.

    Because he's taken on modern politics, this work isn't timeless like some of his other works are.

    As others have said, this novel is full of holes, and has charicatures rather than characters.

    I'd recommend skipping this one.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Santa Monica, CA, USA 01-11-07
    Thomas Santa Monica, CA, USA 01-11-07 Member Since 2014
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    "eh, it's ok"

    First Card book that i didn't fly through. The best part of the book for me was the author commentary at the conclusion. His views on the current state of US politics are spot on.

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    Natalia New York, NY, USA 12-17-06
    Natalia New York, NY, USA 12-17-06
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    "Skip this book"

    Very simplistic "black & white" portrayel of issues and the people. Far fetched to the point of nausea in almost every aspect. I enjoed author's other books and this book was a tremendous disappointment.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Gannett Saline, MI 11-18-07
    Diana Gannett Saline, MI 11-18-07 Member Since 2004

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    "disappointing"

    Possibly the worst book ever. Card's essay at the end has some good things to say, but the plot, characters etc. are overblown, unbelievable and annoying at best. The humor is embarrassing.
    I think I've read almost everything Card has written and enjoyed it - I can't believe this is the same person. I listened to the whole thing because I kept thinking it would get better - after a while I realized I was only listening to it because I was angry enough to write a review.

    11 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    JTB 03-05-08
    JTB 03-05-08
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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 30 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.

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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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