Empress Orchid

Author(s): Anchee Min
Imprint: Clipper Audio
CD - unabridged
Audio (15 discs)
Product Number: C2515
Released: Feb 09, 2004
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ISBN: #9781402574979
Narrator/s: Alexandra O'Karma
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The critically acclaimed author, Anchee Min, paints a fresh portrait of the last Chinese empress in this brilliantly fictionalized tale set during the waning days of the empire. Seventeen-year-old Orchid belongs to an aristocratic family that has fallen on hard times. Unexpectedly, she is chosen as one of the emperor's lesser concubines. Within the Forbidden City are thousands of women hoping to bear the emperor a son and become his empress. Orchid, determined and resourceful, schemes her way into the royal bed and seduces the emperor. But as the opium trade erodes the might of the Ch'ing dynasty, Orchid find herself at the center of a crumbling nation. A colorful depiction of one of history's least understood women, The Empress Orchid is another enthralling masterpiece for Anchee Min.


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Empress Orchid
Product Number: BX00002235
Product Number:C2515
Product Number:Z0555

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Author(s): Anchee Min
Narrator(s): Alexandra O'Karma
Product Number Z0555
Released: Mar 28, 2011
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ISBN: #9781456126940
Author(s): Anchee Min
Product Number EB00030543
Released: Apr 11, 2005
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ISBN: #9780547347202

Professional reviews

"As she rises from one of Emperor Hsien Feng's thousands of concubines to her place at his side, Cixi, the title's Empress Orchid, provides rare glimpses of life in the Forbidden City and the Imperial Palace. Alexandra O'Karma's performance brings Orchid's determination to survive in a male-dominated world into sharp focus. O'Karma's cultured voice conveys both seductiveness and cleverness as Orchid schools herself, first in sexual wiles, and, later, in the fine art of courtly and governmental intrigue. Was the last empress of China (1856-1908) capable of unprecedented cruelty and responsible for the collapse of the Ch'ing Dynasty, or were her political adversaries guilty of revisionist history? While Anchee Min's extravagant, complex fiction doesn't exactly answer the question, her research is exceptional and her approach undeniably fascinating. S.J.H. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine"