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- Publisher: Macmillan Audio; Unabridged edition (28 November 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1593979800
- ISBN-13: 978-1593979805
- Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 3.4 x 14.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 249 g
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Empire: A Disturbing Look at a Possible Future Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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ORSON SCOTT CARD is the bestselling author of Enders Game, and is one of science fictions most successful writers. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.
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Card Sharp on Political Fiction
10 November 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
10 people found this helpful.
I was expecting science fiction from Orson Scott Card. Never having read any of his books before this one, I was curious about him, but since he was very well published I assumed the quality of his work was high. I was not disappointed. It's not what I would call "science fiction" in the classic sense. It's more like political/military fiction, a la Tom Clancy, which is a good thing. I know, from decades of personal experience, that a book is well-written and entertaining if I can see and hear the characters and the scenes in my head, like watching a movie only I can see and hear. I was easily able to do this with "Empire" and its sequel, "Hidden Empire." Considering the current state of our political system and gearing up for a presidential election roughly a year away, the events depicted in this book are very topical, even though it was written about 9 years ago. If anything, our system is even more polarized now. It's frightening to contemplate hard-liners on both sides taking the law---not to mention, futuristic weaponry--into their own hands to start a second civil war in this country. Glad this was fiction.
Red State vs. Blue State Leads to Benevolent Dictator?
19 September 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
2 people found this helpful.
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.
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Maybe your smarter than me, I must be missing something.
11 August 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
One person found this helpful.
Not what I was expecting after reading the description. The characters are pretty fluid and believable, however the author leaves you guessing who is on what side if at all, even after cementing your opinion of them in the beginning. Too much unbelievable deceptions and a wild conclusions, really takes away from the main story, which is slow to begin and quick to conclude. Interesting idea (I love modern civil war books) but the author just takes it to wildly obscene directions. It was ok, had some good parts, but big picture: meh.
Everything in this book is fiction. It all happens two years from now
17 April 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
Very prescient. I like his comments at the end of the book. I wish it was less believable. A tad too much like 24
William J. Boswell Jr.
27 January 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
I think the author creates a good story. But, he slips a bit too much into his normal sci-fi genre to get a realistic idea of what is coming.