The Moon in the Palace : The Empress of Bright Moon

  • by Weina Dai Randel
  • Narrated by Emily Woo Zeller
  • Series: The Empress of Bright Moon
  • 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

There is no easy path for a woman aspiring to power.
A concubine at the palace learns quickly that there are many ways to capture the emperor's attention. Many paint their faces white and style their hair attractively, hoping to lure in the One Above All with their beauty. Some present him with fantastic gifts, such as jade pendants and scrolls of calligraphy, while others rely on their knowledge of seduction to draw his interest. But young Mei knows nothing of these womanly arts, yet she will give the emperor a gift he can never forget.
Mei's intelligence and curiosity, the same traits that make her an outcast among the other concubines, impress the emperor. But just as she is in a position to seduce the most powerful man in China, divided loyalties split the palace in two, culminating in a perilous battle that Mei can only hope to survive.
In the breakthrough first volume in the Empress of Bright Moon duology, Weina Dai Randel paints a vibrant portrait of ancient China - where love, ambition, and loyalty can spell life or death - and the woman who came to rule it all.


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Great book, but the recording glitched out on two full chapters. Nothing but clicks and static. That is the only reason for 4 stars.
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- RoamingGypsy

Interesting fictional story of 6th century China

What made the experience of listening to The Moon in the Palace the most enjoyable?

I bought both books in this series, then decided to order the audio option. I wish that I had read both instead of ordering the audio. The narration is awful. Too much silly drama where simple telling of the story would have made the historical back ground of the story enjoyable. I found myself skipping thru the yelling and screeching. The overall story held my attention. The story is well written.

What did you like best about this story?

The historical background, the palace intrigue.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Emily Woo Zeller?

anyone......without all the drama.

Who was the most memorable character of The Moon in the Palace and why?

mei..........her observations of the intrigue and secrets of palace life.

Any additional comments?

This fictional account has encouraged me to research history of the Tang Dynasty.........

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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-19-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios