Hidden Empire: The Empire Duet, Part 2 : The Empire Duet

  • by Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, Orson Scott Card, Rusty Humphries
  • Series: The Empire Duet
  • 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this sequel to Card's best-selling novel Empire, Averell Torrent has become president of the United States, with enormous political and popular support, and, if people only realized it, a tight grip on the reins of both political parties. He has launched America into a get-tough, this-world-is-our-empire foreign policy stance.
But Captain Bartholomew Coleman, known as Cole to his friends and enemies alike, sees the danger Torrent poses to American democracy and the potential disasters involved in his foreign military adventures. He quickly runs afoul of the president, and on the run, he and a few friends and allies seek proof of how Torrent orchestrated the political takeover - by assassinating a president and nearly starting a civil war.

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Red State vs. Blue State-> Benevolent Dicatator?

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.

As is my typical practices, I went between the Kindle and Audible versions of Empire but the Audible version only of Hidden Empire. Mr. Card provides the narrative introduction to each chapter while Stefan Rudnicki narrates the core of the story. Mr. Rudnicki is a consummate narrator and he brings his golden voice, deft pacing and perfect inflections to bear on these stories. He ranges from a Southern soldier and an eastern-seaboard house wives / political wonk to an Hispanic soldier and a Nigerian boy; now that's range. An amazing job, as always. Rusty Humphries joins the narration effort in Hidden Empire and does fine job essentially playing himself. If you enjoy audio books, you'll like this version.

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- JTF

A Must Read Sequel!

What made the experience of listening to Hidden Empire: The Empire Duet, Part 2 the most enjoyable?

Hidden empire took the initial storyline constructed in Empire and moves to a conclusion. Fitting its author, the conclusion cannot be guessed though Card does a great job of offering foreshadowing points that you connect in retrospect.

One enjoyable part of the series is the manner in which he builds conflict among the numerous factions and clearly articulates his premise.


What did you like best about this story?

This story brought my sadness to teams, smirks of happiness and the whole gambit of emotions in between. Card delivered on the series. Definitely a must read.


What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

There were three voices in this performance -- one of the Card's voice.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I listened to it in two sittings. It is approximately 11 hours long, so hunker down and get some popcorn.


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- GH

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-04-2009
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio