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Empire of the East

Written by: Fred Saberhagen
Narrated by: Raymond Todd
Length: 18 hrs and 26 mins
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In the distant future, society has crumbled. Dark forces now rule the land, keeping all humans under their oppressive thumbs.

In the darkness of the shadows and whispered on the winds, there is talk of rebellion. In the swamps, a small band has formed. Determined to regain their freedom, the rebels, heavily outnumbered, plan to overthrow an army of thousands, with the help of one incredible weapon.

It is only a legend, a story left over from the Old World before magic and the wizards came to the land. A weapon of technology. It is the mystical Elephant, and whoever masters it holds the key to freedom...or defeat.

One young man, determined to avenge the death of his family, sets out to join the rebellion and find Elephant. What he discovers will change everything.

©1979 Fred Saberhagen (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks

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  • W. R. Vogel
  • 2007-10-21

Good book, bad narrator.

First, I'm a Saberhagen fan, so I lived the book when I read it and as I listened to it. Todd's narration is, as always, barely tolerable. The frequent mispronunciation is very distracting. I won't buy anything he narrates again.

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  • L.
  • 2006-04-07

ALMOST quit

I have to admit, I quit listening to this book several times in the beginning, listened to other books, and then came back to it. Honestly I didn't think I was going to ever finish listening to it based on the beginning...

BUT, then I started over while I had no other books to listen to, and THEN got hooked... couldn't put down the MP3 player after that until it was done.

Don't let the first part put you off, the plot thickens and the characters get fleshed out... I'll probably go ahead with the other books in the series now...

I ALMOST quit, glad I didn't!

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  • Lainee
  • 2005-06-19

A subtle crescendo.

This book is the psuedo prequel to "The Swords" and "Lost Swords" novels by Saberhagen. Stand alone this is a very good novel and closer to what many expect from him. Taken as the prequel to the Swords novels, this is a must read and great set up for one of the best fantasy series ever written.

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  • Luis B. Mendoza
  • 2008-02-07

Distracting Reader

Overall I did like this book and would recommend it but you have to be patient. It gets off to kind of a slow start and to make things worse the reader is well.. kind of annoying. I could ignore the long pauses but the constant loud inhaling is VERY distracting. Could they not edit that out.
...INHALE CATCH MY BREATH,,,,,LET IT OUT... KEEP READING...

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  • Into The Wide Blue
  • 2008-07-07

READ

I don't know if the story is good or not - the narrator ruins the story. I think I would actually have to read it myself to truly know.
The story seems discordant, but the narrator reads it in such a choppy manner that I can't be sure. It's hard to listen and it easy to be distracted by other things going on around me so that I miss key points in the story and have to go back and listen again - argggggg.
The narrator also seems to lack the basic ability to follow the writers grammar clues, completely skipping over intentional pauses marked by commas and then completely distorting the sentences. He does this through the entire book.
So don't waste your credit or $ on this one, check it out from you local library if you are truly interested.

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  • Mike Anderson
  • 2006-09-06

Uninteresting

I looked forward to listening to this book. I had known about Fred Saberhagen for sometime as I have been "into" SF for many years, but just hadn't gotten around to any of his material. Well... I just couldn't get into this story. I quit in the middle of part 3. I did not care about characters, the plot was not unique. It was like he told himself he needed to write a book that had some typical sci fi/fantasy riffs, complete with the usual suspects. . I just can't recommend this book. I did not care for the plot or characters. It did not have any heart. There are too many good ones out there don’t waste your time.

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  • M. Bradley
  • 2006-04-19

Best so far

This is the best book I have listened to yet from audible.com. It was like 3 books in one. The plot elements were interesting, the tension was sincere, the characters were likable and the world was fascinating. I highly recommend this book!

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  • David
  • 2006-06-22

stay away

An awful book! It was painful to listen to, although other reviews said that it got better towards the end. Weak character development. Characters had no personality. This book was like a trilogy crammed into one abridged book. A descent plot that goes nowhere. Its just bad

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2020-05-01

Fred saberhagen

I was introduced to Fred saberhagen when I was a young Seaman in the United States Navy, I have been a fan for the last 45 years. I am still a fan, and plan to stay that way!

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  • John Eric Ellison
  • 2019-10-03

Just as I remember it

This book made an impact on me like no other. Sure, having read Tolkien and C.S.Lewis I was primed and ready, but nothing could prepare me for what amounted to a journey into Earth's rich future-- fifty thousand years hence. In a sense, I had read something similar in "The Night Lands," by Hodgson, but that book was written in a style that was intended to make even the writing strangely alien-- as was H.P. Lovecraft's work. This book remains firmly planted in modern prose and digs deep.