Imperial Woman: The Story of the Last Empress of China

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Pearl S. Buck

Narrated By: Kirsten Potter

Publisher: Oasis Audio

Date: February 2011

Duration: 17 hours 42 minutes


The story of Tzu Hsi is the story of the last Empress in China. In this audio book, Pearl S. Buck recreates the life of one of the most intriguing rules during a time of intense turbulence. Tzu Hsi was born into one of the lowly ranks of the Imperial dynasty. According to custom, she moved to the Forbidden City at the age of seventeen to become one of hundreds of concubines. But her singular beauty and powers of manipulation quickly moved her into the position of Second Consort. Tzu Hsi was feared and hated by many in the court, but adored by the people. The Empress’s rise to power (even during her husband’s life) parallels the story of China’s transition from the ancient to the modern way. Pearl S. Buck’s knowledge of and fascination with the Empress’s life are contagious. She reveals the essence of this self-involved and infamous last Empress, at the same time she takes the listener through China’s struggle for freedom and democracy.


  • Jean

    Pearl Buck is a master at weaving a story that brings history to life. This is a magnificent story of the last Empress of China and the last of the Mongol rulers of China. The story goes from her teens to old age and brings to life her strong points and her faults. This is probably the best story written about the Empress. Kristen Potter did a good job narrating the story.

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