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Empress Wu Zetian

The Legendary Women of World History, Book 5
Narrated by: Richard Mann
Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
Categories: Children, Ages 8-10
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Summary

The most hated woman in Chinese history! 

Travel back in time over 1,000 years and meet the first and only female emperor of China. Born Wu Zhao and given the reign title "Zetian" just weeks before her death in 705 CE, Empress Wu was the unwanted daughter of Chancellor Wu Shihuo - too bright, too educated, and too politically focused to make a good wife according to contemporary interpretations of the "Analects of Confucius." 

Married off at age 14 as a low-ranking concubine to Emperor Taizong, Wu’s intelligence, beauty, and charm won her a place as his secretary and protégé, political experience that would empower her to transform the lives of countless billions. 

Explore the life of Empress Wu and discover why the world is a vastly different place because she dared what no woman in China before or since ever dreamed of.                              

©2016 Laurel A. Rockefeller (P)2018 Laurel A. Rockefeller

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Empress Wu Zetian

I know a little about Empress Wu Zetian, so when I saw this, I had to listen to it. I was hoping that I would learn more then what I already knew about this famous empress.
This is more of a story than a nonfiction (what I expected). This did surprise me, but it did not put me off.
It starts of when Empress Wu Zetian was young and the people who influenced her. The book progresses through her life.
Now what I know of this Empress is that she is a cold woman and she got what she wanted. In this audiobook she is made out to be a great woman with a heart.
That is not to say that she was not a nice person or intelligent but from what I understood from history was that she was a heartless woman and I did not feel this book portrayed it. She was power hunger and she did whatever it took to stay in power.
Maybe if it was written in a nonfiction book I could have understood and believed the things she did and why but because it is made into a story, I did wonder what is true and what part the author felt.
This is my opinion and others might think differently.

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Short and Interesting story must listen

This is a very interesting history of Empress Wu which is in a story form. I enjoyed listening to this book, overall, a great source of knowledge on the life and accomplishments of Empress Wu. Short and sweet book.

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A fantastic and educational listening experience

The story itself is excellent; it's well-written, moves at a nice pace, and is obviously well researched. Additionally, the narrator does a wonderful job of bringing the story and characters to life. These things combined make for a fantastic and educational listening experience, which will appeal to both children and adults who want to learn history in a fun way.

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  • Deedra
  • 24-12-18

Empress Wu Zetian

Fascinating story of a woman way before her time.Richard Mann was a fine narrator.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • J. Lee
  • 27-10-18

Simply amazing

It's hard to put into words how great this book is. The author has a gift, she can bring historical people to life in such a way that makes you feel apart of their story. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys audio books. Laurel A. Rockefeller is now one of my go to authors! Richard Mann did an amazing job narrating the book. My children listened to this book with me and they really enjoyed it as well, they were quite sad when the story was over. Just take my advice and get this book!

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  • Mercy Griffin
  • 25-10-18

Empress Wu Zetian

Loved this great story. The author, once again, was able to bring a historical character come to life by talking about accomplishments that changed women's role in history.

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  • Jo B.
  • 28-11-18

Highly Recommend!

This is a good, quick listen if you're into history. It is well written, well narrated, and provides a lot of information in a very short amount of time. A good introduction to Wu Zeitan.

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  • Sara Sue
  • 07-11-18

Empress Wu Zetian

I recommend this quick read. If you like 👍to learn about important people in history Empress Wu is very good😎

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  • Craig
  • 07-11-18

An Empress I had never heard of

I admit that I had never heard of Empress Wu Zetian before listening to this book. I have listened to two other of Laurel A Rockefella’s Legendary Women books and this one did not disappoint.
Although only just over an hour long this book iOS just the right length for a quick listen and to really get a feel for the lady in question. How the Empress made her mark in history and affected the people around her.
A well written book with suburb narration by Richard Mann. This is another great and informative book of women in history that will make you thirsty for more like it.
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  • TK
  • 06-11-18

Really great story!

This story is about one of the more controversial women in history. She was educated, ambitious, smart and was the opposite of what others thought a woman should be during that time period in China. She had strong beliefs that women were equal to men and made many contributions toward women society, including employing women in non-traditional roles.

She was a confident ruler and made many marks in history. This was a great listen and very quick. The author did a nice job sharing the story of this amazing woman.

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