No of Episodes: Audiobook 1 – 259; Audiobook 2 – 214; Audiobook 3 – 165
Author: 林家成 (Lin Jia Cheng)
Female Voice: Audiobook 1 – 曉夢 (Xiao Meng); Audiobook 2 – 五味子 (Wu Wei Zi)
Multiple Voices: Audiobook 3 (Unknown)
There are two versions of the audiobook. I picked Audiobook 2 since it is much newer version compared to Audiobook 1. Both versions are nice to listen unfortunately both were recorded in female voice only. Another great story by Lin Jia Cheng, even though it is quite similar with 媚公卿 (Mèi Gōng Qīng) and 南朝春色 (Nan Chao Chun Se). Let me highlight some of the differences and the similarities. FL in this story had a dream about her sad fate and when she woke up, she decided a different life path. Same as MGQ and NCCS, where FL was forced to her death because of their husbands. The difference in this story is, when FL woke up from her dream, she was still married to her husband, meanwhile, n MGQ and NCCS, FL went back to the time before her marriage.
FL in this story, tried to get away from her current husband and managed to snatch a young, handsome and capable man as her second husband, which was not common during the ancient time where divorced women and widow were look down and scorned by the general public.
I like the last part of this story the best. ML was willing to let go of everything to be with FL. FL has no beauty, older than ML and a divorcee but in the world of love, nothing is impossible. Ha ha ha !!!
Updated @ 24 Feb 2018
I found another audiobook version produced in multiple voices. The audiobook 3 was named differently but it is the same story.
FL (Fung Wan) had a dream whereby she was tricked to meet her husband in a temple but found out the man who dressed as her husband was actually a stranger. Her maid helped the man rape her. Suddenly the door was thrown open and walked into her husband’s family and his other wives. FL suddenly realised that all this was a plot arranged by Chen Ya Princess and her husband seems to be aware of the plot. Chen Ya Princess wanted to marry her husband and she wanted to get rid of her so she will become the main wife. Her heart was broken because she has assisted her husband to achieve success and wealth and this was the ending he has arranged for her. She cursed the Princess before she killed herself.
FL had the dream for 3 consecutive nights as if she had gone through rebirth process probably because of her grievance in her previous life.
By the time she woke up from the nightmare, she was back to 3 years before. She started to plan a different life path. First, she distanced herself from her husband. Next, she started to accumulate her own wealth. Then she arranged few concubines for her husband and passed on the management of the household to the concubine.
When she met ML (Wei Zhi Yang), a follower of the 5th prince. ML was rumoured to be the 5th prince’s lover because of his outlook but he later became a famous war general. Knowing ML’s fate from her past lives, FL extended her help to ML when she met him at the temple.
ML was attracted to FL and he shamelessly asked FL’s husband (Zhou Jun) to pass her to him. ML is actually a runaway prince from Xian Bei after the kingdom was destroyed. He slowly built his military strength and helped FL to seek her divorce from Zhou Jun.
FL helped ML to topple the Chen empire and became the new emperor. On the day that he won, he was ushered into the palace by his supporters. FL was left behind unintentionally. FL started to realise that she was forgotten at the point of success by ML even though it was not intentional. FL later found out that she was pregnant and when she saw the North Xian Bei princess was married to the emperor, she recalled her sad fate in her previous life. The government officials also started to send their daughters into the palace to become royal concubine and consorts. FL decided to leave ML for good.
She went through some hardship while ML was searching hard for her. He found her at last but she refused to stay with him. He locked her up in his palace but FL managed to escape. ML was initially very depressed because FL had promised that she will never leave him. After some advice from his subordinate, ML decided to go after FL. When he found her again, FL confessed that she was not willing to stay in the palace because of her pregnancy. ML misunderstood her explanation and thought that she was pregnant with another man’s kid. FL’s loyal follower gave ML a few punch to clear the misunderstanding. FL was disappointed with ML’s initial response on her pregnancy and told ML that she has no intention of returning to the palace with him. ML left FL in anger and rode back to the Du City. A day later, ML rode back to join FL. He has thought about everything that had happened and sees no point of being an emperor without FL by his side. He decided to let go of everything that he had fight for to go to Jian Kang with FL. A few days later, FL told ML that she finally believed that ML really loves her and knowing that Jian Kang is not a suitable place for ML, she agreed to go back to Du City to become ML’s empress.