I have loved this series since my youth. I literally read the covers off of my copies ~ and there were numerous copies!
The only complaint I can offer is that the narrator pronounces Pyanfars name ( in my opinion) incorrectly. Her mate gives a hint at the correct pronunciation when he calls her "Py" (as in Pie) The narrator consisstantly calls her "Pee - ann - far " instead of "Pie -an-far" I found myself whispering my pronunciation over hers as it consistantly bothered me. I know it is a minor complaint, but it does take a minute measure of enjoyment out of the book.
I remember reading this book when I was much younger. The Audiobook captures the feeling of the text book and made it a pleasure to revisit.
I actually have quite a few books by this author inherited from my sister's library but I thought I'd start with this one on audio. Dina Pearlman was the narrator and she did a good job. She has a very businesslike style of speaking which was well suited to a science fiction book of this nature.
The story itself was entertaining and I can see myself reading more in this series. I really enjoyed the idea of 'The Pride' and a culture of feline aliens somewhat akin to lions. (I also have to say I got a kick out of the outraged reviews of so many male readers [on Goodreads] who didn't like the apparent female centric race and the perceived sexism. None of my buttons were pushed in that way but I suppose it could bother some people.)
This book stopped at a logical point but I can see room for lots more adventures with the Kif and humans interacting with the Hani.
Hi there All, I am a 63 going on 64 year old woman, I have just gone blind so I am so glad to know about Audible. I love it.
I am only half way through this the first book, but am already buying the next two, so that gives you an idea on how much I am enjoying it.
The cast of many completely different species, none of which have been made "cute" is great. it is only halfway in before you find out that the odd one out is..... no, no, no giveaways here, get it yourself and find out.
I just love these books, and this is the first time I have come to know this author, I just cannot wait to see what her other novels are about.
I completely recomend this book to anyone.
Yes, definitely. I read this back in the 80's after I was intrigued by the cover. Seeing human Tully looking out from behind the feline Hani captured my imagination and Cherryh's storytelling surprised and captivated me. Having the story from Pyanfar's perspective as she figures out just what escaped on Meetpoint, and all that leads to, is great.Cherryh's ability to tell a story from an alien's perspective is to me, unequaled.The reader does a fine job too, capturing Pyanfar's attitude quite well.
The entire premise and introduction of the races of the Compact. Much of the experience thus far from this first book is superficial except for the Hani, but the foundation is there and I remember how Cherryh builds on it in later books, where we even get to think like a Kif. The unfathomable methane breathers who perplex and surprise us and the oxygen breathers alike. She did a fabulous job having distinctive alien races that aren't just sterotypes.
Tough to say because many are memorable and I don't want to give anything important away, but one sequence stands out and can be kept sort of generic. I liked the tension when the Pride was trying to stay silent as the Kif searched for them, then Pyanfar's surprise for them with the food, and the description of the breakfast the crew shared after they finished preparing the "surprise." It was enjoyable to hear what Pyanfar thought about through the entire sequence, and how the crew conducted itself.The other was a very simple answer Tully gave Pyanfar that said so much in a few words, "Your crew laughed." That probably makes no sense out of context, but it captured so much of his experience on the station, and also gave me a great mental image of how the Pride crew acted before everything goes crazy and the story takes off.
Laugh. There was plenty of tension but there was gallow's humor at times (including when I realized what Pyanfar was doing with the "surprise" mentioned above) or the behavior of the Kynnn's "trades" that made me laugh a couple times and smile a few others.
This is the first of five "Chanur" books. It is a standalone book and is wonderful by itself. I recall enjoying the trilogy (books 2-4) even more back in the 80's, but it is very important listeners realize that the next books are a trilogy. I remember reading the first or second of the trilogy and it was just such a hanging ending that my reaction was, "Oh no!" with the realization that I'd have to wait a while for the next book.I remember author C.J.Cherryh had an afterword (or maybe introduction?) thanking the publisher for allowing her to do that as she feared they would insist on her making it two books (and leaving out some parts of the story) or introducing/adding an artificial end to that book. Although it was tough on the reader, it allowed her to tell the story as she thought it should be told. Remembering that, I will purchase and download books 2, 3, and 4 all together when I have 3 credits saved up. For listeners of book 1 who like it, keep that in mind if/when you get book 2. The trilogy is one big story. Hey Audible, how about giving us the option to get the Chanur trilogy for one or two credits?
Years ago I fell in love with this series. Now as a audio book it has a new life, and that life is pure fun. The book is among my top ten of all time.
The captain of a trader that must make the basic choice of all beings - go along known path or step out and effect or change the people they care about.
When humans find the rest of the life in space will there be friends?
I never studied while in college. I just soaked it up like a sponge soaks up water. Everyone knew me ... and called me "The Wizard".
A minimally-functional trading partnership of space-faring aliens, some intelligent and some who only MIGHT be--a mix of oxygen and methane breathers--all of whom have their own agenda, values and regard for law--finally meet another alien race. Humanity. Intensely political, this series defines what is human by displaying what is not. Great science, innovative uses of technologies that do not now exist, chase/action scenes galore; this series is the story of a crew of feline-like creatures who face great odds while performing their jobs, while still keeping their decency and morals and failing to hand a single male human over to a despicable violent race of other aliens despite the threats of personal and racial destruction. This series is easily one of the best SciFi series that I have read in more than 50 years of reading. Be ready to experience what you never even imagined could exist in Science Fiction.
The alien names and grammar combined to make the story a bit difficult to follow, at times.
Her pronunciation/interpretation of the alien names did NOT flow off the tongue well.
Yes. It was written that way.
The story would have been more enjoyable if the spaceship could do more battle damage.