Excellent. Complete with politics and the character of Bren Cameron is very good indeed. His gift for understanding the aliens is beautifully done. Can't wait for the next book.
Like the way he deal with the dowager. Very smart and witty. Enjoyed the repartee.
Will want some more books on the foreigner series.
Thanks audible...the new website is getting a little bit better
Definitely among my top five series. I began this series about a decade ago...I just never believed I'd get lucky enough to have it available in audio!
Loved the language/cultural differences between alien and human...the concept of having an assassins guild to solve personal/political disputes...and of course, the "wild ride" action of these characters from every area of this beautiful planet to the far reaches of space.
That would have to be the diminutive all powerful grandmother aiji Illisidi, racing her beloved mecheitti war horse monsters all about the mountains of molguri. Her character as portrayed by Daniel Thomas May was exactly as I remembered her from reading this series.
Oh yes! Listening to the first chapter and realizing that Daniel Thomas May was the perfect narrator to bring this great series to life!
Heavy praise for Daniel Thomas May in his ability to bring each of these characters to life. Foreign words/phrases were handled with expert fluidity, and i always knew which character was speaking. This series doesn't use "cliffhangers" to get you to read the next book...but if you love this first book as much as i did, you just won't be able to resist listening to the rest.
1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)
Old book, I consider to be classics. C. J. Cherryh is a master,creates a universe of political intrigues placed on an alien planet.
Bipolar world in a state of cold war AKA cold peace for 200 years.
The world of mathematically irrational beings(atevi), who use numeroogy in every moment of their life, even language is not just spoken, but calculated for the propper form.
And all of political comunication are made through just one man "paidhi" translator the only human who is allowed to leave human reservation and converse with atevi.
Great narration it's worth listening!!!!
Yes, the audio version allowed me to just sink into the story whereas reading it had distractions such as varied lighting, eyes that got tired, etc. The audio version went around all that.
How very credible the scenario was...thinking about what would happen if stranded space travelers were forced to land on a planet that already had its own population and cultures and what would happen when the two very different peoples made contact.
The reader brought the background motivations of emotion or lack thereof, to the forefront in the characters as they walked through the story.
Imagine if this were you.....
I love this series and have read it via hard copy but I'm enjoying a far richer experience in hearing the stories told...I must be a good Celt after alll, we all love good tales told well and this series satisfies that trait.
This is the first Audible offering I've stopped listening to before finishing. I'd read Tango's review of this book, referring to the protagonist as "A Sci-Fi Neville Chamberlain." Upon consideration, I chose to hope that Tango's perspective of the protagonist, Bren, merely reflected different sensibilities than mine. I'd read some Cherryh ten+ years ago and liked her work well enough. She tends toward long, slow paced stories which focus on world building rather than action. I'd hoped this particular reviewer was judging the protagonist harshly simply because the action was slow.
As I suffered through Bren's endlessly iterating ponderings over who had done what, and why, I myself kept remembering one particular line of Tango's review:
"Bren over-analyzes his own feelings and actions and everyone else's to the point that you just want to smack him."
I did, indeed, want to reach through my headphones and smack Bren. This man had supposedly competed with every other human on the planet to be sole envoy to the natives? I kept waiting for Cherryh to indicate that the reason the man was such a ponce was that his position was actually held in low esteem by his people, or by the natives. Or some other explanation of why such an incompetent person was the sole interface between the stranded humans and the native Atevi.
I gave up waiting for an explanation around hour 10 and deleted the files from my MP3.
The only good part of the experience was the narrator. If Daniel May ever narrates any other sci-fi, I'll listen in.
Yes. And no. I enjoy reading but I don't always have the time to sit and read. I enjoyed Foreigner: Foreigner Sequence 1, Book 1 when it first came out in paperback. I enjoyed again a few years later on a re-read. I really enjoyed it as an audio book. I am able to get my work and chores done. Daniel Thomas May does an excellent job with the pacing and voices.
I like the fact that the human protagonist isn't perfect and isn't always right. He sure does work to do the best he can.
Mr May sets a cadence in the speach of the Atavi that makes them seem foreign. He maked it easy to understand when some one else was speaking and more importantly WHO was speaking
yes all 15 hours in one sitting would be wonderful,not possible, however. I will be getting subsuquent books for a long drive I have coming up to pass the time. and for my daily commute.
I have never been disappointed with reading a CJ Cherryh book. So far the Audibles have done her books a great service.
Actually, this book takes place mostly 150 years after first contact. But there is still a cultural divide that makes working together almost, but not quite, impossible. This book does a great job of speculating about a language and a culture that is — dare I say it? — foreign to our own.
At times I was very frustrated with this book for the exact same reasons the main character was. At no point did I think that things were happening that didn't make sense. It was well constructed and was an interesting way in exploring a foreign culture. I look forward to reading the sequel.
Rarely do I purchase books in so many different formats as I have the Foreigner series. I own hardcover, Kindle, and audio. This series hooked me from the start, and has made it to the top of my "must have" list.
Yes, because hearing the narrator pronounce the names of the alien language is helpful. I also find that Cherryh can bog down just a bit in detail in the written word, but for some reason it isn't as distracting in the audio edition. Mind you, this is somewhat necessary during the first book since she is introducing a whole new world with the idea of what a alien-on-alien translation would be like.
When Bren realizes he has to split from his humankind in order to protect those same people. Sometimes he gets a bit pedantic or monotonous when Cherryh is getting just a bit lost in detail. This can be distracting. I get the feeling he want to get on to the next bit.
Sometimes he leaves me breathless running through passages, especially near the beginning when we are hearing new Atevi words for the first time.
Shortly after an attempted assassination of Bren, the main human character through out the series, realizes how alone he is and starts to hold on to Banachi and Jago. You can feel the building, well Bren and Cherryh would say NOT, trust-thing.
You have to listen carefully to the beginning of the book. There is a lot of history that is used later in this book and the following books. If you can keep it all balanced, it is a rich environment with building, believable relationships.
I've read this series and loved it, looking forward to each new book by this marvelous author. Now I'm incredibly happy to be able to listen to the narrator's excellent rendition of this Sci-Fi wonder.
Cherryh has created in this book a wonderful world with incredibly detailed characterizations that will take you on an incredible journey, and as the series progresses you can revisit this magnificent universe again and again.
Daniel May's narration is truly very good, and reflects the ambiance of the writing to perfection, in my opinion.
I've always enjoyed reading my favorites more than once (some every year in fact) and this new format has allowed me to rediscover them in a completely new way and to have them with me everywhere no matter what I'm doing.
I hope others can revisit this great series (as one is never enough) or discover it and delight in as I have and am!!