Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
A friend of mine has been telling me to read C. J. Cherryh for years. I started one a long time ago, got a couple chapters in and dropped it (forgot which title). However, this one actually was very good book and I enjoyed it immensely. I think I will start reading some other of his works.
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
Chapter one, you meet an interesting character, but the book is not about him. Chapter two you meet another interesting character, but the book is not about him. Chapter three you meet a not so interesting character and the book is about him.
I used to be a dido head and loved politics in America. I am now sick and tired of politics in America, so why would I be interested in a book that is mostly political about a made up planet?
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.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY - Foreigner is the first of a very long series, thus it gives a lot of information and detail which will, no doubt, be an important background for episodes to come. I found the book interesting in the beginning but hard to follow as it jumps around between different settings. The middle was often tedious and slow-moving, and then it became very exciting in the end. It begins with the history of the human landing on a new planet and covers the first contact with an alien species. Then it progresses to exploring the differences between the species and the political difficulties of both species cohabiting harmoniously on the same planet, told through the eyes of the lone human ambassador/translator (Bren) living amongst the aliens. Bren experiences kidnapping, murder attempts, a rebellion and other events which evidence the danger of trying to merge the two civilizations, but it is this part of the book which I found somewhat slow. The alien names and places can sometimes be hard to remember and keep straight, but it's not too bad. The ending is not exactly a cliffhanger, but it leaves a lot of questions unanswered. I look forward to continuing in this series.
NARRATOR - Great narration, perfect for this book. He has a gift for timing sentences perfectly to deliver the most impact. I am pleased to see that he will narrate the whole series.
OVERALL - This book is kind of slow in the middle but still enjoyable. It sets the stage for what should be a great Book 2.
the performance was not bad he had no story to work with
hope some one likes it we need more writers
Yes to Daniel Thomas May, probably not from C.J. Cherryh, and definitely not anything in the rest of this series.
Maybe, but not this series.
The Dowager, the only character that seemed to HAVE any character.
The first 3/4ths of the book.
She really hypes how "different" the aliens are from humans, but in reality this book reads more like a person just visiting a different culture. The aliens are way too human-like, and the Ambassador is a fool altogether. Nothing happens in the majority of the book, and when it does it is underwhelming. I finished it only because I refuse to NOT finish a story once begun, but I won't be getting any of the rest of the series. The performance was well executed, Daniel Thomas May did a good job with bad material.
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.
Forget the radio and all the commercials, I love listening to a good book!
To be honest, I couldnt tell you if this book was good or not. It is so wordy! Lost of side comments and discription overload, you forget what the subject is on. Its Kind of like, if your looking out the windw, instead of continuing with what your looking at, the author will discribe the window, the wood of the window pane, wall color, if the paint is peeling or not, why is it peeling or not, texture of the glass and what could have caused it. - blah get on with it already!!
Im willing to check them out
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.
Being a long time fan of CJ Cherryh's classic Foreigner series, I was hesitant to listen to the audiobook. The whole series revolves around the idea of language and interpretation between humans and the alien atevi. To add a narrator to that mix seemed a recipe for failure. But I was totally and completely wrong. Daniel Thomas May does an amazing job giving voice to lonely Bren who is thrown into increasingly perilous situations for reasons he does not understand in the alien culture of the atevi. The atevi characters are given strong, distinct voices that have the hint of otherness to them. I have been reading this series for so long it is hard to know where to begin to make a synopsis so I will leave that to other reviewers. What I can tell you is that if you are already a fan of the books, the audiobook is wonderful and the narrator pulls off the Bren's humaneness and the atevi alienness equally well. If you have never read the books, start with this title so you can get immersed through a great narrator into one of the best sci-fi series out there.