Lover of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, mystery, and westerns in all media, including old-time radio dramatizations.
I've read reviews of the books in this series that criticize the lack of action. It's true that much of the focus of the series is on political intrigue and efforts by two biologically dissimilar species to understand each other, and coexist. I, also, found that the main protagonist is often a little too whiny for my taste. Much of the POV is introspection by this main character, and it can sometimes be a bit much.
That said, I'm enjoying my first experience with Cherryh's work. I'm writing this review after listening to Sequence 1, Books 1, 2, and 3. I can tell you that, for me, it gets better with each installment.
Daniel May's narration is first-rate. I haven't heard him outside of this series, but so far, he has been great. He provides consistent rendering of both male and female parts in a believable way.
I have 70+ audible books and have never wrote a review till now. This book was that disappointing to me. The first 2 hours of the book build up characters to whom you never hear about again because chapter 3 is hundreds of years afterwards. Why spend 2 hours on something that doesn't even matter to the main story?
There is also way way way to much detail to get pulled in to the story.
- At one point he meets an animal that is the equivalent to a horse. He touches the horses nose to witch the alien folk laugh at him because apparently your not suppose to touch the horses nose. He proceeds to get on the horse to ride.
- That took about half an hour to explain in this book...
Very character driven, and living inside someone else's head (several someones at that), so be prepared to backtrack and relisten to several portions of the story so you can be sure you understand who is "talking." Reminds me of "Pride of Chanur" and "Cuckoo's Egg" both of which were written by the same author.
As for the "technical faults" - there are portions with a slight echo and some stuttering in a number of places within the recording. These can be very distracting at times, but if you can ignore them (and they don't last too long) just concentrate on the story unfolding. A mystery, intrigue, and sci-fi, all rolled into one. Some action, chases, violence, and much confusion for the human in the story.
You are very much in the dark, as is the protagonist, so the conclusion will come as a bit of surprise, as it is for the protagonist. Definitely worth the time and money. :)
Such a disappointment. The aliens were more human than some people I know. The story didn't so much plod along as crawl on its lips. I actually skipped ahead on half hour increments and was able to follow the"story" fairly well. Rubbish. Waste of money.
The performance was ok, nothing great.
A classic for those who love alien /human. Contact, with Cherryh's love of politics and internal monologue. I have bought the whole series, though I have the paper books. Because I do love the narration.
Overly long and repetitive, too cerebral with no pay off. A germ of a good idea but the main character was hardly Buck Rodgers
Whiney & filled with self doubt & apologies...not a good pirtaganist
I admit that I have not finished this book, but it is just too slow for me. I have read many sci fi novels and almost never skip reading a book half way through, but this is just too much. 9 hours into the book, practically nothing interesting has happened.
The alien race is unbelievably close to human. In fact, I feel certain there are human cultures more alien than the one portrayed here. So far, it might as well have been a book about life on earth.
Other than that, the book is well written and does have its moments, but they are too far apart for me.
Certainly no one looking for a space sci fi story! I could not reccomend this book to anyone. I could not even finish it.
It was put forth as space sci fi story about first contact. After the third chapter it was NEITHER! In reality it was a poorly written political drama that could have just as easily been describing European interactions with the Japanese or Chinese in the 16 th or 17th century. In fact it was probably copied from such stories. Sadly very poorly done.
Comfortable, articulate, adequate
Anger at being misled AGAIN by Audible reviews!
Just cannot trust Audible reviews. This book was nothing that it was described as.