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.
It was a little frustrating at first, just like the hero. By the end, I was in love with the characters. Must get the next book!
The title says it all. This is truly one of the greatest SciFi series ever written. If you are interested in SciFi on any level...start here.
daniel t may is the worst reader i have heard. its like hes not paying attention to the story himself.
needs to be redone
I'd first read Foreigner when it was first published 20 years ago. It's lost none of its "charm" for me. It's a complex tense political chiller with a human attempting to navigate the tides of politics of another sentient species. Cherryh does a great job of portraying the Atevi as alien, yet nearly understandable. The narrator did a good job.
I would listen to Foreigner again to pick up on some of the nuances that I missed the first time around. You have to remember that what seems like endless speculation or introspection is the author giving you clues of what is actually happening. She does the same thing in the Chanur novels and took me a while to realize that what seems like a character's endless (and idle) speculation as to what is happening, is actually what IS happening!
I loved the description of the Atevi world and Bren's slow realization that he is more atevi than human. I also enjoyed the author's attempt to describe an alien social structure that looks deceptively like ours on the surface. Above all, I loved what one reviewer has dubbed the third person limited POV - it felt like I was in Bren's shoes, as if I were in a holonovel.
No, but I cannot wait to listen to more of his performances. He is incredible.
I found it to be so gripping that I found myself reluctant to get out of the car when I got home. And near the end of the book, I removed the mp3 player from the car and listened to it while I walked the dog - I coudn't bear to wait any longer to find out what was going to happen.
The characters are all recognizable individuals thanks not only to Mr. May's outstanding performance but also to the talent of the author. I cannot wait to listen to the rest of the books in this series.