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.
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.
Reading literally saved my life. Now I'm losing my sight and Audio books have saved my sanity!
Bren will capture your heart and the Atevi will capture your imagination! Sci-fi must read!
I almost stopped reading this, but I'm glad I stuck with it. It starts off as a Sci first space adventure, but this is only setting up the real story. The real story is more of a drama about essentially a diplomat on an alien world, with a lot of internal monologs. This tends to really bog down the story at times, but after finishing the book I can see why the author did that. It helped to build the character, and really set the atmosphere and stage upon which the main character, and those he represents and negotiates with, quite well. This story is really more about relationships and drama than it is action or ships. And as I've hinted at, it really picks up at the end. So in many ways, the stage has been set, and I am intrigued as to where the story and characters go from here.
Middle to low. While I adore the series, the narrators stilted manner left a great deal to be desired.
Amy Tan's reading of her own book, "The Joy Luck Club". She, too, has such poor / distracting oratory skills that a professional narrator would better serve her audience.
I'll have to, if I want to hear the rest of the series, but I'd prefer not to hear him again. Unfortunately, my eyesight is going, so it's audible or nothing for refeading beloved storylines.
Yes. Immediate reaction to the narrator's stilted style aggravated me mightily. You needed someone with the skills of actor Richard Chamberlain, or Tim Curry. There was no life in the speaking patterns, and it was way too early for the Bren Cameron character to have acquired Atevi speaking patterns.
Re-record with a better narrator, please.
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.