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  • The Ringworld Engineers: The Ringworld Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    Overall
    (502)
    Performance
    (444)
    Story
    (450)

    It’s been 20 years since the quixotic and worldsweary Louis Wu discovered the Ringworld. Now he and SpeakertoAnimals are going back, captives of the Hindmost, a deposed puppeteer leader.

    Kevin d. says: "Good Story, Wrong Narrator. Way Wrong."
    "Great continuation for what was never a series"
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    First let me say that the Narrator isn't as good as the one on the first book but not as bad as the one for the 4th book Ringworld's Children, it should be the same narrator for all the books in a series but I guess its not possible every time

    This is the start of a series of books that the author never set out to make a series, this was never planed but after 10 years and many fans point out errors with the Ringworld as well as wanting more he made this book and I am glad he did.

    The author says that MIT students attending the 1971 World Science Fiction Convention chanted, "The Ringworld is unstable! The Ringworld is unstable!" Niven says that one reason he wrote The Ringworld Engineers was to address these engineering problems.

    In the first book you are introduced to the Ringworld and there are some inaccurate or overlooked features about the Ringworld that were corrected in this book or at least helped to explain them better, if you read the first book and loved it then this is a must read.

    Louis Wu went to the Ringworld 20 years ago and now he goes back with his friend Chmeee (the "ch" is pronounced like a guttural German "ch", as in "ach" the narrator does it correct in this book but the one for the 4th one Ringworld's Children don't) "Speaker-to-Animals" from the first book who has a name.

    This book explores some of the Ringworld and you get to see more of how it works, it has become unstable in its orbit and if not corrected it will brush against its sun and obliterate everything on the surface and probably destroy the Ringworld itself but Louie Wu and hos motley crew are back to help fix the problem.

    There must be a control or repair center on the Ringworld to fix the problem and they must find it, but who made the Ringworld and how long ago is still a mystery that will be discovered in this book.

    There are whole maps of planets in a 1:1 scale on the Ringworld that are of Worlds in Known Space including Earth and Mars, others are unknown but you find out its the home world of the makers of the Ringworld.

    other questions still remain after reading this book, some will be answered in the following books and others can be found in the prequels, still others remain a mystery for the reader to infer.

    This is pretty much a must read if you liked the first book, now some people say the next one isn't that good and that the 4th one is also not so good, I have read them all and they aren't bad, you can read my reviews of them also if you look them up

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Peacemaker: Foreigner Sequence 5, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Daniel May
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (90)

    At last - Cajeiri has his young guests from the starship, three young folk entranced by weather and trees and creatures with minds of their own. It’s all he dreamed of.... But now safety is foremost: Cajeiri’s grandfather has been assassinated, hostile Assassins Guild invaded Great-uncle’s house, and now Bren Cameron, paidhi-aiji, who was sent to keep the aiji’s son safe, has more than the young guests on his mind. The aiji-dowager knows who’s to blame for the attacks, and they’re going after him.

    Charlie Russel says: "Excellent addition But no WhisperSync for Voice :("
    "end of sequence 5"
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    This is the last book in this sequence and really at this time 30 Oct 2014 this is the last book in this whole series of books but more are being created now so if like me you really liked these books you want more but after reading these books for like 9 months I want to take a break so I a few years I hope a few more sequences are released and I can get back into this.

    This whole series was great, a few of the books were a little better then the others otherwise it would have been a 5 star across the board.

    The narrator was simply great, he did a great job at the different voices with exception of maybe a few that I thought was someone else - like Brens Brother and some guy from the state department, the voices sound pretty much the same but I guess this can happen in real life and there are only so many voices one can do and there were lots of characters in this whole series so the narrator did a great job, 5 star for sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Protector: Foreigner Sequence 5, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Daniel Thomas May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (106)

    It's coming up on Cajeiri's birthday. The boy has been promised he can have the young human children he knew from his voyage sent down from the space station for a two week stay. But there's a far darker business going on in the background - a major split compromising the Assassins' Guild, which furnishes security and law enforcement to the whole continent. Tabini's consort's own father has been barred from court, and may be involved in a new conspiracy against him.

    Sires says: "New to the Series? Don't Start Here"
    "second book of sequence 5"
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    check the first book in this sequence for the full review.

    This continues where thing's left off in the last book and there is 1 more book left in this sequence so if you have read this one you have to go to the next one to really get an ending, as I have said a few times before these are 1 book split into 3 for the sequences.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Intruder: Foreigner Sequence 5, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Daniel Thomas May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (106)

    In the wake of civil war, Bren Cameron, the brilliant human diplomat of the alien atevi civilization, has left the capital and sought refuge at his country estate, Najida. But now he is trapped inside Najida - which has been surrounded by enemies - with the powerful grandmother of his ally, Tabiniaiji, atevi leader of the Western Association. Ilisidi, the aiji-dowager, is not inclined to be passive and sends Bren into enemy territory, to the palace of the leader of the rebels.

    C. Nemirovsky says: "Perfect Narration!!"
    "book 1 of sequence 5"
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    It goes without saying that if you have read this far then you are going to continue the whole series and at this point on 30 Oct 2014 this is the last sequence available now however there are books planed and I think one is in the works now.

    This will be a review of the whole sequence as I have said in all the other reviews.

    The Civil War is over at this point and after these many books it comes back to Cageiri and his friends from the space ship as you were probably wanting to know what happens since like the second or third sequence when they were introduced, the whole sequence of books pretty much focus around Cageiri and his friends split between Bren and all the things he has to do.

    What I have really liked about this whole series is the way it goes to another story and feels like a totally different group of books but in the same world, I cant wait for the rest of the story to be created.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Betrayer: Foreigner Sequence 4, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Daniel May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (117)

    In the wake of civil war, Bren Cameron, the brilliant human diplomat of the alien atevi civilization, has left the capital and sought refuge at his country estate, Najida. But now he is trapped inside Najida-which has been surrounded by enemies- with the powerful grandmother of his ally, Tabiniaiji, atevi leader of the Western Association. Ilisidi, the aiji-dowager, is not inclined to be passive and sends Bren into enemy territory, to the palace of the leader of the rebels.

    Charlie Russel says: "The story continues"
    "the last book in this 4th sequence"
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    This is like the other reviews that I have done the real review is really in the first book in the sequences for each group of them so go there and read that.

    This being the last book in the sequence doesn't end in a cliff hanger so you can wait if you need and read the next sequence later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deceiver: Foreigner Sequence 4, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Daniel Thomas May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (118)

    "One of the best long-running SF series in existence" (Publishers Weekly) continues with the second novel in a brand-new Foreigner sequence. The civil war among the alien Atevi has ended. Tabini-aiji, powerful ruler of the Western Association, along with Cajeiri, his son and heir, has returned to the Bujavid, his seat of power. But factions that remain loyal to the opposition are still present, and the danger these rebels pose is far from over.

    Stephen says: "Mildly disappointed"
    "the 2nd book in the 4th sequence"
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    This is again not really a review because the full review is in the first book int eh sequence, but this whole group of books has still stayed good all the way up to this point and to be honest at the end as well, or up to the 15th book as of this review that's all that's out now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Conspirator: Foreigner Sequence 4, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Daniel Thomas May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (123)

    Cajeiri is the young son of the powerful leader of the Western Association-and he has become a target for forces bent on destroying his father's rule. For Cajeiri is the first ateva to understand the humans living among them-an understanding that threatens his own race.

    Professor says: "Heroe's Homecoming!!!!!"
    "sequence 4, 10 books in and its still great"
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    This is going to be a review of all 3 books in this sequence.

    This story arc gets a little political but its part of the main story so you want to read them even if political stuff is something you hate.

    This one takes place directly after the last sequence which is a little different than the other sequences of books, those usually had a good ending that you could just wait and read the next sequence later but this one is almost the same story a direct continuation.

    The whole planet is all messed up and even the Human continent is having problems and really its up to Bren to get things fixed, he gets his own estate and everything.

    I really love how this whole series of books has gone so far and although this is only a 4 star review that's because it was a little less exciting as the other sequences but its still great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deliverer: Foreigner Sequence 3, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Daniel May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (135)

    From its beginnings as a human-alien story of first contact, the Foreigner series has become a true science fiction odyssey. The ninth book in the epic series, and the third book in the third Foreigner trilogy, Deliverer is a worthy contribution to Cherryh's magnum opus that is destined to be a classic.

    Professor says: "Earthly business is not over yet!!!"
    "the 3rd book in the 3rd sequence"
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    This is the end of this sequence and you get a sense of what is going to come next but if you really got this far you probably will go to the end of all the sequences, so I think these reviews are just to ensure you that it continues to stay good even at this point 9 books into it this set of books has gotten even better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pretender: Foreigner Sequence 3, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Daniel May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (136)

    Exhausted from a two-year rescue mission to a distant sector of space, and with resources strained by four thousand extra mouths to feed, the crew of the starship Phoenix yearns for the luxuries of home. But when the ship makes the final jump into atevi space, they learn the worst: supplies to their home station have been cut off; civil war has broken out on the atevi mainland; the powerful Western Association has been overthrown; and Tabini-aiji is missing and may be dead.

    Professor says: "Lord of Heavens."
    "book 2 in the 3rd sequence"
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    this is just sorta a mini review because the full review is in the first book of the sequence so go there and read that if you are reading this.

    As these books are sorta 1 book per sequence just split up into 3 books they are sorta different but all end with cliff hangers so if you start a sequence you want to finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destroyer: Foreigner Sequence 3, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Daniel May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (145)

    C.J. Cherryh, one of the most prolific and acclaimed SF writers in the world, delivers the seventh book in her Foreigner series, and the first book in the new Foreigner trilogy - the epic tale of the survivors of a lost spacecraft who crash-land on a planet inhabited by a hostile, sentient race. From its beginnings as a human-alien story of first contact, the Foreigner series has become a true SF odyssey.

    Professor says: "Magnificent !!!"
    "great 3rd series of books"
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    This is the 3rd group of books and if you have gotten this far you will probably be continuing to the end of these books. As I have said in all of these reviews this is a review of the 3 books in the sequence since they all are really 1 book.

    This is something you could have figured out was going to happen if you read the last set of books, they go to meet aliens that might or might not be hostile as they did probably attack the space station there then upon returning to the planet you are wondering what has happened and it plays out pretty nicely as things start getting taken back under control but there are all sorts of things going wrong.

    These stories are great and they all take place in the same world but all the sequences are different sets of stories and you get the sense that they all could go on for different generations of the characters in there, I hope future books will do this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Explorer: Foreigner Sequence 2, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Daniel Thomas May
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (158)

    C.J. Cherryh's second trilogy set in her Foreigner Universe comes to a thrilling conclusion with Explorer. The final installment to this sequence of the Hugo Award-winning author's most successful series, Explorer follows a human delegate trapped in a distant star system facing a potentially bellicose alien ship.

    Pauline says: "Manima Comes Into Her Own"
    "the last book in this sequence"
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    This is the last book in the sequence but the story goes on and in the end you will see there is something going on on the planet that must be figured out.

    These books have been going pretty good so far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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