Definitely a first-contact story with considerable depth. But at the same time the human perspective was a little hard to latch onto, and the overall story was a little dry. But it had moments.
The narration was okay, but this book needed someone more expressive to bring the material life. Or maybe it was the material itself, I don't think I've heard this narrator elsewhere, so it's hard to judge.
Overall: worth the listen just for the alien culture.
It's a story about a people we (in the West) don't hear about, and a culture we know nothing about. From that standpoint it's an important book.
Being a true story, however, there is a limit to the narrative, and that comes across fairly quickly in that the story becomes a succession of the same event happening over and over again. It's hard to escape because it's about a man doing the same thing every day from the beginning to the end of the book. He's travelling through a different culture, but there isn't a lot of variation in the culture of the people he meets during the journey.
The performance was good. Usually authors aren't the best narrators, but in this case Mr. Stewart was very easy to listen to.
Overall I'm glad I listened, but it got a little tedious towards the end.
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