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D Smith

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  • Trade Secret: Liaden Universe Books of Before, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (74)

    In a universe full of interstellar intrigue and burgeoning commerce novice Terran trader Jethri Gobelyn, adopted by a Liaden clan after an ill-directed bow of honor insulted the scion of a major Liaden house, is alive and whole to tell the tale. Convinced that the adoption has saved his life and made his future he settles into a comfortable and even elite routine, a Trader's Ring his goal.

    Charlie Russel says: "The Further Adventures of Jethri Gobelyn"
    "lee and miller just keep getting better!"
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    A great follow-up to Balance of Trade, and I certainly hope there will be more in this series.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Serpent's Reach

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Romy Nordlinger
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (35)

    The constellation of Hydri, also called the Serpent, became an undesirable destination during the era of humanity's most prolific interstellar colonization. For Hydri was under strict quarantine because it harbored an intelligent and dangerous alien race, the insectoid majat. Yet human colonies predating the quarantine did exist in this sector of space, which they called Serpent's Reach. Cut off from others of their own kind, they had their own inbred culture and special relationships with the alien majat.

    Camillia says: "This narrator really took me on a journey!"
    "Great story, the reader doesn't do it justice"
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    This is the first book I read by C.J. Cherryh, and still one of my favorites. Not as complex as Cyteen or Downbelow station, it is in the same universe, with politics, azi, and a capable but flawed central character. Sadly, the reader is not suited to the book- for one thing is pretty much simply READ, with no significant change in voices. It is even difficult to tell the difference between the nonhuman majat and the other characters. More even than that, the reader's voice seems more suited to light works. No Cherryh book is other than dense and somewhat dark, even her juvenile book is not sweet. Almost literally my first impression was that the reader was doing the story as light fiction and Raen as an ingenue, which even at the opening when she was 15 was inappropriate. I'm sure this was unintended, but more depth is needed here. The tensions in the story are pretty much lost in the reading. I will finish the book, because the story is so good, and partially because I know where the stress points are supposed to be located. After the first few chapters I was inclined to discard the Audible version, and probably will not listen to this version again. Do yourself a favor- buy a copy of the book and read it.

    4 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Cyteen

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman, Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (441)
    Performance
    (392)
    Story
    (400)

    The saga of two young friends trapped in an endless nightmare of suspicion and surveillance, of cyber-programmed servants and a ruling class with century-long lives – and the enigmatic woman who dominates them all.

    troy says: "This is a Heavy Book (lovely too)"
    "Excellent writer, at last on Audible"
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    Cherryh is a wonderful world-builder and this is one of her best. I've got a shelf full of her works - no, two shelves - and have re-read them often over the years. Admittedly, her intros are often long and may be sometimes dry, but always are important and set the story in its proper place. The readers do a great job. I will listen to this one again, and look forward to the sequel, Regenesis. Highly, highly recommended.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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