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Chris

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  • Foreigner: Foreigner Sequence 1, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Daniel Thomas May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (332)
    Story
    (340)

    The first book in C.J.Cherryh's eponymous series, Foreigner begins an epic tale of the survivors of a lost spacecraft who crash-land on a planet inhabited by a hostile, sentient alien race. From its beginnings as a human-alien story of first contact, the Foreigner series has become a true science fiction odyssey, following a civilization from the age of steam through early space flight to confrontations with other alien species in distant sectors of space. It is the masterwork of a truly remarkable author.

    Tango says: "A Sci-Fi Neville Chamberlain"
    "Nothing happens"
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    Would you try another book from C. J. Cherryh and/or Daniel Thomas May?

    Yes to Daniel Thomas May, probably not from C.J. Cherryh, and definitely not anything in the rest of this series.


    Would you ever listen to anything by C. J. Cherryh again?

    Maybe, but not this series.


    Which character – as performed by Daniel Thomas May – was your favorite?

    The Dowager, the only character that seemed to HAVE any character.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Foreigner?

    The first 3/4ths of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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