Taking place in the same world as Al Rassan and the Sarantium Mosaic, the locale of this story is far north of there and a few hundred years later. A different narrator than the other Kay books I've listened to lured me to try this one in audio format. It was a good decision.
As in all of Kay's books, there are several points of view and this time it seemed easier to follow than some of his other books. The picture he paints of the land and the characters is vivid and moving. The land is undergoing changes and the raids of the Ehrlings (read Vikings) up on the Anglcan (read English) are no longer as easy as they used to be. He follows the struggles of Alun ab Owyn, Bern Thorkellson and his father Thorkel Alannson, King Aeldred and his children, and the priest Cenion as they attempt to deal with honor and loss, cultural and religious changes, and love.
There is more magic in this book than in the others I've read. Faeries and other supernatural creatures populate the landscape while the religion of Jad harshly punishes those who are able to see and communicate with the Fey.
There is some extremely gory torture and killing that is hard to read about or listen to, but I'm sure it's historically accurate. All in all, a very enjoyable book.
It's a mystery/romance but so much more than that. I had to listen to it twice to get the full depth of it. Lanyon truly writes some terrific character studies. One of the few that I've read about addiction that gets it right.
The narrator occasionally emphasizes the wrong word and is a little superficial at times, but still good enough that it doesn't detract from the story... Well worth a listen.
Not my favorite story twist, but still a good one. Lanyon's writing is tight and evocative. The narrator is excellent.
This one makes me laugh. Poor Taylor with his love of nature and possibly a baby to deliver. Very good.
Taylor's history catches up to him in this convoluted tale. His and Will's relationship gets tighter.
This is a nice beginning to this series. I like both protags and the plot is tight and believable.
Cherryh does write the most amazing books. About an alien boy raised by an elite warrior/judge alone on a planet far from earth, the story is intense, emotional, sad, and fascinating. No one does alien cultures like Cherryh.
My goodness, I hate to rank the audiobooks I've listened to, but this ranks up there with the best. I've read it in print twice and am amazed at the new feelings engendered by the narration. The narrator is excellent and his emphases brought new meaning to much in the book.
I don't think Foreigner is comparable to any other book I've read, and I love this series the most of any scifi books I've read.
I've never listened to him before, and am very impressed. His reading is very good with just the right balance of tension.
The ending was particularly moving.
We find Bren Cameron wounded but apparently secure in Ilisidi and Tabini's good graces, esconced in the Bujavid in Damiri's apartment next to Tabini's. He's coddled and taken care of as he struggles to find an answer to a loud mouthed human's proposal of FTL travel to the Atevi race. Atevi view FTL impossible and need the universe to be ruled by Atevi views of numerology and 'balance'. This novel is more interior than even the first one as Bren struggles with his human relationships and hurts and his increasing feeling of isolation with a totally foreign species that has no word for 'love' or 'friendship'. We also find out a great deal about Atevi history and politics and the world's struggle to deal with the sudden reappearance of the Ship that dropped humans on the planet and then left for 178 years. The novel ends with a bang and leaves one with the pressing need to continue with the next book in the series.
The intense suspense and tension that builds throughout the story, and the budding relationship between Bren and Jago.
The narrator is wonderful. I love Bren, Jago, Banichi and Ilisidi the best.
It made me both laugh and cry.
It's hard to say what I like best about this wonderful book. I had already read it, but was as swept up in the incredible tension of the psychological drama as I was when I read it. Cherryh is my absolute favorite SciFi author and I've read about 3/4 of her books. This one is one of my all time favorites. It blends bioengineering and psych management with wonderful characters, drama, political intrigue into an un-put-downable story.
Now all Audible needs to do is add Regenesis and all of the Foreigner series and I will be in seventh heaven.
I loved Arianne Emory and Justin Warrick best. Their complex relationship makes for great drama. The politics and ethical issues of bioengineering are fascinating and the behind the scenes power struggles are superbly wrought.
I've listened to Gabra Zackman before and it was when I did a search for books she's narrated that I found Cyteen. She's a superb narrator. I'm sure I've also listened to Jonathan Davis' narrations, but I don't remember. He played a minor role in this one, only reading the introductions to each chapter.
Yes! It made my heart pound and touched me both.
Please, please, Audible: give us more Cherryh!
Sure. Sometimes the first of a series is lame.
No, first one. But she's a great narrator.
Listen to another one?
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