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.
A wry, charming story about a bookstore and much much more. And for once, Scott Brick didn't ruin it even though his narration didn't add anything. With another narrator it might've earned 5 stars.
Delightful! A fast moving, peril ridden journey for both a prince and his consort. Emily Gray is a wonderful narrator. I don't think I've listened to her before. I hadn't read this book before this audio edition was released. It was kind of hard to come by and it's only in paperback, used, and I cannot read the small print in paperbacks. So I was glad I could read this one. I think now that I've read all of Wurts' work.
I was introduced to Janny Wurts by first reading The Curse of the Mistwraith and totally loving it, so was hooked. Being my compulsive self, I couldn't stop reading until I finished that series before working my way backward through her earlier works.
This book tells the story of Korendir, first introduced as a galley slave. He's a 'typical' Wurts hero in that he's tough, defended, smart, prickly (extremely), and underneath it all, a total cream puff. Having been introduced to this sort in the Mistwraith series, I was therefore patient with him and enjoyed the ride through his adventures early in the book. As events unfold, we finally learn the reasons for his behavior, and he becomes more human. This slow uncovering is also a Wurts hallmark, and one that I totally enjoy. While I was sure that would happen, other plot twists are less predictable and we are served up the climax with psychological depth and deep understanding - another Wurts characteristic, which is only one of the things I enjoy so much about her writing.
This is a standalone novel and a good introduction to the writing of Janny Wurts. The writing style is less complex than the style of the Mistwraith series, and so it's an easier read, for those who would like to dip their toe into the work of this outstanding author.
REREAD: I listened to the new audio edition of this book and couldn't believe how rich the narration of it is. Simon Prebble's voice and interpretation is magnificent. He pours emotion into his reading that is rare in other books I've listened to him read. I was sobbing at the end. Beautiful.
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.
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