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.
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.
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?
This is one of the best. I'll remember it fondly
I'm not sure that it compares to any other books. Certainly it compares very favorably to American Gods, which I listened to years ago and hated.
I was able to listen to it while I was driving or walking the dogs without feeling like I couldn't stop when I was finished with my task.
The characters are so stupid as to be hard to sympathize with. My ex had a list of people too dumb to live. Matt and Rand should be on it. Perrien is slightly smarter and can occasionally find two thoughts to rub together, but then can't find words to express them. The rest? Some is inventive, but really is just a tired old coming of age story with characters that never do really develop with a lot of bad monsters and other nonsense. What's all the fuss about? I'm glad it's not the first fantasy book I ever read, that's for sure.
This is one of the best historical series ever written with a hero so breath taking and awesome that perfectly rational women wonder what they're going to do with the rest of their lives after they finish reading the Lymond Chronicles. How can you have just ONE of them? There are SIX! Each one better than the next. Yes, they stand alone as novels. But together??? Breath taking, heart stopping, gut wrenching, tragic, funny, hilarious even, and just downright scholarly.
If you're thinking of buying this book, DO! Then rush to your local bookstore or library and get the other five and read them. Then reread them. And read them again. There is such richness here as to be almost inexhaustible.
Well, this guy can write, there's no question of that. But the story itself is depressing, winding, gory, disjointed. A dystopian world after a government experiment gone wrong that creates vampires while trying to discover immortality. Bah. And he never calls them vampires -- they are 'fliers', 'viral's, weird blood thirsty things, all born from the original 12 subjects who were culled from death row for gruesome murders. One small girl is given the virus, and she is the only thing that can stop them. Hmmm.
Kay is better in print, so probably would've enjoyed it more if I'd read it. Liked it enough that I've ordered #2, The Wandering Fire.
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