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.
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Yes, the audio version allowed me to just sink into the story whereas reading it had distractions such as varied lighting, eyes that got tired, etc. The audio version went around all that.
How very credible the scenario was...thinking about what would happen if stranded space travelers were forced to land on a planet that already had its own population and cultures and what would happen when the two very different peoples made contact.
The reader brought the background motivations of emotion or lack thereof, to the forefront in the characters as they walked through the story.
Imagine if this were you.....
I love this series and have read it via hard copy but I'm enjoying a far richer experience in hearing the stories told...I must be a good Celt after alll, we all love good tales told well and this series satisfies that trait.
Thanks audible...the new website is getting a little bit better
Definitely among my top five series. I began this series about a decade ago...I just never believed I'd get lucky enough to have it available in audio!
Loved the language/cultural differences between alien and human...the concept of having an assassins guild to solve personal/political disputes...and of course, the "wild ride" action of these characters from every area of this beautiful planet to the far reaches of space.
That would have to be the diminutive all powerful grandmother aiji Illisidi, racing her beloved mecheitti war horse monsters all about the mountains of molguri. Her character as portrayed by Daniel Thomas May was exactly as I remembered her from reading this series.
Oh yes! Listening to the first chapter and realizing that Daniel Thomas May was the perfect narrator to bring this great series to life!
Heavy praise for Daniel Thomas May in his ability to bring each of these characters to life. Foreign words/phrases were handled with expert fluidity, and i always knew which character was speaking. This series doesn't use "cliffhangers" to get you to read the next book...but if you love this first book as much as i did, you just won't be able to resist listening to the rest.
I've read this series and loved it, looking forward to each new book by this marvelous author. Now I'm incredibly happy to be able to listen to the narrator's excellent rendition of this Sci-Fi wonder.
Cherryh has created in this book a wonderful world with incredibly detailed characterizations that will take you on an incredible journey, and as the series progresses you can revisit this magnificent universe again and again.
Daniel May's narration is truly very good, and reflects the ambiance of the writing to perfection, in my opinion.
I've always enjoyed reading my favorites more than once (some every year in fact) and this new format has allowed me to rediscover them in a completely new way and to have them with me everywhere no matter what I'm doing.
I hope others can revisit this great series (as one is never enough) or discover it and delight in as I have and am!!
Yes, because hearing the narrator pronounce the names of the alien language is helpful. I also find that Cherryh can bog down just a bit in detail in the written word, but for some reason it isn't as distracting in the audio edition. Mind you, this is somewhat necessary during the first book since she is introducing a whole new world with the idea of what a alien-on-alien translation would be like.
When Bren realizes he has to split from his humankind in order to protect those same people. Sometimes he gets a bit pedantic or monotonous when Cherryh is getting just a bit lost in detail. This can be distracting. I get the feeling he want to get on to the next bit.
Sometimes he leaves me breathless running through passages, especially near the beginning when we are hearing new Atevi words for the first time.
Shortly after an attempted assassination of Bren, the main human character through out the series, realizes how alone he is and starts to hold on to Banachi and Jago. You can feel the building, well Bren and Cherryh would say NOT, trust-thing.
You have to listen carefully to the beginning of the book. There is a lot of history that is used later in this book and the following books. If you can keep it all balanced, it is a rich environment with building, believable relationships.
I have listened to every book in the series. I love this story and thought I would revisit for a second listen - I like it better the second time around. It's challenging to listen to Bren's thought processes but stick to it - it develops and builds a world and 3 distinct cultures, or more... this world must exist in reality, how could it not?
Let me start by saying that the narrator did a good job. Most of the alien voices sound similar so it can be a little hard to tell them a part but they did a good job with everything else.
The story itself is fascinating and thought provoking, but it is pretty slowly paced, with a ton of introspection by the protagonist.
Complex. I found the story a bit slow and confusing in the beginning, especially the first 2 parts because I just had trouble following it and the flow for a while.
That is difficult to say because it was really all about 1 character and I wouldn't say that I really felt connected to any other.
I liked the narration but did have trouble identifying and keeping track of the characters. However I think this was more because of the style of story and how they were referred to. This might have been a bit easier reading this listening
Politics is complex in the future as it is in the present.
I liked the story eventually but I struggled for a long time to understand what was really going on and what the real perspectives were because it was all form a single point of view with very little historical context. Even at the end I'm not sure I really figured out the divisions, sides, and perspectives. I will read the next in the series and think more will become clear.
It turned out to be better than expected. I already downloaded the next in the series.
the narrator did a good job with the names and manuvering dialect. I found the story very hard to relate to the main character. I found him whiney and over accommodating. I'm not sure I want to continue the series. I understand the concept of being at the mercy of others, but...I don't like the human.
Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
A friend of mine has been telling me to read C. J. Cherryh for years. I started one a long time ago, got a couple chapters in and dropped it (forgot which title). However, this one actually was very good book and I enjoyed it immensely. I think I will start reading some other of his works.
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