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!!
Ok. very slow at points. very frustrating that much of the tension is manufactured by the anxieties of the main character (nothing actually happens but he worries about what might happen). all the real tension is at the end... but it grabs you there and now I'm hooked.
characters are very interesting... especially the aliens.
also, got thrown when the book fast-forwarded 200 years without a warning..
i already recommended this book to a friend... i would say it's for nerdy types... which I happen to be a closet nerd.. so... really enjoyed it
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.
Yes. And no. I enjoy reading but I don't always have the time to sit and read. I enjoyed Foreigner: Foreigner Sequence 1, Book 1 when it first came out in paperback. I enjoyed again a few years later on a re-read. I really enjoyed it as an audio book. I am able to get my work and chores done. Daniel Thomas May does an excellent job with the pacing and voices.
I like the fact that the human protagonist isn't perfect and isn't always right. He sure does work to do the best he can.
Mr May sets a cadence in the speach of the Atavi that makes them seem foreign. He maked it easy to understand when some one else was speaking and more importantly WHO was speaking
yes all 15 hours in one sitting would be wonderful,not possible, however. I will be getting subsuquent books for a long drive I have coming up to pass the time. and for my daily commute.
I have never been disappointed with reading a CJ Cherryh book. So far the Audibles have done her books a great service.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY - Foreigner is the first of a very long series, thus it gives a lot of information and detail which will, no doubt, be an important background for episodes to come. I found the book interesting in the beginning but hard to follow as it jumps around between different settings. The middle was often tedious and slow-moving, and then it became very exciting in the end. It begins with the history of the human landing on a new planet and covers the first contact with an alien species. Then it progresses to exploring the differences between the species and the political difficulties of both species cohabiting harmoniously on the same planet, told through the eyes of the lone human ambassador/translator (Bren) living amongst the aliens. Bren experiences kidnapping, murder attempts, a rebellion and other events which evidence the danger of trying to merge the two civilizations, but it is this part of the book which I found somewhat slow. The alien names and places can sometimes be hard to remember and keep straight, but it's not too bad. The ending is not exactly a cliffhanger, but it leaves a lot of questions unanswered. I look forward to continuing in this series.
NARRATOR - Great narration, perfect for this book. He has a gift for timing sentences perfectly to deliver the most impact. I am pleased to see that he will narrate the whole series.
OVERALL - This book is kind of slow in the middle but still enjoyable. It sets the stage for what should be a great Book 2.
the performance was not bad he had no story to work with
hope some one likes it we need more writers
Yes to Daniel Thomas May, probably not from C.J. Cherryh, and definitely not anything in the rest of this series.
Maybe, but not this series.
The Dowager, the only character that seemed to HAVE any character.
The first 3/4ths of the book.
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.
One of the strangest books I have heard or read after James Joyce's Ulysses. I feel myself very brave that I managed this to the end. I got constantly tangled with the names, they were much too similar. Phew!
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