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Foreigner: Foreigner Sequence 1, Book 1 | [C. J. Cherryh]

Foreigner: Foreigner Sequence 1, Book 1

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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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.

©1994 C.J. Cherryh (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Professor 08-13-12
    Professor 08-13-12

    1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)

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    "Great narration, great story."

    Old book, I consider to be classics. C. J. Cherryh is a master,creates a universe of political intrigues placed on an alien planet.
    Bipolar world in a state of cold war AKA cold peace for 200 years.
    The world of mathematically irrational beings(atevi), who use numeroogy in every moment of their life, even language is not just spoken, but calculated for the propper form.
    And all of political comunication are made through just one man "paidhi" translator the only human who is allowed to leave human reservation and converse with atevi.
    Great narration it's worth listening!!!!

    14 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 08-01-13
    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 08-01-13 Member Since 2013

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    "First Audible book I couldn't finish..."

    I give up... I got over halfway, but I cannot finish this book. It is one of the most boring plot lines I have ever read. The main character is so childish and whiny, I just can't take it anymore. I know negative reviews generally don't get good clout here, but I have to be honest and warn off potential listeners to this waste of time.

    This is not the right way to go about writing a story. There are reasons that we have rules about good writing. Why is it that an established author is allowed to break them, while beginning writers are chastised and told to "go rewrite"? This is unfair. We should be just as hard on big-name authors when they goof-up as we are on new writers.

    The general rule is this: The protagonist of the story needs to ACT, not REACT. He needs to have a clear goal. The main character of this book is totally passive, and I have no idea what he wants to do. Everything happens TO him, because he is completely under the charge and authority of the alien Atevi. He cannot venture outside the boundaries they give him, and he cannot get any information that they do not deign to let trickle down to him. This results in endless pages of monologues about wondering what is going on. Well guess what? WE DON'T KNOW EITHER! All he does is ask where his guards are, and whine about not getting his mail. Finally I reached the point at which I couldn't stand it anymore. Seriously, what's the big deal about MAIL? Someone is trying to kill the guy!

    I was reminded a lot in this book about how foreigners feel in Asian cultures, where concepts that Western culture take for granted can be construed as offensive or unintelligible. Maybe Cherryh used that as inspiration to create a similar situation between humans and aliens - and the Atevi do feel alien. Just not interesting.

    It can be good to try something unconventional, and the plot and world that is developed here certainly qualifies. But it just doesn't work. I cannot believe Cherryh could build a nearly 15-book franchise out of such a weak, uninteresting plot line. I can only assume it must appeal to fans of her other work. However, this is the second Cherryh novel I have tried and failed to complete, so I have to conclude that her writing is not for me.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 10-22-13
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 10-22-13 Member Since 2015

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "Slow, Time skipping, foreign political book"

    Chapter one, you meet an interesting character, but the book is not about him. Chapter two you meet another interesting character, but the book is not about him. Chapter three you meet a not so interesting character and the book is about him.

    I used to be a dido head and loved politics in America. I am now sick and tired of politics in America, so why would I be interested in a book that is mostly political about a made up planet?

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Pauline Colorado Springs, CO, United States 09-10-12
    Pauline Colorado Springs, CO, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2005
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    "A Credible Scenario of a First Encounter"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Foreigner to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does Daniel Thomas May bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The reader brought the background motivations of emotion or lack thereof, to the forefront in the characters as they walked through the story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Imagine if this were you.....


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-03-13 Member Since 2012

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    "First Contact at its best IMHO"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Foreigner to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does Daniel Thomas May bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I have never been disappointed with reading a CJ Cherryh book. So far the Audibles have done her books a great service.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn Barrie, Ontario, Canada 05-07-13
    Shawn Barrie, Ontario, Canada 05-07-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Slow, well explored first contact"

    Actually, this book takes place mostly 150 years after first contact. But there is still a cultural divide that makes working together almost, but not quite, impossible. This book does a great job of speculating about a language and a culture that is — dare I say it? — foreign to our own.

    At times I was very frustrated with this book for the exact same reasons the main character was. At no point did I think that things were happening that didn't make sense. It was well constructed and was an interesting way in exploring a foreign culture. I look forward to reading the sequel.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ann 10-25-12
    Ann 10-25-12
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    "Top of my favorites list"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Foreigner to be better than the print version?

    Rarely do I purchase books in so many different formats as I have the Foreigner series. I own hardcover, Kindle, and audio. This series hooked me from the start, and has made it to the top of my "must have" list.


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    Charles E. Richardson bink 08-31-12 Member Since 2014

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    "The Start of a Great Series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Foreigner to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Foreigner?

    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.


    What aspect of Daniel Thomas May’s performance would you have changed?

    Sometimes he leaves me breathless running through passages, especially near the beginning when we are hearing new Atevi words for the first time.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    C. Nemirovsky 09-13-12 Member Since 2011

    Cat

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    "I'm ecstatic!!!"

    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!!

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    G. Parish 04-20-15
    G. Parish 04-20-15 Member Since 2013

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    "One of the best SciFi series ever"

    The title says it all. This is truly one of the greatest SciFi series ever written. If you are interested in SciFi on any level...start here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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