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Foreigner Audiobook

Foreigner: Foreigner Sequence 1, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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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    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.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ishamael 11-23-12
    Ishamael 11-23-12

    Thanks audible...the new website is getting a little bit better

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    "Amazed and delighted to see this series in audio"
    Where does Foreigner rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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!


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Daniel Thomas May – was your favorite?

    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.


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

    Oh yes! Listening to the first chapter and realizing that Daniel Thomas May was the perfect narrator to bring this great series to life!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    C. Nemirovsky 09-13-12 Member Since 2011

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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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    Charles E. Richardson bink 08-31-12 Member Since 2016

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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.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Kinnard 12-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Second time - even better"

    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?

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    Hannah 12-15-16
    Hannah 12-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good but slow"

    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.

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    David & Barbara Allen 11-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good store but certainly a different kind of scifi"
    If you could sum up Foreigner in three words, what would they be?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What about Daniel Thomas May’s performance did you like?

    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


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

    Politics is complex in the future as it is in the present.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Kindle Customer NEWPORT NEWS, VA, United States 11-15-16
    Kindle Customer NEWPORT NEWS, VA, United States 11-15-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Not sure I would like it."

    It turned out to be better than expected. I already downloaded the next in the series.

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    kesia martin 11-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "struggled to relate to human"

    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.

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    Farrell 07-09-14
    Farrell 07-09-14

    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.

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    "Friend's recommendation"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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