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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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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 10-22-13
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 10-22-13 Member Since 2010

    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?

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Ocean Shores, WA, United States 06-19-13
    Joseph Ocean Shores, WA, United States 06-19-13 Member Since 2003

    Began reading sci-fi 71 years ago, at age 4, will continue until my clock quits ticking.. Best education one could have ever wished for.

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    "A Masterpiece"

    Not since the "DUNE" series have I had so much pleasure listening to such a complete and fascinating creative construct, full of intrigue, adventure and compelling drama. C.J. Cherryh has written, with very little doubt, a masterpiece filled with unforgettable characters and some of the most original dialogue that populate what feels like a familiar world.

    The extraordinary narration by MR. May is phenomenal. What a truly gifted narrator he is, each character is distinct and quite individual, filled with personality and easily recognizeable at the sound of their voice.

    I have just completed the second listen, to each of the novels, so far, in this remarkkable series and I am most anxiously awaiting the next book. Thank you AUDIBLE forall the work making this possible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Kirby Willis, Jr. Richmond, Virginia USA 06-17-13
    James Kirby Willis, Jr. Richmond, Virginia USA 06-17-13

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    "Diplomatic "thriller"?"
    Would you try another book from C. J. Cherryh and/or Daniel Thomas May?

    I do not think so. I did not like this book and I am afraid to wast another credit


    What was most disappointing about C. J. Cherryh’s story?

    If you are into Diplomatic "thrillers" then you might like this. I got the concept that humans can screw up first contact. The book just dragged. The same info over and over again.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    cris ft worth, TX, United States 05-24-13
    cris ft worth, TX, United States 05-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "i can see why it on sale"
    What do you think your next listen will be?

    dan brown


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    the performance was not bad he had no story to work with


    Any additional comments?

    hope some one likes it we need more writers

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher W. Lehman United States 04-23-13
    Christopher W. Lehman United States 04-23-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Nothing happens"
    Would you try another book from C. J. Cherryh and/or Daniel Thomas May?

    Yes to Daniel Thomas May, probably not from C.J. Cherryh, and definitely not anything in the rest of this series.


    Would you ever listen to anything by C. J. Cherryh again?

    Maybe, but not this series.


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

    The Dowager, the only character that seemed to HAVE any character.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Foreigner?

    The first 3/4ths of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Carrie Denver, CO, United States 04-19-13
    Carrie Denver, CO, United States 04-19-13 Member Since 2005

    Forget the radio and all the commercials, I love listening to a good book!

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    "Wow, in a bad way"
    What disappointed you about Foreigner?

    To be honest, I couldnt tell you if this book was good or not. It is so wordy! Lost of side comments and discription overload, you forget what the subject is on. Its Kind of like, if your looking out the windw, instead of continuing with what your looking at, the author will discribe the window, the wood of the window pane, wall color, if the paint is peeling or not, why is it peeling or not, texture of the glass and what could have caused it. - blah get on with it already!!


    Would you ever listen to anything by C. J. Cherryh again?

    Im willing to check them out


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Liliana Mexico City, Mexico 08-26-12
    Liliana Mexico City, Mexico 08-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "The. Narrator. Sounds. Like. A. Robot."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I wouldn't change a word, no even during the "slow part".


    What did you like best about this story?

    The exploration of foreign minds, feelings and instincts.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Now I object; the narrator sounds like a robot. A bored robot.


    Could you see Foreigner being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Absolutely! I've even imagined the trailers. I'd love to see Michael Clarke Duncan as Banichi, Sigourney Weaver as Jago and Ben Browder as Bren Cameron.


    Any additional comments?

    Where is Robertson Dean when you need him?!? His voice would have been perfect for this novel. I love his deep voice, acting and pace.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marie St. Louis, MO 09-24-12
    Marie St. Louis, MO 09-24-12 Member Since 2010

    Say something about yourself!

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    "I tried....."

    I made it to chapter 7 but it was so so so hard to stay interested. I reviewed comments.. but its like a whole different book. sorry - I don't like it ...

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    WV DIY Homowner Gerrardstown, WV 08-26-14
    WV DIY Homowner Gerrardstown, WV 08-26-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Fifteen hours of incessant navel gazing"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Not sure, aanyone who can stand a protagonist that is constantly introspective, insecure and analyzing everything to death and then... doing nothing.


    Has Foreigner turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I have read other books by C. J. Cherryh (mostly the Chanur Series) and found them wonderful and engaging


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I gave the narrator a middling score because the material did not provide a lot of opportunity to display a narrator's true skills.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointed that such a well respected author turned out such a boring book that is not on par with her other works.


    Any additional comments?

    I kept listening because many of the reviews said it had a slow start but the action picked up at the end. Well, they were right about the first part, but even when it did pick up (in the last 2 or 3 chapters) the constant navel gazing by the main character did not stop. Just about made me want to scream.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Covington, KY, United States 08-06-13
    Charles Covington, KY, United States 08-06-13
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    "Hard to get through."

    The narrator does his best Shatner impression for the first several chapters and it was absolutely maddening. Sadly, after the first few chapter the book becomes pretty stale. There's awkwardness/turmoil that arises between characters because of their race differences and that same turmoil is just repeated over and over.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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