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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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 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.
I've been a major fan of this series since my sister and I discovered it years ago, and it feels like I never stop discovering things about it. I've gotten behind on it though thanks to various life events, so I decided to pick up from the beginning on my kindle and save myself having to buy new hard copies. Then on a whim I decided to take a chance on the Audible version, since I was offered the discounted price as an add on.
While I find the narrator has ALL of the Atevi speak with an measured slowness I've never pictured in them as characters (Especially Illisidi, who while she appreciates the past, also doesn't strike me as a lady to mince about when she could pin you to the wall with a few choice syllables instead)
Still it's fun to be able to put this on and listen, and a nice change from my podcasts at work (I love podcasts, and there are some excellent ones out there like Tanis, but it's nice to not have to wait on a bi-weekly schedule to get some good fiction going on when I'm doing things.)
I'd recommend this book to pretty much anyone, especially people who love an great immersive world and complicated interpersonal relationships, and intrigue. There's no shortage of motives, hidden motivations and not so hidden ones, and all of them are fantastically written.
A slow paced story based on politics and political intrigue rather than action. Daniel May is a good narrator, but the main character always was always tired, exhausted, or injured. I was disappointed and ready for it to end.
Reading literally saved my life. Now I'm losing my sight and Audio books have saved my sanity!
Bren will capture your heart and the Atevi will capture your imagination! Sci-fi must read!
I almost stopped reading this, but I'm glad I stuck with it. It starts off as a Sci first space adventure, but this is only setting up the real story. The real story is more of a drama about essentially a diplomat on an alien world, with a lot of internal monologs. This tends to really bog down the story at times, but after finishing the book I can see why the author did that. It helped to build the character, and really set the atmosphere and stage upon which the main character, and those he represents and negotiates with, quite well. This story is really more about relationships and drama than it is action or ships. And as I've hinted at, it really picks up at the end. So in many ways, the stage has been set, and I am intrigued as to where the story and characters go from here.
Middle to low. While I adore the series, the narrators stilted manner left a great deal to be desired.
Amy Tan's reading of her own book, "The Joy Luck Club". She, too, has such poor / distracting oratory skills that a professional narrator would better serve her audience.
I'll have to, if I want to hear the rest of the series, but I'd prefer not to hear him again. Unfortunately, my eyesight is going, so it's audible or nothing for refeading beloved storylines.
Yes. Immediate reaction to the narrator's stilted style aggravated me mightily. You needed someone with the skills of actor Richard Chamberlain, or Tim Curry. There was no life in the speaking patterns, and it was way too early for the Bren Cameron character to have acquired Atevi speaking patterns.
Re-record with a better narrator, please.
Lover of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, mystery, and westerns in all media, including old-time radio dramatizations.
I've read reviews of the books in this series that criticize the lack of action. It's true that much of the focus of the series is on political intrigue and efforts by two biologically dissimilar species to understand each other, and coexist. I, also, found that the main protagonist is often a little too whiny for my taste. Much of the POV is introspection by this main character, and it can sometimes be a bit much.
That said, I'm enjoying my first experience with Cherryh's work. I'm writing this review after listening to Sequence 1, Books 1, 2, and 3. I can tell you that, for me, it gets better with each installment.
Daniel May's narration is first-rate. I haven't heard him outside of this series, but so far, he has been great. He provides consistent rendering of both male and female parts in a believable way.
I have 70+ audible books and have never wrote a review till now. This book was that disappointing to me. The first 2 hours of the book build up characters to whom you never hear about again because chapter 3 is hundreds of years afterwards. Why spend 2 hours on something that doesn't even matter to the main story?
There is also way way way to much detail to get pulled in to the story.
- At one point he meets an animal that is the equivalent to a horse. He touches the horses nose to witch the alien folk laugh at him because apparently your not suppose to touch the horses nose. He proceeds to get on the horse to ride.
- That took about half an hour to explain in this book...
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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