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 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.
daniel t may is the worst reader i have heard. its like hes not paying attention to the story himself.
needs to be redone
I'd first read Foreigner when it was first published 20 years ago. It's lost none of its "charm" for me. It's a complex tense political chiller with a human attempting to navigate the tides of politics of another sentient species. Cherryh does a great job of portraying the Atevi as alien, yet nearly understandable. The narrator did a good job.
I would listen to Foreigner again to pick up on some of the nuances that I missed the first time around. You have to remember that what seems like endless speculation or introspection is the author giving you clues of what is actually happening. She does the same thing in the Chanur novels and took me a while to realize that what seems like a character's endless (and idle) speculation as to what is happening, is actually what IS happening!
I loved the description of the Atevi world and Bren's slow realization that he is more atevi than human. I also enjoyed the author's attempt to describe an alien social structure that looks deceptively like ours on the surface. Above all, I loved what one reviewer has dubbed the third person limited POV - it felt like I was in Bren's shoes, as if I were in a holonovel.
No, but I cannot wait to listen to more of his performances. He is incredible.
I found it to be so gripping that I found myself reluctant to get out of the car when I got home. And near the end of the book, I removed the mp3 player from the car and listened to it while I walked the dog - I coudn't bear to wait any longer to find out what was going to happen.
The characters are all recognizable individuals thanks not only to Mr. May's outstanding performance but also to the talent of the author. I cannot wait to listen to the rest of the books in this series.
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First off let me say that this review is sorta about these 3 books in the "Sequence 1" as its easier to do this for these types of stories, and to be honest I am not really telling much about what happens in the book that's what the description is for.
This starts off differently than the whole rest of the series ends up going, its strange really I thought there was going to be more "space stuff" but that comes in the later "sequences" of this story and I suspect it will be elaborated on when the next "sequence" is written (as of now 22 Oct 2014 its only up to sequence 5 but more are being written) and hopefully this series goes on for dozens of more books, I really love the story.
Now I usually have problems with female sci-fi writers and the way the books seem to go, sci-fi is not something that many people can do to this degree and since there are fewer women writers of sci-fi in general the ods are against it so I was apprehensive about this one but it turned out to be one of the best series I have ever read.
Without giving anything away the world is filled with "Atevi" except for one content with Humans and there is this one Human in the Atevi world (its forbidden for Humans to be there as per the thready and this Human Bren Cameron who ends up being in more control than he wanted to be and for a while he is wondering what is going on, along with the reader but it will make sense soon - hes taken from the place he is staying by his guards and taken all over the place not knowing why and attacked, then its reviled the space ship that left 200 years ago has come back and the world is panicking.
This is really a great set of books it wraps up most questions and brings up new stuff all the time so the story could continue for a while even over generations of the characters in the books.
Good opening that got the interests raised, but then there is just hour after hour of fluff that adds nothing to the arc. If the author would have dropped a crumb of a clue to the direction the story is going, but it is mostly a monologue about how stupid the protagonist is...
No thank you.
Great reading by Daniel Thomas May
Game of Thrones ... wonderful characters and exotic locations.
Yes ,,, I "couldn't put it down" or as we now say ..."stop listening". It was very gripping and wonderful dialogue and characters. Complex and Compelling.
Yes, I have recommended this series and will again. I am on book # 11 out of 15.
I get aggravated with the author at the beginning of each book and then she ropes me in and I HAVE to get the next one. C.J. Cherryh is a fabulous story teller, and the narrator is a marvel. Great voices for the characters. He's as amazing as the stories.
Probably the Dowager and her great grandson, Cajeiri. I loved hearing Cajeiri learn how to think and reason politically. It was a wonderful example of how people maneuver through the minefields of politics. I've always HATED politics, and now I'm rethinking that. I'm not kidding.
All of them. Especially the Dowager.
Atevi ... they are hardwired to handle emotions very differently than humans. Can the PeaceMaker adjust to the strange ways and bring the alien races together?
C.J. Cherryh writes the most engaging action sequences of anyone I've ever read. And she does it consistently. Very impressive. The only series I have ever enjoyed more was Dune.
And possibly the Tales Of The Otori series by Lian Hearn.
This is the first Audible offering I've stopped listening to before finishing. I'd read Tango's review of this book, referring to the protagonist as "A Sci-Fi Neville Chamberlain." Upon consideration, I chose to hope that Tango's perspective of the protagonist, Bren, merely reflected different sensibilities than mine. I'd read some Cherryh ten+ years ago and liked her work well enough. She tends toward long, slow paced stories which focus on world building rather than action. I'd hoped this particular reviewer was judging the protagonist harshly simply because the action was slow.
As I suffered through Bren's endlessly iterating ponderings over who had done what, and why, I myself kept remembering one particular line of Tango's review:
"Bren over-analyzes his own feelings and actions and everyone else's to the point that you just want to smack him."
I did, indeed, want to reach through my headphones and smack Bren. This man had supposedly competed with every other human on the planet to be sole envoy to the natives? I kept waiting for Cherryh to indicate that the reason the man was such a ponce was that his position was actually held in low esteem by his people, or by the natives. Or some other explanation of why such an incompetent person was the sole interface between the stranded humans and the native Atevi.
I gave up waiting for an explanation around hour 10 and deleted the files from my MP3.
The only good part of the experience was the narrator. If Daniel May ever narrates any other sci-fi, I'll listen in.
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