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Invader Audiobook

Invader: Foreigner Sequence 1, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

Nearly two centuries after a human colony is abandoned on an alien planet, the two races have reached a tenacious peace agreement. But when the human ship returns unexpectedly, both governments are thrown into chaos.

©1995 C.J. Cherryh (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Cherryh combines a flair for hard science with a keen insight into the complex rationales behind human - and nonhuman - actions. Highly recommended for sf collections." (Library Journal)

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    AudioAddict 06-28-13
    AudioAddict 06-28-13

    I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!

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    "The Art of Negotiating with Aliens"

    STORY - Foreigner is a story told from the perspective of Bren Cameron, who is on a foreign planet and is the sole human negotiator/translator responsible for keeping peace between a human colony and the planet's natives, the Atevi. There are vast biological, philosophical, technological, political and language differences between the species that make his job very interesting and complicated. Further, there are multiple factions within each species that have their own motives and special interests that must also be respected. Things comes to a fever-pitch crisis when the spaceship which brought the human colony to the planet 200 years ago returns unexpectedly. Seeing it return to their skies, the Atevi are rightfully suspicious of its purpose and how its presence may affect their safety.

    The story is unusual and very interesting, filled with alien politics, mind games and betrayals. There is some action and suspense, but this is really a book about how Bren negotiates through the multiple crises he is faced with. If you are looking for space travel, wormholes, battles between worlds, you need to look elsewhere. I plan to continue this series, but I must admit that I hope (and expect) the next sequence to have a little more "Star Trek stuff." If not, I will probably become bored with the series and quit.

    NARRATOR - Very good. The only reason I didn't rate it a 5 is because it wasn't a particularly difficult performance.

    OVERALL - I enjoyed this book and recommend it, but it may not have enough action for all sci-fi enthusiasts.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Professor 08-14-12
    Professor 08-14-12

    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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    "Second book IS BETTER !!! :-)"

    As i said before the narration was excellent!!!!!
    The main thing is it's not a sequel, The bok is continuation of story line.
    If you listen the books in sequence you won't even understand , where the first book ends and the second one begins.
    And it is getting much more interesting!!!!

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    G. Parish 04-22-15
    G. Parish 04-22-15 Member Since 2013

    Blind Bard

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    "Continuing Story of the Paidhi"

    This is the second book of the first trilogy. It is a solid continuance of the story and the drama of the Paidhi.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Colin Detroit 10-27-14
    Colin Detroit 10-27-14 Member Since 2015

    Thanks Audible for your continued support of "This Week in Tech" over at TWiT.tv

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    "great second book"

    If you havent read my review of book 1 go there it has more to say about what happens, this is sorta a review to tell you that since this is actually book 2 and there are 3 books in this first "Sequence" the reviews for the first in the "Sequence" are for all 3 books because for the most part its really 1 book split into 3 books there isnt any actual ending until the end of a "Sequence" and lets face it if you like the first book then you will probably want to finish the group

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn Barrie, Ontario, Canada 06-11-13
    Shawn Barrie, Ontario, Canada 06-11-13 Listener Since 2010
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    "Well crafted. More exciting."

    This is a great sequel to the first book in the series. I thought the last book had interesting ideas and explored the alien relationships well. I understand why C.J. Cherryh decided to write the first book as she did. However, it just wasn't exciting as we were kept away from the action, except for the end.

    This book takes place right after the first, and there is a lot more politics and a lot more to the plot — solving my only reservations about the last book. It's a slow moving, well crafted exploration of cultures colliding and dealing with the crisis that the return of the starship created. With the foundation of the first book we can really explore these issues more.

    ∗∗∗∗ ⋅ /5 Writing style
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    ∗∗∗∗∗/5 Interesting ideas
    ∗∗∗∗ ⋅ /5 Engaging story
    ∗∗∗∗ ⋅ /5 Good science/technology

    ∗∗∗∗ ⋅ /5 Overall

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mikaela OCEANSIDE, CA, United States 12-25-14
    Mikaela OCEANSIDE, CA, United States 12-25-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Paranoid internal dialogue"
    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Didn't finish it.


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

    The narrator is great in this series.


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

    Eh, no. Not even a little. I barely made it through the first book but this second book, I just gave up maybe 1/3 of the way in. There is just too much internal dialogue and it's really hard to follow this guys mindset.


    Any additional comments?

    Like others have said, this story is interesting but I really wish the main character would just shut up sometimes. In my opinion there isn't nearly enough interaction with the other characters or action for that matter. The times between things actually happening in the book are entirely too far apart. Add to that that we're inside this guys head pretty much that whole time... Ugh. I just couldn't. I guess this might be an attempt to get us into the frame of mind of the character but I found myself constantly rolling my eyes. He's paranoid, jumping to conclusions, self criticizing, a braggart, etc etc etc all in the space of 30 seconds. Couldn't follow, didn't care enough to continue listening.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Provo, UT, United States 12-02-16
    Daniel Provo, UT, United States 12-02-16
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    "Listened again and again, great story."

    I've loved this series since it released twenty years ago, and I've listened to the audiobooks twice through. Very well performed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    B. Reid Camas, WA, United States 11-07-16
    B. Reid Camas, WA, United States 11-07-16 Member Since 2014

    I'm a recently retired software engineer, enjoying life in the great northwest, after emigrating from southern CA. Audiobooks are a godsend!

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    "Too much political minutiae, and pace is too slow"

    To be fair, I have to explain that I began listening here instead of with book 1 (by accident). After transferring books 1 and 2 from my laptop to iPod via iTunes, the two books appeared out of order on my iPod screen. When I was more than 2 hours into book 2, and finding myself incredibly bored, I re-visited the Audible website to delve deeper into reviews; while there, I discovered that I had missed book 1, so I listened to a bit of it before deciding this story is just not for me.

    I typically appreciate the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre, but I found this one to be very tedious. I'm submitting this review before I return the two books (and thus relinquish my ability to write a review).

    I can clearly see that the majority of readers had a much more positive experience with this book than I did. I don't usually find myself so out-of-sync with the majority, but I simply cannot recommend this series.

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    Amazon Customer 11-04-16
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    "slow but good"

    this is not a fast-paced trilogy... I get annoyed because much of the tension is created by the characters worries but at the same time I'm still hooked and I want to know what's going to happen next and it never ceases to surprise... I think I'm bored and I wonder why I'm listening to this book and then something crazy happens and I just gotta know what's going to happen

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    Donald 11-03-16
    Donald 11-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Nicely Paced, Interesting Story Line"

    The characters and plot are all very realistic and believable. It's not a conventional space opera, which is a nice break.

    The reader is pretty good most of the time, doing very well with making the language of the aliens very believable sounding. The only place it's a little awkward is when he performs the voice of the captain of the ship, who is human, but sounds a little bit too flat, too much like the aliens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "goodstoryline"

    the detail is great the narrator alful
    one of the better books in the series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Graham Ball
    2/9/16
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    "Easy listening"

    A good story, made better by the narrator. I found it very easy to listen to and understand, hard to put the story down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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