It's been a year of upheaval since Bren Cameron's return from space - a year since he and the aiji-dowager, one of his most powerful atevi allies, returned home from their two-year interstellar mission to find the government overthrown and their world in chaos. Now, at last, things on the atevi world seem to be on the right track, and Bren hopes that life may soon become much more tranquil. But something is coming, quietly, stealthily - just the first ominous twinkle of a new star in the heavens....
©2016 C. J. Cherryh (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
I have loved this series since the beginning many years ago. Listening/reading the first novel Foreigner, from so long ago, it's now easier to pick out the "dated" references to technology no longer relevant. I love how the newer novels subtly update this. This installment also has a twist that has me still looking forward to the next book, even after all these years.
For those that said their downloads seemed to be missing parts of chapters, my download was complete and free from glitches. I purchased and downloaded 07Apr16. Mr. May's narration was as excellent as ever.
Visitor is the most recent novel in Cherryh's fascinating story of politics and cultural clash in interstellar space. By now, the reader is art home with a wide cast of characters, factions, communities of interest and personalities. Developments in Visitor are unexpected and compelling -- but don't start here. The back story is essential, the personalities of major and minor characters have been painstakingly developed over time, and the entire series is worthy of time, credits and attention. There is a good bit of intellectual speculation -- a virtue, in my view.
It amazes me how I can be entirely engrossed in each of the Foreigner series books even when nothing much (as viewed from the outside) actually happens. And when it does. Wow! This book had a major unexpected twist that turned the series on its head, and made it even more interesting. No spoilers here, but I loved it.
Cherryh's ability to get so deeply into the minds of the characters can sometimes be difficult to endure. But as someone with a busy mind I can only say that it's familiar to my own thought processes and I've gotten to know the workings of the characters well. And there's always something new to learn and surprises here and there. They aren't unpredictable, they're complex.
As always, Daniel Thomas May narrates the story perfectly. He delivers each character well, and considering he has 3 different species' words to deliver he does it superbly and that's quite an accomplishment.
Now I'm stuck waiting for the next in the series!
When is the next book? I can't wait. Great series. A true fan and would love to live in it.
The earliest downloads of this book were missing two large chunks of text -- about 60 pages, in all. The download now available is complete. Excellent, startling, thought-provoking addition to the Foreigner series.
Reading literally saved my life. Now I'm losing my sight and Audio books have saved my sanity!
Once again Cherryh gives us a great story from the Foreigner Universe. My only issue is that she is still "filling" space with repetition after repetition of the same background information throughout the book. I have read every book in the series, one short chapter at the beginning giving a brief summary to this point is enough, even for people reading this book as their first.
Every book is like a visit with old friends. I am excited when it begins and sad when it ends. I have read all of these books as they were released and have enjoyed getting to listen to them also. It is a fantastic world with believable characters.
I loved it! First time through there was a glitch resulting in missing chapters. Support replaced it and it worked fine. Very fast response and on a Sunday! After the usual back story material, the adventure takes off and the ride is a good one! The performance, as usual, was excellent. Also as usual, the new material makes me want to read it all again!
This book in the Foreigner series gives a more direct set of issues for Bren Cameron, translator between humans and Atevi, to solve. The Kyo, an alien species encountered a year earlier, have decided to "drop by" for a visit, unannounced, tossing schedules, planetary issues, etc. in the air as Bren, Ilisidi and Cajerie return to the space station to "meet and greet" their guests. Sounds simple and relatively uneventful until you know that the aliens in question could blast the station to slag with one shot if they took a mind to and there'd be nothing the Atevi or humans could do to prevent it if things go wrong. Cherryh has also slipped in a surprise twist that relates to the very beginnings of this series with this story. I, for one, LOVED it. The twist opens new pathways of development for this series if C.J. plans to continue it, which I truly hope for. Along with Frank Herbert's Dune series, this is my favorite Sci-Fi world.
I have downloaded this both through the audible app and through the audible website and both downloads are missing sections from the book. Most notably this includes the last two chapters of the book.
This is very disappointing. I hope this is simply a minor issue that will be resolved as up to this point I was enjoying the book immensely.
"Chapter 20 corrupted. Is part of the story missing"
Not impressed. Chapter 20 is corrupted, won't play past Ch 20 + 4 mins on my iPhone. When played on Audible PC software (Widget, Win 10) it seems like some of the story has been skipped.
Quick search on internet shows many other Audible customers have the same problem with the same file, many also report the story seems to have skipped a bit.
"Warning: Missing Chapters = Incoherent Audiobook"
I always enjoy the audiobooks from this series, unfortunately, in this case a huge chunk of the story is missing. It cuts out in the middle of chapter 20 and jumps ahead, skipping (as far as I can tell) multiple chapters and key events. The result is pretty much completely incoherent.
Don't bother listening until reviews suggest the problem is fixed
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