• Betrayer

  • Foreigner Sequence 4, Book 3
  • By: C. J. Cherryh
  • Narrated by: Daniel May
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (509 ratings)

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Betrayer

By: C. J. Cherryh
Narrated by: Daniel May
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The 12th novel in Cherryh’s Foreigner space-opera series, a groundbreaking tale of first contact and its consequences....

In the wake of civil war, Bren Cameron, the brilliant human diplomat of the alien atevi civilization, has left the capital and sought refuge at his country estate, Najida. But now he is trapped inside Najida—which has been surrounded by enemies—with Ilisidi, the powerful grandmother of his ally, Tabini-aiji, atevi leader of the Western Association. But Ilisidi, the wily and dangerous aiji-dowager, is not inclined to be passive and in a brazen maneuver sends Bren into enemy territory, to the palace of Machigi, the leader of the rebels.

Bren's mission is to negotiate with Machigi—a young atevi lord who has never actually seen a human—and somehow persuade him to cease his hostile actions against the West. Bren knows that the autocratic Machigi rules a fractious clan and that his hospitality is not guaranteed. Bren's genius for negotiation enable him to make a daring trade offer to Machigi—one that seems to interest the young warlord. But Machigi is suspicious of Ilisidi's motives and, to Bren's utter shock, evokes an ancient law that jeopardizes Bren's life. Can Bren stay alive and not alienate Ilisidi or Tabini, while also representing the interests of their enemy?

The long-running Foreigner series can also be enjoyed by more casual genre listeners in sub-trilogy installments. Betrayer is the 12th Foreigner novel and the third book in the fourth subtrilogy.

©2011 C.J. Cherryh (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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This is impossible!!!!!!!!!!!

I never thought I would find the series I like so much!!!!!
There's nothing I can write, because any molecule of information may spoil your enjoyment of the series.

One thing is definite The Series is in my TOP 10 LIST!!!!!!!!!!!

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The story continues

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you've been reading the Foreigner series, then you won't want to miss this book! The fighting is in and around Bren Cameron's country estate, as Bren must negotiate with Machigi to prevent a full out civil war. Again.

If this is your first contact with Cherryh's Foreigner series, stop! You really need to go back to the very beginning of the series. There is way too much that you've missed to start with this book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ilisidi and the young son, Cajeri. The dowager continues to be a powerful and unpredictable force, with an agenda of her own. And Cajeri is a continuing surprise.

What does Daniel May bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Excellent narration, though a bit slow. But the Atevi voices feel right.

Any additional comments?

A great series. Highly recommended!!

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Fine SiFi

Where does Betrayer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The book is a classic, the best long series I know of and I have been reading Science Fiction for over 50 years. Just start at the beginning of the Foreigner Series and DON'T STOP.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Betrayer?

The 8 year saves his grandmothers life.

What about Daniel May’s performance did you like?

He reads with a love of the story, very very impressed.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed - cried and happily missed meals.

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World Conflict

Would you listen to Betrayer again? Why?

Yes. This is the capstone book for the forth sequence of the Foreigner series. Cherryh has pulled off something that is very difficult, if not impossible. She has kept the series fresh, yet informs new readers during the introduction of each book of the action that has occurred previously. In this series, Bren Cameron is back on the world, and we are introduced again to Cajeiri, who is growing into his role as heir apparent with a considerable lack of grace -- although he is trying hard to behave and do as he should.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cajieri. His antics and immature thougts reflect Cherryh's background as an educator. His antics get him into a lot of hot water, but also serve to help drive the main plotline. Like many children, he lives encapsuled by an adult world which affects him, but which he can affect only minimally.

Which scene was your favorite?

In this third book, Cajieri is starting to mature, as he moves toward his ninth birthday. I think my favorite part is where he is trying to help his grandmother, and when bombs are thrown at Cameron's house, he is knocked down. But his main concern as he comes to himself is that he broke the tea service.

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

Yes. I had a hard time breaking away to do other things I needed to do.

Any additional comments?

Concurrent with listening to this series, I re-read Cyteen, Regenisis and Forty Thousand in Gehenna. Cherryh is an author I re-read periodically, as a reminder of how good plotting and excellent writing actually work. Her writing is dense, packed with information on every page, yet well-paced and enjoyable.

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Awesome! One of the best science fiction series.

Would you listen to Betrayer again? Why?

Yes, again and again. The story really keeps you on your toes. The way Bren Cameron handle the negotiation with Magichi to prevent a civil war is really awesome.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Betrayer?

When Tabini Aji came to find Bren.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The heir, Cajeiri trying to be helpful despite being thwarted at every move. He is turning out to be a good future ruler. I also like his obvious regard for Bren.

Any additional comments?

Please continue this series! C J Cherryh is indeed a very talented writer!

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A comfortable old friend

Revisiting this series after a number of years has been lovely - the characters feel like old friends and the storylines keep my interest.

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Not much plot

I love this story, but I am feeling cheated in having to spend three credits to get the whole sequence. This book and the previous one make up 20 hours in which the plot moves very little. It is mostly unnecessarily drawn out descriptions of trivial actions. This sequence should have been one book and one credit. 10 hours is right near the minimum I'm willing to spend a credit on (I prefer a 40 hour doorstopper, 10 hours won't even get me through one weekend) so splitting just 30 hours into three credits makes me feel like I'm being squeezed for cash, particularly when so little happens. That's three months-worth of regular subscription credits.

If you haven't paid for this already, I'd suggest reading a summary to get the couple of significant plot points (that will take about three long sentences) and skip to the next book. If you're really desperately curious to hear a dozen or two descriptions of how sore Bren is or the things he is worried about that never happen and don't matter to the story, then you may find this installment quite satisfying.

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getting repetitive at this point

CJ is rehashing the same plot over and over and over again and just changing the setting. it's still a nice read but disappointingly derivative of the other books in the series. Your standards DAW pattern of quantity over quality

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An Action Story!

Finally, a true action story! This story involved almost every one of the main characters.

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another good book in this series

I think in this particular series it's really important to have read the previous books in order to have a sense of what's going on. for those of you that have read the series this is a really good. The additional voice of the young aji is a welcome contrast in the series to the human characters. if you haven't read any of the books in the series I say lucky you and get back into the beginning and start from the beginning and you are in for a treat.

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