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Publisher's Summary

In the sequel to Pride of Chanur, Tully returns, and brings with him a priceless trade contract with human space - a contract that could mean vast power, riches, and a mess of trouble for Pyanfar Chanur.

©1985 C.J. Cherryh (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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As in my last review, great books great story. ,

As I said in my last review, these books are keeping it new and interesting, the plot line is still keeping me reading, and the narrator has a good grasp on how it should be played. I am lining up the fourth book as I type, I am just sorry that the series has only five books(so far). I hope there will be more soon. So if you want a really good read, try these ones, I don't think anyone will be disappointed.
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A whirl of worlds.

This series is in many ways Cherryh's most accessible one. She takes on one species after another and makes them real as a dime. And comprehensible by their own lights. Without ever making them into humans with fur or feathers. It's a wonderful space opera, which I normally hate. But here, when the alliens are so alien and yet, somehow people you know, how can you resist?
Some whiny bits in the dialog. Listen to it and see what you think. It didn't ruin my enjoyment of the books.But you might feel differently.

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It just gets better

Have any of you read a series of books in which the first book is good and then with each additional book it loses itself? This is not the case when CJ Cherryh writes a series. They just get better and better. She writes with a delicious complexity of cultures, politics and action while constructing characters that are real, including their flaws. Yet, they are characters that one can root for and identify with. The narrator did a really extraordinary job. The bottom line is download this book and enjoy it. Enjoy them all.

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What's with the com?

I love the Chanur Saga and except for the change made in this one where you hear people over com differently than in person I loves the voice actor too. the "static" where the translator doesn't work right is jarring. otherwise great.

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Stuff Happens But No Real Plot

What did you like best about Chanur's Venture? What did you like least?

I enjoyed the first book in the series, but this one seemed like fluff--not necessarily bad, just unfocused. It has many of the interesting elements of the first such as inter-clan rivalry and an array of unique alien races. It also has a intriguing exploration of how Pyanfar's mate copes with being overthrown and largely emasculated.

The publisher's summary implies the human plays some major role concerning trade, but that really gets lost in what largely seems to be the space equivalent of an extending Hollywood chase scene.

Would you recommend Chanur's Venture to your friends? Why or why not?

To me it largely depends on whether the 3rd book in the series is good. The book is tolerable as a bridge to the 3rd book, if it delivers.

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Classic Space Opera; overblown performance

Great space opera of alien societies, interstellar trade, and interspecies treachery.

Trader Captain Pyanfar Chanur overlooks a crucial bit of crew discipline, and receives an unlooked for cargo, triggering three volumes of intrigue and adventure, and a next-generation sequel, Chanur's Legacy (which may be my favorite of the series).

There's a larger story being told, too, of four different alien species coming to terms with each other, and with a fifth just coming in, more advanced than most, occupied with a civil war (outlined in the Union-Alliance cycle) roiling more space on its own than the four of them combined. And that's just the oxygen breathers; gods know what the methane folk think of all of it.

I love the operational chatter, but could do with either more varied and much sharper cussing, or far less of it.

Pearlman's narration is overly dramatic, and the attempted ethnic accents distract, rather than enhance. I do like the intercom effect used when appropriate.

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exemplary sci-fi

Beautiful delivery of dialogue, however I was disappointed that the defence of station was not as in depth as the hard copy!!!

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Wow! I loved it.

It's the second book of five. C J hasn't lost her touch. Now for number 3. It is so much fun because I can put me in the story.

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A Surprisingly Weak Link

Cherryh is an extraordinary author, truly one of the best I have ever read. While those words of praise are deserved, this was the weakest book of hers I have ever read. It was ok. It wasn't bad, but it certainly wasn't great. One to buy if you are looking to see what happens later in the series.

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oh gods, where is the Chanur's language?

What with "oh gods"?, Could of use other words to express the characters, better that not of Earth Human Terms. Should of tried to develop Chanur's language for the story, other than that I like and kept my interest throughout book 1 and 2. Going to finish listen to all of the audiobook of C. J. Cherryh's Chanur books!

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Half a story

Nothing wrong with the reading or the story, except that it finishes in the middle (a 'cliff hanger') so if you buy this you better 'Gods Rotted' buy the next in the series (The Kif Strike Back) as well. I Think CJC originally chopped this up to fit US Mass Market Paperback sizes .. DAW, iirc.