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Foreigner Audiobook

Foreigner: Foreigner Sequence 1, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1994 C.J. Cherryh (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    R. Jones 08-10-14
    R. Jones 08-10-14 Member Since 2017

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    "A world I never want to leave"

    For the last several weeks I have been absorbed in the audiobook world of Foreigner by C.J. Cherryh. I am now on book 13 of 15. This series is so very compelling. It's mostly concerned with the activities of a human envoy to an alien species, and a lengthy expose of detailed diplomatic negotiations with forays into action and warfare. It is surprisingly interesting, to the point that I must listen at all times and not give attention to anything else. I worry about what I will do when the last book is done.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    cris ft worth, TX, United States 05-24-13
    cris ft worth, TX, United States 05-24-13 Member Since 2015
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    "i can see why it on sale"
    What do you think your next listen will be?

    dan brown


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    the performance was not bad he had no story to work with


    Any additional comments?

    hope some one likes it we need more writers

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn Barrie, Ontario, Canada 05-07-13
    Shawn Barrie, Ontario, Canada 05-07-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Slow, well explored first contact"

    Actually, this book takes place mostly 150 years after first contact. But there is still a cultural divide that makes working together almost, but not quite, impossible. This book does a great job of speculating about a language and a culture that is — dare I say it? — foreign to our own.

    At times I was very frustrated with this book for the exact same reasons the main character was. At no point did I think that things were happening that didn't make sense. It was well constructed and was an interesting way in exploring a foreign culture. I look forward to reading the sequel.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 08-01-13
    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 08-01-13 Member Since 2013

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    "First Audible book I couldn't finish..."

    I give up... I got over halfway, but I cannot finish this book. It is one of the most boring plot lines I have ever read. The main character is so childish and whiny, I just can't take it anymore. I know negative reviews generally don't get good clout here, but I have to be honest and warn off potential listeners to this waste of time.

    This is not the right way to go about writing a story. There are reasons that we have rules about good writing. Why is it that an established author is allowed to break them, while beginning writers are chastised and told to "go rewrite"? This is unfair. We should be just as hard on big-name authors when they goof-up as we are on new writers.

    The general rule is this: The protagonist of the story needs to ACT, not REACT. He needs to have a clear goal. The main character of this book is totally passive, and I have no idea what he wants to do. Everything happens TO him, because he is completely under the charge and authority of the alien Atevi. He cannot venture outside the boundaries they give him, and he cannot get any information that they do not deign to let trickle down to him. This results in endless pages of monologues about wondering what is going on. Well guess what? WE DON'T KNOW EITHER! All he does is ask where his guards are, and whine about not getting his mail. Finally I reached the point at which I couldn't stand it anymore. Seriously, what's the big deal about MAIL? Someone is trying to kill the guy!

    I was reminded a lot in this book about how foreigners feel in Asian cultures, where concepts that Western culture take for granted can be construed as offensive or unintelligible. Maybe Cherryh used that as inspiration to create a similar situation between humans and aliens - and the Atevi do feel alien. Just not interesting.

    It can be good to try something unconventional, and the plot and world that is developed here certainly qualifies. But it just doesn't work. I cannot believe Cherryh could build a nearly 15-book franchise out of such a weak, uninteresting plot line. I can only assume it must appeal to fans of her other work. However, this is the second Cherryh novel I have tried and failed to complete, so I have to conclude that her writing is not for me.

    24 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    Bunty Burnaby, BC, Canada 12-05-12
    Bunty Burnaby, BC, Canada 12-05-12
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    "Very good."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Excellent. Complete with politics and the character of Bren Cameron is very good indeed. His gift for understanding the aliens is beautifully done. Can't wait for the next book.


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

    Like the way he deal with the dowager. Very smart and witty. Enjoyed the repartee.


    Any additional comments?

    Will want some more books on the foreigner series.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Pauline Colorado Springs, CO, United States 09-10-12
    Pauline Colorado Springs, CO, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2005
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    "A Credible Scenario of a First Encounter"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Foreigner to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the audio version allowed me to just sink into the story whereas reading it had distractions such as varied lighting, eyes that got tired, etc. The audio version went around all that.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How very credible the scenario was...thinking about what would happen if stranded space travelers were forced to land on a planet that already had its own population and cultures and what would happen when the two very different peoples made contact.


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

    The reader brought the background motivations of emotion or lack thereof, to the forefront in the characters as they walked through the story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Imagine if this were you.....


    Any additional comments?

    I love this series and have read it via hard copy but I'm enjoying a far richer experience in hearing the stories told...I must be a good Celt after alll, we all love good tales told well and this series satisfies that trait.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Professor 08-13-12
    Professor 08-13-12

    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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    "Great narration, great story."

    Old book, I consider to be classics. C. J. Cherryh is a master,creates a universe of political intrigues placed on an alien planet.
    Bipolar world in a state of cold war AKA cold peace for 200 years.
    The world of mathematically irrational beings(atevi), who use numeroogy in every moment of their life, even language is not just spoken, but calculated for the propper form.
    And all of political comunication are made through just one man "paidhi" translator the only human who is allowed to leave human reservation and converse with atevi.
    Great narration it's worth listening!!!!

    15 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Farrell 07-09-14
    Farrell 07-09-14

    Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.

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    "Friend's recommendation"

    A friend of mine has been telling me to read C. J. Cherryh for years. I started one a long time ago, got a couple chapters in and dropped it (forgot which title). However, this one actually was very good book and I enjoyed it immensely. I think I will start reading some other of his works.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ishamael 11-23-12
    Ishamael 11-23-12

    Thanks audible...the new website is getting a little bit better

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    "Amazed and delighted to see this series in audio"
    Where does Foreigner rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely among my top five series. I began this series about a decade ago...I just never believed I'd get lucky enough to have it available in audio!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Loved the language/cultural differences between alien and human...the concept of having an assassins guild to solve personal/political disputes...and of course, the "wild ride" action of these characters from every area of this beautiful planet to the far reaches of space.


    Which character – as performed by Daniel Thomas May – was your favorite?

    That would have to be the diminutive all powerful grandmother aiji Illisidi, racing her beloved mecheitti war horse monsters all about the mountains of molguri. Her character as portrayed by Daniel Thomas May was exactly as I remembered her from reading this series.


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

    Oh yes! Listening to the first chapter and realizing that Daniel Thomas May was the perfect narrator to bring this great series to life!


    Any additional comments?

    Heavy praise for Daniel Thomas May in his ability to bring each of these characters to life. Foreign words/phrases were handled with expert fluidity, and i always knew which character was speaking. This series doesn't use "cliffhangers" to get you to read the next book...but if you love this first book as much as i did, you just won't be able to resist listening to the rest.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    C. Nemirovsky 09-13-12 Member Since 2011

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    "I'm ecstatic!!!"

    I've read this series and loved it, looking forward to each new book by this marvelous author. Now I'm incredibly happy to be able to listen to the narrator's excellent rendition of this Sci-Fi wonder.
    Cherryh has created in this book a wonderful world with incredibly detailed characterizations that will take you on an incredible journey, and as the series progresses you can revisit this magnificent universe again and again.
    Daniel May's narration is truly very good, and reflects the ambiance of the writing to perfection, in my opinion.
    I've always enjoyed reading my favorites more than once (some every year in fact) and this new format has allowed me to rediscover them in a completely new way and to have them with me everywhere no matter what I'm doing.
    I hope others can revisit this great series (as one is never enough) or discover it and delight in as I have and am!!

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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