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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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Good but slow

Let me start by saying that the narrator did a good job. Most of the alien voices sound similar so it can be a little hard to tell them a part but they did a good job with everything else.
The story itself is fascinating and thought provoking, but it is pretty slowly paced, with a ton of introspection by the protagonist.

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First Contact at its best IMHO

Would you consider the audio edition of Foreigner to be better than the print version?

Yes. And no. I enjoy reading but I don't always have the time to sit and read. I enjoyed Foreigner: Foreigner Sequence 1, Book 1 when it first came out in paperback. I enjoyed again a few years later on a re-read. I really enjoyed it as an audio book. I am able to get my work and chores done. Daniel Thomas May does an excellent job with the pacing and voices.

What did you like best about this story?

I like the fact that the human protagonist isn't perfect and isn't always right. He sure does work to do the best he can.

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

Mr May sets a cadence in the speach of the Atavi that makes them seem foreign. He maked it easy to understand when some one else was speaking and more importantly WHO was speaking

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

yes all 15 hours in one sitting would be wonderful,not possible, however. I will be getting subsuquent books for a long drive I have coming up to pass the time. and for my daily commute.

Any additional comments?

I have never been disappointed with reading a CJ Cherryh book. So far the Audibles have done her books a great service.

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Top of my favorites list

Would you consider the audio edition of Foreigner to be better than the print version?

Rarely do I purchase books in so many different formats as I have the Foreigner series. I own hardcover, Kindle, and audio. This series hooked me from the start, and has made it to the top of my "must have" list.

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  • Miguel
  • ANAHEIM, CA, United States
  • 09-03-14

Always liked Cherryh -- but couldn't stand Bren

This is the first Audible offering I've stopped listening to before finishing. I'd read Tango's review of this book, referring to the protagonist as "A Sci-Fi Neville Chamberlain." Upon consideration, I chose to hope that Tango's perspective of the protagonist, Bren, merely reflected different sensibilities than mine. I'd read some Cherryh ten+ years ago and liked her work well enough. She tends toward long, slow paced stories which focus on world building rather than action. I'd hoped this particular reviewer was judging the protagonist harshly simply because the action was slow.
Wrong.
As I suffered through Bren's endlessly iterating ponderings over who had done what, and why, I myself kept remembering one particular line of Tango's review:
"Bren over-analyzes his own feelings and actions and everyone else's to the point that you just want to smack him."
I did, indeed, want to reach through my headphones and smack Bren. This man had supposedly competed with every other human on the planet to be sole envoy to the natives? I kept waiting for Cherryh to indicate that the reason the man was such a ponce was that his position was actually held in low esteem by his people, or by the natives. Or some other explanation of why such an incompetent person was the sole interface between the stranded humans and the native Atevi.
I gave up waiting for an explanation around hour 10 and deleted the files from my MP3.
The only good part of the experience was the narrator. If Daniel May ever narrates any other sci-fi, I'll listen in.

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  • 07-12-16

SciFi classic brought to life by great narrator

Being a long time fan of CJ Cherryh's classic Foreigner series, I was hesitant to listen to the audiobook. The whole series revolves around the idea of language and interpretation between humans and the alien atevi. To add a narrator to that mix seemed a recipe for failure. But I was totally and completely wrong. Daniel Thomas May does an amazing job giving voice to lonely Bren who is thrown into increasingly perilous situations for reasons he does not understand in the alien culture of the atevi. The atevi characters are given strong, distinct voices that have the hint of otherness to them. I have been reading this series for so long it is hard to know where to begin to make a synopsis so I will leave that to other reviewers. What I can tell you is that if you are already a fan of the books, the audiobook is wonderful and the narrator pulls off the Bren's humaneness and the atevi alienness equally well. If you have never read the books, start with this title so you can get immersed through a great narrator into one of the best sci-fi series out there.

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One of the best SciFi series ever

The title says it all. This is truly one of the greatest SciFi series ever written. If you are interested in SciFi on any level...start here.

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  • David
  • Chesapeake, VA, United States
  • 02-20-14

Good start to a long series

I've listened to the first 6 books in this series and now feel I can provide a better perspective of this first book. First, if you are considering jumping into this series, you will not be disappointed if you do. Each book lays the foundation for the next, but all stand on their own merit. No cliffhangers, all wrap up nicely but clearly connect with the next.

I was quite confused initially with this story as it begins with a spaceship lost in space (literally). Eventually the humans that are left behind find their way down to the planet and finally meet the indigenous species, the Atevi. The time jumps are a bit confusing as well. Next thing you know after the initial chance meeting between Atevi and human we jump ahead about 200 years. Still, all backdrop for the more important elements of the story. If you are thinking about it, I don't think you will be disappointed. Buckle up though. It is a long ride through the entire series.

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The. Narrator. Sounds. Like. A. Robot.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I wouldn't change a word, no even during the "slow part".

What did you like best about this story?

The exploration of foreign minds, feelings and instincts.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Now I object; the narrator sounds like a robot. A bored robot.

Could you see Foreigner being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Absolutely! I've even imagined the trailers. I'd love to see Michael Clarke Duncan as Banichi, Sigourney Weaver as Jago and Ben Browder as Bren Cameron.

Any additional comments?

Where is Robertson Dean when you need him?!? His voice would have been perfect for this novel. I love his deep voice, acting and pace.

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Painful to listen to...

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

It was confusing, not interesting, full of holes, too many names and words that it hard to keep track of. The writer must have been high when he wrote this book.

Would you ever listen to anything by C. J. Cherryh again?

I don't think so

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

There should be multiple narrators to help reduce the confusion.

Was Foreigner worth the listening time?

No - I restarted it several time, and it wasn't any clearer

Any additional comments?

Maybe the other books in the series are better, but I am not encourage to try them.

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Boring

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

It put me to sleep. In fact one night when I couldn't sleep I put this on and drifted off.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful