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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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    David & Barbara Allen 11-28-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Good store but certainly a different kind of scifi"
    If you could sum up Foreigner in three words, what would they be?

    Complex. I found the story a bit slow and confusing in the beginning, especially the first 2 parts because I just had trouble following it and the flow for a while.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    That is difficult to say because it was really all about 1 character and I wouldn't say that I really felt connected to any other.


    What about Daniel Thomas May’s performance did you like?

    I liked the narration but did have trouble identifying and keeping track of the characters. However I think this was more because of the style of story and how they were referred to. This might have been a bit easier reading this listening


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

    Politics is complex in the future as it is in the present.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the story eventually but I struggled for a long time to understand what was really going on and what the real perspectives were because it was all form a single point of view with very little historical context. Even at the end I'm not sure I really figured out the divisions, sides, and perspectives. I will read the next in the series and think more will become clear.

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    Kindle Customer NEWPORT NEWS, VA, United States 11-15-16
    Kindle Customer NEWPORT NEWS, VA, United States 11-15-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Not sure I would like it."

    It turned out to be better than expected. I already downloaded the next in the series.

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    kesia martin 11-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "struggled to relate to human"

    the narrator did a good job with the names and manuvering dialect. I found the story very hard to relate to the main character. I found him whiney and over accommodating. I'm not sure I want to continue the series. I understand the concept of being at the mercy of others, but...I don't like the human.

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    Amazon Customer 06-03-13 Member Since 2012

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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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    AudioAddict 06-03-13
    AudioAddict 06-03-13

    I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!

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    "This series should be awesome!"

    STORY - Foreigner is the first of a very long series, thus it gives a lot of information and detail which will, no doubt, be an important background for episodes to come. I found the book interesting in the beginning but hard to follow as it jumps around between different settings. The middle was often tedious and slow-moving, and then it became very exciting in the end. It begins with the history of the human landing on a new planet and covers the first contact with an alien species. Then it progresses to exploring the differences between the species and the political difficulties of both species cohabiting harmoniously on the same planet, told through the eyes of the lone human ambassador/translator (Bren) living amongst the aliens. Bren experiences kidnapping, murder attempts, a rebellion and other events which evidence the danger of trying to merge the two civilizations, but it is this part of the book which I found somewhat slow. The alien names and places can sometimes be hard to remember and keep straight, but it's not too bad. The ending is not exactly a cliffhanger, but it leaves a lot of questions unanswered. I look forward to continuing in this series.

    NARRATOR - Great narration, perfect for this book. He has a gift for timing sentences perfectly to deliver the most impact. I am pleased to see that he will narrate the whole series.

    OVERALL - This book is kind of slow in the middle but still enjoyable. It sets the stage for what should be a great Book 2.

    1 of 2 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

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher W. Lehman United States 04-23-13
    Christopher W. Lehman United States 04-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Nothing happens"
    Would you try another book from C. J. Cherryh and/or Daniel Thomas May?

    Yes to Daniel Thomas May, probably not from C.J. Cherryh, and definitely not anything in the rest of this series.


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

    Maybe, but not this series.


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

    The Dowager, the only character that seemed to HAVE any character.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Foreigner?

    The first 3/4ths of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    She really hypes how "different" the aliens are from humans, but in reality this book reads more like a person just visiting a different culture. The aliens are way too human-like, and the Ambassador is a fool altogether. Nothing happens in the majority of the book, and when it does it is underwhelming. I finished it only because I refuse to NOT finish a story once begun, but I won't be getting any of the rest of the series. The performance was well executed, Daniel Thomas May did a good job with bad material.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Ann 10-25-12
    Ann 10-25-12
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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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    Carrie 04-19-13
    Carrie 04-19-13 Member Since 2016

    Forget the radio and all the commercials, I love listening to a good book!

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    "Wow, in a bad way"
    What disappointed you about Foreigner?

    To be honest, I couldnt tell you if this book was good or not. It is so wordy! Lost of side comments and discription overload, you forget what the subject is on. Its Kind of like, if your looking out the windw, instead of continuing with what your looking at, the author will discribe the window, the wood of the window pane, wall color, if the paint is peeling or not, why is it peeling or not, texture of the glass and what could have caused it. - blah get on with it already!!


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

    Im willing to check them out


    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Miguel ANAHEIM, CA, United States 09-03-14
    Miguel ANAHEIM, CA, United States 09-03-14 Member Since 2017
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    "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.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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