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Publisher's Summary

Six months have passed since the reappearance of the starship Phoenix - the same ship which brought humans to the world of alien atevi nearly 200 years ago, leaving a small and vulnerable colony to struggle for survival in a hostile environment. During these six months, the alien atevi have striven to reconfigure their fledgling space program in a breakneck bid to take their place in the heavens alongside humans. But the return of the Phoenix has added a frighteningly powerful third party to an already volatile situation, polarizing political factions in both human and atevi societies, and making the possibility of all-out planetary war an even more likely threat.

On the atevi mainland, human ambassador Bren Cameron, in a desperate attempt to maintain the peace, has risked alienation from his own people by communicating with the staff of the Phoenix as spokesman for the atevi, and has arranged for one human representative from the Phoenix to take up residence with him in his apartments, and for another to be stationed on Mosphiera, humanity's island enclave.

Now, Bren has the difficult task of indoctrinating Jason Graham, a young man who has never before set foot on a planet, in the intricate, delicate, and potentially lethal maneuverings of the human-atevi interface. And this at a time when, thanks to the assassination of an atevi lord who had been one of Bren's primary adversaries, and the near-collision of Bren's personal plane with a jet manned by an unknown pilot, the relationship between atevi factions is becoming more strained by the minute.

©1996 C.J. Cherryh (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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"Highly recommended for all sf collections." (Library Journal)

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Brilliant and Imaginative

STORY (sci-fi) - CJ Cherryh is an amazing author. The world she has created, the atevi characters, the languages, the political situations...I don't know where she comes up with all this stuff! Just think, there is one human (Bren Cameron) who is charged with translating and maintaining the peace between a human colony and the native atevi, who are large human-like creatures with black skin (see cover art). There are all kinds of differences and extremely tense situations which are great listening. The only complaint I have is that her stories are pretty complex with all the different players and their different motives. There are lots of strange names to keep straight. Several times I wanted to back up and rehear stuff but I was driving and couldn't. I think I would have enjoyed the book more if it were simpler or maybe if I were just smarter!

Things get critical in the end and there's quite a bit of action. The current crises are over by the end of the book so it's not a cliffhanger, but there's so much to come. I'm anxious for the space program to build the atevi's ship and get them into space. It looks as if a new, evil race may be watching...

PERFORMANCE - Mr. May has a very pleasant voice. He does a good job differentiating voices for the different main characters and an incredible job pronouncing all the strange names and places in this book.

OVERALL (actual rating 3.5) - This is a great story, but it's not an easy listen. There is only a little bit of sex and no bad language, but this is definitely not for dummies or young listeneres. It is sci-fi in that it deals with human/alien relations, but the problems are all political in nature. If you're looking for little green men with magical powers and cool weapons, you will be disappointed. Each book seems to provide a pretty good recap to get new listeners up to speed, but I would definitely listen to this series from the beginning in order.


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Well it's not finished yet!:-)

I'm dying to tell you short summary, but to avoid any spoilers,
I'll just tell you one thing:
IT'S GETTING BETTER !!!!!:-)

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  • Shawn
  • Barrie, Ontario, Canada
  • 06-11-13

Strong conclusion to Sequence 1

This is the last book in Sequence 1 of the Inheritor/First Contact series. It's very much a continuation of the first book, but also sets up the plot for Sequence 2.

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OUTSTANDING

Any additional comments?

To describe anything gives things away - but the Dowager... she is so cool. There is so much to learn about human nature when you compare them to aliens and that is why science fiction is so powerful.

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Humans more odd than aliens

This was a great end to the first trilogy. It subtly marked how illogical we humans are and how odd we can seem to each other. I live this series as it does aliens "right ."

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An amazing series..

CJ is a master storyteller, having created an incredible universe and vividly real characters. Get lost in the stories of Bren, and his complicated world of politics and cultural exchange.. your life will suddenly feel much less complicated.

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ABSOTIVELY POSILUTELY WONDERMOUS!!!!

Thank you, CJ and THANK you, Daniel Thomas May....Story and Narration were perfect and am looking forward to the NEXT book (AND the next *several*) with absolute addictive delight!!! Special thanks to AUDIBLE for an overwhelmingly delightful experience! All I can say is "Thank you so very much!" to ALL who have given their talents and time to make a waking dream come true!!! §

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the final section

loved the story with all its politics and bits of sci-fi action! highly recommend as a whole series

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A wonderfully engaging series

Would you listen to Inheritor again? Why?

Yes, I probably will as some point

What other book might you compare Inheritor to and why?

The series reminds me of some of Robert Heinlein's work. Social Science Fiction as opposed to technology or action based science fiction. I find myself thinking of the social implications of the story.

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

Daniel May's performance is wonderful. I will look for other books he has performed.

Any additional comments?

As I write this review I am 8 books into this series. I came back to write this one. And I have enjoyed them one after the other, not wishing to leave the flow of the story as it unfolds.<br/><br/>How much more of an endorsement can I provide? And it is hard to say exactly what it is that draw me into the story line so strongly that I have already purchased the 9th book and am eager to start it.<br/><br/>Half of the book, each book in the series occurs inside the head of Bren Cameron, the main character. Perhaps that is the attraction. I find myself projecting myself into his position. And I have come to care about the characters in the story and isn't that a key mark of good writing?<br/><br/>If you are looking for a lot of action and explosions and battles the this might not be a series for you. But if you enjoy being intellectually engaged in the story, wondering how you would respond, then you should find yourself as addicted as I am.

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Great Series!

The entire series is smart, exciting, a complete world and each book deepens our knowledge and continues to offer up suspense and surprises. My second time listening to it all! I highly recommend it - if you can listen carefully through the first book, the effort makes it easier to hear the rest. And so worth it!!