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Nearly two centuries after a human colony is abandoned on an alien planet, the two races have reached a tenacious peace agreement. But when the human ship returns unexpectedly, both governments are thrown into chaos.

©1995 C.J. Cherryh (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Cherryh combines a flair for hard science with a keen insight into the complex rationales behind human - and nonhuman - actions. Highly recommended for sf collections." (Library Journal)

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The Art of Negotiating with Aliens

STORY - Foreigner is a story told from the perspective of Bren Cameron, who is on a foreign planet and is the sole human negotiator/translator responsible for keeping peace between a human colony and the planet's natives, the Atevi. There are vast biological, philosophical, technological, political and language differences between the species that make his job very interesting and complicated. Further, there are multiple factions within each species that have their own motives and special interests that must also be respected. Things comes to a fever-pitch crisis when the spaceship which brought the human colony to the planet 200 years ago returns unexpectedly. Seeing it return to their skies, the Atevi are rightfully suspicious of its purpose and how its presence may affect their safety.

The story is unusual and very interesting, filled with alien politics, mind games and betrayals. There is some action and suspense, but this is really a book about how Bren negotiates through the multiple crises he is faced with. If you are looking for space travel, wormholes, battles between worlds, you need to look elsewhere. I plan to continue this series, but I must admit that I hope (and expect) the next sequence to have a little more "Star Trek stuff." If not, I will probably become bored with the series and quit.

NARRATOR - Very good. The only reason I didn't rate it a 5 is because it wasn't a particularly difficult performance.

OVERALL - I enjoyed this book and recommend it, but it may not have enough action for all sci-fi enthusiasts.

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Continuing Story of the Paidhi

This is the second book of the first trilogy. It is a solid continuance of the story and the drama of the Paidhi.

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Second book IS BETTER !!! :-)

As i said before the narration was excellent!!!!!
The main thing is it's not a sequel, The bok is continuation of story line.
If you listen the books in sequence you won't even understand , where the first book ends and the second one begins.
And it is getting much more interesting!!!!

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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great second book

If you havent read my review of book 1 go there it has more to say about what happens, this is sorta a review to tell you that since this is actually book 2 and there are 3 books in this first "Sequence" the reviews for the first in the "Sequence" are for all 3 books because for the most part its really 1 book split into 3 books there isnt any actual ending until the end of a "Sequence" and lets face it if you like the first book then you will probably want to finish the group

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

Well crafted. More exciting.

This is a great sequel to the first book in the series. I thought the last book had interesting ideas and explored the alien relationships well. I understand why C.J. Cherryh decided to write the first book as she did. However, it just wasn't exciting as we were kept away from the action, except for the end.

This book takes place right after the first, and there is a lot more politics and a lot more to the plot — solving my only reservations about the last book. It's a slow moving, well crafted exploration of cultures colliding and dealing with the crisis that the return of the starship created. With the foundation of the first book we can really explore these issues more.

∗∗∗∗ ⋅ /5 Writing style
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∗∗∗∗ ⋅ /5 Good science/technology

∗∗∗∗ ⋅ /5 Overall

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  • Mikaela
  • OCEANSIDE, CA, United States
  • 12-25-14

Paranoid internal dialogue

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Didn't finish it.

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

The narrator is great in this series.

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

Eh, no. Not even a little. I barely made it through the first book but this second book, I just gave up maybe 1/3 of the way in. There is just too much internal dialogue and it's really hard to follow this guys mindset.

Any additional comments?

Like others have said, this story is interesting but I really wish the main character would just shut up sometimes. In my opinion there isn't nearly enough interaction with the other characters or action for that matter. The times between things actually happening in the book are entirely too far apart. Add to that that we're inside this guys head pretty much that whole time... Ugh. I just couldn't. I guess this might be an attempt to get us into the frame of mind of the character but I found myself constantly rolling my eyes. He's paranoid, jumping to conclusions, self criticizing, a braggart, etc etc etc all in the space of 30 seconds. Couldn't follow, didn't care enough to continue listening.

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a political thriller in sci fi disguise

I couldn't finish it. I expected alien worlds, alien creatures, and the trappings of science fiction. instead this book seems to follow a modern US diplomat with a difficult foreign post, in a country with an uneasy treaty. as far as I've read, the aliens were never described (beyond being tall and dark skinned), and the planet seems completely terrestrial and contemporary. It might be a great book, I really have no idea. It's not much of a sci fi though.

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awesome

I still love these books. CJ Cherryh is a masterful storyteller. I would recommend this book to anyone that loves science fiction.

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Perfection!

I loved it as much if not more on the re-listen. There aren't many writers (and story lines) that can be proud of that.

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Iffy after book 1, hooked after book 2

I bought books 1 & 2 together... If I hadn't, I probably wouldn't have picked up #2 -- but I'm glad I did. In the first book, the main character annoyed me. He was such a flighty little *****. I gave the second book a shot, sensing the potential, hoping he would mature.

Was not disappointed! And now I see there are about 18 more stories out there, and counting, and I'm really looking forward to where this tale may go.

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  • Flutterby
  • 03-28-16

goodstoryline

the detail is great the narrator alful
one of the better books in the series

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  • Graham Ball
  • 02-09-16

Easy listening

A good story, made better by the narrator. I found it very easy to listen to and understand, hard to put the story down.

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  • Katy
  • 08-01-16

too wordy

i really wanted this to be the next great sci fi series i could get into.....but too slow....too wordy, not enough dialogue....too many internal thoughts from the main character. so sad i cant get into it as i spent 16 hours on the first book hoping the second would progress faster....but 3 hours in and all Bren has done is return from surgery and attend a couple of meetings and have breakfast and read his mail. sorry not very scifi epic