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The Faded Sun Trilogy

Narrated by: Paul Woodson
Length: 30 hrs and 30 mins
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All three books in C. J. Cherryh's epic The Faded Sun trilogy - Kesrith, Shon'jir, and Kutath - collected in one volume.

They were the mri-tall, secretive, bound by honor and the rigid dictates of their society. For aeons, this golden-skinned, golden-eyed race had provided the universe mercenary soldiers of almost unimaginable ability.

But now the mri have faced an enemy unlike any other - an enemy whose only way of war is widespread destruction. These "humans" are mass fighters, creatures of the herb, and the mri have been slaughtered like animals. Now, in the aftermath of war, the mri face extinction.

It will be up to three individuals to save whatever remains of this devastated race: a warrior - one of the last survivors of his kind; a priestess of this honorable people; and a lone human - a man sworn to aid the enemy of his own kind. Can they retrace the galaxy-wide path of this nomadic race back through millennia to reclaim the ancient world that first gave them life?

©2000 C. J. Cherryh; The Faded Sun: Kesrith copyright 1978 by C. J. Cherryh; The Faded Sun: Shon'jir copyright 1978 by C. J. Cherryh; The Faded Sun: Kutath copyright 1979 by C. J. Cherryh (P)2018 Tantor

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Very intriguing, very original..No Spoilers.

This is the first series I've read (heard) where I can say it's strengths were also it's weeknesses. The interactions between the 3 races is the meat and potatos of these books. The insight and development of such diverse ways of thinking (indevidual and societal) is superbly delivered. Multiple times I was stunned to the point of pausing the book and reflecting on what connections the different races made regarding another race's way of thought. Very intriguing. The concept of how lying (verbalizing untruths) being anathama to the Regal due to the their idetic memory and way of passing facts and knowledge onto their next generation is intelligent, fascinating and thought provoking. My only quam with the story is: the author went so extensively into the aliens' customs and thought processes, I felt bogged down and lost in places. Almost like too much of a good thing. Not the worst criticism I suppose. Also, the narration seemed very slow. But that was easily remidied by moving the speed to X1.10. Great read if you're looking for something off the beaten "Space Opera/Alien Sci-Fi" path.

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Great Series

narration was good and story was great. read this years ago but enjoyed the audio version

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Great ride. Well performed

Enjoyed the whole story. The performance was nicely done and gave identity to the characters.

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An Earlier Work From a Grand Master

A stranger in a strange land epic about the last of a people turning homeward.

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