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.
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"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)
"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.
"Paranoid internal dialogue"
Didn't finish it.
The narrator is great in this series.
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.
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.
"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!!!!
"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.
"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
"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
∗∗∗∗ ⋅ /5 Audiobook Narration
∗∗∗∗∗/5 Interesting ideas
∗∗∗∗ ⋅ /5 Engaging story
∗∗∗∗ ⋅ /5 Good science/technology
∗∗∗∗ ⋅ /5 Overall
"great second outing!"
This is one of my favorite series. Ms. Cherryh sets up the most detail and plot involvement of an author I have read/listened. She provides just the right amount of action to keep the book exciting and leaving you wanting more. Mr. May does a great job narrating, excellent distinct voices for the key characters, well done!
"Bren is enveloped in the Atevi world"
I love this series, this is approximately my 7th or 8th time through the complete series. Every time Ms Cherryh adds another Foreigner novel I have to go back to the beginning, sometimes I only read the most recent books, but sometimes I go back and reread from the beginning. Invader is one of my favorites, and I love the developing relationships between Brent and his security team also he and Ilisidi are so great together. May is a wonderful narrator and he narrates the entire series.
"Great character development"
I've read reviews of the books in this series that criticize the lack of action. It's true that much of the focus of the series is on political intrigue and efforts by two biologically dissimilar species to understand each other, and coexist. I, also, found that the main protagonist is often a little too whiny for my taste. Much of the POV is introspection by this main character, and it can sometimes be a bit much.
That said, the more I listen, the better I like this series. I found 'Invader' to be vastly improved over Book 1, and look forward to continuing on to Sequence 1, Book 3.
Daniel May's narration is first-rate. I haven't heard him outside of this series, but so far, he has been great. He provides consistent rendering of both male and female parts in a believable way.
"It Just Keeps Getting Better!!!"
What a Series!!! The very best of science fiction combined with political intrigue, assassinations, excellent characterization, deep emotions and all conveyed in a very rich language, the writing is superb!!!
The narrator truly does justice to this series.
I'm enjoying every minute of it!!!!
Nearly impossible to put the books down and now impossible to turn the audiobooks off.
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