• Cuckoo's Egg

  • By: C. J. Cherryh
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 07-24-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (204 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Cuckoo's Egg is a novel by science fiction and fantasy author C. J. Cherryh, set in her Alliance-Union universe. It was nominated for the Hugo Award and longlisted the Locus Award for Best Novel. It was later included, along with Cherryh's novel Serpent's Reach, in the 2005 omnibus volume The Deep Beyond. The audiobook introduces the alien Shonunin race, and the plot of the novel concerns a male Shonun raising a human boy.
They named him Thorn. They told him he was of their people, although he was so different. He was ugly in their eyes, strange, sleek-skinned instead of furred, clawless, different. Yet he was of their power class: judge-warriors, the elite, the fighters, the defenders.
Thorn knew that his difference was somehow very important - but not important enough to prevent murderous conspiracies against him, against his protector, against his caste, and perhaps against the peace of the world. But when the crunch came, when Thorn finally learned what his true role in life was to be, that the future of two worlds might hinge on him, then he had to stand alone to justify his very existence.
©1985 C.J. Cherryh (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ellenaeddy on 09-25-12

What makes an Alien

I dearly love Cherryh's work. She's rightly famous for building aliens that really aren't humans dressed up funny. this is an early book but beautifully done. I really always have wished there were a sequence.
The alien here chooses to raise his enemy as a child, to understand him, to use him but not in a cruel way. It's a powerful statement about who your enemy is, who your enemy might be with comprehension. I do love this book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Gary on 11-14-13

Unique

There are SF books that are good, but "formulamatic". Many of CJ Cherryh's book are unique and this a prime example, a real gem. Her writing skills are beyond question. She is one of those extremely gifted writers. By taking bits and pieces of earth cultures and then adding spice and creativity, Cherryh is able to create entirely believable alien cultures. I am a long time audible listener and I recommend this book to you without a single reservation. You will enjoy it. The narrator was really excellent as well.

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