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Publisher's Summary

The first book in C.J.Cherryh's eponymous series, Foreigner begins an epic tale of the survivors of a lost spacecraft who crash-land on a planet inhabited by a hostile, sentient alien race. From its beginnings as a human-alien story of first contact, the Foreigner series has become a true science fiction odyssey, following a civilization from the age of steam through early space flight to confrontations with other alien species in distant sectors of space. It is the masterwork of a truly remarkable author.
©1994 C.J. Cherryh (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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By David & Barbara Allen on 11-28-16

Good store but certainly a different kind of scifi

If you could sum up Foreigner in three words, what would they be?

Complex. I found the story a bit slow and confusing in the beginning, especially the first 2 parts because I just had trouble following it and the flow for a while.

Who was your favorite character and why?

That is difficult to say because it was really all about 1 character and I wouldn't say that I really felt connected to any other.

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

I liked the narration but did have trouble identifying and keeping track of the characters. However I think this was more because of the style of story and how they were referred to. This might have been a bit easier reading this listening

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Politics is complex in the future as it is in the present.

Any additional comments?

I liked the story eventually but I struggled for a long time to understand what was really going on and what the real perspectives were because it was all form a single point of view with very little historical context. Even at the end I'm not sure I really figured out the divisions, sides, and perspectives. I will read the next in the series and think more will become clear.

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By Kindle Customer on 11-15-16

Not sure I would like it.

It turned out to be better than expected. I already downloaded the next in the series.

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By Saila on 09-26-16


One of the strangest books I have heard or read after James Joyce's Ulysses. I feel myself very brave that I managed this to the end. I got constantly tangled with the names, they were much too similar. Phew!

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By Miss DePlume on 05-08-17

Tedious... Repetitive... Stilted

I wanted to like this story, I really did. It's a first contact story exploring an accidental human colony on an alien planet, mixed with a kind of Woman in Black stately English home/hunting lodge scenario.

Unfortunately, I read a review where someone complained that C.J. Cherryh tells you everything over, and over again - this is not an exaggeration. There is an incident early on with a gun under a mattress. Is there a gun under the mattress? There's a gun under a mattress. Will anyone find the gun under the mattress? Remember the gun under the mattress? There was a gun under the mattress. The mattress, with a gun under it.

Even as a sci-fi/fantasy lover, I find too many far-out made-up names tedious. Foreigner is an unending tedium of made up names and titles. It's just an endless stream of monotonous characters... Munchichi, Bunnichie, Paidie, Mydie, Schmidie, Punchichi - Ok, I am being unkind here and making some names up for dramatic review purposes.

The reader seems to be from the William Shatner school of voice acting. With. Pauses. Punctuating in between. Sentences.

Nope, sorry, didn't like this one!

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