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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.
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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)
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By AudioAddict on 06-28-13

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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By G. Parish on 04-22-15

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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By Flutterby on 03-28-16

goodstoryline

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

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By Graham Ball on 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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By Katy on 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

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