Protector : Foreigner

  • by C. J. Cherryh
  • Narrated by Daniel Thomas May
  • Series: Foreigner
  • 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Science Fiction, 2014
It's coming up on Cajeiri's birthday. The boy has been promised he can have the young human children he knew from his voyage sent down from the space station for a two week stay. But there's a far darker business going on in the background - a major split compromising the Assassins' Guild, which furnishes security and law enforcement to the whole continent. Tabini's consort's own father has been barred from court, and may be involved in a new conspiracy against him.
For safety reasons, Tabini wants Bren and Ilisidi to take charge of Cajeiri, and protect him and his young guests. They themselves are very likely targets of whatever's going on, no question of it. So is Cajeiri. But having the targets separated and contained is an advantage. It's Bren's responsibility to entertain the guests, keep the security problem secret...and let a lonely eight-year-old prince reestablish his controversial relationship with the only other children he's ever met...inside the best security they can manage.

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New to the Series? Don't Start Here

I was listening to this book and it occurred to me that someone who had not been following the Foreigner series would probably be totally lost. So I would urge anyone who is interested in this book to go to the first volume in the set and read forward. I have found a lot of pleasure in reading these books over the years but the worlds and cultures created by Cherryh are complex and full of concepts that may require a glossary and a character list for first time readers.

We are back on the home world of the atevi. The son of the ruler of the Western Association, Cajeiri, is approaching his ninth birthday. The number nine in this culture as particular significance. His father has agreed to allow him to have a visit from three of his human friends from the space station. But, as usual where the atevi (and the humans) are concerned there is a witches brew of politics. And in the middle of it is Bren Cameron, the translator/diplomat whose tenure has seen the most incredible changes in the human/atevi interface.

the narrator is also quite good with consistent pronunciation of the many unusual words and names used.
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- Sires

As good as ever! Best SF series! Marvellous.

Would you listen to Protector again? Why?

Yes I will listen to this many times more. The political intrigues and the wit of both aiji dowager Illiidi and Bren Cameron is so good. I just love The way Bren, Illisidi and their allies work together. Casijie is growing up very well and I find him so amusing and loveable at times. I love Daniel Thomas May's performance so very, very much. I already have a collection of the books and now I'm collecting the audiobooks as well!!. Can't wait for the next book.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Bren - he is so smart and admirable and so diplomatic. He is able to sort things out o well.


Have you listened to any of Daniel Thomas May’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He is very good indeed.


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- Bunty

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-02-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios