• Chanur's Homecoming

  • Chanur, Book 4
  • By: C. J. Cherryh
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Series: Chanur, Book 4
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 31-07-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (7 ratings)


When those alien entities called "humans" sent their first exploration ship into Compact space, the traditional power alliances of the seven Compact races were catastrophically disrupted. And, giving shelter to Tully, the only surviving human, Pyanfar Chanur and her feline hani crew were pitched into the center of a galactic maelstrom, becoming key players in a power game which could cause an interstellar war, or bring the last hope for peace between eight barely compatible alien races.
©1987 C. J. Cherryh (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ellenaeddy on 15-01-13

A whirl of worlds.

This series is in many ways Cherryh's most accessible one. She takes on one species after another and makes them real as a dime. And comprehensible by their own lights. Without ever making them into humans with fur or feathers. It's a wonderful space opera, which I normally hate. But here, when the alliens are so alien and yet, somehow people you know, how can you resist?
Some whiny bits in the dialog. Listen to it and see what you think. It didn't ruin my enjoyment of the books.But you might feel differently.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Andrew on 17-01-18

Consistently good

What made the experience of listening to Chanur's Homecoming the most enjoyable?

I began reading the Chanur series and was spellbound and amazed how well it was done, especially considering the first book was written almost 40 years ago. I love the way you spent so much time living the stress and the decisions of the characters, and the depth and tangibility of the space travel

What other book might you compare Chanur's Homecoming to and why?

The expanse makes space travel feel as real, but was written more recently

What does Dina Pearlman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Good question, perhaps the voice of a mature woman brings out the main chr better than it would have otherwise

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The very last moment of the book is quite moving

Any additional comments?

A truly excellent series. I feel bad-not-bad that it is truly a book and would not adapt to the screen, so should and must be enjoyed in its original format. It is a truly a book. The alien races, and the difficulty of any dealings between species is made very real. Space travel is given so much depth as to feel real, even viceral. One sees into the alien culture of the hani, retaining only enough distance to gain perspective. The fact that humankind have only become something to consider in the 3rd book, is an interesting use of identification.

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