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  • Chanur's Legacy

  • Chanur, Book 5
  • By: C. J. Cherryh
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Chanur's Legacy

By: C. J. Cherryh
Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
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Summary

Ten years after the presence of the human Tully disrupted the crew of The Pride of Chunur, Hilfy becomes the captain and is offered a million credits to transport a small religious object to Urtur Station.

©1992 C. J. Cherryh (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • Sires
  • 20-08-12

Thoroughly Impressed by Production of a Good Book

The new audiobook is out and I very impressed. First, I am going to concentrate on the audiobook. I am not going to rehash the plot. Suffice it to say that Cherryh manages to write a wonderfully complicated but satisfying book giving Hilfy Chanur center stage. I have read a whole bunch of Foreigner books since I first read this book, I can see certain similar themes-- Hilfy was once protocol officer on her aunt's ship which has diplomatic overtones, but Cherryh stays true to her vision of the Hani and other aliens she created for the Compact Space books.

Now to the audiobook-- The narrator Dina Pearlman had narrated a lot of audible books including the Weather Warden and Kris Longknife books but somehow I have never run into her until now. Her reading is measures-- not too fast, not to slow-- but never drags. She does a fabulous job with the something tongue twisting alien names and words. Her species/character delineation is very good. I was never in doubt as to who was speaking.

Very, very pleased with this audio book-- although I would like to add myself to those who would like Cherryh to add more books to this series.

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  • Ellenaeddy
  • 06-05-13

best of an awfully good series

I loved the Chanur series. And this is the best of them. The humor is tighter, funnier, more real, more in every way. And the aliens are wonderfully three dimensionals that you really connect with. There's nothing cute about it. It's solid anthropological S&F, and one Cherryh's very best. Highly recommended!
Hilfy has grown up to by Pyanfar's heir in every way, captain, rogue, clan head and almost pirate. What a good book!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-10-19

Need more stories of Compact Space

This has been my favorite series in Sci Fi, well written and exciting portrayals of hyper space travel and different species interaction.
We must have more of Hilfy and Legacy, more of Chur mapping new routes, and more of Tully.
PLEASE!

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  • Gentle Reader Jill
  • 14-08-12

Don't Miss Reading This

C.J. Cherryh is a great writer, Legacy is one of Cherryh's best works, and Dina Pearlman reads it splendidly. Legacy works as a stand-alone book, even though it is a grand encore to the four-volume Pride of Chanur series. It would be a good introduction to Cherryh's universe.

Hilfy Chanur, captain of the Hani space merchant ship Legacy, does two things that send Hilfy and her crew on a port-to-port scramble in a tangle of five-species complications. She takes what ought to be a simple contract to deliver a ceremonial object, and she agrees to deliver a stranded Hani male to the ship that "accidently" left him.

The tensions and adventures that result are exciting, suspenseful, funny, inventive, and fascinating. Cherryh is a fabulous world-builder, and is the best, bar none, at creating characters, species, cultures, and situations that drive the action forward and bring the reader along cheering for more.



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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-05-22

Love the story.

A complex plot with twists and turns. Impressed with the narrator’s pronunciation of the foreign words!

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  • Bill Swears
  • 01-03-19

We're all hard-wired

I read these as they came out. Now, finally, I'm "getting" why Legacy is such a fine ending for a solid series. I loved Vikktakkht's praise of peace, and I think he offered Hilfy a permanent position with the Kid, or maybe told her his plan for the future.

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  • Laura Roderick
  • 02-09-18

Chanur series

I loved this, I thought chanur without Pyanfar would be a failure, but Hillfy runs a different and also wonderful ship. All of the alien races show up for this except humans.

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  • jlwmdd
  • 28-06-18

wonderful synopsis to a great yarn.

I really enjoyed this book. I did miss Tully though. Great story telling. I truly enjoyed this book

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  • Rev. Krisandra Daniels
  • 13-03-16

great book

love the book and the series. I listen to it several times a year. one of the best authors in science fiction

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  • winna
  • 26-11-14

Narrator uses problematic character accents

I have always enjoyed this book more than the other books in this series. Unfortunately I had to return this audiobook because the narrator's choice of dubiously stereotypical accents for the various races make it unlistenable.

Pearlman chooses to make one race sound like Chinese stereotypes and another to sound like Jamaicans. It does not help that her decision was to make the greedy, acquisitive and inherently untrustworthy but excessively civilized race sound vaguely Chinese (down to an occasional r/l confusion!) and the free-wheeling drinking and fighting race sound like Jamaicans.

If you didn't have a problem with the character accents for some races in the recent Star Wars movies, regarding which were made similar criticisms, you should be fine with this audiobook. If they made you wonder how someone could ignore the implications of choosing those accents for those characters, skip this audiobook. I wish I had.