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text 2017-08-11 00:11
Reading progress update: I've listened 774 out of 997 minutes.
Invader: Foreigner Sequence 1, Book 2 - Daniel Thomas May,Audible Studios,C.J. Cherryh

"'The paidhi is very gracious,' Damiri said, and offered her hand, expecting his: he gave it, perforce, compelled to look up to a straightforwardly curious stare, a very solid handclasp. 'Scandal, scandal, scandal. I think it's a very nice, a very honest face, myself, and my aunt can swallow her salacious and doubtless entirely envious suspicions. -You're so exquisitely polite, nand' paidhi.'

'I- hope to be, daja-ma.'

'I may never get my staff back. They're quite besotted.'

'I- hope I've done nothing improper, daja-ma.'

'Bren-paidhi. They dream nightly of you doing something improper. I've heard the reports.'

'Daja-ma-'"

 

The thought of Bren being an accidental atevi ladies' man makes me laugh every time.

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text 2017-08-08 20:20
Reading progress update: I've listened 492 out of 997 minutes.
Invader: Foreigner Sequence 1, Book 2 - Daniel Thomas May,Audible Studios,C.J. Cherryh

"'You said they were respectable people.'

 

'I said they were scholarly. I didn't say they were respectable, nadi-ji.'"

 

This made me think of a couple professors I know. One of them once had a student publicly pray for her soul. I think she was teaching a Human Sexuality course at the time?

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text 2017-08-07 21:14
Reading progress update: I've listened 429 out of 997 minutes.
Invader: Foreigner Sequence 1, Book 2 - Daniel Thomas May,Audible Studios,C.J. Cherryh

"'It's all quite instructive, paidhi-ji. I've learned who you contact, I've learned who are your associates and who are petulant and ill-disposed. I've learned that the paidhi considers the letters of ordinary citizens to be answered seriously. -So when I voted in the Guild, I also spoke about that, nand' paidhi. I'm not supposed to tell you that, but I did. Also Algini flew back from Malguri early, so he could vote on your behalf.'"

 

I just had a knee-jerk "Aww, Tano's kind of sweet" reaction, which just goes to show that I would probably end up dead or get someone killed if I were in Bren's place.

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text 2017-08-04 22:56
Reading progress update: I've listened 370 out of 997 minutes.
Invader: Foreigner Sequence 1, Book 2 - Daniel Thomas May,Audible Studios,C.J. Cherryh

The narrator's shipfolk voices are weird, particularly the one for the captain. It sounds like he's deliberately speaking more carefully and drawing each word's sounds out just a tiny bit longer than normal. I finally realized what it reminds me of: really excellent text-to-speech software.

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text 2017-08-03 21:15
Reading progress update: I've listened 288 out of 997 minutes.
Invader: Foreigner Sequence 1, Book 2 - Daniel Thomas May,Audible Studios,C.J. Cherryh

"But the ones with the power over Mospheira itself didn't give a damn. The people they put in charge of the upper echelons of the State Department didn't give an effectual damn. They had their position, they had their power, they had their access to the President, they called it State Department business when they opened an appliance factory on the North Shore, and they were wined and dined by the company execs, also in their social set, for the petty approvals and the official stamps and the environmental clearances and the power-brokering that shepherded projects through what in atevi terms ought to be the Ministry of Works and the Ministry of Commerce."

 

It occurred to me after I started listening to this that some of the politics would be a bit painful, considering what's going on with U.S. politics at the moment. And there are moments.

 

But I do really like the narrator, and I'm enjoying getting back into this world. I've decided I still prefer this book over the first one.

 

I'm just past the bit where Bren instructed the operator to keep ringing Deana until she picked up. Even though the upcoming results are unintentional on Bren's part, I can't help but laugh.

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