C. J. Cherryh Audiobooks Collection – 46 Unabridged Books


Carolyn Janice Cherry (born September 1, 1942), better known by the pen name C. J. Cherryh, is a United States science fiction and fantasy author. She has written more than 60 books since the mid-1970s, including the Hugo Award winning novels Downbelow Station (1981) and Cyteen (1988), both set in her Alliance-Union universe.
Cherryh will be the Guest of Honor at FenCon IX in Dallas/Fort Worth on September 21-23, 2012.
Cherryh (pronounced “Cherry”) appended a silent “h” to her real name because her first editor, Donald A. Wollheim, felt that “Cherry” sounded too much like a romance writer. Her initials, C.J., were used to disguise the fact that she was female at a time when almost all science fiction authors were male. The author has an asteroid, 77185 Cherryh, named after her. Referring to this honor, the asteroid’s discoverers wrote of Cherryh: “She has challenged us to be worthy of the stars by imagining how mankind might grow to live among them.”
Cherryh was born in 1942 in St. Louis, Missouri and raised primarily in Lawton, Oklahoma. She began writing stories at the age of ten when she became frustrated with the cancellation of her favorite TV show, Flash Gordon. In 1964, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin from the University of Oklahoma (Phi Beta Kappa), with academic specializations in archaeology, mythology, and the history of engineering. In 1965, she received a Master of Arts degree in classics from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where she was a Woodrow Wilson fellow.
After graduation, Cherryh taught Latin, Ancient Greek, the classics, and ancient history at John Marshall High School in the Oklahoma City public school system. While her job was teaching Latin, her passion was the history, religion, and culture of Rome and Ancient Greece. During the summers, she would conduct student tours of the ancient ruins in England, France, Spain, and Italy. In her spare time, she would write, using the mythology of Rome and Greece as plots for her stories of the future. Cherryh did not follow the professional path typical of science fiction writers at the time, which was to first publish short stories in science fiction and fantasy magazines and then progress to novels. In fact, Cherryh did not consider writing short stories until after she had several novels published.
Instead, Cherryh wrote novels in her spare time away from teaching and submitted these manuscripts directly for publication. Initially, she met with little success. In fact, she was forced to re-write some of her early works when various publishers lost the manuscripts she submitted. Retyping from carbon copies of her manuscripts was cheaper than paying for photocopying, and, in effect, forced her to rewrite those lost manuscripts (using carbon paper to make at least one copy of a manuscript was standard practice until the advent of the personal computer). Her breakthrough came in 1975 when Donald A. Wollheim purchased both manuscripts she had submitted to DAW Books, Gate of Ivrel and Brothers of Earth. The two novels were published in 1976, Gate of Ivrel preceding Brothers of Earth by several months (although she had completed and submitted Brothers of Earth first). The books won her immediate recognition and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1977.
Although not all of her works have been published by DAW Books, during this early period, she developed a strong relationship with the Wollheim family and their publishing company, frequently traveling to New York City and staying with the Wollheims in their Queens family home. Other companies that have published her novels include Baen Books, HarperCollins, Warner Books, and Random House (under its Del Rey Books imprint). She published six additional novels in the late 1970s.
In 1979, her short story “Cassandra” won the Best Short Story Hugo, and she quit teaching to write full-time. She has since won the Hugo Award for Best Novel twice, first for Downbelow Station in 1982 and then again for Cyteen in 1989.
In addition to developing her own fictional universes, Cherryh has contributed to several shared world anthologies, including Thieves’ World, Heroes in Hell, Elfquest, Witch World, Magic in Ithkar, and the Merovingen Nights series, which she edited. Her writing has encompassed a variety of science fiction and fantasy subgenres and includes a few short works of non-fiction. Her books have been translated into Czech, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish and Swedish. She has also translated several published works of fiction from French into English.
She now lives near Spokane, Washington, with science fiction/fantasy author and artist Jane Fancher. She enjoys skating, traveling and regularly makes appearances at science fiction conventions.
Her brother David A. Cherry is a science fiction and fantasy artist.
Cherryh uses a writing technique she has variously labeled “very tight limited third person”, “intense third person”, and “intense internal” voice. In this approach, the only things the writer narrates are those that the viewpoint character specifically notices or thinks about. If a starship captain arrives at a space station, for example, the narration may not mention important features of the station with which the captain is already familiar, even though these things might be of interest to the reader, because the captain does not notice them or think about them due to their familiarity. This technique can offer a similar experience to that of reading the viewpoint character’s mind-sometimes at great length-and thus it can resemble stream of consciousness narrative.

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Foreigner series

C.J. Cherryh – Foreigner (read by Daniel Thomas May)
C.J. Cherryh – Invader (read by Daniel Thomas May)
C.J. Cherryh – Inheritor (read by Daniel Thomas May)
C.J. Cherryh – Precursor (read by Daniel Thomas May)
C.J. Cherryh – Defender (read by Daniel Thomas May)
C.J. Cherryh – Explorer (read by Kimberly Schraf)
C.J. Cherryh – Destroyer (read by Kimberly Schraf)
C.J. Cherryh – Pretender (read by Kimberly Schraf)
C.J. Cherryh – Deliverer (read by Daniel Thomas May)
C.J. Cherryh – Conspirator (read by Daniel Thomas May)
C.J. Cherryh – Deceiver (read by Kimberly Schraf)
C.J. Cherryh – Betrayer (read by Daniel Thomas May)
C.J. Cherryh – Intruder (read by Daniel Thomas May)
C.J. Cherryh – Protector (read by Daniel Thomas May)
C.J. Cherryh – Peacemaker (read by Daniel Thomas May)
C.J. Cherryh – Tracker (read by Daniel Thomas May)

The Company Wars series

C.J. Cherryh – Downbelow Station (read by Brian Troxell)
C.J. Cherryh – Rimrunners (read by Madelyn Buzzard)
C.J. Cherryh – Heavy Time (read by James Delotel)
C.J. Cherryh – Hellburner (read by James DeLotel)
C.J. Cherryh – Tripoint (read by J. P. Linton)
C.J. Cherryh – Finity’s End (read by Gary Tipton)

Chanur series

C.J. Cherryh – The Pride Of Chanur (read by Dina Pearlman)
C.J. Cherryh – Chanur’s Venture (read by Dina Pearlman)
C.J. Cherryh – The Kif Strikes Back (read by Dina Pearlman)
C.J. Cherryh – Chanur’s Homecoming (read by Dina Pearlman)
C.J. Cherryh – Chanur’s Legacy (read by Dina Pearlman)

Morgaine & Vanye series

C.J. Cherryh – Gate Of Ivrel (read by Jessica Almasy)
C.J. Cherryh – Well Of Shiuan (read by Jessica Almasy)
C.J. Cherryh – Fires Of Azeroth (read by Jessica Almasy)
C.J. Cherryh – Exile’s Gate (read by Jessica Almasy)

Fortress series

C.J. Cherryh – Fortress In The Eye Of Time (read by Michael Scherer)
C.J. Cherryh – Fortress Of Eagles (read by Michael Scherer)
C.J. Cherryh – Fortress Of Owls (read by Michael Scherer)
C.J. Cherryh – Fortress Of Dragons (read by Michael Scherer)

Russian Stories series

C.J. Cherryh – Rusalka (read by Noah Siegel)
C.J. Cherryh – Chernevog (read by Noah Siegel)
C.J. Cherryh – Yvgenie (read by Noah Siegel)

Finisterre: The Nighthorses series

C.J. Cherryh – Rider At The Gate (read by Vanessa Maroney)
C.J. Cherryh – Cloud’s Rider (read by Vanessa Maroney)

The Gene Wars series

C.J. Cherryh – Hammerfall (read by Rick Rowan)
C.J. Cherryh – Forge Of Heaven (read by ???)

Age of Exploration series book 3

C.J. Cherryh – Cuckoo’s Egg (read by Peter Ganim)


C.J. Cherryh – The Goblin Mirror (read by John Stratton)
C.J. Cherryh – Cyteen (read by Gabra Zackman and Jonathan Davis)
C.J. Cherryh – Collected Short Stories (read by Madelyn Buzzard)

Foreigner series

The Company Wars series

Chanur series

Morgaine & Vanye series

Fortress series

Russian Stories series

Finisterre: The Nighthorses series

The Gene Wars series

Age of Exploration series