Narrator makes no effort to pronounce things correctly that are critical to the main character. Babar. Boutin. The story is also not as great as the previous books in this series.
Only a few details added to the original story, these should have been included in the Last Colony.
overall, it was an entertaining look into the story behind a secondary character in the Old Man's War series. the struggle for me was staying invested in the story with the narration. Tavia did a fine read, but when the pronunciation of some of the words are changed between narrators in a series, the pronunciation of the words became a distraction from the story and overall impacted the experience.
if you want to repeat the previous book in the series from another person's perspective and waste another 10 hours thin you will love this book.
it actually put me off the rest of the series.
I enjoyed the book quite a bit but felt like most of the payoff was not until the very end. The narration was difficult because of different pronunciations compared to the last few books.
Great narrator, but I have to wonder why Scalzi wrote it. There is virtually nothing we learned if we read the previous three books, and it's agonizing to watch the same scenes again with little new perspective.
The book would be better, had I not read the third in the series, but as far as I'm concerned it was a waste of money.
The choice of a female reader to present Zoe's Tale was great, as it really set the tone for the whole story. However, consistency around pronunciation of certain words and concepts (e.g. Names, alien species, etc) would have been good. Took me a while to realise that the topic was about things I had already encountered in previous books 😀 But that is a minor gripe it what was another excellent story, well presented.
I read Scalzi every chance I get. He has quickly become ranked among my all-time favorite authors. This tale more or less parallels Last Colony, but from Zoe Boutin Perry's pov. And it's a corker! Can't wait to get to Human Division.
Excellent story, and very good narration overall, but I was driven continually nuts by the mispronunciation (or at least, wildly different pronunciation) of every name and alien race from that of narrator that performs the first 3 books. A little consistency would have taken the performance from good to excellent.