It makes sense to listen to this after Old Man's War and The Last Colony. Both books will give you a bit of background but also add appreciation for John Scalzi's talent to change perspective, tone and maybe even a little bit of the genre. I found Zoe's Tale very much fun to listen to, and actually for different reasons than the above mentioned books.
As it is the events of The Last Colony retold there is not so much happening which you do not know already. And still I found the book fast paced, gripping from beginning to end, and yes very much a teen girl story with all what you expect to find in it: a smart female hero, a little bit of romance, a bit of food for deeper thoughts, a little bit of drama and lots of humor and easygoing story telling. And all of this packed into an universe which I came to like and enjoy in the previous books.
When I look at the other reviews, I see that it cannot be everybody's cup of tea but then it never pretended to be anything else but this: a fun story told in the words of a teenage girl.As such it is exceptionelly well and wittily written, and really perfectly narrated.
Well, this was for me an easy-to-listen-to, entertaining story, with a reader who did a proper job without causing any irritations. The story is straightforward: mercenaries are sort of abducted/hired from earth to do a job for aliens. Main part of the story then plays on a planet (at the time of the story not too different from earth) with a society at the development stage of the early Roman empire. There is bit on the military side of things, there is romance+castles, horses+battles, there is some looming dark galactic background story.
What I really liked about all of this, was that it was what I was looking for: an easy going entertaining reasonably quick read/listen with a potential series continuation. There was no great depth to the story, there was no repetitious dwelling in people's motivations or thoughts, no endless descriptions of non relevant details, neither the romance nor military nor any other specific aspect was over-emphasized.
So if you like something light and fluffy for in-between & if you don't worry too much about plausibility just give it a try.
Unfortunately the narration spoilt this audiobook completely. I wish there was another version by another narrator. Mr. Davidson delivers a performance which leaves one wondering if he understood the story he was reading. I suggest to listen to the sample before buying this audiobook
This is one of the Miles Vorkosigan saga which is mainly about his clone brother Mark. As the rest of it, it is read exceedingly well by Grove Gardner. You will most certainly enjoy it as much as the others of the series but even more so if you don't listen to it, before you have a fair idea who Miles is. As probably all the others of the readers/listeners I have been following with a lot of fun the development and adventures of this brilliant hero, who overcomes his physical limitations with brains and wits. His 'idiot clone brother' who has his first appearance in 'Brothers in Arms' where he was quite an irritating but still minor appearance, plays in this book the lead. And believe it or not, you will be coming close to liking him as much as you do like Miles. Nearly as much but of course in a very different way:)
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