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  • Zoe's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    "I'm Zoe Boutin Perry: A colonist stranded on a deadly pioneer world. Holy icon to a race of aliens. A player in a interstellar chess match to save humanity. Seventeen years old. Everyone on Earth knows the tale I am part of. But you don't know my tale: I'm going to tell it to you now, the only way I know how: not straight but true, the whole thing, to try make you feel what I felt: the joy and terror and uncertainty, panic and wonder, despair and hope."

    David says: "A fun listen, and some new information, but..."
    "Enjoyable, fast paced, well narrated"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Twenty Years After: Part I

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson

    Originally published in 1845 as a sequel to The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After is a supreme creation of suspense and heroic adventure. Two decades have passed since the Three Musketeers and D'Artagnan triumphed over Cardinal Richelieu and Milady. Time has weakened their resolve, and dispersed their loyalties. But treasons and stratagems still cry out for justice: civil war endangers the throne of France, while in England Cromwell threatens to send Charles I to the scaffold. Dumas brings this immortal quartet out of retirement to cross swords with time, the malevolence of men, and the forces of history. But their greatest test is a titantic struggle with the son of Milady, who wears the face of evil.

    Steve says: "Please make it stop"
    "Terribly narrated"

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mirror Dance: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner

    The dwarfish, fetally damaged yet brilliant Miles Vorkosigan has more than his share of troubles. Having recently escaped an assassination plot whose tool was a brainwashed clone of himself, Miles has set the clone, Mark, free for a new chance at life. But when he decides to let his clone brother assume his secret identity and lead the Dendarii Free Mercenary on an unauthorized mission to liberate other clones from the outlaw planet of Jackson's Whole, things get really messy.

    Paul Mc Galey says: "Excellent book, but needs editing?"
    "Don't start the Vorkosigan Saga with this but ..."

    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:)

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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