"I ask because it's what I have to do. I'm Zoe Boutin Perry: A colonist stranded on a deadly pioneer world. Holy icon to a race of aliens. A player (and a pawn) in a interstellar chess match to save humanity, or to see it fall. Witness to history. Friend. Daughter. Human. Seventeen years old.
"Everyone on Earth knows the tale I am part of. But you don't know my tale: How I did what I did - how I did what I had to do - not just to stay alive but to keep you alive, too. All of you. 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. Everything that happened, bringing us to Earth, and Earth out of its captivity. All through my eyes.
"It's a story you know. But you don't know it all."
©2008 John Scalzi; (P)2008 Macmillan Audio
Story that seemed geared to a young audience that adults, like me, can like but a bit to slow and "childish" at times. The story is slow to start but the ending is wonderful and might even bring a few tears to your eyes. Wonderful reader.
This follows the characters from Old Man's War and The Ghost Brigades. If you enjoyed them, you will enjoy this. Good story for teenagers, as well as adults, as it told from the point of view of a teenage girl.
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This is really is a rehash of everything that has gone before. The series really needs a new storyline. Not recommended.
It has very clever momnets and pretty well drawn out characters but I have read better and A LOT worse
The story is pretty good, although somewhat repetitive from The Last Colony. It is pretty obvious that it is a middle age man projecting himself onto a teenage girl, but it still works relatively well.
The biggest problem with the audiobook is that the narrator has a serious case of vocal fry that becomes more and more annoying as the book goes on. It is most evident when she portrays female characters but is present throughout. Other than that, it is a worthy listen.
Very good take on the same story from The Last Colony but from Zoe's point of view. Explains some things that aren't obvious or explained at all in the previous book and the narrator did a great job interpreting Zoe.
The narrator did a poor job at pronouncing names (people and races) as they were narrated in previous books. This was very annoying.
This book adds very little to the storyline, and should have fit into an Epilogue of in the Last Colony.
Interesting to hear the story from Zoe's perspective. Good story, good performance. Great beach reading / listening. The series is great.
the story was really good but the narrator messed up on some words which got very annoying. if you are listening to the whole series, which I do recommend. you will know what I mean and most likely be just as annoyed as me but still good in general.
I recommend this installment for fans of the series. I'm reading them in order. This fourth installment covers the earlier ground but from a different point of view. I found the initial parts of Zoe's Tale to be a little slow and 'young adultish'. But things do pick up considerable as the story progresses. It is a solid addition to the series and provides some interesting information you don't get from the initial recounting of events in the earlier titles in the series.
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