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Zoe's Tale Audiobook

Zoe's Tale

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Publisher's Summary

"How do you tell your part in the biggest tale in history?

"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

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    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 03-24-09
    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 03-24-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Fun but a bit childish"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Milford, CA, USA 09-18-08
    Lynn Milford, CA, USA 09-18-08
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    "Compelling and Humerous"

    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.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer NORTHLAKE, TX, United States 01-19-11
    Amazon Customer NORTHLAKE, TX, United States 01-19-11 Member Since 2014

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    "A rehash...."

    This is really is a rehash of everything that has gone before. The series really needs a new storyline. Not recommended.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    rob colorado springs, CO, United States 03-05-10
    rob colorado springs, CO, United States 03-05-10
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    "Good but not great sci fi"

    It has very clever momnets and pretty well drawn out characters but I have read better and A LOT worse

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Shane ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 03-27-12
    Shane ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 03-27-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Annoying Narrator"

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Svetlana OR, United States 09-21-16
    Svetlana OR, United States 09-21-16 Member Since 2006

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    "Waste of credit and time. Skip this one."
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator did this book justice. The book is written from the perspective of a (frankly annoying) teenage girl, and that's precisely how the narration sounds.


    Any additional comments?

    This book pretty much re-tells the story of the previous book in series, this time through the life of Zoe. All of the sudden, we have to suffer through the peculiarities of teenage narration centered around teenage drama obscuring almost the same events described in "the Last Colony." We do learn couple extra details of how she accomplished her mission, but, honestly, this is just an utterly pointless part of the series. I would advise listeners to skip this one and go directly to the Human Division. Now that I have finished the series, I do believe it is the best thing to do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelps Leite de Sousa 08-18-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Worth it, don't be fooled into thinking otherwise"

    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.

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    Doron Bar-Caspi Redmond, WA 08-11-16
    Doron Bar-Caspi Redmond, WA 08-11-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Could have fit into a Epilogue of the Last Colony"
    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrator’s performances?

    The narrator did a poor job at pronouncing names (people and races) as they were narrated in previous books. This was very annoying.


    Any additional comments?

    This book adds very little to the storyline, and should have fit into an Epilogue of in the Last Colony.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John W. Adams 07-15-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Well done - an enjoyable listening experience."

    Interesting to hear the story from Zoe's perspective. Good story, good performance. Great beach reading / listening. The series is great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Connor 07-11-16
    Connor 07-11-16
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    "Good story, but, not the best narrator."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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