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Zoe's Tale | [John Scalzi]

Zoe's Tale

"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."
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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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    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 Member Since 2015
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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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    Erica Dell Pound, VA United States 05-02-15
    Erica Dell Pound, VA United States 05-02-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great narration... Pronunciation.. Less so."

    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.

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    Jeff Nemecek 05-01-15
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    "Good story. Significant pronunciation differences"

    The thing that threw me was the number of names and things pronounced in this book differently than the last one. I would have thought the narrator would have listened to the last book to keep the words consistent.

    I also didn't care for the fact that all non-protagonist voices were just breathy versions of her main voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-08-15 Member Since 2013

    SciFi nut from a very young age. Started with Doc Smith, Asimov, C. S. Lewis, Heinlein, Bradbury. Can't get enough of the good stuff.

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    "Beautifully told"

    While it is important that this be read within the context of the full saga of the Sagans, it is worth adding it to the list. The tale told from the viewpoint of a g gifted young girl growing into adulthood under unique scrutiny is well worth the time. In addition, the narration is pure magic. She makes you believe that she really is Zoe.

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    shirley 03-26-15
    shirley 03-26-15
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    "So worth it!"

    Even though you've heard much of this story already, it is imperative that you listen to zoe's tale. Her perspective is fantastic and the narration is great. She's funny, smart, still a teenager and the way her feelings and fears are presented (both in story and in narration) are fantastic.

    It made me laugh and cry - her stories of childhood and losing her birth parents and her falling in love with a boy her age and her courage and her struggles...just get this and listen to it - it's a very satisfying listen. One you will probably want to hear again and again.

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    etang etangville 03-26-15
    etang etangville 03-26-15 Member Since 2014

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    "the pronunciation of some characters is different"

    it's kind of annoying that the pronunciation of some names is different from the books before this .

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    Lee 03-19-15
    Lee 03-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Superb!!!"

    Cool fill in and backstory covering questions and gaps left in "The Last Colony". Have and will continue to recommend to others!!!!

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    Christopher Evers 02-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "the other side of the story"

    kind of like memoirs of a teenage queen but having the other side of the story was really entertaining. outstanding performance by the narrator too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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