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Zoe's Tale Audiobook

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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    Thomas 01-26-12
    Thomas 01-26-12
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    "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
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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 2015
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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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    Patrick RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CA, United States 05-29-16
    Patrick RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CA, United States 05-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "This is a retelling of the Last Colony"

    I just finished the Last Colony and decided to finish the whole series. This is the same story as the Last Colony but told from Zoey's point of view. Only chapter 24 and 25 are new. You should probably just skip this book in the series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anony Bob Albany, NY United States 05-13-16
    Anony Bob Albany, NY United States 05-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "rehash from different POV"
    What did you like best about Zoe's Tale? What did you like least?

    It was interesting to see what happened when Zoe went off planet to negotiate.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I wish the story had continued further in time, moving Zoe past the events of the previous book rather than being limited to retelling that story.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    She seemed to have only 2 voices, normal and scary-other. It worked well for the Obin but seemed out of place for other characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Skip this book and come back after you've read all the others, if you're still curious. It adds about 1 chapter of content.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Lowder Houston, TX USA 05-12-16
    C. Lowder Houston, TX USA 05-12-16
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    "Nice additional info, but why the name changes? "

    The story is great, adding in some additional information to The Last Colony, but do the voice actors/actresses not get the previous story to match the pronunciation for names? Rraey (pronounced uh-ray in the main books, changed to ray), Boutin (pronounced Boo-tan in The Ghost Brigades, changed to Boo-tin), the planet "arist" {don't have the book to check spelling} (pronounced a-wrist also in The Ghost Brigades, changed to air-ist), General Gau (pronounced Gou in The Last Colony, changed to Ga).

    Other than that, I liked it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    william 05-08-16
    william 05-08-16
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    "Not Necessary to the story."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you are seriously interested in Zoe, and her account of what happened in book 3; this book is for you. it is the exact same story of book 3 except told by Zoe. There is next to no new content for the book series that you did not get from 3.


    Has Zoe's Tale turned you off from other books in this genre?

    This has not turned me off necessary from other books. but it has caused me to watch the reviews and decide that I will not be bothering with Sagens story book 4.5 either. and I wish I had not bothered with this one, as re-hearing the same story over again except with more emphasis on the enzo love-story; was kind of a waste of time for me.


    Have you listened to any of the narrator’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The Narrator is good, and an asset to the story and audible book industry as a while.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Zoe's Tale?

    It is not my place to try an edit a successful series of books, it is sufficient to say this book was not for me and i hope my review will help others who are similarly minded avoid the book if it is not what they were looking for either.


    Any additional comments?

    its not a bad book, but if you are story driven by the series, there is literally no new content in this 10+ hour book. it will feel unnecessary. you are hearing the exact same chapters over again from 3 except form zoes eyes. until the last hour and a half when it details her trip with the obin, absolutely nothing new.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    T. A. Killoran Northern Michigan 05-03-16
    T. A. Killoran Northern Michigan 05-03-16 Member Since 2012

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    "Outstanding!!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Found myself laughing quite a bit throughout the whole story.
    So far every Scalzi book I've listened to I've really enjoyed but I found this one told from the viewpoint of the teenage daughter thoroughly enjoyable.
    I have only one complaint about John Scalzi's writing; his really annoying habit of using "he said, she said, he said she said after almost every comment during a conversation between 2 people.
    It's like he thinks the people reading, or especially listening to the book are too dumb to know who is saying what or keeping track of what the difference of the people having the conversion.
    It is very annoying but it hasn't kept me from listening to all the books in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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