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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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    A. Howell Seattle, WA 06-23-16
    A. Howell Seattle, WA 06-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "amazing!"

    if you have read "The Last Colony" you need need need to read or listen to this right afterwards, Zoe is an amazing character and it was awesome to hear about her journey. but if you have not read the last colony (or ghost brigades for that matter) and it is not fresh in your mind, you may get really confused. but this book is amazing and left me with a smile on my face and a much better understanding of the "old man's war" universe.

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    David M. Luna 06-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Had me sobbing."

    It is a rare piece of SF that moves me to sobs. This one did.

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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

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    Anony Bob Albany, NY United States 05-13-16
    Anony Bob Albany, NY United States 05-13-16 Member Since 2016
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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    meredith 04-14-16
    meredith 04-14-16
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    "same story, just teen angst perspective. ugh."

    ever read the Twilight series? this book can be skipped. you learn nothing new. And the strong whisper voice for hickory and dickery? what was that?

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    Holly Thelander 04-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "The rest of the story!"

    Even though I knew what was coming this was a really fun audio book. It filled in blanks. It probably had the best ending to a book I have heard in a long time.

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    Jarred D. Caldwell Sacramento, Ca USA 03-29-16
    Jarred D. Caldwell Sacramento, Ca USA 03-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Finish!"

    Kind of slow in the beginning - it's a different style from previous books in the series.

    Im not usually a fan of stories about teens coming into themselves, but this one had such a good ending that it's worth struggling through the teenage nonsense which permeates the beginning.

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