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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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    W. Seligman upstate NY USA 09-11-13
    W. Seligman upstate NY USA 09-11-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Too much a repeat of "The Last Colony""

    I'll start with the good: I admire John Scalzi as a writer, and all his skill with words is evident here. His "Old Man's War" series is a general homage to the works of Robert Heinlein; in this novel he captures the intelligence and attitude of a typical Heinlein precocious teenager from his young-adult novels.

    I'll also compliment Tavia Gilbert as a reader. She gets the tone of a teen-age girl exactly right, along with the "I'm always in control" attitude of Zoe.

    With all that, I can only give this two stars. The problem is that I listened to Scalzi's "The Last Colony" only a few months ago. Every plot point or bit of information I listened to in "Zoe's Tale" was something I already knew. There were no surprises. I found I simply was not interested.

    I listened to first half hour of part 1, trying to give it a chance. Then I skipped to part 2. I listened to no more than five minutes before I realized I knew exactly in what part of the story from "The Last Colony" I was in, and listened to at least two plot points repeated from that previous book. I couldn't take it anymore.

    If you haven't listened to "The Last Colony," I can recommend this audiobook. If you've listened "The Last Colony" and you like to listen to audiobooks more than once, wait whatever interval you normally wait between successive listens to the same book before listening to "Zoe's Tale."

    Otherwise, I suggest you get "The Human Division" or "Redshirts", two other novels by John Scalzi available on Audible.

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    Albert 06-20-13
    Albert 06-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Retellings are sad cop-outs"
    Would you try another book from John Scalzi and/or Tavia Gilbert?

    Hopefully. His writing is great, the marketing trick was sad.


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

    Not this genre, but from the author & editor


    Which character – as performed by Tavia Gilbert – was your favorite?

    Zoe; Tavia was great at reading the book


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

    Honestly, retelling an entire story again from another point of view as a sequel to a series is a sick trick


    Any additional comments?

    I normally do not write long reviews, but I found this to be necessary due to the content of this story. Scalzi is fun to read and deserves high praise for most of what he has written, but this was a low down shame. While the story is good, it is the SAME story as the third book. Exactly the same, just told from Zoe’s point of view.If you are so much of a fan of Scalzi and just need the exact same story told from a 17 year old girl point of view, then I guess this story is for you. Otherwise skip it.Sadly this has made me hesitate to read, listen, or buy any more of his stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer philadelphia, PA, United States 05-29-13
    Amazon Customer philadelphia, PA, United States 05-29-13 Member Since 2014

    Defender Of The Week Collector Of The Paycheck. "I Don't Fail I Succeed At Finding Ways That Don't Work!"---(Christopher Titus)

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    "Diary Of a Young Girl.(IN SPAAAAAAAAACE!)"

    The Final Book of Old Man's War (before Human Division) Zoe's Tale is just That. We Follow Zoe Boutin Perry and see the Events of Last Colony Through Her eyes. Zoe's Tale Develops Zoe into a full blown Character, totally Different than the picture painted of Her in Last Colony. Zoe is a likeable character and has inherited qualities of both John and Jane despite being adopted. Her cast of characters mostly the Colony leader's Kids and of course Hickory and Dickory, whose personalities emerge even more in this book. the Narrator gives Zoe a Snarky(Like John) personality and shows she's a Thinker(Like Jane). and is able to convey both aspects quite well. The Narrator's Male Voices(and some Female) are mostly Raspy Whispers which work well for some but not others. Zoe's Overall Journey sees her grow into the smart Young woman everyone sees her to be. A Great Listen. (I hope she makes an appearance in Human Division Season 2)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julius Butcher 05-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Nice addition to The Last Colony"

    Zoe's Tale is a nice addition to the other stories in the series. It makes The Last Colony complete, adding further details. When reading a book I always was wondering about supporting characters. What would be their full story? How they see the events? What is their life like? In this book I got exactly that.

    As far as I can tell the author got well into the mind of a teenager.

    This story was like meeting old friends and waving them and saying hello. It's not super exciting, but a good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carrie Turner Salt Lake City, UT United States 05-06-13
    Carrie Turner Salt Lake City, UT United States 05-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    ""The Last Colony" SAME BOOK rewritten as crap"
    What would have made Zoe's Tale better?

    I have to question if John Scalzi even write this. I continually thought he let is 12 year old daughter do a little girl re-write of "The Last Colony" to start her on her career.

    Not only was it painful to listen because it was all from such a lame perspective, but I had just finished "The Last Colony" right before it and it is the exact SAME BOOK. Seriously, the EXACT SAME BOOK. The only difference is minor tidbits about Zoe written from a little girls perspective so acurately that I though a little girl actually wrote the book by reading "The Last Colony" and spouted the same story out in little girl speak.

    There is only one very short bit at the end of the book the varies from the last colony. If you love "The Old Mans War" world like I do then you should skip this book and find somewhere online that summarizes when Zoe goes offworld.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tavia Gilbert’s performances?

    No.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment I paid for it and wasted the time to listen.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love old mans war, you really can skip this book if you read "The Last Colony"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Salt Lake City, Utah, United States 04-08-13
    Eric Salt Lake City, Utah, United States 04-08-13 Member Since 2012

    A man. A plan. A canal. Panama

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    "Great Story, so-so narrator"

    The narrator should have listened to the other books. She mispronounces her character's name for crying out loud.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda GREENEVILLE, TN, United States 04-06-13
    Amanda GREENEVILLE, TN, United States 04-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Didn't need to be a seperate book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing. The book was the same story as The Last Colony, with very little new info


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

    No, I should have read the reviews more carefully.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tavia Gilbert’s performances?

    NO!!!! I can't stand the little girl whine. If I want to hear a teenage whine or fake upbeat I'll just call my niece. Ms Gilbert should listen to the other narrators in a series in order for the pronunciations to be consistent.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Renee Maroubra, Australia 03-26-13
    Renee Maroubra, Australia 03-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Australians do not buy this"

    Hello there.

    This is a good book. However, it's not a good read without reading Old Man's War, The Ghost Brigade, and The Lost Colony. These Audiobooks are being blocked for sale in Australia. I searched the Net and I couldn't find CD versions for import.

    So save yourself the heart ache and give this one a miss.

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    Dylan Denver, CO, United States 03-25-13
    Dylan Denver, CO, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story!"
    What did you love best about Zoe's Tale?

    Interesting after listening to the Last Colony. Interesting perspective.


    What does Tavia Gilbert bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She was very good. She was able to do the adolescent voices without making them sound like they were 5 years old.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Pannenberg Fremont, CA 02-22-13
    M. Pannenberg Fremont, CA 02-22-13 Member Since 2014

    Fan of the Amazon

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    "First Scalzi book I regret buying"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A new story.


    What was most disappointing about John Scalzi’s story?

    Having listened to Lost Colony, I know the story already and now that I'm 4 hours into Zoe's Tale (almost half-way), I haven't heard anything new. Even the dialogues are familiar.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The universe is good and the characters interesting. Would love to read more but really need new content


    Any additional comments?

    I am having a hard time not viewing this book as a cheap cash-in. Together with the very audible-subscriber-unfriendly episode releases of the B-Team, it seems the author has moved on from producing very entertaining novels - and I've enjoyed them all - to finding the best dollar/effort ratio. Too bad.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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