"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
Not the most exciting book in the series. There's some new info, but mostly it recaps The Last Colony from the point of view of Zoe. It's not necessary, but it does round out the story.
The performance as a whole was good but the narrator mispronounces a large number of the character names and it is incredibly frustrating
Giant Insects Will Rule the World!
I have bought several books by the author, and I will definitely buy more. Scalzi is a great storyteller.
I am ready to listen to the next book in this series.
The audiobook performance was excellent.
No. Not every good book necessarily needs to be made into a film.
This book should have been interspersed as chapters in the previous novel of the series. As it is, it feels like I paid twice for the same story.
Complete rehash of the previous book, very little new information and the information that was new was irrelevent to the rest of the series.
I dont know who to put the blame on, but its really frustrating to listen to a book series that changes narrators. I was willing to accept that the character voices had all chaned, but you can't change narrators and change pronounciations of EVERYTHING and EVERYONE, especially in SciFi where alien races and their names don't have a pronounciation guide. I spent most of my time listening to this book trying to figure out what/who this new narrator was talking about.
No. John Scalzi style of writing is impossible to listen to. Every line of every conversation starts or ends with 'he said' or 'she said'. Even one word sentences. You can't listen to he said she said he said she said he said, ad nauseum.
To date every story be John Scalzi has this fault. When reading in print I guess I don't see the he saids she saids. Listening, sorry.
Covers just the section the description says - no more no less - entire story contained by The Last Colony
She pronounces everything differently than the narrators of the other books. Had to stop and think a few times about what they were actually describing.
I initially thought this book would be a bore since it covers plotline already uncovered in prior books in this series. Who cares about another point of view, right? Wrong. Listening to Zoe's perspective on events was a treasure.
I AM the Platypus Man!
This was a lot more fun and interesting than I thought it'd be. Despite knowing most of the plot points from "The Last Colony," Zoe's new perspective added enough to keep it fresh and interesting. One major event even managed to strike with more impact because of the characters' connections, even though I knew it was going to happen going in. Tavia Gilbert did a great job putting emotion into this young girl, her friends and family, and even the proper amount of non-emotion into the Obin characters.
However, something has to be said about her pronunciations. The previous three books were narrated by William Dufris and he had to figure out how to pronounce the new alien races and character names. Had this been the first book, Gilbert's different pronunciations would be perfectly fine, but after three books of hearing some of these terms, hearing Gilbert say them differently was very jarring. It was distracting and someone, be it the narrator or a producer, should have taken note of this.
Most distracting was the main character Zoe's original last name, Boutin. After two characters in two previous books, hearing "BOOT-in" rather than Dufris's "boo-TAN" was more annoying than anything else.
Interesting to hear the same story as seen through another character. I thought it would be boring but there were enough differences to make it interesting. I even found the connections comforting like was the Dad seeing the story through my daughter's eyes.
Obviously it is the Lost Colony story but as seen as Zoey
The story definitely benefited from having it told by a woman; really made the characters believable.
Yeah...the climax almost brought me to tears. Reminds me of when the Chinese emperor and all the peasants bowed to Mulan.
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