"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
The Narration was great. Fills-in a lot of gaps the previous book left out. Tells the story in a 16 year old point of view...can be frustrating at times. I will give it to my daughter when she was old enough. Hopefully will get her hooked on sci-if.
Added zip to series. First book was very well structured and engaging. Second was good too and continued the story as expected. Zoe's Tale was a waste of money. Nothing new at all.
I enjoyed the story for the most part, but it always annoys me when the narrator of a sequel pronounces names differently than the previous narrator. It is distracting.
this was not nearly as interesting as the first two in the series. also not necessarily for science fiction fan as it is more composed of childish banter. is it like a long after school special for middle.school kids. . it gets tiresome even to listen to . the good thing is with audible you can speed it up by three times. and even skip short sections. better for 12 year olds. .
Narrator makes no effort to pronounce things correctly that are critical to the main character. Babar. Boutin. The story is also not as great as the previous books in this series.
Only a few details added to the original story, these should have been included in the Last Colony.
overall, it was an entertaining look into the story behind a secondary character in the Old Man's War series. the struggle for me was staying invested in the story with the narration. Tavia did a fine read, but when the pronunciation of some of the words are changed between narrators in a series, the pronunciation of the words became a distraction from the story and overall impacted the experience.
if you want to repeat the previous book in the series from another person's perspective and waste another 10 hours thin you will love this book.
it actually put me off the rest of the series.
I enjoyed the book quite a bit but felt like most of the payoff was not until the very end. The narration was difficult because of different pronunciations compared to the last few books.
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