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The Last Colony Audiobook

The Last Colony

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Publisher's Summary

Retired from his fighting days, John Perry is now village ombudsman for a human colony on distant Huckleberry. With his wife, former Special Forces warrior Jane Sagan, he farms several acres, adjudicates local disputes, and enjoys watching his adopted daughter grow up.

That is, until his and Jane's past reaches out to bring them back into the game - as leaders of a new human colony, to be peopled by settlers from all the major human worlds, for a deep political purpose that will put Perry and Sagan back in the thick of interstellar politics, betrayal, and war.

Listen to Old Man's War .

©2007 John Scalzi; (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"Scalzi's captivating blend of off-world adventure and political intrigue remains consistently engaging." (Booklist)
"The sequel to Old Man's War combines taut military action with keen insights into the moral issues revolving around developing technologies. Scalzi has a finely tuned sense of balance between personal drama and the 'big picture'....Highly recommended." (Library Journal)

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    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 02-28-15
    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 02-28-15 Member Since 2008

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    "An uneven continuation of Old Man's War"

    Book 3 of the Old Man's War series unites the main characters from the first 2 books, John Perry and Jane Sagan, and jumps ahead to their retirement on the peaceful colony of Huckleberry. Of course their relaxed existence is disrupted as interstellar politics and conspiracies take over and they find themselves facing one impossible challenge after another. The Conclave plot line picks up steam and the stakes get ever larger as the story goes on. All of this makes for an interesting enough premise but in the end Scalzi's execution and Dufris' narration just didn't keep me immersed this time around.

    A myriad of small plot devices add up as the book goes on and very few of the characters act realistically. John and Jane uncover clues that things are amiss but just go along for the ride putting themselves and their adopted daughter Zoe at great risk. The aliens speak using standard 21st century colloquialisms and General Gau, the Leader of the 420 alien race Conclave, puts himself at risk to personally visit colony planets to speak with the leaders before destroying them. The list goes on throughout the book and the final plot twist at the end was the least believable of the bunch.

    I didn't dislike this book but it did leave me uninspired to immediately continue with the series. When I do resume it will likely be with book 5 and not book 4, Zoe's Tale, which is a re-telling of the story from Zoe's perspective. Although the story was ultimately entertaining, once was enough for me.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-09-12 Member Since 2016

    audioreader

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    "a suitable ending to a great trilogy"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Last Colony to be better than the print version?

    I don't know. I didn't read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Hickory and Dickory, Scalzi made them really interesting characters.


    Have you listened to any of William Dufris???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to the entire Old Man's War Trilogy and I'm currently listening to the Sheriff of Yrmaneer. He is definitely better suited for action and drama than for humor. These books better suit his vocal talents.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but no. I listen to audiobooks when I drive. My Commute is 20 minutes at a time, and I work in my car one day a week.


    Any additional comments?

    this is book three of a trilogy. don't buy without getting book 1 - Old Man's War and book 2 - The Ghost Brigades.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    K Cornwinkle 02-21-12 Member Since 2017

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    "NOT a worthy sequel to Old Man's War"

    this is one of my few recent listens that I did not finish. Not because it was SO bad but because I felt like my reading time was worth more. The conspiracy just doesn't seem to match the highly technological universe in which the story is set. Most of the tension of the first book -the one way departure from Earth etc -is not here

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    David LANCASTER, CA, United States 11-20-09
    David LANCASTER, CA, United States 11-20-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Good Book, Good story, annoying as an audio book."

    Every conversation between characters, every spoken line regardless of length ends with 'he said' or 'she said'. Show a little imagination, or at least let the reader delete about 95% of the 'he said'

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 01-30-13
    Robert 01-30-13
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    "A bit too in touch with his feminine side..."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Teenage girls...under 14


    What was most disappointing about John Scalzi’s story?

    Predictable.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of William Dufris?

    Someone who can portray a young girl's voice without the whining.


    What character would you cut from The Last Colony?

    Zoe


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes new ventures don't work out...keep exploring.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Lecanto, FL, USA 12-20-08
    Ron Lecanto, FL, USA 12-20-08
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    "The 4th book in what should have been a trilogy"

    I was surprised at this book having read the three others in the series. This is an alternate take on the events of Zoe's Tale. While that was through the eyes of a 15-year-old girl, this is from the perspective of her father, the colony leader. The issues I have is there are too many continuity errors between these two books. Having listened to one, the other won't mesh well. I would suggest reading this version first, then do Zoe's Tale and treat it as a standalone novel.

    10 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    JD 05-23-17
    JD 05-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A return to form"

    After the middling Ghost Brigades, this book brings back the Perry Sagan relationship in a satisfying way while introducing well conceived new characters

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    amir 05-23-17
    amir 05-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Nice book, but less than the first & second"
    If you could sum up The Last Colony in three words, what would they be?

    Sci - fi politician book, nice reading


    Would you recommend The Last Colony to your friends? Why or why not?

    Comparing to the first two books - it disappointing, especially the first one.
    The book is OK not outstanding.


    What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?

    Great performance


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lydia 04-26-17
    Lydia 04-26-17
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    "Captivating"

    I really enjoy that you don't have to have read the previous novels to understand this story line. after having listened to this audiobook, I would definitely read the paperback copy of this novel.

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    S. Yates 04-26-17
    S. Yates 04-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Colonial POV + Cliffhanger"
    Any additional comments?

    Nice pivot in this third book away from the mostly military point of view, and toward the life of colonists. Of course, with John Perry and Jane Sagan, there are military intrigues and strategy to divine, but seeing them both settled and happy (about eight years out of the CDF) is a nice change of pace and gives them both fuller life. The book itself moves quickly, with some familiar characters returning and new characters (and species) introduced, more layers of the workings of the galaxy uncovered, and momentous decisions to be made. The book ends with some aspects enjoying closure, but a major cliffhanger (in the best sense). Curious where the series will end up, but Scalzi always makes the reader's journey enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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