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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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    Lynn Milford, CA, USA 09-18-08
    Lynn Milford, CA, USA 09-18-08
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    "Compelling and Humerous"

    This follows the characters from Old Man's War and The Ghost Brigades. If you enjoyed them, you will enjoy this. Good story for teenagers, as well as adults, as it told from the point of view of a teenage girl.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer NORTHLAKE, TX, United States 01-19-11
    Amazon Customer NORTHLAKE, TX, United States 01-19-11 Member Since 2014

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    "A rehash...."

    This is really is a rehash of everything that has gone before. The series really needs a new storyline. Not recommended.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Elle OREGON 06-04-12
    Elle OREGON 06-04-12

    Audible Fan, Amazon Customer, Gardener, Quilter, Liberal and Activist. I'll read about anything!

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    "Wonderful Finish To "Old Mans War""

    Author John Scalzi has shown that he can stretch his legs with the 3 novels and 1 short story that compromise "Old Mans War." I thought that "The Sagan Diary" would be hard to top, however I believe that "Zoe's Tale" has the story line, character development and held my interest more than the other books in the series.

    I'll grant that "Zoe's Tale" may start out looking like a Young Adult entrance into SiFi but if the reader will just keep listening you'll be pleasantly surprised by the growth shown-both in Zoe herself and in Scalzi's ability to write a young adult and not wind up with a classic Valley Girl nasal intonation being given to all the teens in the diary. Credit goes to both John Scalzi for the writing and to Tavia Gilbert for not falling into the easy drawl and though some of the protagonists amongst the teen group tend to sound straight from Ventura Blvd., Zoe herself, for the most part, remains well narrated,

    Other reviewers have mentioned that there is no reason to download this novel, as it's simply another view of "Last Colony" but I disagree. "Zoes Tale" completely fleshes out the stay of the family on Roanoke Colony and the reasons behind their move. More importantly and especially the dealings with Zoe and her aliens.I think parts of this set Zoe up for the possibility of bother novel, should Scakzi decide to take the series in another direction. As far as plot development and why's and wherefores that are glossed over in the other books are more deeply written abut here-and it is a real story. Another example of Scalzi's ability to make an alien very alien and not just humanoid lite. Zoes aliens thought processes are truly different to a humanoids,

    Plot and character development are excellent, and there is much less of the "He Said" "She Said" that peppered the reading of "Old Mans War" and "The Last Colony" are fewer. Listeners who get frustrated with the reading need to just get over it...books are still primarily written to be read to ones self where the individual reader can skip over the redundant verbiage..which simply can't be deleted because it sounds awkward. It's the way this author writes his terse dialogue-Lee Childs dialogue flows the same way.

    I totally enjoyed the depth of this series and thought Zoe's Tale an excellent way to finish out the "Old Mans War" series. Potential for continuation is out there should Scalzi decide to run with it. I hope he does as I'd love to see Zoe grow up.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    rob colorado springs, CO, United States 03-05-10
    rob colorado springs, CO, United States 03-05-10
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    "Good but not great sci fi"

    It has very clever momnets and pretty well drawn out characters but I have read better and A LOT worse

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    Shane ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 03-27-12
    Shane ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 03-27-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Annoying Narrator"

    The story is pretty good, although somewhat repetitive from The Last Colony. It is pretty obvious that it is a middle age man projecting himself onto a teenage girl, but it still works relatively well.

    The biggest problem with the audiobook is that the narrator has a serious case of vocal fry that becomes more and more annoying as the book goes on. It is most evident when she portrays female characters but is present throughout. Other than that, it is a worthy listen.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Matt F. 07-28-17
    Matt F. 07-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Best yet!"

    Loved this point of view from Zoe. The reader was the best yet and I appreciate how Scalzi's writing has evolved. The earlier books bogged a bit with all the "Jane said", "John said" dialogue. I'll listen to it again for sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Juan Ibañez-Mejia 07-24-17
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    "Nothing new"
    Would you recommend Zoe's Tale to your friends? Why or why not?

    Only if you are a die hard fan of Scalzi and the Old Man's War series.


    What about Tavia Gilbert’s performance did you like?

    I loved it, gave great personality to Zoe.


    Any additional comments?

    There is not much new compared to the previous book, It's just filling up some story from Zoe's point of view.

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    James C Guarino 07-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "great book. great series."

    this is a great series. loved it since the first book. this isn't as good as the previous, but still great. i look forward to the next few.

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    B Chandler Southeastern US 06-30-17
    B Chandler Southeastern US 06-30-17 Member Since 2015
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    "What Was The Point"

    Another reviewer made a similar comment, this review is hard to write as I enjoy John Scalzi's work and the Old Mans War series. But this retelling of Last Colony was pointless and mostly a waste of time. At best it should be labeled as teen fiction. Having 2 daughters of similar age (and 2 nieces), I get enough giggly teenage girl speak in my life. The audio actor did a great job though. Adults don't bother with this, you already know everything you need to from reading Last Colony.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Proteus 06-21-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Mixed"

    Well-written and performed. Knowing the overall story from previous book in the series, however, limited the overall experience for me. If you want deeper insights into characters and situations, this is the read for you. Not an essential read if you are ready to move on in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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