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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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    Ben Parkin 01-27-17
    Ben Parkin 01-27-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Book 3: Electric Boogaloo"

    It's the same story as The Last Colony, but from Zoe's perspective. Probably in the synopsis, but I foolishly downloaded the whole series, so I missed that.

    it's not bad, but the majority of the plot points are the same as from the previous novel, just with the teenage girl glasses on.

    Narrator is good, but as often happens, she pronounces things differently than the narrator from previous books, which I find endlessly infuriating.

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    V. King 01-26-17
    V. King 01-26-17 Member Since 2014

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    "Loved it"

    I went through the main books at least twice. This one feels like a nice side story, covering the events that were mostly covered in other books, but from a different point of view. I enjoyed it more than I expected. Well, that's the magic of John Scalzi.

    One thing that made me twitch a bit every time it happened was how the narrator, who otherwise did a great job, mispronounced some of character and race names. It would have been nice of her to check the pronunciation prior to recording her narration.

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    Steven T. Voboril Los Angeles 01-16-17
    Steven T. Voboril Los Angeles 01-16-17 Member Since 2013

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    "didn't think I would like it"

    hearing about Zoey was not my favorite idea. I got this book because I didn't want to miss anything. the beginning is a bit slow but it surprised me with a fantastic 2nd half and If you like a good love story ....

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    Bradley H. Greenlee Austin, TX USA 01-04-17
    Bradley H. Greenlee Austin, TX USA 01-04-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Enough to please if you can get to the end!"

    The story is about 70 to 80 percent a rehash of The Last Colony. That said, if you make it to the last 2 or 3 hours of Zoe's Tale, you will finally be rewarded with the events that transpired while Zoe was away from Roanoke, a huge question left hanging from the previous story.

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    LindaJeanColbert 12-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Not Bad"

    Not bad but a lot of unnecessary dialogue. At times it was hard to pay attention to the book because of the rambling.

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    Ronald 12-23-16
    Ronald 12-23-16 Member Since 2012
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    "The same story over again??"

    This is the same exact story as the last book from a slightly different and somewhat less interesting perspective. What a waste!

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    Bill Mansfield 12-14-16 Member Since 2011
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    "John Scalzi's best so far"

    I have so thoroughly enjoyed the Old Man's War series. There is such a wonderful story buried lightly behind the words. It's not hard to discover but as he unfolds the tale I am both anxious to hear it and sad when it's told. I want more. Thanks to the author for brightening my commute time. I'll finish the story I thought I knew later today. You can bet I'll be downloading the next book tonight.

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    D-B 11-16-16
    D-B 11-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "couldn't get into teenage girl perspective"

    Least favorite of all the Scalzi books I've read. Fast forwarded thru 1/3 of it.

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    Amazon Customer Arlington, TX United States 11-14-16
    Amazon Customer Arlington, TX United States 11-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "New perspective good, pronunciations bad"
    Where does Zoe's Tale rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was an engaging story, even if it is a retelling of the previous book from a different perspective. I learned a lot more about Zoe, and seeing how she got the technology from the Consu was a highlight.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Watching Zoe grow up. This was sort of a coming of age story, but also her coming to grips with her position with the Obin, and what that really means. All of it led up to her decisions at the end of the book in a very natural way.


    What three words best describe the narrator’s voice?

    PRONUNCIATION GUIDE NEEDED. She butchered the pronunciation of some words, and completely changed one character's accent from Indian to English. It was very jarring.

    Otherwise, she was fantastic. She conveyed the emotions extremely well.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a story about a teenage girl. Some people won't like that. That's fine. I enjoyed it, and I think the "teenage angst" was kept to a minimum. She wasn't angsting over which boy she liked more or which shoes to wear, she was angsting over the fate of a colony of people and a whole alien race. I think most adults would angst about those things in her shoes.

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    ty 10-10-16
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    "Skip this one."

    If you read the rest of the series, you don't need to read this. It's a retelling of the last colony from the view of Zoe. It's written like a teenager, and like it's for a teenager.

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