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Zoe's Tale Audiobook

Zoe's Tale: Old Man's War, Book 4

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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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    M. J. Root 06-07-17
    M. J. Root 06-07-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Angsty teen drama"

    Retelling of the last book but through the eyes of an angsty teen. Not what I was looking for or expecting from this series. Doesn't fit well with the rest of the series theme.

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    jesse alexander 05-29-17 Member Since 2014
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    "nice to see her perspective"

    it was nice to get the background events that only zoe knew about. it added a lot to the story, a lot that was fairly vital. I liked learning about the Oban, and the behind the scenes negotiations. enjoyed it a lot.

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    Joel Weirauch 05-29-17 Member Since 2016
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    "OK story and bad narration"

    The narrator has only one voice and the story was the same as the previous book but from a different perspective. My biggest issue was with the narrator though, because all of the characters sound the same with no gender distinction. Also, many names were pronounced differently in this book vs the previous books, which got a little annoying for me.

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    Glenn Spring, TX, United States 05-27-17
    Glenn Spring, TX, United States 05-27-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Don't buy this"

    I bought cause I like the last 3 books, thinking this would start where the last ended BUT it is the same story as The Lost Colony I listened 1 hour then returned and got my credit back. There are too many stories to listen to one of them twice. The change of narrator with different characterization made it worse

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    Sean Beseler 05-23-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Doesn't add much"

    It's worth a listen if you love the series, but doesn't add much. Just an alternative perspective, maybe 20% added.

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    Lydia 05-16-17
    Lydia 05-16-17
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    "Riveting & Emotional"

    Loved this series from Scalzi. I would definitely listen again or read this novel. Enjoy!

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    Charles Simington Los Angeles, CA United States 05-16-17
    Charles Simington Los Angeles, CA United States 05-16-17
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    "Last Colony retread"

    I did not find this book as satisfying as the others in this series. This is essentially a summarization of Book 3 The Last Colony but told by a snarky teenager. Recommend skipping this book and going right to book 5.

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    Matthew D. Christensen 05-15-17
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    "Made the shortlist of great books that made me cry"

    This book was weird because it covered the same timeline as the last Old Man's War book, just from another character's perspective. I've never seen a book so that that wasn't done with interleaved chapters. It might not always work, but it did this time.
    The lady reading it used different pronunciation from the last books for some of the alien species, and that was a little twitchy for me. However, it didn't kill the story.
    I found a copy of the Belong poem from this book and emailed it to my husband. We both sobbed. It was wonderful.

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    winter 04-12-17
    winter 04-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Zoe is awesome"

    this was an amazing book I really enjoyed it I just wish you could have went on a little longer but I'm satisfied how it ended

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    John Alldredge Seattle 04-09-17
    John Alldredge Seattle 04-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Stands alone, but also a great complement."
    Any additional comments?

    If you've already read/listened 'The Last Colony', then know that this is mostly about the same events from teen Zoe's POV.... which doesn't mean there are no surprises. The girl and her friends were up to some stuff that her father never knew about :). Getting into her thoughts was good,and expanded character greatly, of course.The narration was excellent. My only quibble is that she needs to work on her male voices a little more to be convincing. But otherwise her voice-acting is first rate.

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