Zoe's Tale : Old Man's War

  • by John Scalzi
  • Narrated by Tavia Gilbert
  • Series: Old Man's War
  • 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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."

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I said she said

The story is ok. Entertaining enough. However. I was completely put off and almost abandoned the book as every passage of speech has "ok" I said, "great"she said. "Fine" I said. "Huh "she said. Said said said said said. In No other audiobook has this bothered me. Probably because other authors give a bit more credit to the reader/listener
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- Mr J P Fitzmaurice

Teenage Star Trek Story

I love John Scalzi books I've listened to so far and was delighted to find some new additions to add to my collection. I did purchase based on reviews so was disappointed to find I really did not enjoy this book as much as his others.

First it is all centred around a teenager - Zoe. Whilst I have no issue with this subject matter I often find female teenager characters somewhat tiresome and can say this was in part over come.

Mainly the book was simply not in the usual humorous engaging style I've become used to. I found the book somewhat drawn out, didn't (unfortunately) care about the main protagonist, although did stick it out to the end. Maybe because this solely focused on the 'kid' characters and not enough 'alien' character development,or humour.

I guess my message is buy with caution and if you're expecting Androids Dream, Fuzzy Nation or Red Shirts this one just didn't stack up for me.
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- Nicola

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-09-2008
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio