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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,671 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Scalzi Narrator: Tavia Gilbert Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Old Man's War Series Release Date: August 2008 ISBN: 9781427206442
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • In Heinleinesque fashion, the book is loaded with scenes of comradeship, isolation, ruthlessness and the protocols, which govern the lives of active-duty soldiers. But this is where Scalzi, famous for his blog ‘The Whatever,' surpasses Heinlein. Scalzi weaves in subtle discussions of humanity's growing fear of aging and our simultaneous attraction and repulsion to the Frankenstein-like creatures we are able to create. San Antonio Express-News on The Ghost Brigades

  • The Last Colony will kick your butt across the galaxy and make you care. Rick Kleffel, The Agony Column, on The Last Colony

  • Scalzi's captivating blend of off-world adventure and political intrigue remains consistently engaging. Booklist on The Last Colony
  • An Indie Next Notable Title, September 2008
  • A 2009 Hugo Award Nominee
  • A 2009 Locus Award Nominee
  • Nominated for Hugo Award - Nominee, 2009
  • Nominated for Locus Awards - Nominee, 2009

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 1/9/2014

    " I loved the first half of this book and only liked the second half. I was impressed at how well Scalzi pulled off the teenage girl voice and my disappointment with the second half was mostly due to the fact that I found the plot less believable. Overall a fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tomi | 1/7/2014

    " Made me laugh, made me cry. John Scalzi did it again. Zoe is not your typical teen, when she "wings" it, she scores. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas Melfi | 1/5/2014

    " I loved the story from zoe point of view. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 1/1/2014

    " Over all I like the book. Scalzi can do smart-ass really well. Toward the end, it would have been better told via a third person narrative instead of having it told with dialog. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawn | 11/30/2013

    " This is a retelling of The Last Colony from a different character's point of view. In TLC, the story is told from John Perry's viewpoint. He is, well at least in terms of his physical body, a middle-aged veteran of the Colonial Defense Forces. Zoe is his 17 year old adopted daughter. Scalzi does a great job of retelling the same story from a different point of view without losing the tension of the plot. Even more admirable is how well he captures Zoe. It feels like a different story told from her vantage point instead of Perry's, and not just because some of the events don't overlap. Her way of seeing the world is different and so we see the world differently as well. In many ways, I actually liked it better than TLC. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Dunbar | 11/12/2013

    " This one gets 4 stars because it is the Old Man's War universe, which is a great place for stories told, but had the series started with this, I'm not sure I would have read any more. Would probably be a 3 if not full of the characters I love. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jones | 9/7/2013

    " Not for me. Finished it, but..... coulda/shoulda been combined with the last colony. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dan | 4/11/2013

    " Ender's Shadow with an angsty teenage girl playing Bean. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Em | 11/22/2012

    " too much overlap with 'the last colony' for my taste; felt like he was milking the series a bit much "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicholas | 8/30/2012

    " A rehash of Scalzi's other books. Entertaining but left me wishing he'd written something new. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ncgrimbo | 2/20/2012

    " When I bought this book, I wasn't expecting to be rereading "The Last Colony". Unfortunately, that's what this book is with about a 15% difference due to it being told via Zoe's viewpoint. Why charge me for a full book when this is what I got. Shame on the author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karl Schaeffer | 2/15/2012

    " Good book, I enjoyed reading Zoe's POV of the Lost Colony. I did not find this a YA book at all. Got to read more Scalzi! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Travis | 11/2/2011

    " couldn't finish it. Didn't realize it was the same story from a different perspective before i started, didn't really care for it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 8/19/2011

    " My first Scalzi. It was wonderful. Funny and sharp, Scalzi knows how to craft a good story and his science is completely believable. I'm going back now to read his others. He does read like a Robert Heinlein for the younger crowd. Highly recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clint | 5/16/2011

    " It's the same book as Lost Colony, but retold from Zoe's view. There's a few new parts, and the details of what Zoe was up to were interesting, but it's still a little disappointing because realistically, you know exactly what's going to happen in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 apple | 5/12/2011

    " Intergalactic warfare as narrated by a teenage girl with black belt in smartassery "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bryan457 | 4/24/2011

    " The secret story behind the events told in The Last Colony. This story is told from the viewpoint of Zoe, the 15 yr old adopted daughter of John Perry and Jane Sagan.

    I actually liked this one better than The Last Colony. The teenagers interacting with each other was quite amusing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 4/20/2011

    " Not up to the bar set by earlier books in the series but still loaded with Scalzi wit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Flyguy55 | 4/12/2011

    " Different but interesting from a childs point of view. It was good. Another top ten of the last decade. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sean | 3/31/2011

    " sorry, it is targeted towards teenagers...just not my type of book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 3/28/2011

    " Probably because Scalzi was stretching to write in the persona of a teenage girl, the writing in this story was a bit more interesting. On the other hand, having very little in the way of new plot could have made it much less interesting, but didn't. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Henning | 3/24/2011

    " I loved his previous books in this series, but this one was pretty boring. I don't even remember if I finished reading it. "

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About the Author
Author John Scalzi

John Scalzi is a popular and acclaimed science-fiction author whose debut Old Man’s War won him science fiction’s John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. His New York Times bestsellers include Fuzzy Nation, Lock In, and Redshirts, which also won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel. He also writes nonfiction on subjects ranging from personal finance to astronomy to film. He served as the creative consultant for the Stargate: Universe television series.

About the Narrator

Tavia Gilbert, an acclaimed narrator of more than four hundred full-cast and multivoice audiobooks for virtually every publisher in the industry, is an eight-time nominee for the Audie Award and the recipient of seventeen Earphones Awards, a Voice Arts Award, and a Listen-Up Award. With frequent inclusion on best of year and annual top ten lists, she is a trusted and increasingly sought-after actress for work across every genre, from children’s and YA, to literary fiction, nonfiction, and genre fiction. Audible has named her a Genre-Defining Narrator: Master of Memoir, and Library Journal said of her, “as close as you can get to a full-cast narration with a solo voice.” She is a producer, singer, photographer, and a writer, as well as the cofounder of a feminist publishing company, Animal Mineral, with fiction and nonfiction focusing on relationships, love, and identity.