Those of you hoping for an audio version of Zoe’s Tale to listen to during your commute or other activity in which your ears are not critical for survival will be happy to know that indeed it is out and available on Audible.com and will likely shortly be available through iTunes, as all the other stuff on Audible (Old Man’s War, The Ghost Brigades, The Sagan Diary) is there already.
Regarding the Zoe’s Tale audio, I’ve already gotten questions about it regarding pricing, Audible credits, so on and so forth. I know nothing about any of this and have no control over any of it — seriously, they don’t even tell me when my audiobooks are being released, so imagining that I can do anything about fiddly details is optimistic. Sending me your retail or technical concerns and/or complaints does neither of us any good. Please don’t, since my response will be to gaze at your e-mail balefully and think why are you sending this to me. Direct them toward Audible, which has a whole area for customer support and questions.
One thing I can answer is why Zoe’s Tale is available on audio and in eBook form while The Last Colony is not. And the answer is: There is no good reason, it just happened that way. Both electronic and audio versions of The Last Colony are in the can (or near to it) and no one has a particularly good reason for why Zoe got out first. It just happened that way. That said, if you’re feeling mildly OCD about reading/listening to the fourth book in the series before the third, remember that Zoe and The Last Colony take place in the same timeframe; in terms of the series, it really doesn’t matter which you read or listen to first.
So, go ahead. Read or listen to Zoe’s Tale first. Really, it’s fine. You can trust me, I’m the author.
Update: for completists, here’s a link to everything I’ve got on Audible.com. Download away –