I love this story and being able to listen to it again after many years was great. This is another "one sitting" book for me (one really LONG sitting) and it kept me listening intently throughout the day, evening into the wee hours.
The narrator did an excellent job giving each character their own voice and that makes it easy to enjoy.
Definitely not in this version.
Jack Holloway who was willing to stand up for his little friends.
STRANGE! Why do so many of his characters speak with a Middle Eastern/Indian accent? Including one gentleman with the last name of VAN Riebek!
SLIGHTLY ODD since he makes Jack H.sound like an old man. Agreed that the character is supposedly in his 70's but he doesn't strike me as the type to be ready for a rocking chair!
I've always enjoyed HBP's books with their humorous twists.
I'd like to see more of HBPiper's books in audio form but find another reader!!
I mainly like to read sifi.
Yes,because I love this story.
I hope that all the other fuzzy books are put into audio format.
A classic Adult SF that stands up better than some but still has issues.
Little Fuzzy by H Beam Piper, read by Peter Ganim, published by Audible Studios (2009) / Length: 6 hrs 25 min
This is Book #1 of the "Fuzzy Sapiens," series and the only one available on audio. Note: two of the sequels were written by Piper, with some additional ones that were written by other people. There is also a "reboot" of this novel written by John Scalzi.
I have been rereading a lot of classic SF now that I have a blog, and some of them have really made me cringe. This one isn't quite as bad. My biggest problem with it lies in the, I really hope we eventually outgrow such behavior, colonial attitudes. It is made clear from the beginning that proving that the Fuzzies are sentient won't mean that their planet will be given back, just that it will be governed differently.
Jack: He's an old codger you definitely shouldn't mess with, but he's actually quite amiable (rather than cranky). There are tons of interesting tidbits thrown out about him, but never explained. When did he set off a thermonuke? Who did he leave behind? How did he end up on Zarathustra, and does he have any plans for the wealth he may find prospecting.
As is typical for almost all classic SF written by men, the ratio of men to women is way above 50%. The only main female character, Ruth, is at least intelligent & educated and contributes significantly to the outcome.
Also, most of the characters appear to pretty un-diverse. There is one man named Akmed. He is described as being the local police leader's "driver," but I think he is simply the officer who "rides" with the chief & does the driving rather than a menial. He also seems intelligent and is sympathetic to the Fuzzies.
This planet has a wealth of strange flora & fauna. And I love the way they name things (if a planet is known to be inhabited, they ask a native and write down whatever they say, regardless of whether it is an answer or not).
There isn't a lot of truly advanced technology, other than space travel, from our current prospective. The most out-dated technology is the lack of digital media & data transmission. They still use tape & film.
The book starts with a chapter or two of Jack just going about his daily routine, before introducing the first Fuzzy. I think this is important as a contrast to how isolated his life was before they showed up.
Although there have been sequels written (both by Piper & others), this book really can stand on it's own. It ends with the ruling and subsequent consequences & plans.
--A custom that has developed for formal video communications is for people to "shake hands" by each using a "Chinese" like shaking your own hands gesture.
--The agent is revealed
--Although there's a lot of social drinking going on, Jack avoids drinking away his problems (and another character is struggling with that)
"Take a drink because you pity yourself, and then the drink pities you and has a drink, and then two good drinks get together and that calls for drinks all around."
CONTENT NOTES(?): There is a lot of smoking & drinking going on. / This is the wild west of the galaxy, i.e. when Jack shot people who tried to rob him, it was listed as suicide / There is a brutal (though not gory) murder.
Character voices differentiated = Yes / Opposite sex voices acceptable = Yes / Accents = There are some, but who can judge them in the far future. They didn't bother me. / Phrasing, Pacing & Pronunciation = Fine / Emoting = Good / Speed = listened on 1.25, my usual, and it was a touch fast. / I heard 1 or 2 small errors.
He has a very deep voice, that I didn't love. Mostly I think this is a case where I'm neutral on the narrator. He didn't distract from my enjoyment, but didn't increase it either.
now I want some Fuzzy's. Piper was a great writer. so far ahead of his time. for example, in his short story Day of the Moron, he predicted three mile island decades before it happened. it's sad how his life was cut short. but at least he left behind wonderful works like this book.
I've loved this book for years, and I was afraid it would be too hard for a narrator to get all the voices right, let alone the Fuzzy "Yeek"! But this narrator does it beautifully. The one less star I gave him was actually for the narrative portions, which are a bit stiff and articulated slowly, but it's not enough to dent my enjoyment.
This is a classic sci fi story that I never read. When Audible included it as part of a sci fi sale, I decided to download it. I'm glad I did.
The story is a delight. Dated, to be sure. It's from 1962. (Which sci fi title from that era isn't?)
I disagree with the comments about narrator. He's not the best Audible narrator, perhaps. But his telling of the story is perfectly acceptable. I especially like his narration of "Old Pappy."
I've enjoyed every minute of this story, even if it is predictable and stretched a bit. While it is a short book, it really should have been a novella or maybe even a short story. Still, it's definitely worth a listen, even if you're just looking to broaden your classic sci fi education.
I think children would like it...young children. Even teens will get tired of it. I've heard it won some awards. Maybe so; the writing is good. But the story is beyond elementary.
It was way too elementary. I thought I was getting a book for an adult reader.
He has a good voice, and he emotes sympathy.
The story isn't bad. I'd just make sure people understand they're buying a children's book. Maybe it was there and I just missed it.
I would certainly listen to other books by H. Beam Piper, but I'd carefully review samples of Peter Ganim's work prior to purchasing. Ganim does a wonderful job with the characters, but sounds like a computer in all the narration. Rather than the conversational speed and tone other narrator's provide, Ganim sounds like he's reading the book for the first time.
The most memorable moment in the story had to be when Little Fuzzy pantomimes the dangerous animal that has entered the camp. It's easy to imagine the little guy looking serious and mimicking the animal and the use of the gun.
Ganim represents the characters well. It is easy to pick out who is speaking. It's just too bad Ganim doesn't do Ganim well!
This book is a nice length, but any additional stories about Little Fuzzy would likely be less interesting.