I found this story hilarious and couldn't stop listening. From the moment I started it, I only paused it when someone insisted on talking to me, otherwise I kept going through my day, ignoring the phone, my squawking parrots, and even my exercise routine. I wanted it to keep going, and going, and going. I've been never so disappointed to reach the end of a book. Encore! Encore!
BTW, BRAVO to Wil Wheaton who did such a fabulous job narrating and giving each character their own voice.
The kind of book that makes you late, just too hard to turn it off. The Heinlein of our time.
hmmmm. This book was interesting. I think it a lot of potential to be a bit better. The narrator was very good.
Easy listening to a fun story and keeps your interest very well.
Wil Wheaton does a great job of changing voices and has a wonderful pace and inflection.
Certainly not profound Sci-Fi but extremely entertaining.
If you're looking for something kinda silly, not too challenging, but still well-written, this is your book. I figured out the direction of the story very early on, so I was a bit disappointed - the "twist" was not a twist at all. But, the narrator is terrific, perfect for the book, and the writing is decent, so I kept it on during my daily walk. Actually, I needed something like this, I'd been listening to too many tough, and depressing books about the Middle East.
former nuclear scientist
I'm enjoying John Scalzi's work so far. Fast, fun, funny, and easy to follow books with one foot in the present and one foot in a fantasy world. Not quite sci-fi, because these books don't go into technology - it's more about relationships.
My quibble with the narrator, who is really great with dialogue, is that he isn't so great with narration, and that he gives every character, in every scene (even the non-absurd ones) an ironic, slightly mocking tone of voice. Not everyone is clever and cracking wise, not even in Scalzi's world, and I feel that Wheaton's take is too one-dimensional.
I'm not sure how well this book will age, with its timely references to Lindsay Lohan and a character who is a Holocaust survivor, so get it now.
My favorites series: Dresden files, outlander, agent Pendergast, My favorite individual books: the ascent of money, Great Gatsby, the forgoten garden, or anything by Neal Stephenson
Great read! The first hour is a bit slow for my taste but the rest is very captivating. Sometimes I venture outside of my comfort zone and listen to interesting recommendation from other listeners…this one was an excellent catch. Highly recommend this book to anyone.
Favorite author: Alexander McCall Smith Favorite narrator: Gerard Doyle Favorite listen : Burton and Swinburne Trilogy
I am so glad I bought Fuzzy Nation at a BOGO sale from audible because it introduced me to Scalzzi/Wheaton combo. Scalzzi writes campy sci fi what could be more campy than sci fi read by Ensign Crusher. When i started this review I was going to list my Scalzzi from top to bottom but it dawned on me everytime I hear/read another one I like it more. It is always campy sci-fi that turns into an inspiring story about "human" spirit. Ok, not touched, me niether but I do enjoy the ride. I can't get enough. I like listening to audiobooks while cleaning my house. I cleaned a lot of closets to this one because i literall could not put it down. and BTW with whispersync you don't have to. I also recommend Redshirts and i am listening to the Androids Dream now.
I'm an aspiring author, a lawyer, a sci-fi fan, a father, and a harsh critic of pretty much everything. I enjoy audiobooks because I read very slowly, and audiobooks allow me to consume novels at a rate that would be impossible for me to achieve with printed text.
After Redshirts and Fuzzy Nation, I was really looking forward to another Scalzi/Wheaton audiobook... but now I feel like someone who ate one-to-many handfuls marshmallows. It was delicious, until it wasn't, and now I feel like I never want to see a marshmallow ever again.
The problem for me is that I realized that Scalzi's characters all speak with the same voice. It doesn't help that Wil Wheaton is also literally reading them all in the same voice. Allow me to elaborate:
Scalzi's characters (if they aren't peripheral comic relief) all have a tendency to explain their thoughts in the same precise, snarky, overly-elaborate manner. What's worse, Scalzi's characters' monologues are clearly a crutch for the an author who has no idea how to use subtlety in his writing. He doesn't trust the readers at all, so he insults our intelligence by over-explaining everything to us. It is the classic mistake of TELLING rather than SHOWING.
Scalzi's novels are fun, and his premises are interesting, but Scalzi does all the thinking for you, and never challenges you. It's a meal without substance. It's junk food.
For all of Scalzi's flaws, he does have redeeming qualities. His novels are fun, and they have a sense of humor. I guess this one just had fewer redeeming qualities than the others, which has left me feeling disappointed.
If you've never listened to a Scalzi/Wheaton audiobook, don't let this review turn you off- but I would advise that you listen to Fuzzy Nation instead.
One of my favorites. Love Scalzi's knack for entertaining dialog and Wheaton really brings the story to life. Enjoy.