I'm quickly becoming a John Scalzi fan. This is the second book of his I've read (Old Man's War is the other) and both have been excellent. He tells a compelling story that flies by (I listened to the last 2 hours of Fuzzy Nation late at night while repeating to myself every fifteen minutes or so: "just a few more minutes, then I'll call it a night"). Scalzi has an excellent sense of humor and the dialog--whether between characters or between a character and his inner voice--is witty and entertaining.
The narrator took a little getting used to; the main character has a sarcastic and abrasive personality, which the narrator's tone effectively conveys...but he uses the same tone with most of the other characters (in fairness many of them are abrasive too) and it becomes a little grating at times. However, it's a minor nit, and I highly recommend the book.
Holloway - he is on top of it.
Excellence in natation.
When Papa Fuzzy spoke.
Lots of good listening hours.
This is a fascinating story and very well read. I really liked hearing the new version and then the original version of the story. It was not at all as redundant as I thought it might be.
It starts a bit slowly and seems to wander, but as characters and concepts develop it comes together to present unique and thought provoking premises and surprises. There is a vein of humor that runs through it as well as good action and or tension scenes interspersed throughout. I really enjoyed the court room scenes.
This is my third John Scalzi - (Wil Wheaton) novel. He weaves a unique story and one is never quite sure where the story will go. Frankly, as I started each book I found myself after a time thinking, "This seems kinda dumb." Each time the seeming fragmentation would pull together into a clever, unique and intriguing story.
"Agent To The Stars" remains my favorite.
Wil Wheaton is a terrific reader. It was a pleasant surprise to learn that he had played Wesley Crusher in Star Trek - Next Generation.
I am happy to recommend this book.
It was a fun 'read'. I enjoyed the premise and story line.
The intro helped to set it up. I grew to appreciate the story line even more after hearing it again.
Yes. It's a really cool story. I wish it was longer.
I really enjoyed the biology of the alien ecosystem. It was really well thought out, described, and (unlike a lot of sci-fi) very believable.
Yes, I've listened to a lot of Wil Wheaton's performances and some of Scalzi's other writing. I'd say this book isn't as good as some of Scalzi's other work, but Wheaton's performance is excellent, as usual. It's well worth listening to or reading.
There were a few scenes that made me laugh and I imagine a lot of people would cry during one of the sadder scenes. Overall, nothing "extreme," but you will probably laugh and maybe cry.
It's cool that you get the original story that Fuzzy Nation is based on as an audiobook, too. I didn't enjoy it nearly as much (not performed by Wheaton and an older style of storytelling), but it has some merits in the more in-depth ecological information that make it worth checking out, too.
I loved this book! It is the first Scalzi novel I have listened to and I could not put it down, which might have upset my girlfriend a bit.
Reading is a Virtue
I would listen to Fuzzy Nation again, both to Scalzi's take on the story, and to Piper's original version which comes as the second half of the down load. I had not previously read Piper's and thus was surprised at the contrast it presents between the 1960s and more current visions of a science fictional future. While there is a lot of paternalism demonstrated in Piper's story, aspects of the effort to show the Fuzzies as sentient seemed reveal a far more modern take than I expected. My only real objection was the fact that while the characters claim that Fuzzies are sentient, they have no problem claiming them as their own. I guess sentience does not prevent people from wanting to claim one as a pet.
Perhaps having listened to Scalzi's version first had some affect on my perceptions, as he does a far better job of portraying the Fuzzies as ultimately capable of running their own lives and claiming responsibility for their own well being. Needless to say I enjoyed listening to both versions of the story, and I am particularly glad that Scalzi chose to write his own version of the story (Professional fan fiction?). I would not necessarily ever have learned of the original if he had not, and I think he more than did justice to Piper's original idea for the story. Wheaton is a good narrator too. All in all, the books were both well worth the time and credits!
While I wouldn't necessarily compare Fuzzy Nation to another book, I do like the fact that it can be seen as another perspective of eco-science fiction, and since I enjoy the sort of science fiction written to provide alternative perspectives on the world, the universe, and what might happen based on how we use our resources.
I do not want to say too much because it would give away the stories. I guess I am not trying to prove that I listened....
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
This audiobook is divided into two parts. The first half (about 7 hrs 20 minutes) is a rewritten modernized version of an older story, and the second half is the original version. I only listened to the first half, so that is what I'm reviewing.
This is a good story, an other-worldly scifi dealing with issues totally different from the usual startship battles and wars against alien invaders. It is at times heartwarming and at times sad, but is entertaining all the way.
The narrator does a good job but doesn't change voices with the characters. Once I noticed he said the wrong character's name and then corrected it right afterwards. That's a no-no in my book for a professional recording, so I give him a 3.
I'm a technician that does a lot of driving for his job. I use the "windshield" time to listen to audiobooks.
This book is a reboot of a classic novel (this is explained in the introduction by John Scalzi), and it's pretty damned good. If you've read any of Scalzi's other novels, and you enjoyed them, you'll enjoy this too. It's witty, smart, well paced, etc. Wil Wheaton is excellent (again) as the narrator. But wait there's more! After you're done with the John Scalzi novel, then the original novel begins. My initial thought was, I just heard this story, but that's not the case. The very general plot of the book, "a prospector discovers a fuzzy animal in his shack" is the same. After that, the stories are their own, both enjoyable, well written, and narrated perfectly. If you don't enjoy both novels, chances are you don't speak English, in which case what the hell are you doing reading this?
Absolutely, Narrator does a fantastic job. The book is funny and spellbinding.
Good guy is an ex-lawyer turned surveyor who distributes justice with a quick tongue and sly wit.
Very honest and interesting, tho after hearing the first part it is very difficult to try and listen to the 2nd part (the original book). Mostly because the first part is just so good! Hard to live up to I guess
Any time Holloway pisses someone off
Alien yet familiar in the best kind of way