This is good old fashioned sci if
I liked the interactions between the main character and the Fuzzies
He talks good
Turns into a court room drama in the end, but I love first contact stories, this is a good one.
I have not listened to that many, but it definitely ranks among my favorite! :)
I can't think of any book... but movies: This reminds me a bit of Avatar and similar "Fern Gully" type of stories.
The main character and pappa fuzzy. :)
This made me laugh out loud a lot. loved it!
Wil Wheaton did an excellent job!!!
I haven't read the print version, but I think the audio version may be better. Wil Wheaton's narration was great and really added to to story.
The opening scene was probably my favourite. It was unexpected, funny, and quickly pulled me in..
Honestly, I didn't expect much from this book. The description made it sound like an interesting but tacky story. But I was completely mistaken. It's well written, funny and thought provoking. I would definitely read it again.
This is a very contemporary new version by John Scalzi of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic 'Little Fuzzy'. In both versions possibly sapient creatures are discovered on an alien planet that humans are exploiting through mining.
A wonderful feature with the Scalzi audiobook is that a reading by Peter Ganim of the original 'Little Fuzzy' is included as a bonus. I listened to this original story first and am glad I did. It is a very good story and Ganim does an excellent reading, using a variety of character voices.
I decided to listen to Scalzi's version straight after Piper's original and at first was unsure if that was a wise decision. Initially I was struck by the change of tone in the new version; the characters spoke and acted like they were in a contemporary US sitcom. But as I continued to listen I came to appreciate just how cleverly and creatively Scalzi had adapted the basic story for today's readers. Wil Wheaton does a more conventional reading (narrating the story rather than producing a series of differing voices) but this is perfectly suited to Scalzi's take on the Fuzzy tale.
I finished the audiobook(s) feeling admiration for both versions of the story, and for the performances by the readers.
"This is my review of Fuzzy Nation," Luke said. "A very interesting book with a few flaws."
"What flaws?" the reader said.
"Nothing much," Luke said.
"Then...?" the reader said.
"They say 'said' too much." Luke said. "It feels like an hour of the recording could have been saved if the sentences were slightly longer and people 'said' less."
The reading by Wil Wheaton was amazing, he really carried the roles he needed to play, and was able to vary the tone and sound of his voice to allow for each new character to feel different. No overacting, no silly tricks, this is a great reading.
The source material, however, made even this reading slightly annoying. It might just be my personal preference, but the sheer amount of people saying things as read in this book was staggering. People would say a word, and then you'd hear "he said." After three hours of this you start getting really tired of this.
Still, the story was fairly compelling, and the main character, while a rapscallion and a liar comes off as personable and has his heart in the right place, even if his motives are self-centred at times.
Perhaps the book itself allows you to gloss over the "he said/she said" stumbling block, but for me the recording's greatest downfall was this slight annoyance that is like a pebble in my shoe as I walk through this fascinating world.
The story was very interesting.
You really became interested in the main character and the fuzzy aliens.
Wil Wheaton is a good narrator.
I listened to it all day at work.
Mr. Scalzi is improving as a writer.
Putting books on the back burner.
I never read the Little Fuzzy, the original, but I really liked the rewrite of Fuzzy Nation. Great fast fun and classic sci fi. If I could bleep out the occasional swearing, I would use this audiobook as a bedtime story for any young adult to start them getting into science fiction. The story is well balance and entertaining for any kid that has an Attention Deficit Disorder. Fuzzy Nation sort of reminds me of Ender's Game, but with a lot more dialogue between the characters. The innocent of those cute fuzzy talking animals and the trial in the courtroom, makes Fuzzy Nation a recommended read for the tween demographic for science fiction.
Although the performance was excellent, I would not recommend this to friends. I'd encourage them to read the original books by Piper.
It fell short of the story telling of Piper.
I do not think it needs a follow-up book. I think the originals need to be made into audio books.
Over all, I was very disappointed in the story itself. H. Beam Piper wrote a bit of magic with his series, and this just left me feeling flat. If there was a money back guarantee, I'd be asking for my money back. I'd recommend the original books.
this book ended up being the introduction to scalzi for me so it harbours a warm feeling in my comedic alien lawyer heart.