An enjoyable story well told. However, Scalzi has a writing quirk that drives me nuts. It seems that every other sentence is followed by "Sullivan said" or "Evelyn said" or "Holloway said.." Interestingly, I had the same objections (magnified 10 fold) to Scalzi's "Redshirt." But in that book, the bad writing was intentional and served a purpose in the plot. In this book it's just plain annoying.. It occurs where no attribution is needed because it's obvious which character is speaking. It occurs where alternative phrases would serve better, e.g., "he mused" or "she blurted out" or any of a thousand other words. It just makes it all sound so sophomoric. Too bad because it's an excellent story despite that irritating quirk and other than that, Scalzi tells it well. I really did enjoy the book. Wil Wheaton's narration is adequate although he does speak a bit too rapidly and, except for the voice of the alien, does not try to provide different voices for the various characters. But I don't know that one can fault him for that. It's just another style. .
Yes, already have. It's entertaining and well performed by Wil Wheaton.
The protagonist was delightfully abrasive.
I listened to Red Shirts, which I also enjoyed very much. Fuzzy Nation had a tighter plot than Red Shirts, and Wheaton was the perfect reader for it. In case it's important to anyone, Fuzzy Nation is suitable for age 10+ (though younger kids might lose some nuances), whereas Red Shirts might be for an older (15+) crowd.
"Further proof that size doesn't matter."
Well, maybe not. But it definitely should be made into a movie.
I had an 8 hour drive home. Listening to this audio made time go by in a flash.
I purchased this book several months ago and then somehow forgot about. I am so happy that I was looking through my library and found it. This was a wonderful listen. Fuzzy Nation is ultimately a story about Jack Holloway, a disbarred attorney who now works as an independent prospector for ZaraCorp on the planet Zarathustra. Jack’s discovery of the mother lode of all mother lodes and his nearly concurrent “discovery” of some small, extremely cute, cat-like creatures, which may or may not be sentient and that he calls the “Fuzzies,” sets the stage for the story.
While the coincidences abound and I am certain that some will see this tale as too simplistic—the bad guys are indeed very bad and have few (really no) redeeming qualities and the good guys are generally pretty good with some minor flaws thrown in—I found it to be a good tale well told. The story had enough twists and turns with an odd yet interesting legal overlay to make it a compelling listen..
Absolutely, because I want to remember this book forever!
I don't know about a book, but Dances With Wolves after the main character went back to white society to advocate for a Nation. Maybe Avatar the movie also is somewhat similar.
Jack Holloway is definitely my favorite . He starts off being selfish and a jerk, and it's hard to think what he's up to. It's obvious he's got a plan and as the book unfolds its hard not to love the terd. Lol!
Ill say equal moments when an innocent person is mourned by two people at different times in the story. It moved me deeply.
I can see why this book won awards and would be an awesome movie. It's a story that all society can learn from.
This was a fun and easy listen. The story is pretty straightforward... not a lot of surprises... but the characters are good and the writing style is nice. The narrator is good as well.
I have a 115 mile each-way (San Diego to Los Angeles) commute that I do 3 times a week, for over 16 years now. Audible books have not only kept me sane, but make the drive enjoyable.
The reading by Wil Wheaton breathed more life into this book, than I ever could have by reading it in print. It was a pitch perfect performance, and he did all the characters justice. His timing was perfect in delivering the humor as well. Bravo!
You just gotta love Karl and Papa, but you are forced to respect Jack in the end. Why? I'm not going to drop a spoiler!
Kudos to H. Beam Piper for the original classic, but John Scalzi hit it out of the park with this re-write. You don't realize how much, until you listen to the original that is included in the download.
I am so grateful that the Piper Estate saw fit to let John Scalzi publish his book.
Southern IT guy that is a christian and loves scifi. I hated all the reading in school, found out later in life that I love being read to.
I got this book because of Wil Wheatons reads of Ready Player One and Red Shirts (other great books). I loved this story and highly suggest reading this. It is a short read and has this recording also has the original Fuzzy story so you get a 2fer.
Science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction...take me away!
I could hardly stop listening even when I could tell there were some dark events coming. This book reminded me of the favourite science fiction stories of my youth with the "cowboy" on an alien planet trying to eke out a living and not get killed by various nasties that lurk in the shadows. There are cute aliens, a love interest, bad guys, cool spaceships and Wil Wheaton narrating. Top notch for me, very easy to listen to and easy to follow.