Absolutely AMAZING!! I didn't want it to end. Wil Wheaton did a wonderful job narrating this story! The character development was perfect. Even though was a shorter story, I quickly came to care for then. I often found myself laughing out loud.
I am a writer, not a professional one, more of a student of the art.
I find Scalzi's writing to be funny, extremely accessible, and probably as a result, sometimes a little simplistic. It's the time worn argument of style over function. His plot, in this case, is a little simple, probably to allow the character study of the anti-hero to be center stage. As with many first contact stories, I found the accessibility of the alien creatures to be a little suspect, but if they weren't a little bit human, how would we relate, right?
As soon as I was done this nicely done bit of escapist sci-fi, I immediately wanted to read the original Little Fuzzy again. It's been at least 25 years since I'd read it. And presto! The lovely folks at Audible had appended that to the end of Fuzzy Nation.
The original is a similar level of fun and accessibility. Interestingly, I found it to be the inverse in some respects, of Fuzzy Nation. The plot was more complex but relied a tad too much on coincidence and the characters more flat, less nuanced (with one tragic exception).
Thank you, Audible, John Scalzi, Wil Wheaton, H. Beam. Piper, and his narrator, for bringing this writer a fun experiment in comparing narratives. :)
Entertaining, enjoyable story
Will Wheaton is an excellent narrator, able to differentiate characters without forcing his voice into false falsettos or basses. You can hear the humor in the man as he narrates. He seems to enjoy his job, and likes his characters.
Oh yeah! I always like to see the bad guys go down!
Although the plot was a bit predictable, it didn't matter to me because the setting was alien, and some of the characters unusual. It was well done, and current despite the off-world setting.
I didn't expect to like the book as much as I did. I mean, it was amazingly well-done. Remakes of older works often seem kind of "queasy" to me, but I fell into this story very simply and fast. The narrator did a wonderful job, taking on numerous voices, genders and emotions will a dexterity that was awesome--when you remembered it was being done by one person, that is. I don't often give 5 stars, but I felt this deserved it!
Yes great storytelling, really enjoyed listen and it save me time being able to listen while walking or doing work around home
when fuzzies spoke for first time
always believed reading book engages your imagination but in time poor society difficult to find time. Wil Wheaton is a surprisingly good story teller and Scalzi has a good twist on old story but also enjoyed original which was a surprising bonus
No just a good listen all round
really enjoyed story then for original book to be included in purchase was fabulous.
I enjoyed all of the characters and the interesting story. I did not read the reference book first and look forward to listening to Little Fuzzy.
It made me take greater interest. I do not regularly read Fantasy, so was immediately intrigued by the idea of a classic and its updated treatment.
I do to know, but make both movies.
don't know, haven't read print version
When he realizes fuzzies speak
I recommended this book (books) to my young grandson. He at first thought that the names Fuzzies would mean it was for little girls but then he really got into it.
I originally bought this book because I had just read Redshirts by John Scalzi and liked it a lot. I was familiar with Wil Wheaton from his Star Trek days, and his appearances on Big Bang Theory and The Guild. But I had no idea he would be such an awesome narrator. After this I searched out all the books he narrated and I'm working my way through them.
As for this story itself, it's a great science fiction yarn. Scalzi does a great job with plot, characterization and action. The philosophical underpinnings of the story are an added bonus and provide a lot of food for thought.
I also appreciated the inclusion of the original Fuzzy Nation for comparison. While each can stand on its own, I have to say I like Scalzi's version better.
Addicted to audible. One the best things that happened to me
I listened to this thriller because I have some kind of affection to sci-fi and the ratings were high. The narrator really drew me in immediately with a very passionate voice and the story started building up. It took great twists and turns almost I lived it. The nice thing is that it turned into a legal thriller; I guess I learned a lot there.
I is worth your credit if you enjoy happy endings