I rarely rate anything with 5 stars. I'm a harsh judge and enjoy tearing apart movies and shows for the joy and intellectual exercise. Because of this, I wanted to jump on and review this book before I had a chance to see flaws.
It isn't absolutely perfect, but the combination of the original story, what John Scalzi did with it, and Wil Wheaton's performance made this one of my favorite stories ever. I nearly cried at the end. It is always enjoyable when a book can elicit such a response from someone. The power of the telling and story were... well, wow.
Thank you to the creatives and production team for making a great experience.
Piper's _Little Fuzzy_ is a beloved SF classic that retains much of its appeal, but was already quite dated due to changes in technology and society when I read it as a teenager in the mid-1970s. Author John Scalzi rewrote the classic for the 21st century, adding his own sensibilities, then shared his work with the Piper estate, which gave Scalzi permission to publish his version. Although it feels disloyal to say so: _Fuzzy Nation_ is better than _Little Fuzzy_.
Although there are some great moments in the book, my favorite is just a trivial incident: the Fuzzies watch a certain movie that features aliens that look very much like them. (Take THAT, George Lucas!)
Wil Wheaton does a superb job on the narration; character voices are distinct, but not overly exaggerated--the narration never gets in the way of the story. I'll enjoy listening to this book again.
A Sci Fi junkie who occasionally goes slumming to read other literature.
Scalzi does a fine job re-writing this story. I was entertained almost all the way through. I would have given this 5 stars, but (1) Scalzi didn't invent the story, and (2) I tend to reserve 5 stars for novels I think will be enduring SF classics.
The characters, the humor.
The politics of the company exploiting the Fuzzy Nation, what allowed them to be able to use the resources, and what would keep a big company from being able to exploit the planet. Very interesting, incredibly easy (and fun, even) to extrapolate to modern events. I also liked the ideas about language.
I love all Wil Wheaton's readings, he's by far the reader I listen to most, and often without even realizing it. I've listened to a lot of John Scalzi's as well, and they don't get old, always independently enjoyable.
I was a little concerned that an actor was going to read this book. Sometimes the talent doesn't translate to audiobooks, but Wil Wheaton does a pretty good job. I wish that he could have varied his voices more for the human characters, but he is good enough that I would listen to other books narrated by him. The story also is interesting and engaging with a surprise at the end.
This is the first review that I’ve written, typically I don’t really feel motivated to do so, but this was such a good listen that I felt compelled to write something. I was a little hesitant at fist with Will Wheaton narrating; he’s a good guy and all, but I wasn’t too sure if I could listen to him talking for hours and hours. I was wrong. He did a GREAT job reading, and as Scalzi stated in the intro, Will really was the best choice for this duty. I’m actually going to pick up some of his other reads now. I really enjoyed this book. The main character was fun and just complex enough to keep you guessing. The overall plot felt like it came from the ‘60s as the original had (most of the modern Sci-Fi that I’ve read tend to such downers), but it felt “cleaned-up” and modernized as was the intent. Probably one of my favorite “reads” so far.
I’ve listened to a few of Scalzi’s other books; enjoyed them all. I was initially hesitant about Will Wheaton, but ended up really enjoying his performance. I will be looking for more of his works on Audible.
I definitely would have liked to have listened to this in one sitting. I do my audiobooking during my commute, and I found myself sitting in the car several times after arriving at my location, not wanting to stop listening.
Yes - I am already listening to it again. The story is fun, light, entertaining, hilarious, smart-mouthed - and well-constructed. And as always, Wil Wheaton is a fabulous narrator. I would happily listen to Wil Wheaton read my grocery list.
The last half is a fun rollercoaster of moments. I don't want to give anything away.
Tie between Holloway & Papa.
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This story, about a rogue with a golden heart who suddenly finds both his fortunes and role reversed overnight, is equal parts courtroom drama and light sitcom. Aside from the setting- a vaguely described backwater jungle planet, and the newly discovered alien which resembles Spielberg’s Mogwai, there isn’t an awful lot of Science Fiction in the novel. Hollywood could substitute a remarkably intelligent species of primate from a faraway jungle and film the movie on the cheap. Nonetheless, the witty dialog and legal twists are entertaining enough to hold the reader’s attention through to the end. There’s a fair amount of wish fulfillment as Scalzi sets up the pins of his unlikable villain characters, only to knock them all down in the end with their deserved comeuppances. One personal pet peeve was the overuse of the dialog denoting words “He/She said”. I would have found it less distracting and more descriptive if the verb choice was more varied. This is most noticeable during rapid exchanges, and when experiencing the story in audiobook form. Wil Wheaton, incidentally, does a terrific job narrating and his performance absolutely drips with snark. Overall, I enjoyed the story quite a bit, but would recommend Scalzi’s “Old Man’s War” series to those seeking thicker SF concepts, or “Redshirts” to those who want a good laugh at the genre’s many clichés.
This was a good book to listen to in the car, because I was never lost and I could usually guess accurately what was going to happen next so it didn't bother me to turn it off at the end of my commute and return to it the next day. That being said, it was a cute book, well written with interesting if rather cliched characters. I just wish that it had done something even remotely unexpected. Everything plays out exactly how you expect it is going to. Wheaton's narration was enthusiastic, he did a good job. Overall good but not exceptional.