Over a number of his books, Scalzi has become one of my favorite authors. Fuzzy Nation is a big part of why. This tale, combined with the fantastic narration by Wil Wheaton, is an emotionally charged expression of how damaging greed can be.
I am a working mom who loves to squeeze in listening to books while walking, doing chores or commuting.
Fuzzy Nation was enjoyable to listen to while I did my chores. It wasn't too complicated. I did not try to follow all the corporate legal rumblings, rather just enjoyed the story.
It would be a spoiler to say, but there were a few moments in the story that were touching.
The scenes changed frequently in the story and I just enjoyed the dynamic flow. I am not a science fiction reader, but this one had a nice story to accompany the "out of this world" setting.
A cute, fun story. Not too heavy.
What do you even say about yourself on an audio book site? I like books? I don't have time to read anymore so I listen?
Fuzzy Nation is certainly at the top of my list somewhere, it's kind of hard to rank everything really. Will Wheaton did an outstanding job and John Scalzi certainly did the original author, since this is a rewrite, proud.
The end, though I can't say way. That may be because I JUST finished it. The intro also stands out quite well in my mind.
I was not aware that the book was a rewrite and really appreciated that Scalzi took the time to mention that.
I was pretty close to crying TWICE. If I say either it will certainly be a spoiler so I wont say anymore.
MINOR SPOILER BELLOW
I know that some people wont, or rather do not enjoy, reading books where dogs die. Rest assured that Carl does not die through this book. I really, from the very first chapter, thought I was in for a heart wrenching when that dog died. I can happily say that Carl is an important character from beginning to end.
Couldn't say but it would be close. My main comment is that while Wil Wheaton (see that alliteration) has a very good voice, he doesn't provide different voices for the primary characters so the audiobook is littered with "he said" and "she said"s. I feel like in other books, the narrator finds different voices for the characters and thus identifying the speak for every phrase is unnecessary, unlike with Fuzzy Nation
The perfect combination of Scalzi and Wheaton make for an enjoyable listen. I usually prefer lengthy audio books, but this one was an exception. This book has fabulous characters, is a great great sci-fi yarn with excellent narration. I had to finish it in two sessions. The story has an interesting twist on mankind's destructive nature vs. sentient inhabitants of a far away planet and perceptions in general. I love this book and Will Wheaton did an outstanding job as narrator.
I first came across John Scalzi by way of The Android's dream and I loved the story and narration. This one did not disappoint. Its is a cool story and a well told one too. His writing is just cool.
Life-long reader, 10 years listening
I've been a huge fan of the Fuzzy books by H Beam Piper since the 1980s, and have read and re-read all of the books (his and others' work) several times. I was not sure about this re-imagining, though I generally like Scalzi's work, and it took me a while to finish listening. The courtroom appearance of 'Papa Fuzzy' is amazing, and Wil Wheaton really does it well. I promptly zipped over to Amazon and bought the ebook to read the story all over again.
Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant
Another fun read by John Scalzi, Fuzzy Nation is Sci-fi but a bit different than his other work. It takes place on a new planet in deep space but that’s about where the similarities end. Instead of battling alien life forms the main character ends up battling other humans on behalf of aliens. The interaction between Jack and the Fuzzies and his fellow man make this a fun book. A must read for any sci-fi loving lawyers out there!
Will Wheaton does a great job with this narration. I think we need a law that requires him to do all narration for sci-fi books.
Another great team-up by Scalzi and Wheaton! The re-imagining by Scalzi is highly entertaining, and Wheaton's Reading is fantastic - as always.
Jack and Mark
I laughed many times, and snickered a lot.
I put off reading this book for a while because of all the reviews that comment on the "he said, she said" quality in the narration. It was annoying, but I got used to it, and the story line was good enough to make up for it. It's really the only reason that I didn't gve it 5 stars.
I would still recommend this book. The main character has the sassy-sarcastic whit that seems common to Scalzi stories, and the events made for a good story.
I really enjoy Wil Wheaton as a narrator as well.