I laughed, I cried, I threw up in my mouth a little bit (there were a few icky bits). I always enjoy pokes at corporate greed and John Scalzi uses a pretty big stick in this story, The protagonist, Jack Holloway, is a selfish, arrogant, greedy S.O.B. - or is he? He manages to at the very least annoy and at worst to drive to homicide everyone he encounters; he says and does things many of us would like to say and do, but don't because we're chicken (or maybe too responsible or nice - nah, we're chicken) The other characters are interesting and Karl and the Fuzzies are adorable. When the story wasn't making me laugh out loud - literally - a bit embarrassing on public transit, by the way, it was making me unspeakably sad or violently enraged. Wil Wheaton brought the characters to life, using just the right inflections and injecting just the right quality and intensity of emotion for each character in each situation. His delivery was understated and he never overdid it. It was easy to distinguish between characters throughout the book. I LOVE this audiobook and definitely recommend it!
The is one of the best - up in the top 10%
When Papa was testifying, it brought tears to my eyes
The back story about the inception of the book was interesting. Wil brought the right amount of indignation and disrepect for authority...
This is a fun, quick read and one of my kids' favorites even though it is not a children's book (there is some swearing that will offend some, and a violent scene probably not appropriate for really young ones), but my kids were 11 and 17 at the time and both just loved it.
I loved the reluctant hero of the main character Jack, and especially his relationship with is dog Carl. I also loved the anti-corporate, yet not bludgeoning you over the head, message (which is fairly common in sci-fi anyway).
The only reason I gave the story 4 stars is because it is a little simplistic for adult fiction and I will agree that Scalzi overuses "says" to the point that it is sometimes distracting if there's a lot of quick back and forth between characters.
And then there's Wil. I can't love his narration of this story enough. Wil just knows how to read Scalzi's work perfectly. I can hear in his voice his own amusement or sadness at what he's reading and I think his cadence is perfect for it.
This is a fun book and I especially recommend it in audio form!
The best thing about this selection is that it includes H. Beam Piper's original story with John Scalzi's updated treatment. Scalzi didn't just modernize the classic story - he used the basic premise and some character names but followed his own creative path in character development and plot. It turned different enough to be enjoyable on its own merits. The original still shines, despite some anachronistic sexism, obsolete technology, and lots of cigarettes.
The narrators enhanced the differences between the stories. Wil Wheaton narrated Fuzzy Nation with only limited attempts at character voices, so the dialogue needed "_____ said" after every quote for clarity. This got annoying after a while. Peter Ganim narrates Little Fuzzy with voices, making the dialogue was truer to the text, though the strong ethnic accents of some characters was also a little distracting.
Little Fuzzy was already a classic by the time I started reading SF as a teen, but its juvenile-sounding title kept me from reading it. It took John Scalzi's rewrite to convince me to give it a try as an audiobook, and I'm so glad I did.
Fuzzy Nation and Little Fuzzy are one of my best audio experiences this year. I like both stories and the narration was excellent.
In this audio book you get to compare Scalzi's telling of the story with Piper's original story. Although I like Scalzi his story is more light weight and almost a cliche compared to the original. Story is 4 for Scalzi and 5 for Piper. My ratings are reversed for the naration.
Wil Wheaton is an excellent narrator but I think little was added to the story or intro by having excellent narration. Perhaps the emotional impact is improved by the narration, that is the one thing Scalzi heightened and improved upon the original and Wil really brought it out.
Toward the end of both stories ??? yes.
I like Scalzi but Piper's Little Fuzzy is better and a 5 star classic. Your mileage may vary.
Not every story and reader keep me fully engaged. These did. Probably shouldn't have been listening and driving....
H. Beam Piper's Little Fuzzy is one of my favorite books to re-read. That said I would like to highly recommend Fuzzy Nation, John Scalzis reimagining of the Fuzzy novels. The characters are well fleshed out, the storyline twists just enough from the original to keep you wondering what will happen next, and Wil Wheaton did an excellent job reading the story.
The only negative is that the word "said" was used way to often to denote dialogue.
It was a faithful adaptation of H. Beam Pipers "Little Fuzzy". In the forward, Scalzi talks about how he was trying to re-write Little fuzzy with more modern sensibilities. He succeeded. And in many ways, I expect this version to stand the test of time as well as the original. Wil Wheaton is a fantastic narrator.
The dog. Without ruining anything, the dog.
He (Wil Wheaton) brought life into the characters, even to the point that there was no doubt who was speaking as who. His voice as the narrator was fantastic, and that of the main character was good enough to make you sympathise with him.
Well done John Scalzi. I am not a fan of most work put out in a universe from a dead creator, (Sorry Brandon), but this was done well. It does not attempt to be the original story, but reuses so many of the same elements is such a different way that still pays tribute. I would recommend this to anyone who wanted an introduction to Scalzi and his work.
Avid reader my whole life - addicted to audio. I listen to books & podcasts while working, driving, sleeping......
We all know that one of the first things humans will do when they are finally able to master space travel is to find planets with valuable resources to pillage and profit from - face it - those who can afford to explore are usually driven by power & greed - "We've found it, now it's time to conquer & occupy!"
Even though the plot of this story was predictable, I still found it interesting. I was thoroughly enchanted with the little fuzzies and the one last decent human in the universe who had to choose between immense personal wealth and standing up for the little guys and their rights to exist peacefully.
There's a bonus if you buy this one because Part 2 is actually the original version - no need to buy both to see which one is better - it's a two-fer!!