The story had a lot more promise to it in regards to the Fuzzies, but the story kept going back to the the main character.
The main thing that bothered me the most was, that for being so far in the future, I don't understand the reason that the author felt the need to blaspheme the name of Jesus Christ.
Evolution is mentioned in this book a lot but was easy to overlook for the fun nature of the story. Nevertheless, intervention by an intelligent being to protect a new species from a more advanced predator contradicts the very premise the the un-theory of Evolution. Essentially, it was empty filler to had to the total word count.
Great story! A little bit discovery, a bit of humor, a bit of mystery, with money and a large corporation involved, perfect recipe for am engaging tale! Will, is quickly becoming one of my "go to" narrators.
Scalzi did a great job adapting Little Fuzzy, and Will Wheaton is THE PERFECT reader! Main character, John Holloway, is funny, clever, and perfect. Too bad he's imaginary!
Wheaton reads much like I do--he is quick (not too fast), but doesn't slow everything down. He doesn't try to do many different voices, but it is clear what character he is reading when he reads it.
I love Scalzi's stories and writing style. I know this is a redo of someone's work, but like so many other works by Scalzi's, it's entertaining, interesting, and a pleasure from start to finish.
This is an amusing and engaging science-fiction story, well read by Wil Wheaton (although I'm getting a little tired of his voice – – I've been listening to a lot of Scalzi lately). I enjoyed the book, and my 11-year-old son REALLY enjoyed the book. So much so, that we listened to it twice in the space of six months.
great charactor development
Loved the way the author took a badly-dated classic with a great premise and turned it a bit inside-out. Scalzi got rid of a lot of the male-centric details that would discourage female readers, and updated our main human character from a barely-believable saintly Individual to a more believable self centered, dynamic almost anti-hero who does the wrong things for the right reasons. Much more believable and intricate than the original. Both books are studies in ethics and ethnocentrism, but Scalzi lightened and made more believable the Good, the Bad and the Ugly involved, and in the process exposes a whole new readership to some of the good old stuff being neglected by newer readers. The original book by H. Beam Piper was essentially a YA title; this one is more mature and much more believable.
No, this was a first Will Wheaton - narrated book for us
Yes, and we did on a long road trip! I started reading the book aloud while hubs drove, and when we switched, he purchased the Audible version and found where i left off and played it. We agree that Mr. Wheaton is a lively and engaging narrator!
Please have Mr. Wheaton do "The Golden Dream" by Ardath Mayhar, another update spin played on the original series by piper. Wonderful, wonderful book and writer.
When papa spoke for the first time
As usual Wheaton and Scalzi blow this story out of the park. I have read almost everything by Scalzi, and Wheaton is one of my favorite narrators.
I did listen to it in one sitting.
There were a few major plot devices that were laughably predictable, but they were usually resolved quickly without too much meandering. My favorite parts were the repeated and thorough ass kickings halloway dished out.
If this book was much longer than 7 hrs I would say it was far too long, and any shorter and it would be rushed. The story is simple and paced beautifully as it is. I was grinning madly toward the end of the book. It was very satisfying.
PS. Someone mentioned the overuse of "he said" and "she said" speech tags. I agree. You can use fewer of those phrases during dialog, and I noticed the same thing in Redshirts. You can ignore it for the most part, but during some longer dialogs even Will Wheaton can accidentally add the inflections of the sentence into the "he said", "she said", or "so and so said" dialog tags when they occur during every single line.