This was an a very good story with good narrators. I think it is one of the better stories I have listened to but not the best.
The narrator was very good at conveying the different characters and emotions. Wil Wheaton was better then the second narrator at differentiating between characters.
I wish I had listened to the original first before hearing the updated version. Both stories were good and it was interesting to compare the two.
I'm quickly becoming a John Scalzi fan. This is the second book of his I've read (Old Man's War is the other) and both have been excellent. He tells a compelling story that flies by (I listened to the last 2 hours of Fuzzy Nation late at night while repeating to myself every fifteen minutes or so: "just a few more minutes, then I'll call it a night"). Scalzi has an excellent sense of humor and the dialog--whether between characters or between a character and his inner voice--is witty and entertaining.
The narrator took a little getting used to; the main character has a sarcastic and abrasive personality, which the narrator's tone effectively conveys...but he uses the same tone with most of the other characters (in fairness many of them are abrasive too) and it becomes a little grating at times. However, it's a minor nit, and I highly recommend the book.
Holloway - he is on top of it.
Excellence in natation.
When Papa Fuzzy spoke.
Lots of good listening hours.
This is a fascinating story and very well read. I really liked hearing the new version and then the original version of the story. It was not at all as redundant as I thought it might be.
It starts a bit slowly and seems to wander, but as characters and concepts develop it comes together to present unique and thought provoking premises and surprises. There is a vein of humor that runs through it as well as good action and or tension scenes interspersed throughout. I really enjoyed the court room scenes.
This is my third John Scalzi - (Wil Wheaton) novel. He weaves a unique story and one is never quite sure where the story will go. Frankly, as I started each book I found myself after a time thinking, "This seems kinda dumb." Each time the seeming fragmentation would pull together into a clever, unique and intriguing story.
"Agent To The Stars" remains my favorite.
Wil Wheaton is a terrific reader. It was a pleasant surprise to learn that he had played Wesley Crusher in Star Trek - Next Generation.
I am happy to recommend this book.
It was a fun 'read'. I enjoyed the premise and story line.
The intro helped to set it up. I grew to appreciate the story line even more after hearing it again.
Yes. It's a really cool story. I wish it was longer.
I really enjoyed the biology of the alien ecosystem. It was really well thought out, described, and (unlike a lot of sci-fi) very believable.
Yes, I've listened to a lot of Wil Wheaton's performances and some of Scalzi's other writing. I'd say this book isn't as good as some of Scalzi's other work, but Wheaton's performance is excellent, as usual. It's well worth listening to or reading.
There were a few scenes that made me laugh and I imagine a lot of people would cry during one of the sadder scenes. Overall, nothing "extreme," but you will probably laugh and maybe cry.
It's cool that you get the original story that Fuzzy Nation is based on as an audiobook, too. I didn't enjoy it nearly as much (not performed by Wheaton and an older style of storytelling), but it has some merits in the more in-depth ecological information that make it worth checking out, too.
I loved this book! It is the first Scalzi novel I have listened to and I could not put it down, which might have upset my girlfriend a bit.
Reading is a Virtue
I would listen to Fuzzy Nation again, both to Scalzi's take on the story, and to Piper's original version which comes as the second half of the down load. I had not previously read Piper's and thus was surprised at the contrast it presents between the 1960s and more current visions of a science fictional future. While there is a lot of paternalism demonstrated in Piper's story, aspects of the effort to show the Fuzzies as sentient seemed reveal a far more modern take than I expected. My only real objection was the fact that while the characters claim that Fuzzies are sentient, they have no problem claiming them as their own. I guess sentience does not prevent people from wanting to claim one as a pet.
Perhaps having listened to Scalzi's version first had some affect on my perceptions, as he does a far better job of portraying the Fuzzies as ultimately capable of running their own lives and claiming responsibility for their own well being. Needless to say I enjoyed listening to both versions of the story, and I am particularly glad that Scalzi chose to write his own version of the story (Professional fan fiction?). I would not necessarily ever have learned of the original if he had not, and I think he more than did justice to Piper's original idea for the story. Wheaton is a good narrator too. All in all, the books were both well worth the time and credits!
While I wouldn't necessarily compare Fuzzy Nation to another book, I do like the fact that it can be seen as another perspective of eco-science fiction, and since I enjoy the sort of science fiction written to provide alternative perspectives on the world, the universe, and what might happen based on how we use our resources.
I do not want to say too much because it would give away the stories. I guess I am not trying to prove that I listened....