This is a very contemporary new version by John Scalzi of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic 'Little Fuzzy'. In both versions possibly sapient creatures are discovered on an alien planet that humans are exploiting through mining.
A wonderful feature with the Scalzi audiobook is that a reading by Peter Ganim of the original 'Little Fuzzy' is included as a bonus. I listened to this original story first and am glad I did. It is a very good story and Ganim does an excellent reading, using a variety of character voices.
I decided to listen to Scalzi's version straight after Piper's original and at first was unsure if that was a wise decision. Initially I was struck by the change of tone in the new version; the characters spoke and acted like they were in a contemporary US sitcom. But as I continued to listen I came to appreciate just how cleverly and creatively Scalzi had adapted the basic story for today's readers. Wil Wheaton does a more conventional reading (narrating the story rather than producing a series of differing voices) but this is perfectly suited to Scalzi's take on the Fuzzy tale.
I finished the audiobook(s) feeling admiration for both versions of the story, and for the performances by the readers.
"This is my review of Fuzzy Nation," Luke said. "A very interesting book with a few flaws."
"What flaws?" the reader said.
"Nothing much," Luke said.
"Then...?" the reader said.
"They say 'said' too much." Luke said. "It feels like an hour of the recording could have been saved if the sentences were slightly longer and people 'said' less."
The reading by Wil Wheaton was amazing, he really carried the roles he needed to play, and was able to vary the tone and sound of his voice to allow for each new character to feel different. No overacting, no silly tricks, this is a great reading.
The source material, however, made even this reading slightly annoying. It might just be my personal preference, but the sheer amount of people saying things as read in this book was staggering. People would say a word, and then you'd hear "he said." After three hours of this you start getting really tired of this.
Still, the story was fairly compelling, and the main character, while a rapscallion and a liar comes off as personable and has his heart in the right place, even if his motives are self-centred at times.
Perhaps the book itself allows you to gloss over the "he said/she said" stumbling block, but for me the recording's greatest downfall was this slight annoyance that is like a pebble in my shoe as I walk through this fascinating world.
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I never read the Little Fuzzy, the original, but I really liked the rewrite of Fuzzy Nation. Great fast fun and classic sci fi. If I could bleep out the occasional swearing, I would use this audiobook as a bedtime story for any young adult to start them getting into science fiction. The story is well balance and entertaining for any kid that has an Attention Deficit Disorder. Fuzzy Nation sort of reminds me of Ender's Game, but with a lot more dialogue between the characters. The innocent of those cute fuzzy talking animals and the trial in the courtroom, makes Fuzzy Nation a recommended read for the tween demographic for science fiction.
Although the performance was excellent, I would not recommend this to friends. I'd encourage them to read the original books by Piper.
It fell short of the story telling of Piper.
I do not think it needs a follow-up book. I think the originals need to be made into audio books.
Over all, I was very disappointed in the story itself. H. Beam Piper wrote a bit of magic with his series, and this just left me feeling flat. If there was a money back guarantee, I'd be asking for my money back. I'd recommend the original books.
this book ended up being the introduction to scalzi for me so it harbours a warm feeling in my comedic alien lawyer heart.
Well, the story was very rich and complex, but a lot of the plot points became obvious and thus a lot of the dialog tends to come across as verbose. So on a second read the issue would become unbearable. Having said that, it is an engaging storyline.
The plot points were very good. If the dialog pulled back a. Little bit it wand didn't spell everything out for me, it would have been incredibly good.
I haven't listened to other books, but I would. The plots are rich.
Spoiler?!! When hallway first met the fuzzier.
The dialog is noticeable verbose and spells out everything in too much detail. However the reason for this seems that the legalise might come across too complex. Good story.
Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
Good story telling with a few nice morals thrown in. Very enjoyable. Adding it to my list of 5 ratings (I don't give too many 5s).
I bought this audiobook from Audible's Deal of the Day. I usually do not listen to or read this genre, but the book description was intriguing and I love the narrator. I am so thrilled that I did. It was a very entertaining, captivating book. Humor, heartbreak, good men, bad men, and fuzzies....what more do you need?!
Fuzzy Nation was like a science fiction fairy tale with the requisite happy ending. It will go on my list of 2nd listens.Great story, great narration, great fun!