I really enjoyed this story from the beginning to the end. Scalzi made some creative changes from the original. In the original Jack Holloway was a simple prospector and Scalzi made him into a more youthful and more enjoyable character with a sense of humor. I enjoyed Carl, Jack's faithful 4 legged friend who enjoys using explosives.
The "Rip off" was like an episode of Law and order. It got me thinking what if a superior beings came to Earth, would they think that we where just simple animals and treat us like we treat animals?
John Scalzi did a great job keeping with traditional story by H. Beam Piper. I was easy to listen and appreciate the original story from 1962. 51 years later John Scalzi brought a great story back from the dead. I would never have had a chance in finding the orginal had it not been for the "Rip off"
Funny, Fast, Engaging.
The story is well written, very funny and enjoyably fast paced. No need in getting bogged down in details, just cut to the next interesting scene.
Nothing in particular, but there are a lot of funny scenes.
The narration is, like every Will Wheaton book, exceptional.
The story takes you to a place where few book dare to go. It's almost as short as a long novella, so you never get bored with the charcacters. Its, About 8 hours long. The last 8 hours is the book which was used to inspired this one.
The narrator is great, and the story is well phased and funny. The court scenes were great and well written, and the dialogues between the different characters is very funny.
At times the story get so funny, you can't stop laughing, but then gets serious and sometimes really really sad.
The end is totally unexpected.
From Selfish to Fuzzy
Engrossing story. Simply stunning performance.
This book draws you in slowly and Wheaton's narration does the same. It isn't showy and it seems very simple and understated at first but this book got me by the first third so bad that it just consumed all the free time I had this weekend! I'm actually glad it wasn't longer!
Jack, the main character, is so lovably caustic.
Yes, but you aren't getting anything else out of me.
If you like sci-fi or courtroom dramas this is likely to be a winner for you. It probably isn't for everyone. Wheaton's narration is solid but understated which is not everyone's preference. His pacing is excellent. He does a great job with the difficult creature voices but he makes no attempt at Jim Dale style theatrics. That said each character, and all dialogue, is easy to follow--no easy feat for Scalzi's fast paced banter.
Fuzzy Nation brings back what I miss about older science fiction books. When I was growing up I could take any of my brothers science fiction or fantasy books down from his shelf and spend a weekend reading the entire thing. That's the way I feel about this book and I would recommend this to anybody who misses those books from the 60s and 70s or to a person who has not read any scifi before. The book is well written and Wil Wheaton delivers another great performance. Thanks for bringing new life to a classic book.
The snappy dialogue was excellent and the courtroom banter was tight and funny. The only problem was that the word "Said" was said way too much. Every bit of dialogue had a Holloway said, or an Isobel said, and it became a little annoying but the story and Wil Wheaton's performance definitely made up for that one bad point.
Holloway. That was one well written character. He was what we wish we could all be, a mix of hypercompetence and jackass.
The last one, I don't want to spoil it, you'll see/hear.
In a world where giant lizards will eat your brain comes the cutest species ever to fuzzy up the screen.
Get this book. It's well worth the price and it will make you smile. Often on the train people would wonder why I just started snickering.
I relied on reviews to buy this. Initially I was a bit uneasy about a new slant on an old favourite, but it took very little time before I was convinced. This is a really good story, with some bits being signalled very clearly in advance, but always enough suspense to keep the listener hooked. My only (small) criticism is the constant "He said" , "..... said" at the end of speech. The narrator distinguishes between characters very well and there no need for this. I bought another John Scalzi book (Agent to the stars) because I was so impressed with this.
Say something about yourself!
This is my first 5 star listen in my 16 years as an audible listener. This story was like the perfect meal. It was well balanced, charming, not too sweet, not too heavy but still had substance; it was fun but not stupid with the perfect narrator. It was and is completely satisfying.
I enjoyed it so much I made my daughter (aged 40+) listen to it and she was just as charmed. I will listen to it again on my next long drive and enjoy again and I can't listen to many things twice.
I listened to part of the second half which was the original story and while it had all the same ingredients, it was just not the same caliber and I couldn't finish it. It was, however, interesting how the same information presented differently could make such disparate impressions.
I have recommended this book to several friends! This book really gets you in the head of the main character, in a way that you can witness the hilarious internal dialogue that goes on in our heads already unnoticed.
The 'I can't put it down' ness of the story.
Yes. Very Yes.