It seems Scalzi made this book to be an audio book.
I love less than stereotypically morally "perfect" characters. That combined with being out of there element, in this case a lawyer turned prospector.
Scalzi gave a consise history of of this book and of his modernizing a classic story. Will Wheaton is far from my favorite narrator but he did this well he kept the characters distinct and moved at a palletable speed at least a "B+" performance.
Maybe "You can put all your eggs in this Fuzzy basket"?
Well Wil Wheaton was fantastic as narrator AMAZING!
fyi (He is from Star Trek The Next Generation as Wesley Crusher.)
It is just a fun, interesting and a very very personal ride through a possible situation on an alien planet in the future.
While it's not really a comedy per say it sure is funny in parts. :)
I am usually a serious sci fi person however I took a punt on this and was not disappointed.
Wesley Crusher is a very 'warm' reader you just like to listen to his voice.
yep sure was!
The actors who stared in TNG are very talented Wil is just one example of this.
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.