Professional librarian type, amateur historian.
This is a twofer. First is John Scalzi's Fuzzy Nation, the second is the original a "Little Fuzzy". Having "Little Fuzzy" available, one can really appreciate what Scalzi has done with the story. He has truly modernized it and made it suitable for early 21st century audiences. This is the 2nd Scalzi book I've listened to and he is funny and at times deep and poetic. There were points where I was crying. Not so much with the original.
Part 1, Scalzi's book, I could not put down. He is a great storyteller. Wil Wheaton is also a great narrator for this book giving the varied tones for the different characters. It was to his voice I cried quietly near the end. I won't spoil it by saying why.
Part 2, the original, was just ok, which is why I only gave the story 4 stars.
I really enjoyed the story, but as one other reviewer pointed out, the non-stop "john said" "isabel said" started to distract from the conversational parts of the book. In written form this can easily be glossed over, but in audio form it's distracting to the point that it detracts from the overall experience.
Part one of the audio is Fuzzy Nation (2011) by John Scalzi. Part two is Little Fuzzy (1962) by Beam Piper. I shall review Fuzzy Nation.
The science fiction aspects are interesting. Characters are put in dilemma situations in a futuristic setting. The issue is discovery of a new species and debate over whether or not the new species is sapient or not. If the species is sapient, then a large mineral rights contract for its habit will be canceled.
The plot is well constructed and enjoyable without wastefulness. It kept my interest throughout.
My objection is that the logic leading to the conclusion (self-interest is immoral and self-sacrifice is moral) is flawed. Also, we are supposed to think that it is immoral to extinguish a sapient species and moral to extinguish a non-sapient species.
The emphasis on the evil of self-interest was not present in Little Fuzzy, which I found to be a superior novel.
The audio performance on each novel was equally excellent.
John Christmas, author of "Democracy Society"
I love stories and listening is my new favorite way to read them
Funny, Witty, Meaningful
The legal scenes in the courtroom
Papa Fuzzy his character although not human was very much a person. Not something most authors achieve.
This was actually two books. I enjoyed the first one Fuzzy Nation more than the second Little Fuzzy. They were both good but Fuzzy Nation was a bit more interesting and current.
Also, Wil Wheaton had a lot to do with the version I preferred.
Both were worth the credit.
Scalzi took an old favorite and made it better. With the blessing of the family of H. Beam Piper, a re-imagined version of "Little Fuzzy" is even better. More story about the Fuzzies and less time in the courtroom. Wonderful narration by Will Wheaton. Part 2 of this download is the unabridged "Little Fuzzy" book. Both books contain the story of Jack, a prospector on a mining planet who befriends a small furry creature who is very smart. When Jack tells his friends that the creature is sentient the trouble starts. The mining contract "the company" has for the planet is only valid if the planet does not have a sentient native species. The company works to wipe them out before it can be proved in court that they are sentient. The new version is funnier and sadder than the original.
The book is incredibly fluid, with smooth action and lovable settings. As a book of detectives, or an extrapolation of corporative greed to the future, it definetely shines.The title's science-fiction part is very light, with no bold reframings of world, plot and characters to a distanct future. This alone would normally make me rate a book as 3 instead of four, but in this case the main idea is served just fine.
The characters are certainly o.k., with distinctive features, vices and virtues. My favorites were the inmediate boss of the protagonist and the judge, they were both lively, empathetic and distinct, even as secondary-almost-terciary characters; sadly neither the protagonist or the other main characters were so bright.
I definetely enjoyed the introduction by the author himself; seeing his motiviations and knowing beforhand that the story was an actualization and creative remake of an older one. Most than anything, I felt relief by having the 50's version "deprecated" in favor of a newer one.
The book is certainly engaging and you might want to listen to it in just one listen. But it was not thought-provoking, something that I absolutely require to deem a Sci-Fi work as "outstanding".
I'm a crippeled old warrior with difficulty typing/writing etc. I used to love reading books, and have read many. I now love audio books.
I started out lost but the story grew. By the end I was trying to compare the story line to an old Star Trek script, but I was realy pulling for the Fuzzy's. The plot realy is surprising, and Wil Wheaton surpassed my expertations. I basickally thought of Wil of as a dork in Star trek, but he has really improved.
I've thoroughly enjoyed previous Scalzi books (dead-tree versions), and thought Wheaton's narration of Ready Player One was excellent, but the combination of the two doesn't work as well - both with this book and "Redshirts" so far.
Looking at printed paper, it's easy to tune out all the "Bob said" text, but not possible with audio. I love the quick, snappy dialog of the stories - it just doesn't translate as well to this format. Like most Audible subscribers, I've listened to hundreds of books, and can't recall being as distracted by this admittedly necessary aspect of audio books.
Still a better-than-average overall listen (as evidenced by its recent award, congrats!), but if you're undecided between hard copy/audio versions of this story, keep it in mind!
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I liked the narration best!
Ah...I can't think of any now!
Listening is much much better than reading!
Again, no answers here!
Overall a good book!