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Fuzzy Nation Audiobook

Fuzzy Nation

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Publisher's Summary

In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesn't care to talk about. On the distant planet Zarathustra, Jack is content as an independent contractor for ZaraCorp, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, that's not up for discussion.

Then, in the wake of an accidental cliff collapse, Jack discovers a seam of unimaginably valuable jewels, to which he manages to lay legal claim just as ZaraCorp is cancelling their contract with him for his part in causing the collapse. Briefly in the catbird seat, legally speaking, Jack pressures ZaraCorp into recognizing his claim, and cuts them in as partners to help extract the wealth.

But there's another wrinkle to ZaraCorp's relationship with the planet Zarathustra. Their entire legal right to exploit the verdant Earth-like planet, the basis of the wealth they derive from extracting its resources, is based on being able to certify to the authorities on Earth that Zarathustra is home to no sentient species. Then a small furry biped - trusting, appealing, and ridiculously cute - shows up at Jack's outback home. Followed by its family. As it dawns on Jack that despite their stature, these are people, he begins to suspect that ZaraCorp's claim to a planet's worth of wealth is very flimsy indeed and that ZaraCorp may stop at nothing to eliminate the fuzzys before their existence becomes more widely known.

©2011 John Scalzi (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Winner, Science Fiction, 2012

“[Scalzi’s] style and skill make it a highly entertaining read. It succeeds both as a new novel from a talented writer and as a tribute and gateway to Piper’s work.” (Wired)

"It’s a wonderful book.... [T]he way that Scalzi puts that wonderful novel of Piper’s into a fresher context is cynically lovely.... Year’s best? Yeah, one of them." (The San Diego Union-Tribune)

“A perfectly executed plot clicks its way to a stunning courtroom showdown in a cathartic finish that will thrill Fuzzy fans old and new.” (Publishers Weekly)

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    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 05-27-12
    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 05-27-12 Member Since 2015

    My favorite genres are absurdist humor, Sci-fi & modern fantasy, but, as you can see, I'll read just about anything. Don't mind the typos.

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    "okay"

    I like Scalzi's books. I'm not sure what kind of license he had with this remake so I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. This book was interesting but predictable. The court room stuff at the end should have been the home run run but it sorta fell in to "you're seen it before' predictability. I like I'll listen to the original next.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Old Orchard Beach, ME, USA 04-06-14
    Terry Old Orchard Beach, ME, USA 04-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "stolen"

    i really enjoyed this book but when i went to share with a friend the original story from h beam piper was missing somehow audible reached into my computer and stole the original story from me i dont know how they did this but i paid for it and its gone they wont give a good explanation for this so if you are buying this it is now only the new version not both complete books other than the fact that my book was stolen from me this was an excellent story wil wheaton is as good as ever and jon scalzi is his usual brilliant self

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer severna park, MD, United States 02-15-13
    Amazon Customer severna park, MD, United States 02-15-13 Member Since 2014

    I'm actually a day old tart, filled with maple custard. Perhaps, this reads as a rational introduction to others, and you are deliberately misreading it, because, come on, maple custard.

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    "The legalese is convincing."

    This was an engaging remake of the old story.

    There were some changes to make Jack Holloway work better with Scalzi's writing style. Scalzi still uses 'he/she/they said' to express every change in dialogue, which can get annoying, if you zero in on it. I didn't really notice it that often, and it wasn't as obvious as in his Old Man's War series.

    Throughout the book Scalzi is careful to use Holloway's actions and words to describe his character. You aren't force fed his every thought, which is both a huge relief, but since Holloway is so manipulatively devious, it leaves enough mystery to unfolding events to create doubts on how the space opera plays out.

    The little Davids trying to stick it to the industrial corporate Goliath is a delight, and one that will be easy for a lot of today's readers to empathize with.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    MaureenPowellBC 08-29-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Scalzi & Wheaton, what a team!"

    I laughed, I cried, I threw up in my mouth a little bit (there were a few icky bits). I always enjoy pokes at corporate greed and John Scalzi uses a pretty big stick in this story, The protagonist, Jack Holloway, is a selfish, arrogant, greedy S.O.B. - or is he? He manages to at the very least annoy and at worst to drive to homicide everyone he encounters; he says and does things many of us would like to say and do, but don't because we're chicken (or maybe too responsible or nice - nah, we're chicken) The other characters are interesting and Karl and the Fuzzies are adorable. When the story wasn't making me laugh out loud - literally - a bit embarrassing on public transit, by the way, it was making me unspeakably sad or violently enraged. Wil Wheaton brought the characters to life, using just the right inflections and injecting just the right quality and intensity of emotion for each character in each situation. His delivery was understated and he never overdid it. It was easy to distinguish between characters throughout the book. I LOVE this audiobook and definitely recommend it!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    K Cornwinkle 04-22-12 Member Since 2015

    !!!

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    "Carl the Dog"

    made me laugh out loud more than once. This story is hilarious and Wil Wheaton's narration makes it even better. Topical and relevant as reinterpreted - with loving attention- to today's exploitations. Sadly of course, if this were taking place in DRC it wouldn't be very funny.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amy 06-11-11
    Amy 06-11-11
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    "Loved it!"

    I really loved John Scalzi's version of Fuzzy Nation. He did a great job and it was enjoyable to hear the original afterwards.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    M. G. Smith Oxford, PA, United States 06-12-11
    M. G. Smith Oxford, PA, United States 06-12-11 Member Since 2013

    Mike

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    "This was a great listen."

    H. Beam Piper's Little Fuzzy is one of my favorite books to re-read. That said I would like to highly recommend Fuzzy Nation, John Scalzis reimagining of the Fuzzy novels. The characters are well fleshed out, the storyline twists just enough from the original to keep you wondering what will happen next, and Wil Wheaton did an excellent job reading the story.

    The only negative is that the word "said" was used way to often to denote dialogue.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Paula San Jose, CA, United States 06-08-12
    Paula San Jose, CA, United States 06-08-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Made me smile!"
    Where does Fuzzy Nation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The is one of the best - up in the top 10%


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fuzzy Nation?

    When Papa was testifying, it brought tears to my eyes


    What about Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi (Introduction) ’s performance did you like?

    The back story about the inception of the book was interesting. Wil brought the right amount of indignation and disrepect for authority...


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    see above


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sheri Bisbee, AZ, United States 01-31-12
    Sheri Bisbee, AZ, United States 01-31-12
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    "One story, two perspectives"

    The best thing about this selection is that it includes H. Beam Piper's original story with John Scalzi's updated treatment. Scalzi didn't just modernize the classic story - he used the basic premise and some character names but followed his own creative path in character development and plot. It turned different enough to be enjoyable on its own merits. The original still shines, despite some anachronistic sexism, obsolete technology, and lots of cigarettes.

    The narrators enhanced the differences between the stories. Wil Wheaton narrated Fuzzy Nation with only limited attempts at character voices, so the dialogue needed "_____ said" after every quote for clarity. This got annoying after a while. Peter Ganim narrates Little Fuzzy with voices, making the dialogue was truer to the text, though the strong ethnic accents of some characters was also a little distracting.

    Little Fuzzy was already a classic by the time I started reading SF as a teen, but its juvenile-sounding title kept me from reading it. It took John Scalzi's rewrite to convince me to give it a try as an audiobook, and I'm so glad I did.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    EasterLemming Pasadena, Texas USA 12-28-11
    EasterLemming Pasadena, Texas USA 12-28-11

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    "Twofer Where the original is better"
    Where does Fuzzy Nation rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Fuzzy Nation and Little Fuzzy are one of my best audio experiences this year. I like both stories and the narration was excellent.


    What other book might you compare Fuzzy Nation to and why?

    In this audio book you get to compare Scalzi's telling of the story with Piper's original story. Although I like Scalzi his story is more light weight and almost a cliche compared to the original. Story is 4 for Scalzi and 5 for Piper. My ratings are reversed for the naration.


    What does Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi (Introduction) bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Wil Wheaton is an excellent narrator but I think little was added to the story or intro by having excellent narration. Perhaps the emotional impact is improved by the narration, that is the one thing Scalzi heightened and improved upon the original and Wil really brought it out.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Toward the end of both stories ??? yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I like Scalzi but Piper's Little Fuzzy is better and a 5 star classic. Your mileage may vary.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "Good straight forward science fiction"

    I've never read the original (or, to be honest, heard of it). However this was an easy listen with a satisfying progression through the story. Good science fiction - not overplaying the technology or differences between our time and theirs. A story which tells itself straight - and well read by Wil Wheaton. Made me laugh in a few places too - and I wish the characters could be in further stories (generally a good indicator of a story enjoyed).

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Beccameriel
    London, United Kingdom
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    "Uncomplicated, cheerful sci fi - overall fun"

    A engaging sci fi with a satisfyingly anti-corporate message and an overall upbeat mood although there was the odd bit that I found quite moving. Wil Wheaton is a great narrator - just right for the tone of book. And the fuzzies themselves are rather charming.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
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    "Great read"

    This book has a bit of everything, it made happy, sad and laugh. I really could ask for more from a book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tony
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    "Engaging super story"

    Narration superb Great story rocks along touroughly enjoyed Would love to read a follow up to see how the characters evolved

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Martyn. R. Winters
    Cardiff UK
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    "Straight five stars"

    Scalzi only has four characters in his armoury, but boy they are great characters.

    I love the way he inserts clever situations into a twisting plot, that retains momentum throughout.

    This is an action story, courtroom drama and moral tale all rolled into one comedic novel.

    Listen, enjoy, become a fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • UnionJack
    Durham
    11/18/15
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    "A brilliantly Furtastic Novel"
    What did you like most about Fuzzy Nation?

    A great reboot of the original Little Furry; it's understandable why the Piper estate agreed to John Scalzi's updated version. Excellently narrated by Wil Wheaton - as always - drawing us into this very well balanced book, with its subtle use of technology. Enabling us to follow the storyline of Furry discovery without being overwhelmed to the point of suffocation by future technologies.

    Stop reading me drivelling on about how great yet another John Scalzi's novel is and read it. You'll not only thank me but want a Furry to boot!


    Which character – as performed by Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi (Introduction) – was your favourite?

    Who wouldn't love a Furry


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  • Simon P.
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    "Lovely retelling of a classic."

    My only issue, the reuse of "He said" gets really obvious. Otherwise it was a great reworking of a classic story from the 60s.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    10/1/15
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    "Loved it!"

    Wasn't sure what to expect but took a risk with recommendations from Reddit. I flew through this book. Kept my attention 100% of the time and I was sad it was over. Wil Wheaton was perfect as usual. One of my top 10 books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    8/7/15
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    "Scalzi is an absolute must read"

    This is an absolute fantastic read.Wil Wheaton is an exceptional narrator who brings John Scalzi's brilliant novel to life.I dare you not to fall in love with the Fuzzies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mir
    London, UK
    12/1/14
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    "Funny and entertaining"

    Easy read that's entertaining. It is reminiscent of it's 1962 heritage in a good way. It's got a charm rarely found in a lot of modern sci-fi - it's optimistic. I was surprised by the friendly (cuddly) aliens which was very funny and riveted by the interweaving resolution of the final court room drama. I found it very refreshing set against the slew of boring post/apocalyptic zombie/virus stories flooding the market. Enjoyable read, very well narrated by Will Wheaton (who I'm becoming a fan of for sci-fi books).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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