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Fuzzy Nation Audiobook
Fuzzy Nation
Written by: 
John Scalzi
Narrated by: 
Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
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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    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 02-19-13
    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 02-19-13 Member Since 2015

    I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.

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    "Great stories, great narration"

    Will Wheaton does a terrific job of narrating this wonderful story. I could have done without John Scalzi's input though. An engaging story without being too overly taxing on the old brain matter.

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    Tamara Vista, CA, United States 02-18-13
    Tamara Vista, CA, United States 02-18-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Fuzzy Goodness"

    quite delightful.

    I haven't read the original (yet) so, for me, this was its own story.

    I love a book which gets literal LOL moments and this one had a few. Of course having cuddly cat-things didn't hurt, either :)

    As per my always, Will Wheaton is a fantastic narrator! Quite humorous to hear him refer to & give voice to a particular character, which I will let you discover yourself.

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    Douglas CHINO HILLS, CA, United States 02-17-13
    Douglas CHINO HILLS, CA, United States 02-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Book, Frustrating Listen"

    Ok, so the book was good - and the bonus of being able to listen to the original version of the story was just that, a bonus.


    But the main purpose of this review is to warn about the character dialog:

    As soon as I started listening to this book I remembered why it had been in my wishlist and not in my library.
    This book reminded me of another of Scalzi's efforts: "RedShirts" - in which the dialog between characters may drive you to distraction.

    "I do" said A.
    "What do you do" asked B.
    "I do what I want" said A.
    "That's not a proper answer" replied B.

    The above may be *readable*, but when narrated all of the "he said, she said" stuff gets very old, very quickly.

    In the future I may stick to the print/kindle versions of Scalzi's books.

    PS: Wil Wheaton, as usual, does an awesome job narrating.

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    Armando L. Franco Carrillo Ensenada, Mexico 02-16-13
    Armando L. Franco Carrillo Ensenada, Mexico 02-16-13 Listener Since 2006
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    "I was laughing aloud."

    I was hesitant to get this audio book because I read many negative comments on Amazon, but I like Scazi and Wheaton, so for it anyway, and I am glad I did.

    The characters are interesting. The main one is insufferable and likeable at the same time.

    I have still to finish the original book, but this one stands on its own.

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    Irvin 02-12-13
    Irvin 02-12-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant!"

    I bought the audiobook on a whim since i liked Wil Wheaton's performance in Ready Player One. Damn I was not disappointed! He puts on a stellar performance bringing out the various characters. The story itself is very good and even though its only around 8 hours long, it felt longer and by the end of it.. I could say i was extremely satisfied with everything.

    p.s the audiobook not only made me laugh, but.. made me cry.. which is kind of scary since the people at work were wondering what happened haha.

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    Juan SPRINGFIELD, MA, United States 02-05-13
    Juan SPRINGFIELD, MA, United States 02-05-13
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    "Fuzzies are people too!!!"

    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"

    Great book!

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    Aaren FRESNO, CA, United States 02-05-13
    Aaren FRESNO, CA, United States 02-05-13
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    "Reads like a 90 minute comedy action movie"
    If you could sum up Fuzzy Nation in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, Fast, Engaging.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Nothing in particular, but there are a lot of funny scenes.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The Ending.


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    Cedrik Lampron Drummondville, Qc, Ca 01-28-13
    Cedrik Lampron Drummondville, Qc, Ca 01-28-13 Member Since 2016

    Pyropingouin

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    "Amazing!"
    What did you love best about Fuzzy Nation?

    The narration is, like every Will Wheaton book, exceptional.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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    Sama.dxb Dubai 01-23-13
    Sama.dxb Dubai 01-23-13
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    "A Funny and heart touching sci-fi and court story"
    What made the experience of listening to Fuzzy Nation the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi (Introduction) ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    From Selfish to Fuzzy


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    Joel NEW YORK, NY, United States 01-20-13
    Joel NEW YORK, NY, United States 01-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Wow. Wow. Wow."
    What did you love best about Fuzzy Nation?

    Engrossing story. Simply stunning performance.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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!


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

    Jack, the main character, is so lovably caustic.


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

    Yes, but you aren't getting anything else out of me.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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