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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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    Cedrik Lampron Drummondville, Qc, Ca 01-28-13
    Cedrik Lampron Drummondville, Qc, Ca 01-28-13

    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 Member Since 2016
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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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Eureka, CA, United States 01-16-13
    Amazon Customer Eureka, CA, United States 01-16-13
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    "Excellent work by John Scalzi and Wil Wheaton"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Phillip CALGARY, Alberta, Canada 01-13-13
    Phillip CALGARY, Alberta, Canada 01-13-13
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    "Holloway said. Bourne said."
    What did you love best about Fuzzy Nation?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Holloway. That was one well written character. He was what we wish we could all be, a mix of hypercompetence and jackass.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last one, I don't want to spoil it, you'll see/hear.


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

    In a world where giant lizards will eat your brain comes the cutest species ever to fuzzy up the screen.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ozgribbo Australia 01-11-13
    ozgribbo Australia 01-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "First contact story with a twist"

    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.

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    Barbara Davis 01-05-13
    Barbara Davis 01-05-13 Member Since 2001

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Like a perfect meal, it is completely satisfying!!"

    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.

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    Andrew 12-20-12
    Andrew 12-20-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Phenomenal. Just. Phenomenal."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The 'I can't put it down' ness of the story.


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

    Yes. Very Yes.


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    Chuck 12-12-12
    Chuck 12-12-12 Member Since 2011

    Gadget Freak

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    "Nicely done remake"

    Scalzi's "reboot" was nicely done, and Wil Wheaton does a great job. The original version was a nice addition, although the narrator for that story was robotic at times.

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    Wade Addison, TX, United States 12-11-12
    Wade Addison, TX, United States 12-11-12

    The universe rearranges itself to accomodate your picture of reality.

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    "Fuzzy Nation modern version of Fuzzy Sapien"
    What did you love best about Fuzzy Nation?

    I really liked this story. It was fun and the humor was right up my alley.


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

    I have listened to several Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi's other books. I have enjoyed every one of them. The stories are hilarious and Wil does a great job as narrator.


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  • Andrew
    Chinnor, United Kingdom
    7/9/13
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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
    4/28/14
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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
    5/23/16
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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
    3/14/16
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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
    2/12/16
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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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Simon P.
    10/5/15
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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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