This novel is a nostalgic classic from the 1960s. The extra-terrestrial environment in which it occurs is, like the Earth itself, a place that is colonized and exploited. Jack Holloway enters planet Zarathustra with his wards the Fuzzies, trying to secure them a home. The Fuzzies are a good metaphor for all the displaced people and animals on Earth. This vintage novel has depth; it raises questions of how sentience can be measured, and what it means to have a place in the world. Narrator Peter Ganim faithfully recites the groovy sci-fic verbiage of the book, but his sincere delivery make the listener bypass the quaint wonkiness and focus on the still-relevant questions found here. A good listen for those interested in early works of sci-fi.
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I love this story and being able to listen to it again after many years was great. This is another "one sitting" book for me (one really LONG sitting) and it kept me listening intently throughout the day, evening into the wee hours.
The narrator did an excellent job giving each character their own voice and that makes it easy to enjoy.
Definitely not in this version.
Jack Holloway who was willing to stand up for his little friends.
STRANGE! Why do so many of his characters speak with a Middle Eastern/Indian accent? Including one gentleman with the last name of VAN Riebek!
SLIGHTLY ODD since he makes Jack H.sound like an old man. Agreed that the character is supposedly in his 70's but he doesn't strike me as the type to be ready for a rocking chair!
I've always enjoyed HBP's books with their humorous twists.
I'd like to see more of HBPiper's books in audio form but find another reader!!
I mainly like to read sifi.
Yes,because I love this story.
I hope that all the other fuzzy books are put into audio format.
I've loved this book for years, and I was afraid it would be too hard for a narrator to get all the voices right, let alone the Fuzzy "Yeek"! But this narrator does it beautifully. The one less star I gave him was actually for the narrative portions, which are a bit stiff and articulated slowly, but it's not enough to dent my enjoyment.
This is a classic sci fi story that I never read. When Audible included it as part of a sci fi sale, I decided to download it. I'm glad I did.
The story is a delight. Dated, to be sure. It's from 1962. (Which sci fi title from that era isn't?)
I disagree with the comments about narrator. He's not the best Audible narrator, perhaps. But his telling of the story is perfectly acceptable. I especially like his narration of "Old Pappy."
I've enjoyed every minute of this story, even if it is predictable and stretched a bit. While it is a short book, it really should have been a novella or maybe even a short story. Still, it's definitely worth a listen, even if you're just looking to broaden your classic sci fi education.
I think children would like it...young children. Even teens will get tired of it. I've heard it won some awards. Maybe so; the writing is good. But the story is beyond elementary.
It was way too elementary. I thought I was getting a book for an adult reader.
He has a good voice, and he emotes sympathy.
The story isn't bad. I'd just make sure people understand they're buying a children's book. Maybe it was there and I just missed it.
I would certainly listen to other books by H. Beam Piper, but I'd carefully review samples of Peter Ganim's work prior to purchasing. Ganim does a wonderful job with the characters, but sounds like a computer in all the narration. Rather than the conversational speed and tone other narrator's provide, Ganim sounds like he's reading the book for the first time.
The most memorable moment in the story had to be when Little Fuzzy pantomimes the dangerous animal that has entered the camp. It's easy to imagine the little guy looking serious and mimicking the animal and the use of the gun.
Ganim represents the characters well. It is easy to pick out who is speaking. It's just too bad Ganim doesn't do Ganim well!
This book is a nice length, but any additional stories about Little Fuzzy would likely be less interesting.
I loved, loved, loved this story. A smartly written tale of a frontier planet and what happens when the Little Fuzzy reveal themselves to the people living there. Are they animals or a more evolved being, and what of it? The question is meted out very wittily by H. Beam Piper and the ensuing drama is beyond entertaining. On the light side, I was totally charmed by this classic. The narrater was absolutely brilliant, using many different voices that sound not at all alike. Amazing talent.
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