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Little Fuzzy [Audible] | [H. Beam Piper]

Little Fuzzy [Audible]

The chartered Zarathustra Company had it all their way. Their charter was for a Class III uninhabited planet, which Zarathustra was, and it meant they owned the planet lock stock and barrel. They exploited it, developed it and reaped the huge profits from it without interference from the Colonial Government. Then Jack Holloway, a sunstone prospector, appeared on the scene with his family of Fuzzies and the passionate conviction that they were not cute animals but little people.
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Audible Editor Reviews

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.

Publisher's Summary

The chartered Zarathustra Company had it all their way. Their charter was for a Class III uninhabited planet, which Zarathustra was, and it meant they owned the planet lock stock and barrel. They exploited it, developed it and reaped the huge profits from it without interference from the Colonial Government. Then Jack Holloway, a sunstone prospector, appeared on the scene with his family of Fuzzies and the passionate conviction that they were not cute animals but little people.

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    1/2DHsquared 01-31-13 Member Since 2013

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    "I hope they put out more "Fuzzy" audiobooks."

    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.

    Highly recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer BRENHAM, TX, United States 06-10-12
    Amazon Customer BRENHAM, TX, United States 06-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A Good Read BUT!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Little Fuzzy to be better than the print version?

    Definitely not in this version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack Holloway who was willing to stand up for his little friends.


    What three words best describe Peter Ganim’s performance?

    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!
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    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!


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

    I've always enjoyed HBP's books with their humorous twists.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd like to see more of HBPiper's books in audio form but find another reader!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey CHAPARRAL, NM, United States 12-19-11
    Jeffrey CHAPARRAL, NM, United States 12-19-11 Member Since 2012

    I mainly like to read sifi.

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    "A classic story"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Yes,because I love this story.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    I hope that all the other fuzzy books are put into audio format.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Glenn E. Mitchell II Tallahassee, FL USA 05-07-14
    Glenn E. Mitchell II Tallahassee, FL USA 05-07-14 Member Since 2008

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    "A Classic Story, Read Well"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    T. 06-11-13
    T. 06-11-13

    T Bama

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    "Is This a Children's Book?"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    What was most disappointing about H. Beam Piper’s story?

    It was way too elementary. I thought I was getting a book for an adult reader.


    What does Peter Ganim bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He has a good voice, and he emotes sympathy.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Little Fuzzy?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph 05-14-12
    Joseph 05-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Classic!"

    Downhome, genuine and sincere is the way the main character comes across yet he's smart enough to win a fight against the big bad company men.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Philip Decatur, AL, United States 04-02-12
    Philip Decatur, AL, United States 04-02-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Narrator's Monotone Annoying"
    Would you try another book from H. Beam Piper and/or Peter Ganim?

    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.


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

    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.


    Did Peter Ganim do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    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!


    Do you think Little Fuzzy needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    This book is a nice length, but any additional stories about Little Fuzzy would likely be less interesting.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    G. boulder creek, ca 03-30-10
    G. boulder creek, ca 03-30-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Not to be missed!"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Pocatello, ID, United States 03-18-12
    Amazon Customer Pocatello, ID, United States 03-18-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Be careful when buying this title."
    Any additional comments?

    Don't buy this book if you own

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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