In this H. Beam Piper classic, Jack Halloway, an inhabitant of Zarasthustra, works for a rich malicious company mining the planet for natural resources. The protagonist's life is changed when he finds a small fuzzy alien outside his door. He names this creature "Little Fuzzy". Little Fuzzy and Jack are joined by a clan of these fuzzy creatures, whose sentience and intelligence quickly become apparent. When the mining company threatens to kill these creatures, Jack and his friends must race the clock to save them.
Jim Roberts' performance is captivating. His voice is pleasant and precise, making this fantastic world accessible for the audience.
On the planet Zarathustra, a sunstone prospector named Jack Holloway has a mysterious small, "fuzzy" alien show up at his door and make itself at home. Jack names it "Little Fuzzy" and the creature's whole family soon joins them. Hardened prospector Jack is transformed into their "pappy" and chief protector and his life is changed forever. It turns out the critters are quite intelligent and the question of whether they are sapient beings or just fur bearing creatures leads Jack and his friends on a quest to discover the answer.
The quest becomes a matter of urgency when the company that has been growing rich from mining the planet, decides to exterminate the Fuzzies. This sleads to murder, deceit, kidnapping and intrigue but, ultimately, a very happy ending. The book was so popular that two sequals were written by the author and, after his death, there was such a call for "Fuzzy novels" that two more "official sequels" were written by other authors. Many also think "The Fuzzies" were the inspiration for The Ewoks in the Star Wars movies and perhaps the "Tribbles" in Star Trek.
Public Domain (P)2010 Jimcin Recordings
this story is a hidden gem. as i listened to it i was suprised that this tale with all its political meaning and morals is not a required read for schools. i honestly never heard of this story before. it was heart warming and a joy to listen to. i felt that Jim Roberts' proformace was on point and he made it easy to picture the story in my mind easily one of my new favorite stories. side note this is public domain so woth some search you can find it for free.
Radio Broadcaster for 50 years in the National Radio Hall of Fame and Texas Radio Hall of Fame twice . Live in San Diego from Holyoke Mass.
I didn't read the print version
Pappy Jack. I asociated with the written character. Not the narrator's terrible job with the dialog.
The next person that walks by your front door could possibly do a better job. He is the poorest reader I have ever heard on an audible book and I've been a member for 10 years. He sounds like he's reading to a 1st grade class.
I'm trying to get through the book (because of the compelling nature of a great story) despite the narrator.
I see there's another version by a different narrator... odd... or did Audible decide to give others an option.
gee & unlay
A Sweet Story!
His reading was flat and mechanical.
No. It was just pleasant.
The story was excellent. The reader sort of dampen the story.
The rating is not for book per se, but the narration, which is, as one reviewer already stated, very uneven. Not only is the pacing severely off, but there is an oppressively monotonous quality to it as well. The narrator sounds almost like a computer-generated TTS voice to me in all honesty. I urge anyone considering the purchase to listen to the sample; I wish I had done so first.
The rhythm of the narration is so askew as to make listening a jagged, and never relaxing experience
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