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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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    K. Henderson 05-14-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Very different than the original but good."

    This is a reboot of H. Beam Piper's book "Little Fuzzy". You do not need to read / listen to the original (included as the 2nd part of this audiobook) to enjoy Scalzi's new book. In fact, comparing it to the original the whole time you are listening / reading may put you in a different frame of mind, which could change your enjoyment.

    For those of you who have read the original, here are the main differences.
    The main character in the original is an octogenarian, long time prospector, a gruff old man who is immediately protective of the fuzzies. Scalzi's Jack Holloway is a disbarred lawyer turned prospector who's first inclination is to protect his claim and is more sarcastic than gruff.
    The fuzzies are different. I don't want to give too many spoilers but you will immediately notice that they don't do any hunting in Scalzi's book.
    The federation base on the moon is gone leaving a single judge the planet's only federation representative. The planet including the city are completely under corporate control and the villains are diabolical rather than just callous and greedy. The wildlife is more dangerous too.

    It's a good book, a twisty tale up to Scalzi's usual high standards. If you like his other books, you'll like this one too. The theme and feel of this new book is completely different than Piper's original. It's a bit like a liberally adjusted movie adaptation. I did feel a bit of “that's nothing like the original!” but I enjoyed it.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 07-29-14
    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 07-29-14 Member Since 2008

    Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fan

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    "Fun Short Story"

    John Scalzi teams up with his friend Wil Wheaton again to deliver Fuzzy Nation, an entertaining short story set on a distant planet. Although this is a modern re-write of an older story it is still obvious that the original story is from a simpler time. Wheaton does his usual solid job as a narrator. He reads well but he doesn't do a lot of voices so his performances are slightly limited compared to some of the other narrators.

    This is a classic tale of a corporation exploiting resources for profit and destroying the environment until a new life form is discovered - the "Fuzzies". There is an ensuing legal battle to protect the home world of the "Fuzzies" as scientists and lawyers square off with differing opinions. The moral compass of certain characters waver as vast sums of money are weighed against the protection of this newly discovered species. Scalzi injects his usual humor into the story and 7 hours felt about right for this one.

    Although predictable at times if you are looking for a short, light sci-fi story then Fuzzy Nation will serve you well. Not quite a 4 star tale for me and I would have given it 3.5 stars if allowed.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Old Orchard Beach, ME, USA 04-06-14
    Terry Old Orchard Beach, ME, USA 04-06-14 Member Since 2017
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    "stolen"

    i really enjoyed this book but when i went to share with a friend the original story from h beam piper was missing somehow audible reached into my computer and stole the original story from me i dont know how they did this but i paid for it and its gone they wont give a good explanation for this so if you are buying this it is now only the new version not both complete books other than the fact that my book was stolen from me this was an excellent story wil wheaton is as good as ever and jon scalzi is his usual brilliant self

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Spokane, WA, United States 08-30-12
    Kim Spokane, WA, United States 08-30-12 Member Since 2009

    Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit

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    "Space critters and evil corporations - Bingo!"

    We all know that one of the first things humans will do when they are finally able to master space travel is to find planets with valuable resources to pillage and profit from - face it - those who can afford to explore are usually driven by power & greed - "We've found it, now it's time to conquer & occupy!"

    Even though the plot of this story was predictable, I still found it interesting. I was thoroughly enchanted with the little fuzzies and the one last decent human in the universe who had to choose between immense personal wealth and standing up for the little guys and their rights to exist peacefully.

    There's a bonus if you buy this one because Part 2 is actually the original version - no need to buy both to see which one is better - it's a two-fer!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sheri Bisbee, AZ, United States 01-31-12
    Sheri Bisbee, AZ, United States 01-31-12
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    "One story, two perspectives"

    The best thing about this selection is that it includes H. Beam Piper's original story with John Scalzi's updated treatment. Scalzi didn't just modernize the classic story - he used the basic premise and some character names but followed his own creative path in character development and plot. It turned different enough to be enjoyable on its own merits. The original still shines, despite some anachronistic sexism, obsolete technology, and lots of cigarettes.

    The narrators enhanced the differences between the stories. Wil Wheaton narrated Fuzzy Nation with only limited attempts at character voices, so the dialogue needed "_____ said" after every quote for clarity. This got annoying after a while. Peter Ganim narrates Little Fuzzy with voices, making the dialogue was truer to the text, though the strong ethnic accents of some characters was also a little distracting.

    Little Fuzzy was already a classic by the time I started reading SF as a teen, but its juvenile-sounding title kept me from reading it. It took John Scalzi's rewrite to convince me to give it a try as an audiobook, and I'm so glad I did.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    EasterLemming Pasadena, Texas USA 12-28-11
    EasterLemming Pasadena, Texas USA 12-28-11

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    "Twofer Where the original is better"
    Where does Fuzzy Nation rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Fuzzy Nation and Little Fuzzy are one of my best audio experiences this year. I like both stories and the narration was excellent.


    What other book might you compare Fuzzy Nation to and why?

    In this audio book you get to compare Scalzi's telling of the story with Piper's original story. Although I like Scalzi his story is more light weight and almost a cliche compared to the original. Story is 4 for Scalzi and 5 for Piper. My ratings are reversed for the naration.


    What does Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi (Introduction) bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Wil Wheaton is an excellent narrator but I think little was added to the story or intro by having excellent narration. Perhaps the emotional impact is improved by the narration, that is the one thing Scalzi heightened and improved upon the original and Wil really brought it out.


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

    Toward the end of both stories ??? yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I like Scalzi but Piper's Little Fuzzy is better and a 5 star classic. Your mileage may vary.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen 06-04-11
    Stephen 06-04-11 Member Since 2012
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    "He said, she said"

    I read this book based on a recommendation, and midway through it, I thought to myself, "Is this that author who wrote the Old Man's War space novels?" He is an entertaining story teller, but holy smokes he needs to use a thesaurus when tempted to write the word, "said". It becomes distracting to listen to the word "said" repeated over and over again. There are other words like: "Replied", "Queried", "Asked", "Quipped", "Jibed", "Wondered aloud", "Laughed", "Growled", "Whispered", that came to me as I listened to the narrator. I felt bad for him having to read the word "said" over and over. If it were me reading it, I would have taken license to change the word myself. Anyway, it was a great story, and written with a sense fun that Scalzi's fans will appreciate.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Karla Rich 03-17-12
    Karla Rich 03-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "To the Fuzzy Nation!"

    This is a fun, quick read and one of my kids' favorites even though it is not a children's book (there is some swearing that will offend some, and a violent scene probably not appropriate for really young ones), but my kids were 11 and 17 at the time and both just loved it.

    I loved the reluctant hero of the main character Jack, and especially his relationship with is dog Carl. I also loved the anti-corporate, yet not bludgeoning you over the head, message (which is fairly common in sci-fi anyway).

    The only reason I gave the story 4 stars is because it is a little simplistic for adult fiction and I will agree that Scalzi overuses "says" to the point that it is sometimes distracting if there's a lot of quick back and forth between characters.

    And then there's Wil. I can't love his narration of this story enough. Wil just knows how to read Scalzi's work perfectly. I can hear in his voice his own amusement or sadness at what he's reading and I think his cadence is perfect for it.

    This is a fun book and I especially recommend it in audio form!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amy 06-11-11
    Amy 06-11-11
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    "Loved it!"

    I really loved John Scalzi's version of Fuzzy Nation. He did a great job and it was enjoyable to hear the original afterwards.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Bain 10-08-16
    Ruth Bain 10-08-16

    RueRue

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    "Long live the Fuzzies"

    Loved it ! ( and I'm not a fan of sci-fi). Who can resist the Fuzzies?! Plenty of action,but be prepared for a few tears, too. Wil Wheaton +John Scalzi = Excellence.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Gripping legal story"

    An easy listening legal drama with a small but fun cast and some unusual anthropomorphic critters

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • paul beckett
    5/7/17
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    "Funny, moving, tear jerking, glorious"

    This book is a lovely, evocative, powerful story with a giant dose of cute thrown in too. Fabulously brought to life by the very talented Will Wheaton. Despite being full of strong moral and political messages this book transported me to a lovely place and introduced me to the incredibly endearing world of the fuzzies. Listen, enjoy but have a box of tissues near by.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • spencerhudson
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    "Fantastic"

    Wonderful science fiction book makes me want to digest the original version ... drew me in wondering what's going to happen with a more than a few twists to keep you guessing

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  • Mark
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    9/3/14
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    "Not Epic but so enjoyable"

    Great fun listen, really enjoyed every minute of it - well read by Wil Wheaton and fast, interesting story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • PatM
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    "Charming Wil Wheaton"

    A light, entertaining listen charmingly narrated by Wil Wheaton. Wil does a great job with this story and you can hear how much fun he is having with it. I had a smile on my face throughout and if you are familiar with him as an actor you will imagine him in the star role! It's a relatively short book at 7 hours listening time, however it's a good story and well written. Definitely worth the 7 hours of my time. I wasn't sure about another novel narrated by Wil Wheaton, however this performance has decided it for me and so I'll be downloading "Ready Player One" next!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I. Fenton
    Cardiff, Wales
    12/4/13
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    "Loved it"
    What made the experience of listening to Fuzzy Nation the most enjoyable?

    The storyline was excellent and, having read the book it was based on, I was pleased with how well John Scalzi adapted his story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The part when Fuzzy spoke was done so well by the narrator that I could almost see him stood there.


    What does Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi (Introduction) bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The fact that John Scalzi wrote the story before asking H Beam Piper's estate if he could publish it. I also liked the fact that the narrator and author were friends so I knew the narration was done the way the author would have wanted.


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

    It made me laugh and cry and gasp aloud and I was very emotionally involved throughout.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Anderson
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    "Feel good book"

    I have not read this book or its progenitor, which is good since I had preconceived ideas. So no wonder I loved this book from the go. Wil Wheaton's narration style fits Scalzi's books perfectly - it's an easy going, enjoyable listen. Scalzi doesn't write descriptions, just great dialogues and story - I think this is a perfect format for audiobook.
    All in all it's a nice story full of twists and humor, and for me the addition of original book 'Little Fuzzy' by H. Beam Piper was a great bonus.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Annika
    Tallinn, Estonia
    3/31/13
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    "I love Scalzi's SciFi works"

    As already said in the title, I love Scalzi's SciFi works. So was it also with Fuzzy nation. It was very well thought through, very lively and immaginable. It gave a lot to thing about also afterwards. Yes, on many occasions probability seemed overruled, but it was still very much enjoyable. After all, isn't playing with What Ifs the idea of books?

    After I finished Fuzzy nation and started Piper's Little fuzzy, every time I managed to listen to only about 10-15 minutes and then fell asleep. Even when awake, my mind start to wander around. It is interesting though, but not as much as Scalzi's part.

    The most interesting part in listening both versions is to see, how a new author can change it. In this case Scalzi gave a much better feeling and substance to the same idea and made it work for me. So I have to say, that I loved it a lot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    london, United Kingdom
    12/24/12
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    "Excelent"

    This book is punchy, well told and has a lovely anti-corperate message. It's got a good structure to it and moves on at a brisk pace. The characters are very likable as well. I can't really fault it...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nicola
    ascot, berks, United Kingdom
    11/22/12
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    "Another brilliant book.."

    I only found John Scalzi last year and think his writing and books are brilliant. This is no exception. A re-write of a book from the sixties, which you get free and I'm still working my way through, called Little Fuzzy. Fuzzy Nation is compelling, funny and tragic - I actually got a tear in my eye. Will Wheaton is exceptional as the narrator. Can't recommend highly enough and you don't have to be a sci-fi fan to enjoy this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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