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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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    Jeremy Fairbanks 07-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic!"

    I haven't read many books that made me laugh out loud, shout in triumph, and tear up all in the space of 7 hours. Wheaton's narration is top notch, and the characters are classic Scalzi fare: clever, witty, likeable, and relateable. Buy this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah-Jane Calgary, Alberta, Canada 06-27-16
    Sarah-Jane Calgary, Alberta, Canada 06-27-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Really fun sci fi"

    A really well written and read book. The book is timeless and is an excellent rewrite of an older book. Not a thriller or suspenseful, but just a really fun story of a planet and a prospector.

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    Yang, Ooi 06-11-16
    Yang, Ooi 06-11-16
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    "great story, great oration. a review must be"

    a review required at least twenty words. Jesus Christ my face. great plot twists, funny too.

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    M.S. Valdez FORT COLLINS, CO, United States 06-02-16
    M.S. Valdez FORT COLLINS, CO, United States 06-02-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Save the Space Cats!"

    Jack Holloway is a prospector/surveryor on a distant planet that is being mined for minerals, etc. by a larger interstellar corporation. He stumbles across an immensely rich mother-lode of "sunstones" that are extremely valuable. And so begins this "science-fictiony" tale of something along the same themes of Pocahontas or Avatar: that of the evil outsiders that are set on plundering an environment and destroying the habitats of the native peoples.

    Jack Holloway befriends these native peoples whom he refers to as "cat-things". Through his interactions with the "cat-things" and other misadventures he has with his corporate employers, Jack eventually becomes the time-worn trope of "knight in shining armor" who helps to save the "cat-things" and their planet.

    Is the story entertaining? Sure, but then so are the Three Stooges. Entertaining, but not very enlightening. Scalzi relies heavily on contrived "after-the-fact" legal situations and case law (fictional of course) for the plot that seems to be...well...contrived just for the particular situation that the protagonist is encountering at the given moment. Of course, the entire plot, the situations, the characters all seem highly contrived to re-tell the oft-told tale of the benevolent outsider who sees the evil his fellow outsiders are doing to a native people, and then helps those native peoples because they are unable to help themselves. I suppose it's a tale to make one feel warm and fuzzy.

    Wil Wheaton, as ever, does a fantastic job in narration.

    The novel's enjoyable enough.

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    Kent 05-31-16
    Kent 05-31-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fun and succinct."

    If you know John Scalzi, you know what to expect from him. This will not disappoint. Get over whatever misgivings you may have about your time and schedule, just listen to Wil Wheaton deliver this potent story to you.

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    Booklover 05-29-16
    Booklover 05-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Story"

    Even had a moral. I thought I was going to listen to a throwaway sf novel. I was wrong. I'll look for more by this author. That's the best recommendation I can give.

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    Kris 05-20-16
    Kris 05-20-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Wil Wheaton is brilliant and the story is just great!"

    I first heard Wil narrate "Ready Player One," and after now finishing this audiobook, I will be looking for all books narrated by Wil! He is brilliant as a narrator with his different character voices and skill at speaking. Plus, Scalzi's reboot novel is spot-on. Great story and characters and not overwhelming dense. 5 stars all around.

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    Hans 05-12-16
    Hans 05-12-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Best book i have heard on Audible so far"

    Heard the book superfast and the narration by W. Wheaton was excelent. All narrators should be so in touch with a given book as he was. Recomended!

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    yaya 05-02-16
    yaya 05-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great "

    I really enjoyed the book. The narration was awesome I love the description of little cat people.Overall was a fantastic novel.

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    joenell luma 04-28-16 Member Since 2013
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    "John Scalzi is a master of fun dialog in sci-fi"

    I'm sad now, because this was the last none-series John Scalzi book I had before I finished them all, now I have to find somewhere else to get my grounded and realistic sci-fi.

    John Scalzi writes about situations that are real world, places them in a sci-fi landscape that he not only thinks out thoroughly, but probably over thinks, to the point of convoluted minutia, and then punches up the dialog to be snappier than a USA network show(sometimes even with the pop culture references)

    As for Fuzzy Nation, if you want to have fun with a guy who is a complete @$$hole, but still comes off as lovable throughout, give it a read.

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  • Simon P.
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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.

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  • Beccameriel
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
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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).

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tony
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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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Martyn. R. Winters
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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.

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  • UnionJack
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    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


    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 1 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).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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