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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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    Okdodd 02-23-15
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    "Loved it!"

    Loved the story, characters and narrator is great as always. Could not stop listening it's that good.

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    Cherie 02-05-15
    Cherie 02-05-15
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    "Stellarly FUN Science Fiction"
    Where does Fuzzy Nation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I wanted so badly to finish reading this book because I loved it so much. But I had a hard time staying awake (with any book). Wil Wheaton did an awesome job and I found more great books just because I enjoy his narration so much.

    Fuzzy Nation is not your typical science fiction novel. I gave it 4 stars because I do think it requires a specific type of audience. If you take yourself too seriously you most likely won't enjoy this one. It's fun and brings out the "kid" in you.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Little fuzzy of course! And I was so surprized at the ending. Wow... totally did not expect that.


    Which character – as performed by Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi (Introduction) – was your favorite?

    The main guy. But I love Wil's narration. He's extremely talented and it shows in his many voice tons, pace, and inflections.


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

    I can't do that with any book. But this is a good one to listen to a few hours at a time.


    Any additional comments?

    So happy they picked Wil to narrate. This would have gone flat without someone like Wheaton's talent to pull it off. It's not that the story isn't worthy on it's own merits to be read or listened to... but it's the type of story that would not do well without the right narrator.

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    Louis Byron Lindbloom 02-02-15
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    "Fuzzy Nation "

    Loved the original Fuzzy book & this audio book Fuzzy Nation, too. Recommend to all and wish there were more audiobooks of Fuzzy like this one ... It is the Best !!!

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    Gary 02-01-15
    Gary 02-01-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Best book I've listened to in years!"

    Wil Weaton's narration is fast-paced and compelling, and draws you in. Rarely do I cry while listening to an audio book, but John Scalzi's story of the Fuzzy's struggles to be recognized as sapient beings will tug at your heartstrings.

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    KS Austin, TX 01-25-15
    KS Austin, TX 01-25-15 Member Since 2016

    KS

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    "Great listen!"

    Like a good story to move fast? Like to wheaton to narrate? Try this story out

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    Darcy 01-07-15
    Darcy 01-07-15
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    "Fantastic!"

    This is a fantastic modernization of a science fiction classic. It has a well-written story line full of interesting and relatable characters. Will Wheaton was the absolute perfect choice for a narrator! No matter how many times I listen to it he still has me enthralled, searching for the good heart under Jack Holloway's crusty and sarcastic exterior. The pacing also works well in audiobook format. The plot is fast enough to keep you interested but has enough detail to keep you immersed in the world. This is one of my favorite audiobooks and I highly recommend it!

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    Dean 01-04-15
    Dean 01-04-15 Member Since 2009

    a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.

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    A great look at what do we value, and what do we use to determine senescence. Hoses and power grids are not necessary for civilization of intelligence.

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    The Lone Mopper Brookfield, WI, United States 12-12-14
    The Lone Mopper Brookfield, WI, United States 12-12-14 Member Since 2017

    Ken Galo

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    "Hilarious!"
    What did you love best about Fuzzy Nation?

    Overall a witty, satirical and satisfying listen


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

    all of them. ( I don't do plot spoilers in my reviews--don't read them either)


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

    Having read the original years ago, yeah I'm old, the intro let me know this was something updated


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

    still chuckling


    Any additional comments?

    Good investment of credits or money.

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    DarthVal Hickory, NC, United States 11-18-14
    DarthVal Hickory, NC, United States 11-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "This book was pure enjoyment"
    What did you love best about Fuzzy Nation?

    At the heart of Fuzzy Nation is a great story. The fact that it was told with great humor is just icing on the cake.


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

    I don't know if it was jut one moment, but I really enjoyed Holloway's grudging realization that he was dealing with sentient beings.


    What about Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi (Introduction) ’s performance did you like?

    Will did a really great job of capturing Holloway's cocky attitude.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Something Fuzzy this way comes.


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    Yvette Flores Saint Paul 10-28-14
    Yvette Flores Saint Paul 10-28-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome book. Would make a great movie"
    If you could sum up Fuzzy Nation in three words, what would they be?

    Sweet, fun and engaging


    What did you like best about this story?

    It grabbed me right away and I was hooked. Could not stop listining and found myself looking for opportunities to be alone and listen to my book.


    What about Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi (Introduction) ’s performance did you like?

    Will whaton does a great jon reading scalzi. I have enjoyed his reding in a couple of books. Does a great job with one particlular voice. Thats all i'll say. No spoiler here.


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

    If I could have done that yes. Very addicting.


    Any additional comments?

    I love scalzi's style. Just finished "Locked In" before reading Fuzzy Nation. I think he is my new favorite author.

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