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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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    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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    RSS 10-24-14
    RSS 10-24-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it!"

    I absolutely loved this book. It made me laugh, cry, cheer...and so on. Wil Wheaton, as usual, was a superb narrator and John Scalzi's re-imagining of this story was fantastic.

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    R. Warren Westchester, NY USA 10-20-14
    R. Warren Westchester, NY USA 10-20-14
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    "Very Enjoyable"

    I enjoyed this more than anything I've listened to recently. From others reviews I learned that the courtroom scenes were added during the rewrite. That was a great addition. The length was just right. Not rushed but no unnecessary filler.

    Wil Wheaton's narration was excellent even though I tend to prefer professional narrators over actors.

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    Pat R 10-14-14
    Pat R 10-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "This is a great story"

    Over a number of his books, Scalzi has become one of my favorite authors. Fuzzy Nation is a big part of why. This tale, combined with the fantastic narration by Wil Wheaton, is an emotionally charged expression of how damaging greed can be.

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    michele Lancaster, OH, United States 10-12-14
    michele Lancaster, OH, United States 10-12-14 Member Since 2013

    I am a working mom who loves to squeeze in listening to books while walking, doing chores or commuting.

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    "Light science fiction."
    What did you love best about Fuzzy Nation?

    Fuzzy Nation was enjoyable to listen to while I did my chores. It wasn't too complicated. I did not try to follow all the corporate legal rumblings, rather just enjoyed the story.


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

    It would be a spoiler to say, but there were a few moments in the story that were touching.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes changed frequently in the story and I just enjoyed the dynamic flow. I am not a science fiction reader, but this one had a nice story to accompany the "out of this world" setting.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    A cute, fun story. Not too heavy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maxxxxxy 10-09-14
    Maxxxxxy 10-09-14 Member Since 2016

    What do you even say about yourself on an audio book site? I like books? I don't have time to read anymore so I listen?

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    "I've Fallen in Love with the Fuzzies"
    Where does Fuzzy Nation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Fuzzy Nation is certainly at the top of my list somewhere, it's kind of hard to rank everything really. Will Wheaton did an outstanding job and John Scalzi certainly did the original author, since this is a rewrite, proud.


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

    The end, though I can't say way. That may be because I JUST finished it. The intro also stands out quite well in my mind.


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

    I was not aware that the book was a rewrite and really appreciated that Scalzi took the time to mention that.


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

    I was pretty close to crying TWICE. If I say either it will certainly be a spoiler so I wont say anymore.


    Any additional comments?

    MINOR SPOILER BELLOW

    I know that some people wont, or rather do not enjoy, reading books where dogs die. Rest assured that Carl does not die through this book. I really, from the very first chapter, thought I was in for a heart wrenching when that dog died. I can happily say that Carl is an important character from beginning to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jodinofasgard 10-02-14

    Bigzig

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    "Clever story, fairly well told"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fuzzy Nation to be better than the print version?

    Couldn't say but it would be close. My main comment is that while Wil Wheaton (see that alliteration) has a very good voice, he doesn't provide different voices for the primary characters so the audiobook is littered with "he said" and "she said"s. I feel like in other books, the narrator finds different voices for the characters and thus identifying the speak for every phrase is unnecessary, unlike with Fuzzy Nation


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    Kindle Customer 09-23-14

    alwayswalkingmydog

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    "Adorable Sentient Beings"
    Any additional comments?

    The perfect combination of Scalzi and Wheaton make for an enjoyable listen. I usually prefer lengthy audio books, but this one was an exception. This book has fabulous characters, is a great great sci-fi yarn with excellent narration. I had to finish it in two sessions. The story has an interesting twist on mankind's destructive nature vs. sentient inhabitants of a far away planet and perceptions in general. I love this book and Will Wheaton did an outstanding job as narrator.

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    satya 09-05-14
    satya 09-05-14 Member Since 2016
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    I first came across John Scalzi by way of The Android's dream and I loved the story and narration. This one did not disappoint. Its is a cool story and a well told one too. His writing is just cool.

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