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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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    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 07-31-14
    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 07-31-14 Listener Since 2009

    Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant

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    "Different from his other stuff but fun!"

    Another fun read by John Scalzi, Fuzzy Nation is Sci-fi but a bit different than his other work. It takes place on a new planet in deep space but that’s about where the similarities end. Instead of battling alien life forms the main character ends up battling other humans on behalf of aliens. The interaction between Jack and the Fuzzies and his fellow man make this a fun book. A must read for any sci-fi loving lawyers out there!

    Will Wheaton does a great job with this narration. I think we need a law that requires him to do all narration for sci-fi books.

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    Egil Myklestad 07-12-14
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    "Fabulous!"
    If you could sum up Fuzzy Nation in three words, what would they be?

    Another great team-up by Scalzi and Wheaton! The re-imagining by Scalzi is highly entertaining, and Wheaton's Reading is fantastic - as always.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack Halloway


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

    Jack and Mark


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

    I laughed many times, and snickered a lot.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    melanie United States 06-24-14
    melanie United States 06-24-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Good Time Sci fi"

    I put off reading this book for a while because of all the reviews that comment on the "he said, she said" quality in the narration. It was annoying, but I got used to it, and the story line was good enough to make up for it. It's really the only reason that I didn't gve it 5 stars.

    I would still recommend this book. The main character has the sassy-sarcastic whit that seems common to Scalzi stories, and the events made for a good story.

    I really enjoy Wil Wheaton as a narrator as well.

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    Amazon Customer rockport,maine 05-21-14
    Amazon Customer rockport,maine 05-21-14 Member Since 2016
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    "welcome to America!"
    If you could sum up Fuzzy Nation in three words, what would they be?

    made in america


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

    the whole story was entertaining and granted very serious, it was a lot of fun


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the theme is so profound,and important to really want to scream out and be heard
    It is happening every day and not just to sentient beings, but to the rain forests, the oceans, the waterways, the sky, the earth and all its inhabitants.
    A engaging story with a profound message!


    Any additional comments?

    will weaton was terrific, the story teller is so critical in getting us motivated to listen and he was great

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. Caldwell Portland, Oregon 05-16-14
    S. Caldwell Portland, Oregon 05-16-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Fun - a good book to listen to."
    What did you love best about Fuzzy Nation?

    I think John Scalzi writes the best dialog and this book doesn't disappoint. The finale chapter was just fantastic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Dialog!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last couple chapters - in the courtroom.


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

    Don't piss off an ass hole.


    Any additional comments?

    If you liked this book - you should read Agent to the Stars

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert A. Lupella N, Carolina 05-14-14
    Robert A. Lupella N, Carolina 05-14-14 Member Since 2005

    Dog Lover

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    "Scalzi did a great job again"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fuzzy Nation to be better than the print version?

    NA


    What did you like best about this story?

    Characters that are not all good or all bad and the story flows well. Iike the mix of humor and seriousness


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

    Their perspective


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When all the Fuzzy's appeared


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Boyle 05-07-14
    J. Boyle 05-07-14 Member Since 2010

    Freak

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    "Wow. Just "Wow"."

    I rarely rate anything with 5 stars. I'm a harsh judge and enjoy tearing apart movies and shows for the joy and intellectual exercise. Because of this, I wanted to jump on and review this book before I had a chance to see flaws.
    It isn't absolutely perfect, but the combination of the original story, what John Scalzi did with it, and Wil Wheaton's performance made this one of my favorite stories ever. I nearly cried at the end. It is always enjoyable when a book can elicit such a response from someone. The power of the telling and story were... well, wow.
    Thank you to the creatives and production team for making a great experience.

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    Elisa 05-05-14
    Elisa 05-05-14
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    "Even better than the original"

    Piper's _Little Fuzzy_ is a beloved SF classic that retains much of its appeal, but was already quite dated due to changes in technology and society when I read it as a teenager in the mid-1970s. Author John Scalzi rewrote the classic for the 21st century, adding his own sensibilities, then shared his work with the Piper estate, which gave Scalzi permission to publish his version. Although it feels disloyal to say so: _Fuzzy Nation_ is better than _Little Fuzzy_.

    Although there are some great moments in the book, my favorite is just a trivial incident: the Fuzzies watch a certain movie that features aliens that look very much like them. (Take THAT, George Lucas!)

    Wil Wheaton does a superb job on the narration; character voices are distinct, but not overly exaggerated--the narration never gets in the way of the story. I'll enjoy listening to this book again.

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    Cindy Olympia, Wa 04-19-14
    Cindy Olympia, Wa 04-19-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Fun and enjoyable book"

    Enjoyed the story and the characters plus the narration was good also. It is a short book, but well done.

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    Paul 04-17-14
    Paul 04-17-14

    A Sci Fi junkie who occasionally goes slumming to read other literature.

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    "Good Scalzi action. Entertaining."
    Any additional comments?

    Scalzi does a fine job re-writing this story. I was entertained almost all the way through. I would have given this 5 stars, but (1) Scalzi didn't invent the story, and (2) I tend to reserve 5 stars for novels I think will be enduring SF classics.

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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Beccameriel
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    4/28/14
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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
    Chinnor, United Kingdom
    7/9/13
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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
    5/23/16
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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
    3/14/16
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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
    Cardiff UK
    2/12/16
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • UnionJack
    Durham
    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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