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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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    per usual Will's narration is killer. this was totally worth a read. very enjoyable !

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    Rudeboy 10-14-15
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    Powerful and emotive writing and performance. Couldn't put it down. A most enjoyable read, really.

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    Dustin Palmer 09-30-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Fuzzy Wuzzy was an Alien"
    What made the experience of listening to Fuzzy Nation the most enjoyable?

    Wil Wheaton really made this enjoyable. John's a great writer but Wil really brought the characters to life. His interpretation of the characters felt spot on.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The dog because it was trained to detonate dynamite. :) Also, the Xenolinguist. I know they are super minor characters, but I loved the Xenoliguist's passion once he finds out there is actually something to do on the planet.


    Have you listened to any of Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi (Introduction) ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I imagine they are just as good.


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

    Yes! It's very intriguing. Story really builds momentum and you get that, "What's gonna happen next?" feeling after each chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a fan of Law Drama's or court case books, then you'll love this one.

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    Cindy 09-28-15
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    "I wish they would make this into a movie!"

    The narrator reminded me a little of George Clooney and would seem a fitting actor for the major character in the story. This was a really nice update of an old book. Enjoyed it!

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    Morgan 08-24-15
    Morgan 08-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "You're not going to want to put it down."

    This was the first John Scalzi book that I've ever listen to and I was not disappointed. I've listened to it straight through three times now.

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    D. Bowers Salem, OR 08-08-15
    D. Bowers Salem, OR 08-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A beautiful homage"

    A beautiful homage to H. Beam Piper and the novel that inspired this one, "Little Fuzzies".

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    Hunter WILLIS, TEXAS, United States 07-31-15
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    "Great book!"

    I really liked how the characters were portrayed and how the differences and conflicts between them drove the story. The Fuzzies and Carl were awesome!
    It is also interesting to compare this book with the original by H Beam Piper; to see how societies' awareness of environmental impact has changed over the last 50 or so years. Jack Holloway is a very interesting and complex character.

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    pater 07-09-15
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    was such a good story I can't believe it
    ill listen to any thing narrated by Will Wheaton
    John Scalzi will go down in history as one of our greatest writers of this era

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    R. Folkerts 06-25-15
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    It was a really good story. The performance was good. I totally enjoyed it!

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    TR Worthington Michigan USA 06-05-15
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    "Title doesn't do justice to a creative storyline"

    The narrator is excellent and the story very compelling. I found myself listening to it almost in its entirety from start to finish. But the title gave me a reason to be skeptical ar first. It drew me almost from the beginning and I found myself wanting to listen even though I probably should have been doing other things. It is a very entertaining story and well worth your time.

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