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This novel is a nostalgic classic from the 1960s. The extra-terrestrial environment in which it occurs is, like the Earth itself, a place that is colonized and exploited. Jack Holloway enters planet Zarathustra with his wards the Fuzzies, trying to secure them a home. The Fuzzies are a good metaphor for all the displaced people and animals on Earth. This vintage novel has depth; it raises questions of how sentience can be measured, and what it means to have a place in the world. Narrator Peter Ganim faithfully recites the groovy sci-fic verbiage of the book, but his sincere delivery make the listener bypass the quaint wonkiness and focus on the still-relevant questions found here. A good listen for those interested in early works of sci-fi.

Publisher's Summary

The chartered Zarathustra Company had it all their way. Their charter was for a Class III uninhabited planet, which Zarathustra was, and it meant they owned the planet lock stock and barrel. They exploited it, developed it and reaped the huge profits from it without interference from the Colonial Government. Then Jack Holloway, a sunstone prospector, appeared on the scene with his family of Fuzzies and the passionate conviction that they were not cute animals but little people.
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Classic!

Downhome, genuine and sincere is the way the main character comes across yet he's smart enough to win a fight against the big bad company men.

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  • Philip
  • Decatur, AL, United States
  • 04-02-12

Narrator's Monotone Annoying

Would you try another book from H. Beam Piper and/or Peter Ganim?

I would certainly listen to other books by H. Beam Piper, but I'd carefully review samples of Peter Ganim's work prior to purchasing. Ganim does a wonderful job with the characters, but sounds like a computer in all the narration. Rather than the conversational speed and tone other narrator's provide, Ganim sounds like he's reading the book for the first time.

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

The most memorable moment in the story had to be when Little Fuzzy pantomimes the dangerous animal that has entered the camp. It's easy to imagine the little guy looking serious and mimicking the animal and the use of the gun.

Did Peter Ganim do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Ganim represents the characters well. It is easy to pick out who is speaking. It's just too bad Ganim doesn't do Ganim well!

Do you think Little Fuzzy needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

This book is a nice length, but any additional stories about Little Fuzzy would likely be less interesting.

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  • G.
  • boulder creek, ca
  • 03-30-10

Not to be missed!

I loved, loved, loved this story. A smartly written tale of a frontier planet and what happens when the Little Fuzzy reveal themselves to the people living there. Are they animals or a more evolved being, and what of it? The question is meted out very wittily by H. Beam Piper and the ensuing drama is beyond entertaining. On the light side, I was totally charmed by this classic. The narrater was absolutely brilliant, using many different voices that sound not at all alike. Amazing talent.

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Be careful when buying this title.

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Don't buy this book if you own

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