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Little Fuzzy [Audible] Audiobook

Little Fuzzy [Audible]

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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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    1/2DHsquared 01-31-13 Member Since 2013

    hale_and_hardy

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    "I hope they put out more "Fuzzy" audiobooks."

    I love this story and being able to listen to it again after many years was great. This is another "one sitting" book for me (one really LONG sitting) and it kept me listening intently throughout the day, evening into the wee hours.

    The narrator did an excellent job giving each character their own voice and that makes it easy to enjoy.

    Highly recommended!

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    Amazon Customer BRENHAM, TX, United States 06-10-12
    Amazon Customer BRENHAM, TX, United States 06-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A Good Read BUT!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Little Fuzzy to be better than the print version?

    Definitely not in this version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack Holloway who was willing to stand up for his little friends.


    What three words best describe Peter Ganim’s performance?

    STRANGE! Why do so many of his characters speak with a Middle Eastern/Indian accent? Including one gentleman with the last name of VAN Riebek!
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    SLIGHTLY ODD since he makes Jack H.sound like an old man. Agreed that the character is supposedly in his 70's but he doesn't strike me as the type to be ready for a rocking chair!


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

    I've always enjoyed HBP's books with their humorous twists.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd like to see more of HBPiper's books in audio form but find another reader!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer CHAPARRAL, NM, United States 12-19-11
    Amazon Customer CHAPARRAL, NM, United States 12-19-11 Member Since 2012

    I mainly like to read sifi.

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    "A classic story"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Yes,because I love this story.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    I hope that all the other fuzzy books are put into audio format.

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    Got My Book 11-15-16
    Got My Book 11-15-16
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    "Will We Ever Be Better?"

    A classic Adult SF that stands up better than some but still has issues.

    BOOK DETAILS:
    Little Fuzzy by H Beam Piper, read by Peter Ganim, published by Audible Studios (2009) / Length: 6 hrs 25 min

    SERIES INFO:
    This is Book #1 of the "Fuzzy Sapiens," series and the only one available on audio. Note: two of the sequels were written by Piper, with some additional ones that were written by other people. There is also a "reboot" of this novel written by John Scalzi.

    SUMMARY:
    I have been rereading a lot of classic SF now that I have a blog, and some of them have really made me cringe. This one isn't quite as bad. My biggest problem with it lies in the, I really hope we eventually outgrow such behavior, colonial attitudes. It is made clear from the beginning that proving that the Fuzzies are sentient won't mean that their planet will be given back, just that it will be governed differently.

    CHARACTERS:
    Jack: He's an old codger you definitely shouldn't mess with, but he's actually quite amiable (rather than cranky). There are tons of interesting tidbits thrown out about him, but never explained. When did he set off a thermonuke? Who did he leave behind? How did he end up on Zarathustra, and does he have any plans for the wealth he may find prospecting.

    As is typical for almost all classic SF written by men, the ratio of men to women is way above 50%. The only main female character, Ruth, is at least intelligent & educated and contributes significantly to the outcome.

    Also, most of the characters appear to pretty un-diverse. There is one man named Akmed. He is described as being the local police leader's "driver," but I think he is simply the officer who "rides" with the chief & does the driving rather than a menial. He also seems intelligent and is sympathetic to the Fuzzies.

    WORLDBUILDING:
    This planet has a wealth of strange flora & fauna. And I love the way they name things (if a planet is known to be inhabited, they ask a native and write down whatever they say, regardless of whether it is an answer or not).

    There isn't a lot of truly advanced technology, other than space travel, from our current prospective. The most out-dated technology is the lack of digital media & data transmission. They still use tape & film.

    PLOT:
    The book starts with a chapter or two of Jack just going about his daily routine, before introducing the first Fuzzy. I think this is important as a contrast to how isolated his life was before they showed up.

    Although there have been sequels written (both by Piper & others), this book really can stand on it's own. It ends with the ruling and subsequent consequences & plans.

    HIGHLIGHTS:
    --A custom that has developed for formal video communications is for people to "shake hands" by each using a "Chinese" like shaking your own hands gesture.
    --The agent is revealed
    --Although there's a lot of social drinking going on, Jack avoids drinking away his problems (and another character is struggling with that)

    "Take a drink because you pity yourself, and then the drink pities you and has a drink, and then two good drinks get together and that calls for drinks all around."


    CONTENT NOTES(?): There is a lot of smoking & drinking going on. / This is the wild west of the galaxy, i.e. when Jack shot people who tried to rob him, it was listed as suicide / There is a brutal (though not gory) murder.

    NARRATION:
    Character voices differentiated = Yes / Opposite sex voices acceptable = Yes / Accents = There are some, but who can judge them in the far future. They didn't bother me. / Phrasing, Pacing & Pronunciation = Fine / Emoting = Good / Speed = listened on 1.25, my usual, and it was a touch fast. / I heard 1 or 2 small errors.

    He has a very deep voice, that I didn't love. Mostly I think this is a case where I'm neutral on the narrator. He didn't distract from my enjoyment, but didn't increase it either.

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    dana monroe, NC, United States 05-30-16
    dana monroe, NC, United States 05-30-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Awesome."

    now I want some Fuzzy's. Piper was a great writer. so far ahead of his time. for example, in his short story Day of the Moron, he predicted three mile island decades before it happened. it's sad how his life was cut short. but at least he left behind wonderful works like this book.

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    Lura-Marie Bickford Rochester, MN USA 04-22-16
    Lura-Marie Bickford Rochester, MN USA 04-22-16 Member Since 2013
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    "A classic with all the voices done right"

    I've loved this book for years, and I was afraid it would be too hard for a narrator to get all the voices right, let alone the Fuzzy "Yeek"! But this narrator does it beautifully. The one less star I gave him was actually for the narrative portions, which are a bit stiff and articulated slowly, but it's not enough to dent my enjoyment.

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    Mitch Tallahassee, FL USA 05-07-14
    Mitch Tallahassee, FL USA 05-07-14 Member Since 2008

    Mitch

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    "A Classic Story, Read Well"

    This is a classic sci fi story that I never read. When Audible included it as part of a sci fi sale, I decided to download it. I'm glad I did.

    The story is a delight. Dated, to be sure. It's from 1962. (Which sci fi title from that era isn't?)

    I disagree with the comments about narrator. He's not the best Audible narrator, perhaps. But his telling of the story is perfectly acceptable. I especially like his narration of "Old Pappy."

    I've enjoyed every minute of this story, even if it is predictable and stretched a bit. While it is a short book, it really should have been a novella or maybe even a short story. Still, it's definitely worth a listen, even if you're just looking to broaden your classic sci fi education.

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    T. 06-11-13
    T. 06-11-13

    T Bama

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    "Is This a Children's Book?"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think children would like it...young children. Even teens will get tired of it. I've heard it won some awards. Maybe so; the writing is good. But the story is beyond elementary.


    What was most disappointing about H. Beam Piper’s story?

    It was way too elementary. I thought I was getting a book for an adult reader.


    What does Peter Ganim bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He has a good voice, and he emotes sympathy.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Little Fuzzy?

    The story isn't bad. I'd just make sure people understand they're buying a children's book. Maybe it was there and I just missed it.


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    Joseph 05-14-12
    Joseph 05-14-12 Member Since 2011
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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
    Philip Decatur, AL, United States 04-02-12 Member Since 2014
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    "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.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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