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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,151 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: H. Beam Piper Narrator: Jim Roberts Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN:
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On the planet Zarathustra, a sunstone prospector named Jack Holloway has a mysterious small, fuzzy alien show up at his door and make itself at home. Jack names it Little Fuzzy and the creature's whole family soon joins them. Hardened prospector Jack is transformed into their pappy and chief protector and his life is changed forever. It turns out the critters are quite intelligent and the question of whether they are sapient beings or just fur bearing creatures leads Jack and his friends on a quest to discover the answer.

The quest becomes a matter of urgency when the company that has been growing rich from mining the planet, decides to exterminate the Fuzzies. This sleads to murder, deceit, kidnapping and intrigue but, ultimately, a very happy ending. The book was so popular that two sequals were written by the author and, after his death, there was such a call for Fuzzy novels that two more official sequels were written by other authors. Many also think The Fuzzies were the inspiration for The Ewoks in the Star Wars movies and perhaps the Tribbles in Star Trek.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly Maybedog Hawkins | 1/30/2014

    " Great little story about what sentience is and what it means to be human. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 1/18/2014

    " Good story, but good god it hasn't aged well at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Art L | 1/14/2014

    " H Beam Piper's characters aren't as well thought out as Scalzi's. The story wasn't deep enough for me. I did not let the fact that this book is dated influence my score. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 1/10/2014

    " A fun read. While the technology (and to some extent the culture) is dated, the people and plot still feel quite real and true to life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig Brown | 1/9/2014

    " Some of the ideas presented in the book are very intriguing. The court case is really well done. I love reading older sci-fi and seeing what they got right and where the author missed. He had Skype, but still developing film. I recommend this book, especially to teens. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kent | 1/9/2014

    " Suffers in comparison to Fuzzy Nation. I found these fuzzies comparably insipid, and these characters far less enjoyable to spend time with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 12/9/2013

    " Great fun. Well told. Raises obvious, but intriguing questions about recognizing sentience in others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chelsea | 12/4/2013

    " I can't believe this didn't win the Hugo in 1963! Such a good read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeane | 11/24/2013

    " Listened to it on Audio. Not what I expected. More of a sci-fi courtroom drama. There were some really good parts, and parts that made me laugh out loud. Over all I really liked it, it was nice and short too. A few of the court room parts dragged on a little but otherwise it was good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff Yoak | 10/29/2013

    " This book is the book upon which Fuzzy Nation is based. Though I waited a month and a half to read this one, they are just too similar to finish this now. I will pick it up in a few years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 10/29/2013

    " Rather compelling, I wanted to know how it ended. Super funny reading futuristic sci-fi from 1962 - almost 50 years later. I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 8/18/2013

    " Very enjoyable read. The characters could use a little more depth, but not bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine Schaff-Stump | 2/19/2013

    " This was delightful. It's dated. In some spots, the writing is a little thin. But the themes are very relevant today, the characters are fairly good, and it's so nice to see the good guys win, something we could do more with in modern SF. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katbethell | 12/17/2012

    " A charming, thought-provoking tale of affection and what it means to be sentient. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neil | 12/15/2012

    " I think I liked the updated version of the story a little better. Still a great and short story. I have been reading so many epics lately a nice short one was perfect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 11/20/2012

    " I read these as a kid, so when I saw them on a friend's bookshelf I took the opportunity to start re-reading them. My favorite was the one from the Fuzzy p.o.v. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 KG | 11/3/2012

    " A great classic Sci-Fi book - which has a loveable subject that almost masks some very deep and penetrating subjects...the question of sentience, and the speculation about the basis of cognitive thought. A quick and easy read - well worth the time! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Young | 3/29/2012

    " A classic look at the line between sapience and animal but done in a gentle and humorous fashion. The good old days when a story only needed to be as long as it took to be told - 253 pages... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robin | 8/15/2011

    " Fuzzy nation is so much better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charles | 5/14/2011

    " Definitely from a different era, but it offered up interesting problems about intelligence. Looking forward to Scalzi's reboot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 5/14/2011

    " I had not read this one in 30 years or more, and it held up surprisingly well. George Lucas owes the Piper estate money for turning Fuzzies into Ewoks. It will be fun to see what John Scalzi does with the concept. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clarrissa | 4/9/2011

    " Absolutely wonderful and heart warming. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith | 2/25/2011

    " Wonderful little book. Well worth seeking out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 2/23/2011

    " This is one of my favorites. Once again Piper confronts a complicated issue, how do you define sentience and what does it mean for society. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 2/13/2011

    " An interesting look at defining intelligent life, and also some of the political ramifications and intrigues that could be involved. There were some great characters in this story, and I kind of want a fuzzy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 1/31/2011

    " They are SO cute!! And So Sentient, and so cute. Maybe humans are good after all... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bruno | 11/22/2010

    " Tackles the problem of how to define sapience in the context of multiple intelligent races, in a nice, short, story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 11/21/2010

    " Ok, it's dated, and you can pretty much guess the plot the whole way through, but it was still fun. Mainly I read it so I could read the original before reading Scalzi's remake, which I hope will be a lot more fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas | 11/18/2010

    " Very sweet; good courtroom drama with some xenobio investigation thrown on. But really just a setup for the next book in the series. "

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