Great story. Excellent characters. And, after a short acclimation period, I decided that I liked Minnie Goode's narration job.
There are few things better than a good story well told!
Wool is a story that you will remember long after reading,. It hits on the big questions: Why are we here? What is my purpose? Is there anything more out there? Is it wrong to question authority when it upsets the status quo? The questions are asked in the context of a large group of people living in a huge vertical underground bio-sphere called a silo. Wool is the material used to clean a small window at the top of the silo. The cleaning has to be done outside. Outside where the landscape is blasted and the atmosphere is toxic. The characters are well developed and likable. The bravery of every day ordinary people will touch your heart. BUT, be warned that the narration is bizzare. I have never heard anything like it. There were several times when it completely distracted me it was so weird which is a shame because the story is good.
Great Labor Day weekend listen. I launched through this and I thought I would be spending a few months getting through this somewhat lengthy title. Kudos all around.
There are some Very sexist reviews of this narrators job. I've listened to some amazing female narrators. With that said, I can honestly say this woman is a terrible narrator. Anyone would have done a better job, male or female. Her character voices were just laughable. I couldn't get passed 5 minutes of part 1. I went and bought the book instead.
No! The book is good, the narrator is horrible.
This will teach me to buy a book on my phone while on a trip without being able to listen to the sample first.
Absolutely not! In fact, what on earth were you guys over at ‘Broad Reach Publishing’ thinking? Did anyone listen to this disaster before signing off?
This is a great book from start to finish. Just buy a copy and (read) it.
I don't want to get started.
This book deserved a top-notch, male narrator.
Wool has become a huge phenomenon, a self-published series that got a print publishing deal and a movie supposedly on the way. So I checked out the Omnibus edition that collects the first five books.
I was pleasantly surprised. Hugh Howey's writing is not bad, and the story was, while not at all original, a good one. The last survivors on Earth of some unspecified apocalypse live in a deep underground "Silo." Their entire world is defined by the levels of the silo; grease-monkey mechanics down deep, IT overlords up top. (The IT guys are the villains: Hugh Howey must have had some really bad experiences with tech support...) The society is not exactly hellish, but it is very circumscribed, as one might expect of such an information-deprived, resource-limited world. All people know of the outside is that you can't survive there — and anyone who talks about the outside, or even hints at wanting to leave the Silo, is given their wish, by being put into an environment suit and cast out. This is the great taboo, and no one sent to Cleaning ever comes back
It's called being sent to "Cleaning" because one of the last duties of every person cast out is to take some wool with them and clean the great glass window pane that is the Silo's only view of the outside — from the outside.
You might wonder, why would someone who's been cast out and basically given a death sentence do this? There is nothing the inhabitants of the Silo can do to them once they're outside. The Silo's residents wonder this too (though it's taboo to talk about it). Everyone sent to Cleaning says they're going to refuse, they will not clean when they get outside. And yet, everyone does. Why? That's the first of several mysteries to uncover in this series.
The Omnibus edition describes an uprising in the Silo, leading to the main characters' discovery of the true history of the Silo and many other secrets about their world.
I found Wool entertaining and worth reading. There were a few poignant moments. But it was very similar to a lot of post-apocalyptic dystopias I read when I was younger. It's not terribly original, and none of the characters were particularly memorable.
I am not interested enough to read the second and third Wool series, but I might try another book by Howey if he writes something that interests me.
I unfortunately cannot recommend this version of the audiobook, however: Minnie Good is one of the most annoying narrators I have ever suffered through. When the characters whisper, she whispers. Sometimes so low you can barely hear her. When characters are shrieking hysterically, she shrieks hysterically. She reads childrens' voices as high-pitched squeaks, and men's voices in comical deep-throated drawls. I am sorry to say, this narration was not professional caliber. It appears that Audible has the exactly same omnibus in a different edition, narrated by another narrator, and I highly recommend you choose that one instead.
This book is the worst narrated audiobook I have ever listened to. The narrator used very bizarre voices for many of the characters , I almost could not listen to her.
The premise of the story is good and its nice that sixteen year olds are not the main characters in this dystopian story...for once. I am curious to see what happens next but I fear that the story is heading in a hopeless direction. I hope I am proven wrong in that assumption. I am very glad the next installment is read by someone else!
It's really a shame that the narration for this book was so awful since I really enjoyed the story. I wish I had read it instead and actually looked at the reviews on here instead of getting the audiobook. I've been listening to audiobooks for a while now but this is the first narrator that I truly disliked.
Her voices for different characters are comical and overdone. I hated any male parts in the book because they always sounded so dopey and ridiculous. On top of that, she finds that she has to actually laugh and sigh every time the book says the person is laughing and sighing, it's just too much. And even more annoying, is that she seems to sacrifice sound quality in order to take the book more literally. There's parts that are whispered that she actually whispers. Meaning I didn't actually get to hear what she said so I'd have to rewind, turn the volume up, and have to turn it back down once she was speaking in a normal voice again. There's also a big chunk of the book where they're talking over radios and she purposefully muffles her voice to make it sound that way, making it hard to understand.
I've got 50 minutes left on this audiobook and I'm forcing myself through it for the story, despite the narration. Would never listen to another Minnie Goode audiobook again.
The story: I chose this book based on the recommendation of two friends. While the story is contemporary, the pacing is more like classic fiction in that it takes its time unfolding. I found myself becoming impatient at times, particularly in the beginning. The setting is an interesting concept, and that kept me going throughout. I enjoyed it and am glad I read it, but I was left with many questions even at the end. This is a very visual book that may work well as a television series.
The performance: The narrator's normal performance voice is acceptable, but the voices of the characters she uses for dialogue are so distracting that it took me out of the story on numerous occasions. Some of them are comical when they are clearly not intended to be. I would suggest either reading a paper copy of this book or getting one with a different narrator.
Post apocalyptic saga
Two things stand out.
1. She reads all the male characters in a weird, dopey drawl like Snuffy from Sesame Street. No exaggeration. Really.
2.When a passage reads: Bob giggled,"I guess not", it gets read as: Bob giggled (actual giggling) I guess not.
I thought I was being petty or that I would get over it. I didn't. It's a testament to the story that I didn't just turn it off after the first hour. It drove me crazy and if I ever see this narrator's name on another book, I think I'll just buy the hard copy and read it the old fashioned way.
Not with the present narrator, no.
I can't vouch for the narrator of the other version of this book, but if given a second chance, I would gladly pick door number two. I'm sure Minnie Goode is a great person, but I'll never listen to this book again.