Great story. Excellent characters. And, after a short acclimation period, I decided that I liked Minnie Goode's narration job.
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.
The author makes a number of bizarre choices in this story. First of all he sets the story in this amazing world, but then ignores the world almost entirely to concentrate on things we are all familiar with like first loves and disappointment. I didn't buy a book set in a post-apocalypse mile deep silo because I wanted to read a first time author's attempts to write about nuances of the human heart. If I wanted to do that I would probably pick up one of the all time literary classics. I BOUGHT A BOOK ABOUT A POST-APOCALYPSE MILE DEEP SILO BECAUSE I WANTED TO READ ABOUT A POST-APOCALYPSE MILE DEEP SILO.
In addition to this fundamental error, the author decides to tell many parts of the story by repeating the scene through several different characters' perspectives. Except he does so starting out with the character with the most information, and finishes with the character with the least.
You're supposed to tell about a character doing a dangerous thing from the perspective of a guy who just hears a rumor about it, then again from a guy who witnessed part of it, then lastly from the character doing the dangerous thing herself. Instead the author has a character do a dangerous thing and survive. Then tells the exact same event from the perspective of a character who frets about whether she survived or not. Then from a third character who wonders if the event even happened.
As a result, the story feels glacially slow and over padded.
Beyond that, I personally find it hard to care about characters who think only with their emotions, leading them to do things that are clearly stupid. Characters are constantly showing up to metaphorical knife fights armed with rolled up newspapers when any character with an ounce of intelligence would arrive with a metaphorical gun.
Finally, toward the very end of the omnibus, the author finally meanders toward an interesting moral dilemma regarding the reason the silo was built in the first place. Unfortunately he merely begins to sketch this out before concluding the book, leaving the reader unconvinced that the moral situation actually was a dilemma, or even precisely where he was going with it.
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.
Absolutely. I actually read this book on my kindle over the past year. Decided I wanted to check out the audiobook.
This seems like a dumb question to me. I don't want to give away any of the plot and spoil the book for anyone. I'll just say if you're a fan of post apocalyptic fiction, this is a really good one with no zombies involved. It feels fresh, characters are mostly well drawn out, and the story is really clever. I couldn't help but think as I read this book that it would make a great HBO series like Game of Thrones.
I don't think so, but the reader is good. The most prominent character is a woman,so her voice seems appropriate. Some of the male voices are a little goofy, but no big deal.
I guess so.
I don't know if this is really a 5-star book or not, but I wanted to emphasize that I thought it was one of the better SF-ish books I've listened to this year and well worth your time checking out. I listened to a good chunk of those SM Stirling books, and this series is so much better, so much less cheesy. I think even non-SF fans may enjoy this one. Very glad to find it in audio version.
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.
I'm a horror nut! Zombies in particular! Epidemics, end of all things! Also enjoyed Game of thrones very much!
Owning well over 900 audiobooks, it's hard to put a number on this one. If pressed I might fairly say it is possibly in the top 100 or so.. I can't imagine that this was actually 5 separate books at one time & can imagine the decision to break it up into 5 books originally sounded like a great financial decision at the time but ultimately ended up hurting In the long run because I will be honest with you I wouldn't have made it through book one with any interest in buying book two!! It was tough for me getting into this one!
That it eventually pulled me into the story and made the time invested feel worth it.
Nothing really stood out to me from the reader neither good nor bad.
Probably "Nothing like the book" because I'd imagine Hollywood would Chop this book to pieces and probably ruin it.
I hope the audiobook industry takes note of this situation and stops taking Novels, breaking them up into 4-5 separate books charging 4-5 separate fees, the story Suffers!! It's become obvious when it's being done and most people will wait until "The Box set" is released!
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.