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.
Love to exercise while listening
I already recommended this book to my mother. Even though post-apocalyptic books are not her favorite, the story and characters were great.
Of course Juliette, but Solo gets a nod since he was surprisingly not crazy.
Does she really need to laugh or sigh when the book says the character did? And the male characters sounded cartoonish. I rolled my eyes a lot!
Yes, I found myself listening to this book while cleaning and cooking.
Book yes... Audio, no
Different Performer - Sorry Minnie, i couldn't get past the first 2 chapters.
This is my first return of a book - i should have listened to the sample... I have listened to hundreds of books - Some amazing, some bad.. but this is the first i could not listen to at all.
I think this is one of the few books that would have been better to read. I couldn't get into the story due to the narrator. The southern drawl is terrible. I also had issues with some of the characters. I can't go into detail due to spoilers.
The emotions of the story were well expressed, but some of her voices were overdone to the point of being distracting and a bit irritating. Even so, it was an engaging listen.
Every segment ends in a cliffhanger - and every character brings their own twist. I never wanted to pause it, and when I had to, I couldn't wait to start it back up again.
Wool is the story of deamers, of rebells and of thinkers. Born and raised in a world of blacks and greys these people yearn for more, fo answers, for a way out. And they get it.
ok, but just - if you can't hear the whispers or lower voices without being blasted out by the normal ones, it just doesn't work!
I was intrigued by the title because I am a spinner of wool and was really wondering what use the author was going to make of it. The story was good enough that I was not disappointed
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.
Say something about yourself!
First the story, it's excellent...great characters, great setting and great pacing (especially in the second half).
Now, the unfortunate business. I suppose people want different things from their narrator in an audio book. I really just want them to stay out of the way. I don't want to be distracted from the actual story. That's not to say there should be no emotion. A lethargic performance can be just as distracting but I want my imagination to still have a say in how characters sound. Minnie Goode however is so far over the top its almost comical. Her voice for some of the male characters is downright juvenile. It sounds like the voice a parent uses to read to their three year old. I dreaded some characters having dialogue at all.
The fact that I made it through to the end is a testament to Hugh Howey's story. It really is that good. It's just unfortunate that it needs to be read, not listened to.