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.
I love mysteries in the style of P.D. James, Rex Stout, Elizabeth Peters, Dave Duncan, etc. I love sci fi written by Issac Asimov (the robot books), Douglas Adams, Jack McDevitt (Alex Benedict series) and Susan Collins. I love fantasy written by Terry Pratchett, and Kim Harrison. I love Kate Morton. I don't like graphic descriptions of violence.
This is excellent science fiction with a pinch of romance. I didn't quite buy into the explanations of some of the most bizarre customs and actions, but the book was so imaginative and fresh, I did not mind a bit of questionable behavior. As other reviewers have mentioned, the book does drag in a few places, but then makes up for it. At one point, things got very bleak and people died. I put the player away and went on to lighter fare, but I could not stay away. And it was okay -- the end was uplifting and reaffirming. I did not like the narrator. Her male voices made you think all the male characters were mentally challenged. But you can overlook that and, otherwise, her narration was adequate. I highly recommend it, really.
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.
I really really enjoyed this book! I listen to a lot of books and listen to a fair amount of science fiction. I enjoyed incorrectly anticipating plot twists. It is a clever book with great characters and a unique story. I couldn't stop listening actually. The story is refreshing and creative. In other member reviews the narrator was found lacking. I felt her voice was in keeping with the "temperature" of the story. The overall narration was good and did not keep me from enjoying the story. I would highly recommend this story to anyone who loves science fiction.