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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.
Each story in the series made their world more real. The author did a masterful job.
The suspense was excellent. Anybook that I can listen to while in the gym is fantastic.
I wanted to write this when I saw that the "Performance" rating was low for this book. Minnie Goode did an excellent job. Her voices were great and the pace was very good.
I am sorry I could not go on listening to the book as the voice annoyed me. And I say this apologizing with the narrator, who is probably a very skilled performer. I needed to pay extra care in grasping the words and in doing that I lost the feeling for the context. I think I will buy the paper book.
Most interesting is the reputation. Least is the audio.
As a completely personal opinion, I would say that a clearer voice would help. An older midwestern male might have done it for me.
I already liked the story, having read it via a print book, so I thought it would be nice to listen to it during my commute to and from work. Almost immediately, the narrator's voice grated on my nerves, and some of her characterizations (IT head Bernard, for one) was almost unbearable. At times the lead character, Julia, sounded more like a post adolescent girl than the 30-something woman she's supposed to be. If I'd know nothing about this story and experienced it first in this audio recording, I might have abandoned it because of the narration.
It reminds me of several good dystopian books I've read, but I can't recall titles right now.
I would have hired another narrator.
I don't think I could have listened to Minnie Goode in one sitting.
Howey is exceptional; having read Shift, I'm a quarter into the audio book, and would recommend that as well as this. At least Goode didn't completely detract from an excellent story.
the narrator just can't do male voices. otherwise, it was well performed.
the story didn't need to be quite so long and tedious. It was certainly worth listening to. And, I'll probably continue the series.
It's never made clear why the levels take so long to traverse. Nor is there any indication of how many people are in a silo.
As an engineer...I just wish these authors would run their ideas past one of us first. There are parts of the narrative that are just not consistent with how people behave. (they have radios but not ropes and pulleys? )
I highly recommend Wool for lovers of post-apocalyptic settings. However, I disliked the reader as she change her voice to simulate the voices of the character. I would have prefer that she just read the book without changing voice
Overall interesting story. Kept me listening. The structure of being five short stories together means there aren't many lulls in the action because each part follows a full story arc, and they all contribute to the overall story. Wasn't sure I'd like that structure but it worked for me.
The narrator overdid it on the voices for my taste. I appreciate the desire to differentiate characters, but many of the voices were so over the top that they were immersion breaking for me. For me the best narrator is the one you never notice or think about, but unfortunately that wasn't the case for me. By no means ruined the story, however.
Interested story. Love the plot. The books started off great, interested, and entertaining. However, it seemed as if the longer the writer wrote, the more words he decided to use. The descriptive parts become long and arduous and made me zone out, losing focus on the story. It was as if this was first book, and as he created, he decided he should be more descriptive until the book become so descriptive, that a 60 second interaction became a fifteen minute long description with 7 words of dialog. It was enough to convince me I will not be finishing this series, nor buying anymore of his books.