The end -- the narrator is simply awful.
Juliette is a remarkable heroine. Smart, tough, clever, and dedicated. I would want her on my post-apocalyptic team!
Her voices were cartoonish. She did OK as Juliette, but the other characters... the mayor sounds like he stepped off the set of a 1950s western; the head of IT sounds like... well, no one I've ever heard speak. And Solo is simply ridiculous.
The reading was so poor! It truly felt like someone was reading to a child. Please consider purchasing the paperback or a different narrator!
While the story was good I could not make my way through listening to the rest of the audio book. I had just finished a novel narrated by George Guidall, then switching to this amateur narrator was like listening to nails on a chalk board!
I'm truly puzzled by the negative reviews of the narration by Minnie Goode. Her voice was perfect for the story and she was expertly able to differentiate the characters in ways that richly added to the story. Just listening to the sample audio clip will prove to anyone considering this audio book that the reviews attacking the narration have no merit.
As for the story: Wool is excellent post apocalyptic science fiction, though at times, requires a bit of extra suspension of disbelief. This will be rewarded with broader more interesting themes than how long some air would last or the environmental science of closed circuit systems.
I also believe that this would make an excellent, character driven, 24 episode TV show on somewhere non-broadcast.
This is possibly the WORST narration I have heard. I had such a difficult time enjoying the story because the narration was so overdone and clownish!
Her voices were unrealistic and overdone.
The story line wasn't bad and I have to wonder if my reaction would have been more positive if I had read this story rather than listen to it. Since the writing was a bit slow and drawn out, a good narration could have made this an enjoyable listen but this was so poorly done. The only redemption is that the story line picked up with the introduction of Juliette. THANK GOD!
Jenny Sterlin or Susan Ericksen. Someone who could do male voices without making me yank my earbuds out and switch to reading it on my kindle. Who listened to this woman in the studio and and actually gave her a paycheck?
I enjoyed Wool, accept for the awful narration. The series has potential and I am hoping the other books are edited a little better.
ron/e in SF,
Story and characters drew me into the story quickly
Anyone but Minnie.
No extreme reactions.
I hated the narrator, i felt like her performance of the voices made the story come across as an infantile childs story and distracted from the story line.
I think anyone who enjoys reading Sci Fi would like the book. Unfortunately I can't fathom anyone would enjoy the narration.
Literally anyone. My automatic "go to" for fantastic audiobook narration is Ray Porter. Anything he reads is automatically better.
I certainly don't want to completely trash Minnie Goode, but her narration is just plain difficult to listen to. Everyone sounds like an old west cartoon character. It just doesn't fit and her delivery is often stilted or without any real intonation. I've tried on two separate occasions to get through this version of the book and I've given up. It's just better if you read the story yourself.
Captivating, Adventurous, and Mesmerizing!
For me it was how much work needed to be completed in Silo 17 in order to bring it back from it's doom. Howey lays out the sheer magnitude of the scope of work that needed to be done for it to have another chance to support 1000s, even 10,000s of lives! Very amazing.
Minnie was EXTREMELY good with the character's voices! As well as the radio static! She was able to suck me right into the story! (This IS a true work of art! I cannot tell you how many good stories I have listened to via autobooks in which the reader is just not at par with the amazing material they are reciting! This is NOT the case with Minnie Goode! She did a tremendous job! So much so, I started searching for other books that she has read! Not due to the fact the book stories are well written or not, just that I feel she could make an "okay" book a GOOD book to listen to. )
I am not sure. :-) Books like this one are good staying as auto/books. :-) TOO detailed and way too good for the theater.
Just that this book is right up there at the top! This is one of those books that keep me searching for other adventures like it! This book is the very foundation of what an adventure/ thriller story should "look" like.
Yes, I would read another Hugh Howey book. Honestly, I'm somewhat interested in the sequels. I thought the plot was good and the setting original, but some of the characters' "internal scenes" dragged on and on. No, I would avoid Minnie Goode. I really thought the reviewers were just giving her a hard time; however, I was mistaken. The narration really is that distracting.
I would have eliminated the plodding scenes where characters are just thinking or moving through a setting alone. We get it. They are alone. I don't think those scenes need to be cut from the book, but they just need to be sped along.
The reviewers were right. She whispers some of the dialogue, making it hard to hear. The voices she creates for men all sound extremely dopey, especially the older man. But, to me, the absolute worst were the children she voiced near the end of the book. When the little girl spoke, it was the absolute worst voice I've ever heard come out of a narrator's mouth. Absolutely horrid.
Well, it already has one. Not sure whether I will read it or not.
It is very rare that I don't finish a book, but I could not waste anymore of my time on this one (and I did listen to over three quarters of it). This book is overly drawn out and unnecessarily long. I heard so many great things about this series that I was determined to like it as well. Whenever I was ready to give up on it, something vaguely interesting or intriguing would happen and buy another few hours of my time. Dystopian fiction is probably my favorite genre, but this could not hold my interest.
Don't get me wrong: I love long books, but only when it is necessary to the story. This was the first time I used the option to accelerate the narration speed, but that still didn't help. I have never even written a bad review for a book before, but I feel this book is a waste of time. It gets two stars for originality and occasional moments of suspense, but that's all.