this adventure is very much as is suspected from the editors blurb. It is a lot of fun, and although there are one or two elements that are fantastic, and some that are a bit of a stretch it's still most enjoyable. Post-apocalyptic, but all takes place inside the silos that are all that is left of mankind. Recommended.
OK let me start by saying that I bought this audio book in October 2012 and didn't listen to it all the way through until November 2016. I tried to listen to it a few times in the intervening years but just couldn't stand the narrator though headphones.
I recently decided to try it again as Wool is normally touted as great dystonian fiction. This time I played it through an ipod dock on my desk at work and I made it through. Some of the character voices were downright annoying but without the immersion of headphones it was tolerable.
Now on to the story review:
Wool is a very interesting story and a good fresh (well fresh in 2012) look at the genera. Well written and good characters. The listener does find himself rooting for the good guys and cringing when the bad guys are mentioned.
I liked the story well enough that I will pick up the other 2 installments of the trilogy at some point to see what happens next.
Wool is a good book with good characters, I just wish that the narrator was better.
I enjoyed listening to this book. The narrator was distracting at first, but I soon got used to it. I was initially annoyed at how the book jumps from character, but it does add a nice touch. I don't regret buying this book, but I don't think I am going to buy the 2nd book...at least not for awhile.
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