This is one of my first audiobooks I listened to on audible. Since then I've listened to two dozen more. At the time I dropped this around 40% through thinking that the problem was in the story and pacing. I resolved to come back to it. Now two years later, listening to it again (and stopping even earlier in the book), I've realized that this narrator would be a competitive pick in the worst narrators ever to land a job, and forced me to write my first review ever.
Women who do voice work are disproportionately criticized due to unconscious sexism, however Goode's performance is simply horrendous regardless of her gender. She tries to voice almost every character when her range is nowhere near flexible enough to accomplish it. On top of that she whispers, sighs, and laughs in their voice as it's written, when she can barely manage each character's voice to begin with.
Her narration is very monotone and somber, perhaps purposefully to match the tone of the books but combined with the bad voice work and the extremely slow pacing, it just makes the book feel lifeless.
The premise seemed very interesting, and the writing is good but 50% of the 40% I read was about two relationships and a little love story in this dystopian silo. Almost halfway in I can say that about two chapter's worth of events have happened so far (at the pace of most modern sci-fi novels).
This combined with the narrator was enough for me to drop the book. Wish I hadn't attempted to read it a second time and I wish I've returned the book immediately.
Not joking, literally any one else in the profession.
I had to stop when her droning narration started to make me feel queasy.
Imaginative, beautiful writing
Mayor Jahns, but also, Holston and Juliette.
Not if she is going to demonstrate sounds such as laughter, throat clearing, sobbing. Really, it's all there in the writing. Just read the words and don't act them. You are a good narrator except for that stylistic fault.
Don't go outside. Don't even say you want to.
This is really a five star book. The imagination, the world building, and character development are admirable. The coughing narration made me cringe.
I felt her pain. She struggled against her foes, good use of a female protagonist. I'm not sure she talked to another woman about something other than boys, but it came close. in the end, her life was completed by a man, he could have skipped that and had a better book. Also, did this thirty year old woman have to giggle like a little girl?
Be prepared to have your headphones on until the last word is spoken. This story grabs you and holds on till the end. The narrator is one of the best. I felt like i was listening to a recorded play with multiple cast members.
Reading allows me to travel through time; to visit the world's unique and stunning places. To become somebody I am not... It is glorious.
Although I am not a science fiction reader as a general rule, I read this one for a book club I am part of. I won't recreate all the other wonderful reviews, so this will be short. My favorite part of any book I read is getting to know the various characters. Some of my best friends exist is wonderful locales all over the world. Perhaps one of the reasons I don't generally gravitate towards science fiction is that these books feel like they are far more about plot than character. However, Mr Howey spent a lot of time drawing these people, giving them depth and interest. I liked this book far more than I expected -- and I think it is because I liked some of the people living in this buried silo. However, after reading The Stand and 1984 in the last few weeks I cannot go so far as to give this one the 5th star because it doesn't stand up to those two books which each warrant the perfect score.
Unfortunately Minnie Goode's performance was weak at best. She doesn't give the voices enough attitude or strength. And I found myself slipping out of the world that Mr. Howey created due to her poor narration choices.
By the time Scotty hanged himself I felt this book was very amateur and annoying. Bernard, the antagonist, is a joke. Many holes in the plot.
Yes to Hugh Howey, never by Minnnie Goode
Minnie Goode was so terrible at her narration that I wanted to quit multiple times throughout the book. She was reading it as if the characters were straight out of Looney Toons. It's also unclear if she just thinks all men sound like complete lunatics when they talk because her impression of the male characters were cringe-worthy and embarrassing....almost insulting.
I put all categories at the lowest amount of stars possible just to keep some other poor, unsuspecting victim from accidentally purchasing this edition. How the total stars for Minnie's performance is at 4 is baffling to me. By the end of the book I really despised the characters and the story because of her horrendous narration. I hated to hear them talk. I wasn't expecting to be patronized as if I wanted to listen to Blues Clues, but that's how I felt after listening to this awful audio book. The story is good...I think. But it's hard to tell since my experience was so clouded by goofy voices and melodrama.