Although I enjoyed the story, I felt that many times the narrator made it barely listenable. It didn't feel like she took the time to understand the characters before giving them very distinct voices and accents.
For example, Juliette who was raised in engineering was given an almost valley girl accent and attitude. Why would a girl raised around engines and grease talk like a spoiled rich girl??!!
The mayor was given a pronounced southern drawl and an asian girl was given a stilted asian accent that sounded like she learned English as a second language. These people have been living together with no outside influence for centuries and speaking the same language...they don't have strong differentiated accents anymore!!
A good narrator makes some differentiation in voices but doesn't take over the story with strong accents done poorly, especially when the accents don't even make sense in context.
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.
Sol System, Earth, Northern Hemisphere, member of the human race.
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.