That fact has nothing to do with the book. I loved the book. It took a little while to get into it, I think the audio had something to do with that, but after I got into it I couldn't stop.
something read by a man with a deep voice or a woman with a soothing voice to help me feel excited about Audible offerings again
setting: a 150 story silo where a group of a few thousand humans have been living for hundreds of years. The problem: four characters with four wildly differing accents (Is the Deputy supposed to be from 1900s Texas?). Not at all believable. The reader's laugh became annoying as well.
author of "Starfish"
Wool ranks with my favorite audiobooks.
One of my favorite things about the story was the creepy, claustrophobic confines of the silo. Holsten's story hooked me at the beginning. Juliette's carried me through the next 2/3 of the book. Her character was the perfect combination of tough and tender.
She did a great job differentiating the voices.
I've ordered Dust, another book in the Silo series, and look forward to listening. Hugh Howey is one of my favorite authors. Thank you for bringing his work to Audible!
Probably closer to 3.5 stars. The 1st book was great. Had a very classic sci-fi feel to it. A few issues with believability but I was on board. Books 2-4 were very good with fun world building. The 5th book felt a bit rushed at parts and drawn out at parts but never matched the pace and writing of the previous books. A bit disappointed at how things ended.
Minnie Goode did an outstanding job performing multiple characters. The story line is intriguing. Great audio book that kept me spellbound for many commuting and running hours.
I've only listened to the book, rather than read it, but Minnie's performance was great with the notable exception of her character voices. I don't feel as though her voices represented the characters as the text portrayed them (Bernard sounds like a cartoon mouse).
Bernard. It was really easy to see him as just an evil character, but he was much more complex than that.
Open your eyes.
Unpredictable, immersive, creative. One of the best scifi novels I've read, Howey creates a post apocalyptic world like no other, and in every paragraph, you will submerge in this world, it's costumes and reasons to be.
I've always loved post apocalyptic stories, because they usually bring wonderful caracters. This one is no different. They are deep and have specific motivations.
I initially bought the ebook, but in it's first quarter, I bought the audiobook too, and from now on, never opened the kindle book again. Minnie Goode's interpretation is perfect, and sometimes you forget that it's only one person reading.
Everything is wrong, for your own protection. I'm sure the movie tag line will be better then this
The narrator was a perfect fit for Juliette, but the male voices were jarring and distracting. Even some of the female voices came off kind of weird (like the little girl and Lukas' mom). If you don't have time to read this book, the audiobook is better than nothing, and you don't want to miss out on this story.
The story does an excellent job of describing life in the silo, so it is easy to put yourself in that setting and begin to think from the characters' perspectives.
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The dangerous expedition to pump water out of the flooded lower levels of Silo 17 was very well done and memorable.Sure, the character probably should have made better choices so this scene never happened. It was well done regardless.
I would have preferred it if Minnie did not attempt to differentiate the characters. Most of the male voices felt forced, and even some of the female voices were a bit jarring. I got somewhat used to it over the course of the book, but still found myself leaning toward the text rather than the audio when it was practical.
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Watching Allison's detective work lead her to the wrong conclusion about IT was quite moving. The story of Allison and Holston set the bar high for the rest of the book.
Wool did a lot of things well - describing life in the silo, creating a culture and explaining the reasons behind it, revealing surprising truths and showing -why- they were surprising.
There were some elements of the story I did not enjoy as much - a love story that I didn't care much for, and a bit of "horror movie logic" (you're an intelligent character, what the hell are you thinking here?). Luckily I felt that any weaknesses were far outweighed by the good parts of the story.
There are two ways I tend to measure audiobooks. When I'm reading a book, do I stay up late to keep reading or look for excuses to keep listening? When I'm finished, do I continue to think about the story? With Wool, I say Yes to both. I'm very excited to continue reading and listening to the series.
I loved the structure and storytelling style in this book. I was consistently engaged and surprised by the direction that it took.
Goode was an excellent performer. She really brought the characters to life.