Wool covers similar ground as The City of Ember and other post-apocalyptic "last Ark of humanity" stories. It benefits from its serial nature by telling three complete but interconnected stories: the Sheriff, the Mayor and Juliette. Each build's off the predecessor and then Juliette's story expands into multiple POV's and explores life, history and politics in the silo in greater depth. Ultimately there are too few surprises, but what is here is entertaining.
No, I would recommend the paper book. Minnie destroys the story with her ridiculous attempts at voices.
The book is great. It is like Shift and Dust.
Never. She ruined a really good book.
It has one. Shift.
Read the paper book wool and then listen to shift and dust as they are read much better.
Not really, as I don't normally listen or read the same book twice.
She does all the different voices really well
I don't read/listen to a lot of science fiction, but this story is really good. I am glued to find out what is going to happen next.
Yes. It'll be awhile, but yes. First, I've already read the books - I purchased them on Audible because I like listening to books during my long commute. Based on some of the other reviews I was wary of the narration. Perhaps it was my low expectations, but I really enjoyed Minnie Goode's performance. A few quirks, but I thought it was overall well done. I've heard a lot worse from narrators. And actually few that showed the obvious effort.
Solo is a pretty cool character. Quite a survivor and funny in his own way. I also really like Holston. I wonder what the series would have been like with him as a main character.
Ahhh, and excellent dramatic flare. I would have chosen different voices for some of the characters, but her interpretation was still well done. I could not have pulled it off. I felt alot of Juliette's emotion through Minnie's voice.
I have no idea...I'm not sure I'd want to see this made into a movie.
I would recommend this book but I would clearly state that it takes a while to get going.
I liked the feel of the plot. It felt like a story about life boats in space leaving earth but it takes place under the ground.
Wimpy, Over done
Minnie Goode was the best of the two women who read Wool but her male voices were unforgivable. When she spoke about emotions she always seems like she was about to cry and I found myself rolling my eyes. Having said that, I missed her on the second book Shift.
I am not a fan of books in a series but I ordered Shift right after I finished this one. It wasnt good but I had to try.
The book takes a long time to get going. And characters get introduced like you should know who they are at the middle and the end and you just have to go with it. With no proper introduction these characters just pop up and you find yourself wondering who is this again and why do I care? Ends well but leaves you feeling like you should have gotten more out of it.
A number of reviewers have really panned her but she's not really bad. If the story sounds appealing to you, don't be scared off by the narrator. People have come to expect narrators to be within a certain range and Minnie is a little outside of it. She didn't bother me at all though. I wouldn't call her great, but not bad either.
A stronger reading performance.
The character voices were odd, and sometimes ridiculous.
Frustration and disappointment
Would have really like to get into this novel, just couldn't get past the voice acting. I ended up buying the actual book.
Absolutely! Somewhat original premise, and really compelling characters. Narrator does a fantastic job creating voices for a lot of different people, and I could easily follow the dialog and action. Sometimes I find it's difficult for female narrators to convincingly portray male voices, but she did alright.
Juliet's struggle when she was sent "to cleaning." (hard to describe without giving anything away! The tension in dangerous moments during this book was well-portrayed!)
No, but I will be looking for more by her. I particularly enjoyed how she portrayed hand-held radio chatter, and acted out coughs, sighs, etc. instead of saying, "she coughed." She also did a great job infusing the dialog with the current emotional state of the speaker. You could hear the smile on a character's face or sense when one was tired, for example. Excellent ability to bring characters to life.
As you've probably gathered from many of the reviews, the narration was at best, an irritation (why would people who have lived so closely together over several generations have accents that vary from a Brooklyn thug to an 80's Valley Girl to Festus from Gunsmoke?). In the section where characters are communicating over a radio, the "static" and apparent attempt to show us how difficult it was for them to hear each other.. made it really difficult to hear what she was actually saying. Personally, I think the narrator would have been fantastic if she had just read the book.
However.. it is a terrific story and although you will probably roll your eyes when a child character sounds more like Minnie Mouse than a little girl.. I hope the bad narration doesn't stop you from getting this book, because the story is very much worth it.
First, about the narration. With respect to other reviewers, Minnie Goode's performance was enthusiastic, if unconventional. Her inflections during the moments of great crisis or tragedy overcame the squeakiest kid voice. Yeah, I'd listen to her again.
It is, however, the content of the story that kept me reaching for my headphones. The story is exceptional and I have high hopes for the rest of the series.