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.
Story: Well written, starts strong, and the first half really pulls you in. The second half drags a bit.
Narrator: As noted by others, her male character voices are almost comically bad.
This is my first Hugh Howey novel - and it is an interesting idea. Not an original idea, but an interesting idea. There is no way to briefly describe the plot without spoilers. But then again, if you've read any dystopian sci-fi, the plot "twists" will not seem, well, twisty.
But I can see a germ of an interesting premise here. Unfortunately it's buried under a dreadful narration. The central character is in her mid-thirties, and the voice is that of a 12 year old. In places she actually giggles. I don't believe this is meant to be a "Young Adult" novel - but its definitely read that way.
I just can't recommend this version. Maybe I'll try another in the series in print format.
I love how this story continued to surprise me, never once was I able to determine where it was going. Many surprises for me!
I thought Minnie Goode did a very good job! I saw a bunch of negative reviews of her narration, but I didn't mind the voice alterations to portray different characters. The tone and cadence of her voice was very pleasant and the voices she altered for each character was enjoyable for me.
Absolutely! I found myself ruminating on the story between listening! lol!
Over all I was extremely impressed with the story this writer created. And to find out he's self published...I feel like I stumbled onto a real gem! I really liked the pace, the theme and the character building. He layered each character slowly yet keeping the pace of the book fairly steady and quick. Very enjoyable experience all around!
contemplator of typography, mixology, and archivism
Much attention has been given to Wool's unusual path to publication, which was undertaken by Mr Howey alone through Amazon's Direct Publishing program. Sadly, the lack of professional editing is made evident on just about every front. The pacing of this five-book omnibus begins briskly but slows with each successive section, terminating in a painfully bloated Book Five. Character development is shaky at best and downright lazy at times, with characters' apparent level of intelligence and awareness fluctuating from scene to scene in subservience to the heavy-handed plotting. Mr Howey even adds a heavy dose of gratuitous adverbs, a pitfall every first-semester creative writing student is taught to avoid.
These massive flaws are a all the more regrettable because in Wool Mr Howey had conjured a reasonably interesting world, and in more deft hands the concept could have spawned a truly good story. H.M. Hoover proved as much in her 1980 novel This Time of Darkness, which, despite being targeted squarely to readers of middle-school age, still offers a great deal more to the discerning reader than the amateurish work that is Wool.
eerie dystopian sci-fi
The story reminds me a bit of Onyx and Crake, but the world Howey creates in these first five novellas isn't quite that deep or rich. The dystopian elements remind me of Hunger Games and the Divergent series too, although I would argue that Wool is the more compelling story among those three.
If you listen, approach with low-narrator expectations and plan on cringing in annoyance once or twice an hour. While about 90% of the time I found the narration to range from tolerable to fine, 10% of the time I was wincing. Some of the voices are just plain bad. As others have mentioned, people who are in their 60s sound like they are in their 90s. Laughs and kisses are vocalized (poorly) when they don't need to be. Some voices get recycled--so a dead person's voice resurfaces in a new minor character about half way through the story.
I loved the story and was motivated to squeeze in extra minutes of listening here and there in order to find out how it would end.
If you have time to read the old fashioned way, this book would be more enjoyable in that format. But for those of us who listen because we don't have time to sit with a book--this is a book worth your time, and at 17 hours, it's a great value for your audible credit.
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.