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.
the story kept moving and kept me engrossed. I couldn't "put it down"
the idea of people going out to clean the sensors and knowing they wouldn't survive was sad. and when the reader found out what they saw when they went outside it was shocking. an entire society based on lies
Yes. Good story overall. Only issue was with the way the uprising was handled. I felt like the "sides" fighting were not defined as well as they could be. The side aligned with IT were severely underdeveloped. We never got insight into their motivation. they were too faceless to understand their motivation. I think Howey missed a real chance to play on the moral dilemma of the two sides of the argument through a clearer development of the "them" in the story. Howey is great with character development (and writing in general) but weak on establishing a social setting.
Divergent, but much better story/writing.
No but this is the thing that gets me. I loved her talent. I thought she did such a great job of making distinct voices. I think that people have issues with females creating male voices but I do not. I really enjoyed it. Thought it was on par with Kate Reading. Minnie, ignore the others...great job.
That is a difficult task given how long it is. But I did spend several hours at a time listening to it.
Solid listen. I would recommend this to anyone who likes cool settings and strong character development. Story (-plot) is good enough to keep it interesting, but some parts are a bit too long and other not developed enough. But Howey is a great writer so listening is a pleasure.
Worst narration ever. Good story ruined by performance of reader. Pick a different version for (hopefully) a better experience.
A few plot holes. Obviously written as a serial rather than a cohesive whole. Ending seemed a little rushed with much left unexplained given the level of detail offered previously. Overall, interesting ideas and a fascinating alternate view of a world completely reshaped.
I love post-apocalyptic stories and this was was very good. It slowly unwound, showing us some things that one would expect, but the characters wouldn't know and some really nice twists.
I thought the reader was really good. Nice voices, especially her little kid ones.
The thing that frustrated has nothing to do with the book, but rather how Audible lists it. I didn't realize there was a trilogy until I did some poking around on the author. I see there is another edition of approximately the same length, but I would have really liked to know about the other two books from this edition.
Hyperbole is the Best Thing EVER!!!!
Basically I bought too many books at some point. Some of them have turned out to be disappointments.
But not this one. I started this just to say I tried and give up on it. Ripped through the entire thing in days. Absolutely loved it.
Interested angle in the post-apocayptic genre and that's not easy to do
Makes the story, characters and finale interesting.
When Minnie laughs for a character. Seriously this is probably the only complaint I have about the entire book. Her performance otherwise.....is great.
a sci fi anthology
The concept is brilliant and the plot never goes where you expect. the problem is a lot of the time... that doesnt even make sense... example.. you out of the blue recieve a new job that is critical to the future.. so you.. dont do that job and instead obsess about your predecessors feelings???? This book also spends way too much time with the characters feelings .. to the point that major climactlic moments are blown off in favor of jumping randomly into a characters inner emotional ramblings.This could have become a sclience fliction classic. Too bad
My hearing isn't the best, and the whispers and other variations in volume made it maddeningly hard to follow. Disappointed. Have never had this problem before with many other books.
I feel the reader tried too hard to be different characters. I missed crucial parts of the story because I couldn't hear. The whispers are nearly impossible when one wears hearing aids, as I do. Also, the male voices were not very convincing. I think it was a good story, but not sure because of missing so much.