"Ok, not the best in the genre!"
Narrator did a lot better than I could, that said, she still put me to sleep! Will probably listen to the sequels!
"All the things I love...."
Ticks all the boxes for me, wont go into great detail as there are many reviews already. This is a great story and is very well narrated - the fact that it is a trilogy (which is complete!) is great news cant I really wait to get stuck into 2 & 3 now. Its not a particularly light or happy story at times as you may imagine - Dystopian story with everyone stuck inside a Silo after the apocalypse - it is no surprise than everything is not going to be Rosy! Which to me means its a great book with grubby characters and heroes bashing heads. Has a few clever twists which I did not see coming at all. Also stands up very well as a book on its own without the follow ups if you want to stop here - which I like, there is not a cliff hanging end "mid chapter" so you can either stop here, follow up again later and move on to something else for now or get straight back in again. Margaret Atwood sort of Dystopia - great stuff! Think I am going to have a break as I believe the Narrator changes for book 2 - so it might jar a bit less if I have listen to something else first then get back.... Will pick a short one though between!
For reasons I still haven't worked out I ended up reading ( listening) to the Wool trilogy in reverse order, stupid I know but despite this I really enjoyed them! The descriptions of the silo and it's never ending stairwells, generator halls and server rooms are superb and if you have ever worked in a power plant or other process industry then it will put you right back there on the checker plate in the dirt, heat and noise of the place. Without a zombie in sight these books have all the drama and suspense you could want, with strong characters and a great story line - recommended
"Slow and plodding with annoying narration"
Faster paced story, better narration
Interesting idea of the silo culture, society and back story
Either a Brit who sticks to a Brit accent, or an American, but not a Brit narrating in British accent but reading speech in a dodgy American accent.
Good idea for story
"Definitely Epic, page-turner"
Probably the best
It's a series of short stories stitched together, not always perfectly. Even so, it's one of the best books I've read/listened to in a long time. Of the trilogy, I would give Wool 10/10, Shift 5/10 and Dust 8/10.
"Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole.... in Wool it is!"
Wool is an absorbing and enthralling story about a group of people living inside a silo, why... where... when... how! It's a grim world and for many of the characters the only world they have ever known. There is never a dull moment as the story unfolds at pace and you'll be left itching to start the second book in the series straight away!
"A strong start but..."
I'll review this trilogy one at a time... Do check out my other reviews but I'll start with saying the first was really the only one worth reading!
A fab book, a distant utopian future - strong characters with harrowing events. I really felt strongly involved with this book and Jules' plight. Not the most immediately likeable character, and one which seems rather half heartedly examined by Howey in the few glimpses into her past. I thought this would be explained and built upon in later books. (It's not) it feels a little like perhaps the editor suggested a troubled past for Jules, and Howey scrambled one together and dropped it piecemeal into the story with no real conviction or heart.
I'd definitely recommend this book, I'd just as strongly recommend stopping before the next ones to avoid besmirching the good feeling!
"Dullest narration in 5 years of audible purchases."
Good story. But half way through I was thinking "God, this book is boring." Some time later I realised it was the narration that was the problem.
Harker is obviously an accomplished actress. Her diction is absolutely clear, and if you're learning English, I can't think of a better person to listen to.
But for all the pin-point accuracy of the pronunciation, very single line of prose sounds like the last. Monotone for the first section of the sentence, followed by a brief half-tone rise and then a trailing fall for the last syllable. No matter what's going on in the story, the reader always makes it sound like she's reading a shopping list.
Surely the producer picked this up? Surely he or she could have said "Actually, you missed the point of that sentence. Would you like to try it again?"
Harker misses so many inflections, and even worse - places the emphasis on the wrong word in a phrase (which completely changes its meaning) that it's obvious she's paying no attention at all to the story.
Every voice, every line of dialogue, and every character sounds like the others. Maybe the antagonist is given a slightly more weaselly voice than the rest, but that's the highlight.
I really want to listen to book 2 on my daily commute, but I've decided to download it on Kindle and let Text-to-Speech narrate it to me.
Yes. I'm serious. It's so bad that Kindle would be more entertaining.
"Wow just wow"
Wool has just become one of my all time favourites and is for me by far the best of the trilogy. The most original, riveting listen ever and as other reviewers have said.... totally believable.
Susannah Harker's narration is exceptional she does far more than narrate she breathes life into the story in general and the characters in particular.
"Okay,but the narrator was not right for this story"
In essence this is a Hollywood fantasy. The story is fine and action packed if you like sci-fi! I can see this on big cinema screens as an American blockbuster. But that's it really. It is full of tension and suspense and in chapter 68 I found myself holding my breath with Juliet. Susannah Harker has a lovely voice but totally unsuitable for this story. Sorry! John Lee or Mark Meadows would have bought the story more to life I feel. Give it a go though it's just not my thing.