I have not read the print version, the audio edition was fantastic. Contrary to some of the reviews posted critical narrator, I never found Sayle's voicing of the characters confusing.
Jules. Strong and intelligent .
Jules' attempted rescue of (?) at Silo 18 near the end of the book.
Yes, when one of main characters at the beginning decides to go outside.
Despite not knowing how these people wound up in the silo or how they set up their society, it was a good story.
I don't know if I had a "favorite" character. I liked many of the characters in the book for who they were and their contributions. I really liked the voice Amanda gave Solo and looked forward to hearing from him.
No, but I'd listen to her again.
I listened to this book a while ago and listened again after buying the second book. I was rapt and listened to the book any chance I could. I hope the other installments continue to hold my interest like this one did.
I loved this series and by far, this book was the most enjoyable of the three. I've recommended these books to several friends. It was a bit slow at first but once Juliette enters the story it gets better.
Juliette - she's an amazing, strong person.
No, but she is now my favorite narrator. She's so good at doing voices for the different characters you knew who was speaking immediately.
Good read.... Heard about this on "This is Audible" on XM... got it and wasn't disappointed. Interesting story and the reader is good to boot. I Recommend it.
Lover of sci-fi and the occasional horror story. Philosophical inclinations. English is my second language.
I have just come away from some disappointing audio books and thought I might need a break from audio books generally. Wool made me change my mind. It is a real "side turner", which slowly lets the reader in on the mind-blowing secrets of its world. I love the job Howey has done with his characters; they are multifaceted, often engaging in both likable and less likable behavior. Several of the characters also go through some very believable changes. I even found myself feeling some sympathy or understanding for the less delectable characters. Furthermore, Howey is not afraid to kill off several of the main characters, which for me increases the tension and expense in the book. Beautifully written and perfect for audio, this book kept my attention throughout! Very happy I found it!
There are several moments of revelation throughout the book, and it would be difficult to summarize it without spoilers. I particularly enjoyed the character of Lukas, who really struggles with his loyalties and with what he should believe. Through him, we get to understand that none of the sides in the stories got the monopoly on moral goodness.
I am not a fan of love stories, as they are usually clichéd and shallow but intended to give stories emotional depth, something that alienates me and many other readers. There is something of those tendencies in Wool, but I salute the author for keeping them to a minimum and for also describing some of love's negative emotions, especially envy.
In this instance, no. I ended up finishing the book in print version because the narration was so annoying it detracted from the story.
I can't wait to move on to SHIFT - to learn the back story. I find the reason behind the residents of the silo being there, really compelling and I look forward to learning the *truth.* I guess you could say that what I like best about the story is that so much is revealed, (full of true surprises) but there is still so much to learn. Just as it is for the silo's inhabitants.
It's not that Ms. Sayle is without talent - but she is suited perhaps, for children's productions. I kept thinking of all the episodes of My Little Pony I've had to endure with my kiddos, and could have sworn she must have voiced a half dozen characters for that series.
The voices she takes on for the characters, are caricatures of voices. Nobody actually speaks in the fashion she takes on for 95% of the characters. I found the folly that is her performance to be a disservice to Howey's story. The narration, with its cartoon style voices, took me out of the story so much that I ended up purchasing the e-book and read using whispersync, whenever the situation allowed.
I just saw that there was another audio version with a different narrator here on Audible - get that one. Or, just go for the book/e-book.
Walk's tears w/Juliette on the radio
If you're not familiar how this book came to be, check it out! Hugh Howey is going to be a pivotal part of shaping the future of publishing. The story of the evolution of WOOL is compelling in its own right.
I read with my ears...
"Time" is the key for me when it comes to this book. It's the closest I've come to giving up on a book at about the half-way point because very little was happening. The book starts VERY strong and that hooked me, but it faded fast until the second half. Many times I found my mind drifting from the story and when I snapped back after who knows how long I found I hadn't missed anything important. That was the majority of the first half of the book for me. The book was highly recommended by a person I trust and that's pretty much the only thing that kept me going hoping it would get more interesting... and it DID.
I am glad I waited, but I was a little soured that I had to wait so long for what I felt was the story to actually begin. The second half of the book kept me gripped and interested to the end and I enjoyed it very much.
Regardless of the first half, I do recommend Wool. I would suggest keeping your expectations low for action and interest until you get into the second half. I wish I could say skip the first half, but there are key elements you need for the second half to work. Maybe listen to it at double speed?
I would try another book by Howey if not performed by Sayle
The narrator completely ruined this book. Her character voices are horrible and her pauses are too long , especially in mid sentence.
Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.
This book is one of those rare books that haunt you long after you're done with it. The characters feel real in the claustrophobic atmosphere of the story. You never know what's going to happen next. This is a masterpiece, and I don't use that word lightly.
Buy it. Read it. Thank me later.