Awesome novel!! warning hard to put down once you start. totally engrossing. already purchased the follow up-
SHIFT!! So happy to have read this
There are some truly great ideas in this story. The original short story is amazing. Unfortunately all of the truly inspired ideas are wrapped up in overused cliches and drawn out descriptions of the environment. The voice acting is great for female characters, but every male is made to sound like an old dying Wicked Witch of the West.
No... I would read it next time. This narrator was truly awful.
I thought the story was very well written and and thought out. It was easy to get lost in the consistent world of the Silos.
The end was pretty cool.
I haven't heard the other narrator for this book (there are two versions with different narrators) - so I can't recommend the other narrator per se. But it is hard to imagine any narrator doing a worse job. So I guess I am recommending you buy the other version.
Diverted me during long drives, had several unexpected turns despite well worn turf.
Alive, absorbing, acute
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
I CAN'T READ THAT FOR 12 HOURS
I like the whole concept of this story and I like what happens in the story. I do wish this had been 12 hours instead of 17+, for it really dragged the last five hours. The whole thing was written in a slow, taking for ever manner. It was not overly descriptive, nor was there flowery language, I think we just spent too much time in the minds of the characters, contemplating simple things. Though I am impatient, I was okay (not thrilled) with this, but toward the end it started to ware on me. I am a sucker for books about populations stuck in enclosed environments, generations ships, islands, or even Room by Donoghue.
LATERAL DIGS ARE FORBIDDEN
The whole book is a mystery and the mystery is compelling enough, that you want to listen. I am even going to break a long habit of mine of not continuing a series I can't give five stars too. The next series tells how the silos came about and then there is a third book in the series. A lot in the book is predictable but some things are not and the main mystery keeps you listening.
The narrator is not great, nor is she terrible. When she does voices, they do sound cartoonish or like anime. I have notice this same book is out with a different narrator, you may want check out the reviews on her. I also notice that book two is a different narrator then either of the two versions of one. Her male voices sound like a little girl trying to sound grown up. It was not enough to detract from the story for me and she did not read it slow, it was slow written.
Typically, I will give a book five to seven chapters or an audiobook an hour to snare my interest. This one kept putting me to sleep around forty minutes ( yes, I tried three times to listen to it). Some might say "it's a good book but it starts slow." To me, that is just a sign of a bad book and a waste of time.
Jeez, I only have 2 helpful votes...
I guess I'll have to actually read this one to get the story, couldn't get through chapter 2 before I bailed. Narration reminds me of a 3rd grade teacher reading to class, trying to get them interested with lilting, breathless reading.
People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
The title metaphor of Wool is the old saying about pulling the wool over your eyes -- creating a deception to hide one's true intentions. But what I love best about Wool can best be summed up by a different metaphor, the old saying about peeling back the layers of an onion. You have to have some patience when listening to Wool, because things unfold slowly, meticulously.
But your patience pays off -- not necessarily in some great revelation as to why people live in an underground Silo in Wool's dystopian post-apocalyptic future. That revelation is there in the end -- the pulling back of the wool over the eyes of the people in the Silo. But for me, the process is more rewarding than that payoff -- the peeling back of the layers of the onion that exposes more and more about Silo society, as a metaphor for contemporary society, as we progresses to the point where the wool is pulled back from our eyes.
That is probably the natural consequence of the way Wool was conceived and written -- as five separate, interrelated novellas. The end result, in this first omnibus edition that is continued in subsequent volumes, is the story of a society that slowly reveals itself both to the reader as well as to its very own inhabitants (except the one who already knows). The bonus is that it requires strong characterization as a prerequisite to the way the plot affects them.
It's more than a moment, it's all of Book 2, focusing on Mayor Jahns and Deputy Marnes, as they travel down the hundred-plus stories of the Silo on foot and then climb back up, revealing to us how the Silo is structured to house the different levels of its society. It also reveals the relationship between Jahns and Marnes, which is all the more poignant because of the way it ends.
You gotta love Juliette. It seems to be one of the enduring and satisfying memes of dystopion sci-fi that young women are so strong and empowered (as in The Hunger Games and Divergent, and on TV in Revolution). Jules is such a character, particularly striking because she was written by a male author. It helps immensely that this male-authored book is performed by a woman, Amanda Sayle, who reads Wool as meticulously and ponderously as it was written.
Honorable mention to Solo, the lone inhabitant of a neighboring silo who comes out of his shell in Book 5 after Jules finds him in Book 4.
Open Your Eyes!
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.