For me this book is really difficult to listen to. The narrator's pace is extremely slow and she pauses many times in mid-sentence as well as every sentence ending. I kept praying that she would put two sentences together, but that never happened. I found my concentration drifting. I tried playing the audio book on fast speed, but then the audio quality suffers. Perhaps these dramatic pauses work on stage, but they do not work well in the audio book format.
Also, the male character voices sound like no man I have ever heard. With these two extremely distracting elements, it is really hard for me to follow the plot of the story. Sorry Amanda. I really wanted to listen to this book, but I have wasted a credit instead.
I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.
At first I thought this was a children’s book with really simple characters and caricature narration, but it was too slow and boring to be a kid’s book. Is this science fiction? If so the science is so bad as to be dangerous (kids die every year emulating such diving scenes) The science was bad, but worse the characters’ actions just did not make any sense to me. Why would someone want to clean the lenses? There was also no tension as everything interesting was telegraphed long before being reveled. I really did not intend to read the next book in the series, but I already purchased both, so what the heck? Shift (the next book but prequel) was astoundingly different, well written and well narrated. It was like a completely different author. Although the premise was still a bit far fetched, the characters were adult and believable and there is actual tension and angst. If book three is like Shift I will likely continue the series.
Turning it off. This is not a slight to Howey, because the story is good, but the narration was seriously lacking, and I usually give all readers the benefit of the doubt. However, if I'm focused more on your voice, and picking out characters, than the story, you are not doing a good job. I don't know what Sayle could have done to make it more enjoyable, but I have to say it was not for me. I am very much looking forward to reading the book instead.
No. I said I am excited to read this book, because I have heard so many good things about the story, but had to give up listening before the first disc was through. Could not take the narrator seriously, her male voices were high or unusual, and her normal voice sounded like the trophy wife mom from Tommy Boy.
I rated the story high and the overall high, because I believe in the story, and just was unhappy with the narration and could not get past it.
Long haul trucker, nerd, and scifi fan.
Overall this is a pretty good dystopian tale. The originality of the silo habitat throws some fresh air into the genre, and some new twists to keep it interesting. There is one thing that readers may struggle with...
On a sentimentality scale of 1-10 with 1 being Vin Diesel and 10 Being Richard Simmons... the male characters in the story would score a 12. The weepy emotionally fragile men become a distracting influence on an otherwise great story.
Smoke me a kipper; I'll be back for breakfast.
The most enjoyable aspect of this book is its believability. Many of the current dystopias available explore interesting ideas of levels of government control. However, this series I wouldn’t really categorize as dystopia as it is more of a survival story and this makes it seem so much closer to our real-world situation. It’s not a government trying to make the country perfect and society civilized and then it turning out scary. It is a government trying to help a few humans do the best they can to survive. So the story explores how a country would go about shelving away some humans for survival until the world is live-able. What levels of deceit are worth it for the best survival of the most people? It also addressed issues of class separation, population control, limit of historical information, and the power of taboos.
I found the story slow at the beginning with the first couple of main characters but it moved onto story-lines I found more appealing. All of the characters are standard bucket types, which I felt showed a real lack of imagination on the author’s part. Everyone is what they appear from day one. It could be argued, however, that in a closed society this would be apt to occur. A great aspect of this book is that it is fairly gender-neutral in approach and so more widely palatable to readers. The writing is average but the ideas are great and well-worth the read. I always appreciate an author willing to discuss difficult issues like sacrifice for the good of many and social control and value ideas over good prose. I will definitely plan on reading the Shift series.
I wasn't very fond of this narrator. She did try to do distinct voices, which is appreciated. However, she narrates like she's doing an oral reading on stage instead of just reading it. I'm glad "Shift" is a different narrator.
The story is pretty compelling and entertaining, I wanted to listen through it most of the time.
The biggest problem was the narrator used annoying voices for most of the characters, especially the male characters, which made it difficult for me to form proper mental images of the people and scenes.
The first half of the book was interesting, but went downhill after that. The characters didn't really resonate with me and while the plot sounded really intriguing, the delivery fell flat for me.
As others have pointed out, this is likely to be a far more enjoyable read than listen. A good narrator adds value to a story, mediocre ones simply get the story across...and terrible ones actually subtract value. Unfortunately, the latter is the case here.
The basic narration is okay. Not particularly good, but not noticeably bad. Dialogue is where the problem lays--it's painful for nearly every male voice, and surprisingly even some of the female. My advice to would would-be listeners is try to find a sample that includes dialogue before deciding whether your ear can tolerate it.
As for the story itself, I admit that I am a victim to high expectations. Having heard nothing but superlatives about Wool, I came away slightly disappointed. It's still a good story, and certainly quite creative, but nothing really gripped me the way the best books do. The writing is good but not excellent, the characterizations reasonably complex (which I like), and the pacing perfect (it's relatively slow, which I also like).
I really enjoyed the story. unfortunately it took me a long time to get past this narrator's tone, expression and reading style and even then I wasnt enjoying it as much as i could have been