She does an excellent job of narration, and I felt like she really brought the characters to life.
I got angry a few times at some of the things that happened to the characters.
The book is great, but the writing does too much explaining and describing sometimes.
If it was read by another person. I found the readers attempted variations on the characters voices unpracticed and somewhat annoying.
Well Jules was in the lead but as the story progressed I found Lucas to be interesting, I would like to know more about him.
Hmm, she would not be my first choice, so as diplomatically as possible I'm saying probably not.
Buried secrets, buried lies?
The story started out slow and I nearly gave up mostly because of the difficulty I had just listening to the reader but, I'm glad I stayed with it. The story is great and I'm excited about jumping into the next book " Shift".
Oh for the age of the editor! If all the cliches were cut from the text it would be half as long. Shots ring out, I kid you not, four times in thirty seconds followed almost immediately by footsteps ringing out.
The story is engaging, although you are likely to anticipate the big reveals. I enjoy that the point of view passes from character to character. The "villain" is not one dimensional. The "good guys" sort of are.
I listen to books while running and walking my dog so on average about an hour day and like books that have a good pace to them.
I was initially struck by the confined nature of the world being introduced in this novel, but as i continued to listen the world became infinitely more complex and vast. The broad array characters within this story were each believable and well developed in their various roles regardless of the length of their contributions to the story. I enjoyed the range of perspectives offered beyond those of the main characters and felt that each of these added extra nuance and perspective to the overall story.
I felt there were some loose ends that were inadequately addressed over the course of the story. I was especially intrigued by the radio contact with other silos that was not addressed at the end of the story and hope this thread gets picked up in the next installment.
Finally, the narration in this book something of a disappointment at times i found the narration to be screechy and at others whiny neither of which made for easy listening. That being said the narrator did try and differentiate between the characters and this helped with the various characters who were introduced in the text.
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.
I'm a huge fan of post apocalypse fiction. (Could be the long winters here in Wisconsin.) Hugh Howey's Wool is a superbly written story of life in an underground survival silo after a global catastrophe. But life is a preprogammed, elaborate lie. Howey's expertly crafted characters discover the lies and chaos shakes the silo's society as the truth is slowly unveiled.
This is a book I had a hard time putting down. I'll be tuning in on the rest on the series.
As I write this review, there are a lot of reviews for this book, so I may not add anything new, but I couldn't resist to give my two cents.
Some people complained in the reviews why the book titled Wool. I find it appropriate, it refers to the core principle of cleaning the lenses, keep the Silo going.
The characterisation is good, we get enough details and backstory for the main characters, others are drawn with rough lines, but we don't need to know them deeply.
I enjoyed the writing except that it drags time after time. Some scenes were just too long, I had to resist to skip forward.
I had problem with the basic principle of the Silo. People were separated, so they don't conspire against the ones who rule. The fact that it was hard to climb so many steps and the expensiveness of the electronic communication was supposed to do the job. There is logic in it, I admit, but something is just not quite right. People still communicated, word had gotten to places. There were a few other details that annoyed me, for example the lack of elevators. I get that it could have been because of this idea of separating people, but can you imagine how much stuff the porters had to carry up and down? And what about the big, heavy things? And there was also the cleaning. It was all believable that Holston was tricked to clean, but what about the people who wouldn't clean the lenses because they would be angry being cast out. And what about the total jerks, who would broke the cameras out of mere revenge? Surely there would be one or two in a few hundred years. Why not having a cleaning mechanism and use another way of punishment? These simply doesn't add up for me.
Besides that I found the plot compelling, and I enjoyed the action scenes.
I liked the way technical details were presented. The author didn't want to lecture me in engineering or IT, he gave only those details what I needed, without using jargon.
All in all, I enjoyed the book, and I want to know what happens in Shift and Dust.
In this instance, no. I ended up finishing the book in print version because the narration was so annoying it detracted from the story.
Ken Magerman Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Historical Fiction fan. Teacher, rockstar, medival gourmet, dungeon master, expert on secret Targaryens.
The story was fresh and interesting. The characters had human emotion depth and flavor. The mystery aspect went along at a great pace and kept you invested right through the end.
I can't think of one. In spite of all the post apocolyptic stories on the market this one really seemed to resonate with a freshness.
That would be a spoiler. In general though the strength and Struggle of Julia's character.
I highly recommend this series. i immeadiately fired through the other 2 books. Of the 2 narrators this was the one I liked the least....but she wasn't bad. Just not as good as the gentleman who did the final 2 books.
I haven't read the print version. I have a vivid imagination and don't think I could have imagined it any better than it was presented!
I loved the unexpectedness of this story. It kept me off my guard- I couldn't put it down.
I haven't listened to her before but will make a point of searching other performances now.
The suspense was gripping. I was listening during Hallowe'en night and my husband kept interrupting me to say how cute the little trick and treaters were. I just wanted it all to go away so I wouldn't have to stop listening to the story. My pulse was racing for a lot of the time and the twists and turns of the story line were really unexpected. I raged, and cheered and planned with them all the way through the story.
I'm still thinking about the story - how it could or should continue. What would I have done - how is it similar in some ways to the way things are currently done in the word today? If the mark of a good book is that it makes you look around and question or at least examine things then this is a great book. I also loved that the mayor knits, I knit most of the way through this book and it gave me an extra little tie to her character!