I feel like the book could have possibly clocked in at 15 hours or less if the narrator hadn't over-enunciated and used such lengthy pauses, but I liked the story overall.
Juliette was a pretty prototypical feminist character, and I liked her a lot.
This was the worst narration that I've encountered so far (but I've only been using Audible for a couple of months). Sayle was slow and boring - not a dynamic performance in the least. She took too much time emphasizing every syllable and left long pauses for every comma and period. She lost any sense of rhythm or flow of a good storytelling voice. The performance was slightly improved when I sped it up to 1.25x. Some sound quality was lost, but I was less irritated listening to it.
The story was worth the telling but, if I had to do it over, I would have purchased a print version of the book and forgone the narration talents of Ms. Sayle.
I don't typically like dystopian stories so this wasn't my favorite, but the writing is good and I cared about the characters. The author does a good job of painting a picture of the world they live in but I don't think the relationships between the characters is developed enough. It just all happens too easily. The romance at the beginning forms too fast, the convincing of Juliet to take the sheriff role was too easy, the change in Peter too simplified... To be more realistic, this book should have been twice as long. Relationships and trust between characters needs more effort.
I did enjoy the book, but probably won't read the next in the series.
Great book! Narration was great once you got used to the style.
Best part was the vivid description of the silo world. Plot was good but not the most realistic. Characters deep enough for this type of book.
Overall an existing listen! A
The book got better as it went along. Not a fan of Ms. Sayle's version of male character voices, so that made listening more difficult than reading. Story is well written and after first third, good story line.
It's not that the narration is horrible. The problem here is that the narrator just doesn't have any range. Every single male character sounds horrible. She has exactly two "male voices." Number one is oafish and stupid sounding. Making one of the key characters sound like an imbecile. And the second is nasally stupid. Like the stereotypical nerd that has not yet hit puberty, never had a life, or a girlfriend.
This unfortunate limitation leaves the villain and the supporting heroes outrageously flat and annoying. I dreaded her voicing a male character. It's so bad it almost ruins an amazing book.
The story is wonderful. But I doubt I can force myself to listen to the narrator butcher fully developed characters with terribly stereotypical and limited acting range.
Wool is superb. I'm a fan of apocalypse genre science fiction, and Wool falls within this genre. It isn't as dark many apocalypse fiction settings, but characters do die in the story. The world building is top notch, Mr. Howey has constructed a very full and engaging world. There is very little hand-wavium science, the world has solid scientific and mechanical underpinnings which unfolds for the readers in a very satisfying way.
The most commonly known book parallel would be "The Hunger Games" or "The Giver" although the worlds and characters are much, much different. The very infrequent strong language may keep Wool out of the young adult category, but aside from that there isn't any explicit sex or gory violence which can be typical in adult apocalypse science fiction. If you are not a fan of "The Hunger Games" or "The Giver," I still think you would enjoy this book. It's definitely more grown up in terms of concepts - politics, relationships, and science.
Before purchasing this audio book, I read a lot of reviews criticizing the oral performance. These criticisms are unfounded in my opinion. The performance was top notch. Ms. Sayle uses distinct voices for each character, an amazing feat, and the voices match the described characters. The distinct voices made following the conversations easier without the jarring distraction of a cast of voice actors each playing different parts.
Yes, I would definitely listen to this book in one sitting if I could. I was fully engaged throughout the entire story, even parts that I would have thought I wouldn't have liked.
It seems like Wool has developed a popular cult following from my searches online. I can understand why. Mr. Howey creates a world that just begs to be explored further. I look forward to getting the next book in the series which I understand is a prequel.
I loved the story and the alternation between character points of view. Some if the voices were annoying to listen to and just seemed a bit too cartoonish for this type of novel.
The book gives you a lot of listening time for a good price (i got it on sale) and you don't even realize that there are separate short novels making up this audiobook, they transition seamlessly.
Would recommend, although definitely do a listening preview beforehand.
Annoying character voices. Very juvenile, like she's reading to a group of first graders gathered at her feet.
Yes, just barely.
Amanda Sayle made this book a real grind to get through. She reads all the "bad guys" with a voice like the villain in a children's book: nasal and smarmy. It made the book sound like a cartoon. She's really annoying. Terrible characterizations.