Mr. Howey has created an interesting concept but utterly lacks the literary talent or psychological insights necessary to make this series worth one's time.
Amanda Sayles might be a very nice woman, perhaps even possesses acting talent, who knows? But how in the world she was hired to perform an audiobook must remain one of the universe's great unfathomable mysteries. She has one voice, her everyday, perfectly pleasant conversational one, but all other efforts at characterization sound like a daycare teacher's effort to use cartoony voices to entertain her three year old students. I do not blame her but rather the publisher or whomever who made the decision to use her. Just like we don't blame Sophia Coppola for accepting a lead in Godfather Part III and exhibiting to the world how ill conceived was that casting. Just tell me that Amanda had once donated a kidney to the publisher's child and I will stop shaking my head at the thought that in this world of such talented actors, Amanda Sayles was considered the best choice for this series.
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.
in a story with many different characters Amanda Sayle does an amazing job creating and maintaining a different voice for each character
This book stands out in the saturated post apocalyptic genre. instead of a small group of desperate people. the world of wool is a complicated technocratic society lived in a closed environment. The book takes some time to develop the silo world before it gets interesting but it does develop into a fascinating study of human society. The way the book wraps up is a little disappointing but i will blame that on the need to tie into future books and look forward to those books,
Loves a good adventure with heart and lots of laughs.
I REALLY liked this book. It features a post apocalyptic senerio world where the only thing keeping people alive is a tightly controlled underground bunker everyone knows as the Silo. Most of the tale is an exercise in the imagination as the book explores the idea of people living in such an environment for hundreds of years. To make things even more interesting, throughout the book there is a layer of mystery to it all. Not only does no one know why or how they are trapped within the silo, they aren’t even allowed to ask about it.
Most of the story is tied to the actions of Juliet, a smart, athletic, and confident women who gets dragged from her high position in the mechanical level to becoming the sheriff. Her first job? Solving of the murder of a mayor who handed her the badge. But Juliet starts doing her job to well, discovering disturbing facts about not only about a string of deaths but certain aspects about the entire way the silo is run. The story actually comes together mostly through other characters branching off from her earlier actions. We learn about the cause and effect of changes that occur later from the perspectives of her friends, co-workers, family, and enemies. It's a way to tell a story that you don't see very often.
Anyway, this audiobook the highly recommended to anybody who likes to think about doomsday perperation or living in underground bunkers in general and science fiction post-apocalyptic worlds that don't involve zombies or biker gangs.
I have always been drawn to the post apocalyptic & dystopia books but some are done well & many not. This was very thorough and compelling i am very excited to be moving to the next series Shift. The characters are strong & alive the world is set up in a way that is easily visualized & draws you in to be completely absorbed in this fantastic story of human struggle for not just survival but our souls
really annoying narrator, but good story. I will never download another book by this narrator ever again.
This type of story needs narration that projects its "darkness" and "gloom". I thought a princess and knight would appear as characters at certain points.
I started this book upon recommendation from a friend. I was drawn in with the author's ability to write stunningly descriptive passages and believable dialogue. The story holds you captive with an underlying tone of mystery taking place in this sci-fi, dystopian future. There is a bit of a slow spot I. The first third of this book, but necessary for character development. Get past it, I promise it's worth it! I loved this story and will likely follow-up with the next book in this series.
The narrators normal speaking voice was fine, but her nasally impersonations of male characters were overly annoying!
"Read It Instead". The book itself is very good. I will purchase the audio versions of the next two books because the always-wonderful Tim Gerard Reynolds narrates them. If Amanda Sayle had continued to narrate them I would just read the physical books instead.
Juliette's character is strong and resourceful, and for once not a teenager. With a couple of exceptions (*three finger salutes to Katniss and Darrow*), I'm pretty tired of 16 year olds being our only hope for the future.
Awful. Perhaps THE worst narrator I have ever heard. Her voices for the characters are cartoony at best and screechy at worst. Remember the kid on The Shining? When he says "RedRum" in that creepy voice? That's what it reminded me of. Every dialog scene ranged from annoying to I-had-to-stop-listening-for-a-bit. To be fair, the non-dialog portions of the book, when she was using her normal voice, were just fine. But there was a lot of dialog.
Here's hoping they get TGR to narrate the first book. I'm looking forward to him finishing this series.