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.
Great story. Not sure how the narrator was selected, though. I almost stopped listening to the audiobook because of narrator's horrible character voices. Notwithstanding, the horrible narration, I would highly recommend Wool.
Wonderful, interesting, suspenseful story with very compelling fully rounded out characters. However, some of the words that the narrator chooses to emphasize actually makes the audio version a little hard to follow. There is a nigh hundred year old manual for readers called "essentials of elocution" that is wish all narrators would study!
This really gave me hope for more dystopian style writing. Howey can tell a story and get you hooked. I will say the ending really leaves you with nothing but more questions but he does it so well and you really feel as if the story could end even though you don't want it too.
Fun, interesting premise. Relatable (though sometimes forgettable) characters. Standard dystopian symbolism, but fresh, interesting story.
I was hooked on the characters from the start, but the narrator didn't match the quality of the story. Her breathy voice was honestly slightly grating... Still highly recommend this title
There are bad narrators out there, but this one takes the cake! The original Shogun narrator may be close (new recording is much better). I couldn't make farther than a couple hours before shutting it down. Story maybe good (not sure), but narrator needs to pursue another job. It would have been much better had she done NO character voices at all rather than the outrageous ones she did. Sounds like a child's interpretation of character voices. Squidward works in IT. Please re-record this, I've heard good things about the book, but not from this narrator.
Probably not. I had to drag myself through to the end of it.
I was completely sucked into the setting and how people lived in this place. Uppers, Middies, and the Deep Down are different locations with different populations. Being one massive structure still creates divisions between people. There's economy and class, and it shows in how people perceive and interact with one another.
Sadly, Wool wasn't able to keep my intrigue once the newness wore off. The Omnibus is 5 individual stories that are linked, and it was about halfway through the fourth one that my interest really flagged. I did have to drag myself through the last third or so of the book, and I was glad once it was over. I did like how everything ended, so don't think there was a disappointing resolution. I just lost interest, and the book never seemed to want to pull it back. I think it might have been because the action started to split between a few different pods of characters, and there were too many of them that I just didn't really care about. The story did need it, but it didn't draw me in like it could have.