Great story brought down somewhat by the female narrator. I think this might have been my first audio book narrated by a woman. She does a fine job throughout, with the exception of the make voices. They are bad. And annoying. And it sounds silly when she alters her voice to try to match the male character's respective personality. It constantly took me out of the story and made it somewhat tedious to get through.
Of course that's just my opinion. Others may disagree completely. Overall though it's worth a listen.
The reader, Amanda Sayle seems to be completely disconnected from the story, inventing voices that are annoyingly nasal, bizarrely deep, or simply at odds with the content. Although she has a fine speaking voice, her characters remind me of a grandmother inventing silly voices while reading to her grandchildren. It took me completely out of the story and I was cringing all the way through it.
Overall it was a very good story. Each chapter gave you a puzzle piece to put together at the end. I do feel the author bailed out at the end and gave a a nice "Disney" storybook ending. I would have kept it hopeful, but dark. I would've of also like to know what was going through Bernard's head at the end.
While the story of Wool is very interesting, the narrator is one of the worst I've heard. Fortunately, the story is good enough to overcome some of the shortcomings of this narrator.
Story was excellent, narration was tough to listen to. Some characters much better than others. By the end it didn't annoy me anymore because the story made it worth it.
The mystery about what was really outside, and why they were trying to cover it up.
There are too many to pick from to compare too, There is stuff like "The Maze Runner Series", "The Hunger Games Series", "Divergent Series", "The Giver", "Brave New World" and so on and so on. It actually reminded me a lot of the movie "Snowpiercer" and the video games "Metro 2033" and "Metro: Last Light".
She does very well giving definition and emotion to the characters, Specially the women portrayed in the book, like the mayor or jewels.
No there is no way I personally could do that, the total time for this book is like 18 hours. So I would listen to it while I was at work each day, and with how this book is written once you get past the first few chapter of character building it just sucks you in. So in other words it's easy to come back to day after day.
Yes they are stuck in a Silo, One that is 198 Stories deep and 100% Self Sustaining! The book has a good draw to it once you start, it keeps you wanting to come back like a good book should. I think this is one of those books that is under credited, because it's as good as the "Maze Runner" and "Hunger Games" books that they have made into movies. Definitely give this book a read.
I don't like the narrater pretend to talk like different people, Good intention, but except the normal voice, the other squeezed voice making me feel bad.
If I want to listen again, I definitely go with the other version.
anyway, the story is addictive,
This story should be half the length it is. I had to try and keep my attention on the story pretty consistently. Not a bad story, just really drawn out.
Very different take on the end of the world
Up and down the stairs - more than just a physical struggle
Simply put - this author loves words! I really enjoyed the descriptions and details that went into this book. Also it was such a different take on surviving the end of the world, and possible not as unrealistic as some.
I love the world Howey built and his vision of a society developed by several thousand people locked inside a huge underground silo. I especially enjoyed the customs, laws, and taboos that he imagined developing in that place as generations passed. After reading Books 2 and 3, it makes sense why the silos had no elevators and why people were essentially color-coded. The idea that the silo is a microcosm of our planet makes so much sense that I'll probably think back on this story for a very long time.
Howey's descriptions of place are detailed and well-written, the plot is interesting and never predictable, and there's a lot of nice development with both the male and female characters. In fact throughout the series, the female protagonists are presented as normal humans with believable motivations, and behaviors that are both good and bad -- just like male protagonists. All the characters, male and female, are important to the overall story and are given equal time. Howey wrote his female protagonists to be emotionally strong and to be atypically concerned with more than just their children and partners. And surprisingly, none of the women use sex as a method to obtain anything. Not once.
It's rare to find female characters even half as developed as the women in the Silo books. That's because even though it's almost 2016 for most of us, in sci-fi and horror it's still 1956 for a lot of male authors. For example, their type of 'strong' female character will always wear 6-inch heels and revealing clothes in hand-to-hand combat situations. Instead of just writing an interesting character who happens to be a woman, these authors would rather use one- and two-dimensional caricatures of women for plot devices, props, and fillers to move their male characters from one scene to the next, and to demonstrate the heroism, manliness, and sensitivity of their male protagonists. Just imagine the helpless victims to save, and the saints (usually mothers or potential mothers) to protect, and the hypersexualized cartoons to hump.
It's important for these authors to see how women are presented in The Silo Saga, especially because of its success. Maybe they'll realize that success wasn't an accident. And by giving male and female characters equal representation, similar development, and making an effort to portray both genders as people, maybe they'll be able to write better stories.
After listening to 17 hours and 43 minutes of Amanda Sayle's narration, I'd advise getting the Whispersync or Kindle version and reading all or part of this book yourself. She reads slow and slower, does the worst male voices, and she has a tendency to emphasize words and phrases as if she's holding up a children's book to share the amazing illustrations. The good news? The next two books are narrated by someone else.