This book is wonderful. It's thought provoking and is not a predictable dystopian novel. I can see it appealing to a YA audience but I would categorize it as adult. There is minimal profanity and no sexual content. The narration is bad as many have commented and I understand that they use a different narrator for 'Shift.' ...I am grateful.
The book is captivating and I will be reading the next book, 'Shift', by Hugh Howey. It explores a silo and its society after the world, the "up top," has been contaminated and made unlivable. What is intriguing about it is it takes place generations after anyone has any idea about what happend to the surface and elephants and green grass in books seem to be made up creations. The general population has no idea what happend before and it is designed to be that way. The book explores the human need to find out their history and the need to leave the silo. The book shows how these needs effect their society. It is forbidden to discuss going "up top" or to go outside. It's is very much a contained psychological experiment in the essence that you have an absolute control group. The difference is it isn't an experiment in the book. It is their reality. There are good twists and I highly recommend it.
The use of whispersync for this book was very nice particularly because of the narration. I hadn't used whispersync before and found I liked it. It was cheap to pick up the audible portion after getting the book through amazon. I think it helped my review of the book. I started reading 'Wool', which was fortunate, because Amanda Sayle's ability to do additional character voices is lacking. She does fine on regular narration and Juliette's portion but her interpretation of male voices and some of the women is really bad and I think it would have led me to find some of the characters that I interpreted in my head as strong as juvenile. I utilzed whispersync for Julietts's portions and went back to the book if there was a lot of dialogue. I believe I might have abandoned the book if I hadn't. I would only get the audible version of this book if you choose to use whispersync. If you don't want to do whispersync I would read it and not listen to it.
I have not read the print version, the audio edition was fantastic. Contrary to some of the reviews posted critical narrator, I never found Sayle's voicing of the characters confusing.
Jules. Strong and intelligent .
Jules' attempted rescue of (?) at Silo 18 near the end of the book.
Yes, when one of main characters at the beginning decides to go outside.
This book exemplified the good and bad in humanity by brining to life a tale of struggle.
I love to read books; and now just recently I've discovered that audio books are very cool!! I'm also an author. You can find the SciFi book "The Curse of Europa" here on Audible or on Amazon.
A little less description of EVERYTHING. To me the story started out slow and I almost gave up on it. I moved onto a different book and just about returned this book because it was just moving way too s-l-o-w, and the character voices of the mayor and especially the deputy were very annoying. I returned to it a few weeks later and stuck it out - but the beginning almost made me bail.
Once the story picked up steam I enjoyed it. It was clever and smart.
I just listened to story narrated by Angela Dawe. She was spectacular! Sayle's character voices rubbed me the wrong way I guess. Her normal narration voice was okay but she seemed to read a bit slow also which added to the slow start. I bumped the narration speed to 1.5 which helped.
In the end yes. But like I said before, I almost baled on it after about 2 hours. I think the word count could have been cut a lot without loosing any of the story.
I'm glad I stuck it out. After the mayor and the deputy voices were no longer needed, the other ones were not as bad. I was excited to dive into this book and was sad when I was ready to give up on it thinking it just wasn't my style. But I did like it over all. I think the author just has a way of over describing stuff, but I think that is what others liked about it. You can't please everyone :)
I would try another book by Howey if not performed by Sayle
The narrator completely ruined this book. Her character voices are horrible and her pauses are too long , especially in mid sentence.
What an enthralling story! So good.
The Narrator was the worst I've ever heard, however. If anything, she takes away from the story...she uses four cartoonish voices to cover 10+ characters, and every voice is laughable. Don't quit your day job, Amanda Sayle. Or do. Just stop this narrating gig.
Fun, interesting premise. Relatable (though sometimes forgettable) characters. Standard dystopian symbolism, but fresh, interesting story.
Complex story took some time to get into it, maybe a little more verbose than I would have liked, but was worth it as the story evolved nicely. Narrator gets a lot of credit for the various voices she used well to differentiate characters.
I really enjoyed the story. It starts slow, but once it got going it was hard to stop listening. Looking forward to the next book in the series. The narrator is very good except when she's doing male voices. Male voices were very flat, lacking emotion.
Wool takes place in a post-apocalyptic future, and deals with the central idea of a society following rules without questioning their purpose. This is not a new concept by any stretch, and even reminded me of a 2013 movie I saw recently called Snowpiercer in a lot of ways.
Still, I couldn't help becoming invested in the characters' search for truth, no matter how fatalistic the quest seemed at times. I'll continue with Howey's "Shift Omnibus" in the near future.