I bought the Wool Omnibus on kindle a few years ago, but never got around to reading it. When I saw that there was an audible whispersync available I was thrilled..... Then I heard the narrator.
I tried my best to look past the presentation and focus on the content, but that was a difficult thing to do.
I am convinced that Amanda Sayle have never met an actual human male, since she apparently has no clue what they sound like. When all male voices sound like maladjusted Muppets that you want to punch, it really detracts from the story.
Some of the female voices were bad as well, but it was the male dialogue that was cringe worthy.
I story may be worth a listen, but only if it is re-recorded. Other than that, this may just be a case where you are better off with the print version.
I love to read/listen to books. It is my "Peace", my "Escape" from a job that can get very scary, sad, stressful at times.
Truthfully I did not think I was gonna like this book. Figured I would give it a try and worst come to worst put it digitally aside and listen to something more familiar.
This book surprised me! It was actually very good and entertaining. I'm looking forward to reading the next books in the series.
I really liked the story, post apocalyptic theme is not new but the characterization and narrative style gives the reader a fresh perspective and gives them no choose but to care for the characters.
I downdoaded this book mainly due to the number of good reviews. A lot of people blasted the narration, but still liked the book. I've listened to good books that were ruined by poor narration. while the narration was not great it wasn't horrible, and did not take away from my enjoyment of the book. it's kind of odd that 3 of my top 5 or 6 books this year were from unknown authors (wool, the Martian, ready player one). I know when I'm enjoying a book when I look forward to going to work so I can listen to the book while working. this was one of those books!
An intriguing premise is deflated by the author's stubborn avoidance of any real conflict. The story unfolds not through drama but through inter-departmental squabbling over chits, files and waivers. In place of building suspense the author chooses to describe the minutiae of the characters' internal landscape while they plod endlessly up and down flights of stairs, worrying. The silo itself, which should function as a character in its own right, serves as little more than a backdrop for petty office politics where no-one ever leaves the building. The first four deaths - three suicides and a poisoning - leave behind no-one to root for or against. The idea of an IT division as a shadowy gatekeeper of truth for the remains of mankind is strong, but Wool delivered nothing more than a moustache-twirling villain before I nodded off.
Also, I echo the opinion of many other reviewers - the narration is not good, to the point where I found it distracting.
Loved the story! However, like many of the others here, I found the forced male voices done by a female very distracting. Once you get past that it is a very good book! Looking forward to the next two.
Wool was recommended by a few friends. When I scoped the synopsis, I asked if this was just another dystopian YA novel. They assured it wasn't. Incessantly.
I need to question my friendship with those malcontents. This may not be classed officially as dystopian YA, but it sure plays like it. Unfortunately, it doesn't move like the better ones in that genre. Boring, predictable, laughable in many places ... the story is mediocre at best, and I am lost as to why it is so heavily hyped.
The possibility exists that I may have enjoyed this more, if there were a different narrator at the helm. While my experience with audiobooks is somewhat limited, I can confidently say that this was the worst I've experienced to date.
The vocal choices are horrendous, and they are capped by being absolutely infuriating whenever Bernard (a pivotal and unfortunately talkative character) opens his mouth to speak. The reviewer who equated him to Paul Lynde is absolutely spot on. I'm actually sad I didn't see that prior to the ordeal. It may have improved this book in hilarity.
I may consider a dip into the second book, since it has a different narrator and seemingly better reviews, but that won't be for a while I think. Howey is on hiatus for me for now.
Everyone keeps saying how awful the narrator was, which almost led to me not purchasing this. Maybe I'm used to bad narrators or maybe she just wasn't bad. I throughly enjoyed this book. So great. About to purchase the next one. I had no issues with the performance. Sure, some of her voices for characters were a little drastic, but she had to come up with many different voice intonations and to be honest, I think her worst sounding voices were very fitting based on the character and their circumstances. Haters gonna hate I suppose. Amazing story. You won't regret listening to this!!!
Loved the fresh view on what can often be a waaaay overdone plot line. If you're an apocalypse type fan, get this book. It held my attention nearly all the way through, which is quite a task as I'm easily distracted by shiny things.