I enjoy the author's works, but would avoid any other work from this narrator.
I don't really have a favorite. Possible Jules.
Any other narrator might have improved the performance.
I would not recommend this audio book because the narrator is quite distracting. The story itself might be okay, but I'd have to read the print book without the voice in order to know.
The narrator's regular voice is pleasant, but several of her other character voices are so grating (e.g., high nasal, low creepy) that they greatly detracted from the story.
Not so much rambling
Have a story line
Wish I had not wasted 5 hours trying to get into it
Okay so the premise of this book is what brought me to make this purchase in spite of the reviews. I had absolutely no idea the following this series had, I was simply looking for post-apocalyptic dystopian that didn't include teenagers with super powers. The fact that I was coming from a book that had a large portion of the setting in an underground cold war bunker made this a match made in heaven for me.
First off let me say that Hugh Howey has a fantastic vehicle here. The premise is fantastic and if you are into what I have previously described and also into sci-fi, to a degree it's not overtly sci-fi, this story is for you. The setting is a community is living in a "silo" that is built into the ground. It isn't a missle silo it's meant for living. It is huge, 140 levels, and people live and have families and jobs like farming, mechanical, law enforcement, IT etc... Several generations have passed, as far as one can tell, since the outside is a viable option as a space to occupy, however we don't know why. The reason we don't know is because it is a forbidden topic. If you speak about it above a whisper you are sent to "clean," to clean the video cameras, that take in the skyline and scenery out in front of the silo. YOU DON'T COME BACK FROM CLEANING. The reason that the mere mention has so harsh a penalty is because with all the claustrophobia an uprise has occured in the past. The air is so unstable that, even with suits, the climate cannot be weathered. Very little, in fact, nothing is known outside of this particular silo to this paricular community.
The story begins with a Sherrif, a great guy by all accounts, whose wife had a breakdown a few years before and wanted to go outside. The dreaded request and she gets her wish to the Sherrifs dismay and she, like all the other cleaners before her doesn't come back. The Sherrif a few years later has a breakdown, longing for his wife, and utters the same request. He doesn't come back either, and thus begins the mayors journey with the deputy to hire a new Sherrif. That Journey will take her all the way down the silo on foot (no elevators) to interview all the candidates. On that journey a mystery and murder begins to grip the silo. Before you know it the community that seemed to be getting along fine is thrust into the middle of the controversy. At the middle of it is one of the most annoying atagonist in print and the brand new Sherrif. The Sherrif will have to go to the end of their known little world, and then some, just to put a dent into the mystery of the murder and start to unravel the secrets the Silo has a white-knuckled hold on.
The bad news, the narration is complete torture and utterly monotonous. That's just the truth, I saw the warnings in the previous reviews and it is the truth. Sayle does pause between every sentence and injects no emotion whatesoever into the story and it would have been welcomed. There are points in the story where shit is going down where emotions would be running high. It was quite distracting, especially for someone like myself whose mind will wander given the smallest chance. Those chances were everywhere during this narration. So if you are a reader and an audiobook individual you may want to read this one and go to audiobook on the next installment. This is part of a trilogy and the narrator of the next two books, the second of which I have already listened to, Shift, and liked more than this (it's a prequel), is really good. Thankfully he is on board for the third book, Dust, available Oct. 1st, which is a ways away. Too long for me to wait actually.
Once you get into the book you understand the crazy beginning.
That would give too much away!
That would give too much away!
It takes you on and emotional roller coaster but what ever you do , don't stop , keep reading.
A well thought out world all the more believeable for being so close to us in technological advancement. I found myself thinking about the world and the kinds of people in it every night, and for several days after reading.
I would recommend this book to everyone. The story is fantastic and the character development is amazing.
Juliette was my favorite character from this book. Her instincts and her drive make her one of the most memorable characters of all the books I've read.
The scenes describing the descent to the deeps or the climb back up to the top, along with the scenes of the individual sections, are just a few of my favorites.
If I could have, I would have listened to this all in one sitting. Unfortunately, this book is extremely long and I only listen to books while I'm at work. On a side note, it does help the day go by a lot faster.
Definitely listen to or read Shift. If you are like me and you want to know how this all started, then Shift will answer almost all of the questions you have from Wool.
This Has the potential to be a compelling, if somewhat depressing, story. the protagonists are likable. The action develops slowly; if I had been reading it rather than having it read to me, I probably would've stuck with it. But, the narration was so depressing, I quit about halfway through.
I find her voice charmless and tiresome to listen to. Even in the fun and interesting bits, she sounds depressed. The villains all have the same whiny/smarmy sound, as if they were all one character.
I wish Audible offered a way to listen to a bit of the narrator's work before purchasing, I would've quickly realized there was no way I could listen to 10 hours of her voice.
I really enjoyed this book though parts were so odd they made me feel a bit uneasy like a wool sweater. This was a very different type of read for me but it takes your mind to places you might not have been to yet. Worth the effort.
Excellent story, well written with several great surprises. Narration was terrific. The voice acting (in terms of different voices for different characters) was very good, and made the listening more enjoyable. I did not find those character voices distracting (as some reviewers did), rather they were necessary to differentiating who was saying what.