I like the premise. I am always interested in post-apocalyptic scenarios, and this book delivers in that regard. The 'Silos' are essentially self-contained underground cities in which select groups of people were able to shelter when the apocalypse happened. The closest I would compare it to would be the 'Vaults' from the Fallout series of computer games. If you ever wanted more backstory (mechanics, politic, etc) of life inside a Vault, then this series is for you.
Unfortunately, I found the story itself to be pretty slow-moving. I never really identified with the characters enough to genuinely care about their fates. While the detail in describing the Silos was excellent, I guess I was looking for more plot twists, or 'shocking' details to emerge, or even more suspenseful action sequences. And the main 'love story' element between Juliette and Lucas seems a bit forced and arbitrary.
Alot of the reviews here complain about the narration, and I agree that it is an issue. While I don't think better narration would have saved the book for me, it certainly didn't help. Unfortunately, the main antagonist, who is presumably supposed to be menacing at some level, happens to sound exactly like Julia Sweeny's androgynous "Pat" character from Saturday Night Live.
The reason for the apocalypse is merely hinted at.... supposedly more details are forthcoming in the next book (or collection of books), but I don't think I'm hooked enough to buy the next one.
Had a really hard time getting past the poor acting, people all sounding the same, and cartoon-like voices. Really took away from what was probably a much better story than I perceived.
Doubt I'm going to read the rest of the books if they've got the same narrator.
I don't know why it took me so long to read/listen to this title. I've owned it for years now and just got around to it. it's a brilliant piece of writing! engaging, world building, epic in scale, just everything you'd want in good sci fi! it will be down as one of the greats. must read
Of course the setting is interesting, but the stories emotional tone stays the same with little variation. It's also a bit slow and I didn't manage to finish it.
Absolutely an amazing story by Hugh Howey. The story itself takes a few chapters to really get started but by the middle of the book you realize why you need so much information. The performance was talented with so many voices coming from one person. Definitely worth a read or listen.
I really didn't know if I would be able to finish this listen because I couldn't get over the narrator's voice. I didn't like her character voice for Bernard in particular...like nails on a chalkboard. However, I did like the story, so I stuck it out. That, and I saw that the next audiobook in the series is read by a different narrator. If my library would have had this book in stock, I would have preferred to have read it myself. I will continue with the series, though, and hope the new narrator gives new life to the great content.
The story was great, the narration was abysmal. Glad to see they found someone else to narrate the next book. It's amazing that someone somewhere thought that some of the voices she has done where adequate enough to sell to someone. She sounded like a 7 year old girl with the terrible personality making fun of the nerd kid in class. Her normal voice was enjoyable and very few of the other ones where okay.
Probably not. I would read it because the way the narrator voiced a lot of characters seemed to get on my nerves and caused me to be distracted from the story. All of her male characters had either a nasally whiny sound or dumb and oafish and at times almost a robotic monotone voice.
Though not everyone may agree, I liked Lukas. I don't want to go into why so much to avoid spoilers but I could relate to him.
I couldn't pinpoint 3 words to describe her voice but she had certain traits for characters that I found distracting. Her male voices were either nasally or oafish and it took away from it for me, except for Bernard. That is just about how I think he would sound.
I felt sadness, loneliness, anger, and hope all throughout the book.
Despite recommendations from many friends to read this, I almost didn't make it past the first chapter. Amanda Sayle has an excellent narration voice, but her choices for character voices is both jarring and distracting. Her effort to make every voice sound different ends up with her going over-the-top. I'm sorry to say that it ends up sounding like a children's radio show. It's off-tone and went from irritating to downright comedic.
This is a fascinating post apocalyptic world filled with interesting characters. I would actually compare it to the Fallout game series.
If it was a straight narration... possibly. As I said, she has a great voice. If she were to do dialogue again an experienced director needs to work with her on her character depiction.
Only that Amanda's narration choices made it almost impossible to listen to.
I really don't want to be a hater, but I have to warn people to please just buy the eBook or paperback. I feel like I missed out on something great as this story was ruined for me.