The depth of the characters and description of the environment was the best part of the book. At the end, I wanted more right away. Not even a second thought before going to book #2
The influence of IT and their involvement of all the various items that go on in the book. Also the cleaning process.
Yes, I very much enjoyed the narration.
Love, lies, and deception underground.
The narrator makes male voices sound like frogs. The way she would say certain lines is not how I think the characters would say things in their situation. Bad acting.
The story is good, but a little slow at some points. Unique storyline though!
Native Californian, but lived in TX for 2.5 yrs where I joined a neighborhood book club and never looked back! I listen and read books! After 5 years of raving about audiobooks, I finally got my husband hooked!
I had such high expectations for this book. But not only is the narration terrible, I just don't really care for the characters. I haven't even finished the book (80%), and I am finding it reeeeeaaaaallly hard to want to continue. The hard part is, I don't know if it is the narration that is killing it for me, or that AND the story.
First the story. I liked it at first, as it seemed to be leading somewhere. But somewhere along the way, I got bored, frankly. I have a hard time believing the story. Yeah, yeah, I know it's sci fi and all that. I've read enough far out there stories that are suspect for believability, but the depth of the characters and their reactions to situations, for me, can make or break my suspension of disbelief. But these characters are kinda flat, 2 dimensional.....automatons.
But the narration is a total killer for the whole book. All the men sound like a kid trying to sound like a man by tucking his chin to his chest and lowering his voice. And Bernard? OMFG, why does he sound so nasal and extend all his vowels? It is the worst impression of a "bad guy" I have ever heard! It is cringe-worthy. And the women? Annoying high pitched vacuous idoits. The narrator actually has a lovely voice, when she just narrates. But voices??? No can do. Very few characters actually sound normal.
I hate to be so harsh, but I was hoping to get past this book so I can also read Shift, which is narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds. He is Bloodydamn Fantastic! But, I don't care. I am done. And worse yet? Another narration is also possible with this book, and I've read it is equally horrible. Really? Twice narrated and it still can't be done right? What a shame. I'd feel bad for the author, except, I don't care for the story.
This is one of the best post-apocalypse books I have ever read. I rely heavily on audible books because of my long commute to work. I didn't listen to reviews and used my credit on this book. It was a big mistake....
Not only are the voices executed by the narrator cringe worthy, they simply did not match the relevant situation. A character would be facing death and the tone would be of someone on their way to the beach. This completely ruins the story. It destroys the emotion and suspense of it. I don't enjoy writing such a poor review on a single person's performance but it did not do Hugh's book any justice.
Please buy to the book ASAP. Do not buy the audible version. Not only will it be annoying, it will ruin the story.
In every possible way. Silly voices, bad acting, wrong intonations and tone - it was horrible. I quit listening and I purchased the paperback.
The story is good! The narration destroys it though.
Hugh Howey - PLEASE get this redone professionally!!!
My only issue with the book was the narrator. There were times when the woman sounded like she had the flu and her nasal passages were clogged. This may just be a personal issue that I couldn't get past, but it broke the immersion for me on many occasions. I have not been listening to audio books for a very long time, this being the first one I have read with a female narrator. I imagine I could have went into the book with unsteady feelings about how well I thought she would do.
Although that was something I struggled with during the listen, the plot of the story is interesting enough to push through and finish the book. Definitely didn't end the way I expected it to, which is what's leading me to consider purchasing the sequel.
Good to fill the time on a long-distance drive -- not very deep; not much complexity of plot or characters.
At first reminded me of Asimov's "Nightfall", in which a civilization undergoes repeated destruction. Concept of an isolated human population occupying a silo was intriguing....for a while.
Agree with other reviewers -- With her forced, ridiculously-contrived voices, this narrator would be better-suited to reading "Wizard of Oz" or "Alice in Wonderland". Her dialect for the chief villain is best described as "Wicked Witch of the West".
Might have been interested in exploring the other books of this series -- probably not now.
Before listening to the audio version I read through the Kindle version and loved every moment of it. The plot, character development and overall feel of this work was incredibly well done and terrifyingly real.
I don't know if there is a single moment I could choose; this story has so many layers.
I doubt it - Amanda Sayle did not bring this story to life. She crushed it.
Got this on one of the $4.95 sales and almost dropped it from the shopping cart because it sounded a bit boring. At first, while reading it, the story was very slow and I thought, I was going to have to suffer through a mediocre story. I can't tell you when it happened, but the story and characters started growing on me, and then I found myself binge listening. Now I have the unanswered questions and a need to know what happens in book 2.