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  • Wool: Silo, #1; Wool, #1-5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Amanda Sayle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1036)
    Performance
    (956)
    Story
    (959)

    In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Post-apocalyptic life in a silo"
    "Can't wait to read this - the narration killed it."
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    What made the experience of listening to Wool the most enjoyable?

    Turning it off. This is not a slight to Howey, because the story is good, but the narration was seriously lacking, and I usually give all readers the benefit of the doubt. However, if I'm focused more on your voice, and picking out characters, than the story, you are not doing a good job. I don't know what Sayle could have done to make it more enjoyable, but I have to say it was not for me. I am very much looking forward to reading the book instead.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Amanda Sayle’s performances?

    No. I said I am excited to read this book, because I have heard so many good things about the story, but had to give up listening before the first disc was through. Could not take the narrator seriously, her male voices were high or unusual, and her normal voice sounded like the trophy wife mom from Tommy Boy.


    Any additional comments?

    I rated the story high and the overall high, because I believe in the story, and just was unhappy with the narration and could not get past it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2820)
    Performance
    (2675)
    Story
    (2678)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold ""human error"" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Total sleeper, made me laugh out loud!!"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Martian the most enjoyable?

    The narrator seemed to match the wit and sarcasm of the main character perfectly. I found myself laughing out loud more often than not.


    What other book might you compare The Martian to and why?

    Ironically, I'd loosely compare it to Life of Pi.

    Central to one character, who is forced to improvise for survival in a desolate environment, leading to creative and interesting situations.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Watney's first conversation with JPL, where his text replies are being read in real time by the entire world.


    Any additional comments?

    It has been a long time since I have been this emotionally involved in a character's survival and success. I rooted for Pi in Life of Pi, but Watney is so sarcastic and intelligent, it's impossible not to root for the guy. I seriously enjoyed this book, and recommend it to anyone who enjoys space, sarcasm, and survival.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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