The much anticipated prequel to best seller Wool that takes us back to the beginnings of the silo. The full novel which brings together First, Second and Third Shift.
In a future less than fifty years away, the world is still as we know it. Time continues to tick by. The truth is that it is ticking away. A powerful few know what lies ahead. They are preparing for it. They are trying to protect us. They are setting us on a path from which we can never return. A path that will lead to destruction; a path that will take us below ground. The history of the silo is about to be written. Our future is about to begin.
©2013 Hugh Howey (P)2013 Random House AudioGo
"The next Hunger Games" (The Sunday Times)
"An epic feat of imagination. You will live in this world." (Justin Cronin)
I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.
I so enjoyed this book. The story was a little more original than many of these sorts of books and it made me think. I enjoyed the narration too. If you like your science fiction with a little less alien action and with some real world action this is for you. A dark future that you can imagine happening in a way.
"Great book, terrible performance!!"
Was really looking forward to this book after the excellent Wool that was excellently performed by a lady with a lovely expressive and versatile voice.
Have found this book hard going despite the great story, the narrator sounds like a surfer and I keep waiting for him to say 'duuude'.
It looks as though Audible are looking to cash in on the success of Wool by bringing over this recording from America but it is so difficult to get past the narrator's voice.
Listen to the sample before you buy, if you can listen to narrator then you are in for a great story.
I wanted to love this as much as I had wool, but its too long winded and gets tied in knots with its time lines.
"A rewrite of Wool from a different point of view"
Stop using silly voices
If you've read Wool (which is brilliant) and want to read Dust (which is very good) then you need to read Shift for it to make sense. Apart from that, I'd give it a miss. I would give Wool 10/10, Shift 5/10 and Dust 8/10.
Yes, I would never have found the time to read it in print where as I could listen to at least an hour a day in the car driving to work. Who has regular time these days to actually sit and read consistently? (well i dont although i would love too) but walking or commuting to work is so much more enjoyable listening to an audio book :-)
This is a pretty original book and concept so, for me, there is no comparison. It was just so clever and linked in well with the first book cleverly and originally (to use the same adjectives again) .
The narrator was perfect, he did a good job.
Yes! I sped through this book unfortunately and it ended too soon for my liking, I was gripped from the very start.
How perfectly the author linked this book and some of the characters with the first of the trilogy and he did amazingly well in providing the back story and the origins of the silos. I CANNOT WAIT for the final book.
"Perfect prequal to Wool"
Shift is one of the best audio books I've listened to, always exciting and surprising, with well developed characters and great narration.
It's a book where emotional detachment isn't possible, not when you consider the scenarios presented in it and the possibility of human nature being more then capable of precipitating them.
How did the silos come about and how is it possible for people to have no memories of their human past and history, are just a few questions answered in this great prequel to Wool. I can't wait for the next instalment.
"The mystery deepens"
I am planning to relisten to both Wool and Shift over the summer as I prepare for the final episode (Dust) in the Autumn. There are many nuances that washed over me first time around as I was so keen to move on with the story.
The most memorable moment was the realisation that it would conclude with the events that unfolded in Wool and hearing those events from a totally new viewpoint. This time the reader can understand both sides of the story and yet still be unsure how things will eventually unfold.
Peter Brooke provides distinctive voices for the charaters although I found his accent irritating at times.
It is unlikely I would ever listen to something this long on one sitting but I did find that I was using every spare moment to move on a few chapters. I wanted to save it up and listen over a longer period but found it too compelling and just had to keep sneaking a few minutes here and there.
Hugh Howey has shown us a mysterious and totalitarian world in Wool and in Shift he explains exactly how that came to be to the extent that we can now feel some sympathy for those who set things up (or at least some of them). There are enough glimpses of an even bigger picture that make the reader keen to see the closing episode. Roll on Dust!
"Meat On The Bone"
So if you have read Wool then you should be reading this next. It is a prequel rather than a sequel but it makes sense and definitely fills in some gaps.
Not much in the way of surprises along the way but a worthy listen.
"Narrators agonizing murder of a very good story"
Peter Brooke has made a pain barrier that you must pass through if you want to listen to this excellent trilogy. Convinced that he wouldn't be able to keep up the exhaustingly laboured sales pitch of a reading I stuck with it, and so did he. His bragging tone makes no distinction between dramatic passages and quieter moments, all are delivered like a sports commentary on steroids. I found myself wondering if anyone actually speaks like he reads, and trying to pronounce words like he does ( don't try it, it's painfully) perhaps it is an obscure accent from some obscure corner of the USA, perhaps I should be more generous. Then he read nuclear as 'Nukular' and I found myself cringing even more, waiting for the next Nuke, and the next. What a relief to finish the bombardment and get back to the infinitely subtler intonation of the next book.
This was a really poor choice of narrator, especially sandwiched between the well read 'wool' and 'dust'. Audible should be better than this, I will return this book.
"An excellent follow up to Wool"
This is a very good follow up to the first book in the series. It cleverly ties together the events in Wool with the back story of how the silos were created.
"Much better than book one"
I enjoyed this much more than the first book, which felt painfully slow to get interesting. I felt it was a good choice to have a man read this book, since so much of the action is from Donald's perspective. But, I found some of the acting choices rather bizarre. Mission, for example, is a teenager. But, the narrator makes him sound like a 90 year old pensioner.
In terms of the story, I was left feeling rather frustrated with some of the actions taken by one of the main characters in the end. But, the action seemed believable. So looking forward to seeing how the trilogy is resolved.
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