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 also love to listen to the same whilst not paying attention to other things. I aim for my reviews to be short and succinct so that they are easy to read.
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.
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.
"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.
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!
"Not great but necessary"
After the amazing Wool... I couldn't wait to start this one and it's good but not great that said it did add to what I already knew from Wool and expand on it enough to set me up for Dust. It could however have been 50% shorter and still fulfilled it's purpose as a bridge/filler book.
Narration well...oh dear.... I can understand the need or desire for a different narrator it's a prequel after all.
Narration is adequate for the story parts... but Peter Brooke really should have been made to listen to Susannah Harker's reading of Wool because where he fails miserably is in characterization.... his voices are appalling (most sound like old women done badly by a man) and he literally murders the Lucas Harker built up so well in Wool.
"Boring. Other books in the series are great though"
In the rest of the series there's a sense of peril and urgency that drives the narrative on and connects you with the main protagonists. In Shift, there's little of that - so much so that I didn't even finish it (which is very rare for me).
"Stay awake, it's all happeneing here."
Shift is a 'link' novel. OK in itself but is the bridge between the first and third books. It has intrigue and conflict but you really want it to move on.
This book set the first book in place, filled in the background and added the colour and answered some of the questions from Book 1
Again, it was too long for one sitting but I was keen to listen as often as possible.
Roll on book 3. Hurrah it's available. Back soon......
"A great listen and actually a good narrator"
A number of people didn't rate the narrator but I thought he was actually very good. Only one exception to that - the character 'mission' was very poorly voiced. I wasn't sure what accent he had and it seemed to change. It'd didn't put me off though and I found the others characters were good and the general narration was excellent.
The story was very good throughout, the only slight downside was that there was a fair bit of overlap in all three books as parts of the story were recounted from different viewpoints. I felt that I wanted to skip ahead to the new story. Luckily, it soon got into new territory though and most of the questions left unanswered from book one were satisfactorily answered.
I'd recommend all three books.
"Not as good as previous book."
Novelty of the settings from the first book quickly lost its appeal. Very slow at times, less and less convincing as the fragmented story progresses. Found it especially unconvincing when technology is being described. Narration is annoying at times.
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