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.
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.
"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!
The previous story was pretty dull, but ended in a place which gave me hope for something interesting to come. Sadly I couldn't even finish this, it's just so boring. I came back to the story later on to try to finish it, but realised I was listening to it for the sake of getting my money's worth. Plus, the whole reason for the 'catastrophe' is just ridiculous.
"What. A. Drag."
I've never actually had to convince myself to persevere with a book until this one. I genuinely thought it might have a dull start and get better. It doesn't.
The entire book could've been truncated into a pithy prologue to the first.
Really very convoluted and dull. Huge disappointment.
In addition, what with being so disassociated from the story, I became increasingly aware of the awkwardness of a British narrator, reading in her normal Brittish accent perfectly fine until someone spoke. The this awful, unconvincing American-ish accent came out.
I've subsequently realised it's the same in the first book but the story was enough of a distraction in that case to make it passable.
"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).
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