An epic story of survival at all odds and one of the most anticipated books of the year. In a ruined and hostile landscape, in a future few have been unlucky enough to survive, a community exists in a giant underground silo. Inside, men and women live an enclosed life full of rules and regulations, of secrets and lies. To live, you must follow the rules. But some don't. These are the dangerous ones; these are the people who dare to hope and dream, and who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple and deadly. They are allowed outside. Jules is one of these people. She may well be the last.
©2013 Hugh Howey (P)2013 Random House AudioGo
"Exhilarating, intense, addictive. A novel you will never forget." (SJ Watson)
"The characters are well-drawn, and even the villains have a sympathetic side. Secrets unfold with just the right pacing, and I had to set the book down several times and say, ‘Wow,’ when a major twist was revealed ... If you're looking for a good read, you can't do much better than Wool." (Rick Riordan, #1 New York Times best-selling author)
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"SCIENCE FICTION WITH BELLS ON"
I took a chance on this tittle after a favourable review in the times, this was a home publish project that took off in a big way. I loved it from the first chapter ,there were so many permutations and I could see why it had so many re writes.
Susannah Harker's narration was calm and totally fitting to the book.
Just getting into the second book 'shift ',I feel a film coming on.
"I wanted more"
Great story, very well written and narrated. It was a bit different from my usual books but very glad I chose it. My only problem was the ending - the last chapter left a lot unanswered - just hoping that this is because there's a second book!?
"DIdn't deliver for me"
I realize that many others have enjoyed this book, but I forced myself to finish it just to see how it ended. The characters didn't come to life so I didn't really care what happened to them and found it difficult to remember who was whom. There is too much boring detail about life in the dystopian world spent imprisoned in silos. The narrator did a valiant job but it wasn't enough for me to enjoy the book.
"Slow and plodding with annoying narration"
Faster paced story, better narration
Interesting idea of the silo culture, society and back story
Either a Brit who sticks to a Brit accent, or an American, but not a Brit narrating in British accent but reading speech in a dodgy American accent.
Good idea for story
"Definitely Epic, page-turner"
Probably the best
It's a series of short stories stitched together, not always perfectly. Even so, it's one of the best books I've read/listened to in a long time. Of the trilogy, I would give Wool 10/10, Shift 5/10 and Dust 8/10.
"Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole.... in Wool it is!"
Wool is an absorbing and enthralling story about a group of people living inside a silo, why... where... when... how! It's a grim world and for many of the characters the only world they have ever known. There is never a dull moment as the story unfolds at pace and you'll be left itching to start the second book in the series straight away!
"A strong start but..."
I'll review this trilogy one at a time... Do check out my other reviews but I'll start with saying the first was really the only one worth reading!
A fab book, a distant utopian future - strong characters with harrowing events. I really felt strongly involved with this book and Jules' plight. Not the most immediately likeable character, and one which seems rather half heartedly examined by Howey in the few glimpses into her past. I thought this would be explained and built upon in later books. (It's not) it feels a little like perhaps the editor suggested a troubled past for Jules, and Howey scrambled one together and dropped it piecemeal into the story with no real conviction or heart.
I'd definitely recommend this book, I'd just as strongly recommend stopping before the next ones to avoid besmirching the good feeling!
"Dullest narration in 5 years of audible purchases."
Good story. But half way through I was thinking "God, this book is boring." Some time later I realised it was the narration that was the problem.
Harker is obviously an accomplished actress. Her diction is absolutely clear, and if you're learning English, I can't think of a better person to listen to.
But for all the pin-point accuracy of the pronunciation, very single line of prose sounds like the last. Monotone for the first section of the sentence, followed by a brief half-tone rise and then a trailing fall for the last syllable. No matter what's going on in the story, the reader always makes it sound like she's reading a shopping list.
Surely the producer picked this up? Surely he or she could have said "Actually, you missed the point of that sentence. Would you like to try it again?"
Harker misses so many inflections, and even worse - places the emphasis on the wrong word in a phrase (which completely changes its meaning) that it's obvious she's paying no attention at all to the story.
Every voice, every line of dialogue, and every character sounds like the others. Maybe the antagonist is given a slightly more weaselly voice than the rest, but that's the highlight.
I really want to listen to book 2 on my daily commute, but I've decided to download it on Kindle and let Text-to-Speech narrate it to me.
Yes. I'm serious. It's so bad that Kindle would be more entertaining.
"Wow just wow"
Wool has just become one of my all time favourites and is for me by far the best of the trilogy. The most original, riveting listen ever and as other reviewers have said.... totally believable.
Susannah Harker's narration is exceptional she does far more than narrate she breathes life into the story in general and the characters in particular.
"Okay,but the narrator was not right for this story"
In essence this is a Hollywood fantasy. The story is fine and action packed if you like sci-fi! I can see this on big cinema screens as an American blockbuster. But that's it really. It is full of tension and suspense and in chapter 68 I found myself holding my breath with Juliet. Susannah Harker has a lovely voice but totally unsuitable for this story. Sorry! John Lee or Mark Meadows would have bought the story more to life I feel. Give it a go though it's just not my thing.
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