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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"Page turner (ear turner?!)"
Give it a couple of years absolutely- Susannah's narration really draws to into the story.
Realisation of where the Silo sits in scheme of things...
Draws you in- got me on an emotional level. Even parts of the book that dragged a bit - she kept me hooked
No- broke it up over a few long distance drives
Solid story- great narration- jumped straight into sequel- "Shift".. Enjoying this one better (story that is - narration would have preferred Susannah again!
"Absolutely fantastic story."
I can not rate Wool highly enough, I loved it. It was dramatic, moving, captivating and morish. Download it now!
I enjoyed the surprise twists that occurred along the way.
She read well.
"An entertaining read"
This was an attention keeping story. The focus moves between different characters throughout and so kept me interested. The characters were all very different and likeable. The plot did raise a few questions in my mind but these are starting to be answered now i've moved onto 'Shift' the second book of the trilogy. I will definitely be listening to the whole trilogy.
"Ignore the title - listen to the book"
I tried this book as part of Audible's Easter egg promotion without that sample I would never have come across this book. I would definitely recommend it. In fact I could not wait for part 2 Shift and part 3 Dust to complete the trilogy.
Although it might be thought of as science fiction or fantasy I feel it is about community and what that can mean. It has strong characters that move the story along well and the narrator, Susannah Harker, does an excellent job.
"Cant wait to read the next two - Wool Trilogy"
Loved this post apocalyptic tale you instantly get into the story and follow the characters lives' as the story unfolds.
The reluctant sheriff and the head of IT, the mayor and how all the characters fit together into each others lives.
The cleanings and how futile the process is.
How the system wants to think you are alone.
How the people will always eventually rise up.
Its a subject that I would not normally pick as a book choice but I'm hooked. I've since purchased the two remaining books in the trilogy and cant wait to start them now wool is finished
too long to listed too in one sitting but made sure I had some long and uninterrupted drives
Cant wait to listen to books 2 & 3
It was unabridged so I could listen to the book in the car and pick up with the paperback when I got home.
When Jules figures out what's going on in SILO 18 and manages to survive. I thought it was one of the most gripping moments in the story and I held onto the hope that she would come out of it alive.
Fantastic. She read the story, performed, made each character come alive without doing any other voice than her own. I loved every minute of it and immediately came onto Audible to see if she'd read anything else.
It was only a small moment, but when Jules manages to make a phone call (something we take for advantage these days) back to Lukas. Without going into detail, the response from Lukas of quiet acceptance was lovely.
Brilliant book; very well written and very easy to listen to. It made me want to carry on listening, keeping the TV off, putting down the book just to continue listening to a story building before my ears. A definite must for any sci-fi fan out there.
This saved my sanity on a very long train journey to the north east and back. One of the most atmospheric audio books I've listened to, perfectly paced and characters I really cared about. I will certainly be buying the next installment!
The initial story was good, I realised from another review this was a short story with a twist which to be fair wasn't bad. The preceding chapters just went on too long and was not really consistent with technologies that the society in the silo had. No lifts or escalators on 150 floors! yet they have an oil well, a dedicated server environment and other advanced technologies. I got bored with the navel gazing I gave up chapter 12 or was it 14? I may give it another go which will be the third attempt. As for the other novels in the trilogy - not a chance.
Make it abridged
"Enthralling must read!"
There were so many twists in this novel, I found it exhilarating. Just when you think you've got a handle on what's going on and who the main characters are, it all changes. This is really a novel about human nature rather than an SF with rocket ships and the like. All the futuristic stuff is so very believable and every detail is well thought out. I could really believe in all the characters, no stereotypes here, and, because of that, the narrative keeps you interested. Just like real people, you can't second-guess their actions, which I found very satisfying.
This was one of the best listens of the year for me, I couldn't wait to get back to it and was sad when it was all done.
Susannah Harker did a good job, it was nice that she read it in English rather than American.
Now I need to check out other books by Hugh Howie
"Cracking. Best book I have listened to in ages!"
All of it. It is simply the perfect package, full of surprises, action, curious things etc etc.
Juliet....but in this books case thats a bit of an odd question!
I dont think so...and I would happily listen to her again and again.
fabulous book...read or listen to it. Bought the paperback for my husband who is an audio phobe!
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