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Shift Omnibus Edition: Shift 1-3, Silo Saga | [Hugh Howey]

Shift Omnibus Edition: Shift 1-3, Silo Saga

In 2007, the Center for Automation in Nanobiotech (CAN) outlined the hardware and software platform that would one day allow robots smaller than human cells to make medical diagnoses, conduct repairs, and even self-propagate. In the same year, a simple pill, it had been discovered, could wipe out the memory of any traumatic event. At almost the same moment in humanity's broad history, mankind had discovered the means for bringing about its utter downfall - and the ability to forget it ever happened.
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Publisher's Summary

This is the sequel to the New York Times best-selling Wool series. It combines the three Shift books into a single audiobook in order to save the listener a few bucks. The saga concludes with Dust, which will be available in late 2013.

In 2007, the Center for Automation in Nanobiotech (CAN) outlined the hardware and software platform that would one day allow robots smaller than human cells to make medical diagnoses, conduct repairs, and even self-propagate.

In the same year, the CBS network re-aired a program about the effects of propranolol on sufferers of extreme trauma. A simple pill, it had been discovered, could wipe out the memory of any traumatic event.

At almost the same moment in humanity's broad history, mankind had discovered the means for bringing about its utter downfall - and the ability to forget it ever happened.

©Lifetime Hugh Howey (P)2013 Hugh Howey

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    John J. Ryan Colorado Springs, CO 04-27-14
    John J. Ryan Colorado Springs, CO 04-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good Story, a bit slow, good character development"
    What did you love best about Shift Omnibus Edition?

    I liked the character development.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Story could have been more exciting. It seemed to drag in places.


    Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favorite?

    Donald


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator was a welcome change after torturing my way through Minnie in Wool.

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    Joshua Winnipeg, MB, Canada 04-23-14
    Joshua Winnipeg, MB, Canada 04-23-14 Member Since 2009
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    "I really didn't think he could do it."

    A successful follow up to Wool seemed like a pretty tall order. Wool hit me out nowhere. It had that new car smell, something I hadn't really seen before, so it seemed like I was bound to be disappointed simply because a sequel would be more of the same. Making that harder was the idea of this book being rooted in a time period closer to the modern age, so mundanity was bound to intrude.

    Wow. I was wrong.

    This was a great follow up. Hugh Howey proved to me that he was no one trick pony. Perhaps I'd been dazzled by the imaginative world of Wool, and had failed to notice his skill at character development, but in this book new and old characters continued to drive this arc to a new height.

    As for the narration, I have to say I was never aware of it. I was totally immersed in the story. I consider that high praise, as that's exactly what I want, and I hope it isn't taken as anything negative.

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    Michele James Biloxi, MS United States 04-18-14
    Michele James Biloxi, MS United States 04-18-14
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    "Not wo"
    What disappointed you about Shift Omnibus Edition?

    I liked Wool quite a bit but this was nothing like it. I hated the main character Donald and I hated listening to him and his infidelity issues. His ex girlfriend was so shameless about trying to get with him and if he had shut it down then he could have saved himself some heartache. Their relationship is the majority of the book unfortunately.
    Also this book follows way way too many points of view. Through way too much time.
    Someone else said this book was 100 pages too long and I agree. While I understand that the writer wanted to use this world he created to the fullest so he put as many storylines as he could in it but this book seemed filled with things that I would expect to be on a fan blog or if it was a television show maybe a webisode. I wouldn't recommend it.


    What could Hugh Howey have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Cut down on the time. Ring it in. And know that Donald was a waste of a character. I don't think I will be reading Dust because I hate him so much.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performances?

    Maybe. Tim Gerard Reynolds wasn't horrible but he wasn't good. Minne Good read the first book and while she wasn't great with men characters he wasn't what I was expecting nor wanting for this book. I was disappointed to see he does Dust too.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It did further the story Wool, which was very complicated. In some stories, the reader never does find out why this happened or what happened to that. Especially when that something happened 300 years ago. This showed you first hand what happened and it was unique. My mother read Wool and I saved her the frustration of Shift and told her what she needed to know about it. That is what I would do. Ask someone who has read it to highlight the important issues.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a shame. The story of Wool is a good one but the characters are not good. That is always the downfall of writers I find. The plot is good but characters are transparent and flat. Donald's weak resolve and wandering eye isn't the only reason he is a useless character. Maybe Hugh Howey did better in Sand or in Dust but it will be a while until I try it again.

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    Amazon Customer Charlotte, NC, United States 04-01-14
    Amazon Customer Charlotte, NC, United States 04-01-14 Member Since 2011

    I'm an aspiring author, a lawyer, a sci-fi fan, a father, and a harsh critic of pretty much everything. I enjoy audiobooks because I read very slowly, and audiobooks allow me to consume novels at a rate that would be impossible for me to achieve with printed text.

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    "not as good as the first and way too long"

    You'll spend the entire book waiting for our idiot protagonist to figure out what we, the audience already know before picking up the book. Does that sound fun to you?

    The story isn't boring, exactly... it's just unnecessary. Wool already told us everything we needed to know about the Silos. The backstory answers some questions... but this all could have been done in a more elegant way... preferably in a single chapter instead of this slow, useless tome.

    For the most part the story held my attention, and had it had a satisfying ending, or had the it progressed the plot from Wool in any way I probably could have forgiven the insane redundancies. But it didn't do those things.

    I already own Dust, so I'll see this story out to its conclusion, but had I not purchased it on sale, I certainly would have called it quits right now.

    I listened to this book on 3x speed, and it was still too long. I don't recommend it to anyone who isn't totally in love with hearing about life in the Silos.

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    mr j page little york, new york United States 03-14-14
    mr j page little york, new york United States 03-14-14 Member Since 2013

    I listen to books while running and walking my dog so on average about an hour day and like books that have a good pace to them.

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    "A jarring start, but it quickly gathered pace!"

    At first this book did not seem to match up with it's predecessor, which despite the well written material made it a little difficult to relate. This initial disorientation was quickly put aside as it became clear how the books in this series meshed together. As this book moved forward i found myself becoming increasingly absorbed into the lives of the principle characters and the world that was being created/recreated. I was especially struck by the scenes revolving around the entry into the silos. As the the story progressed i was impressed by the intricacy with which Hugh Howey had woven seemingly minor details into the grand plots and intrigues that continued to run through the narrative until the last minutes of the story.
    As for the performance i generally preferred it over that of the previous book and felt that the performance was solid overall. I did find moments of confusion when some characters were not as well differentiated from other but overall found the narration easy to follow.
    This book sets up and interesting third book and ultimately did a great job filling in some of the spaces in the previous book, that on first listen this writer did not realize were there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Denver, CO, United States 02-24-14
    Brian Denver, CO, United States 02-24-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Very good story. Narration takes getting used to."

    Overall, I really enjoyed this book and the narration. However, I should warn potential readers that the narrator takes some getting used to. Tim Gerard Reynolds is a talented narrator, but he is also English. This book takes place in Atlanta, Georgia. Some of the characters have southern American accents. The narrator made the choice to actually do the accents. I think I would have preferred if he had just stuck with his normal accent.

    That's all. Once you get used to the accent (and I think it gets less pronounced as the book progresses) you'll be fine.

    As far as the story goes, it took a little while to get going, and sometimes the main character's inability to understand what's going on around him is kind of frustrating, but once it gets going, it's quite good. I'm really looking forward to reading or listening to Dust.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steven T. Voboril Los Angeles 02-07-14
    Steven T. Voboril Los Angeles 02-07-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Don't think I am gonna finish this book...sad face"
    Would you try another book from Hugh Howey and/or Tim Gerard Reynolds?

    Not right now. The story is SO SLOW. I am 6 hours into listening to the book and there isn't any real intrigue just a whold bunch of people without a clue.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Hugh Howey again?

    I guess but not high on my list right now. Think I will actually try and read one of his books next.


    What three words best describe Tim Gerard Reynolds’s voice?

    Not too interesting.


    What character would you cut from Shift Omnibus Edition?

    Have not finished the book. Probably won't - it is SO SLOW - nothing happens.


    Any additional comments?

    Ok I get it - people's minds have been messed with. We have no real clue what the problem is and it doesn't seem like Hugh Howey is inclined to let his readers know. 6 hours into the listen and it is basically this - People are in Silos recovering or awaiting the Earth's recovery from a USA planned attack on humanity. There are Silos that are failing but with the whole world gone and no interesting characters what's the big deal? I get that the drugs have deadened people's interest in life but he killed my interest in the story by dragging it out so much. BORING, BORING, BORING can't believe I got 6 hours in....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    N. Richman Bethesda, MD United States 12-03-13
    N. Richman Bethesda, MD United States 12-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    "terriffic story and thoughts on what could be"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shift Omnibus Edition?

    I finally understood what the title meant.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    exciting and packed with action


    Any additional comments?

    psychological as well as action. a really interesting possibility of what humans could do

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Torrillo Connecticut 11-12-13
    C. Torrillo Connecticut 11-12-13

    Kring

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    "It's a great base for a story - good continuation"
    What made the experience of listening to Shift Omnibus Edition the most enjoyable?

    I really like the way Wool told you a story at micro level, and Shift zooms out and tells a much bigger picture. Really nice way to piece together the series.

    There are a few flaws in his writing, specifically around military and technology Hugh is a little out of the times. for instance he refers to gun magazines as clips and in a story about the future, all his technology is dated to the 80's, like computer screens, light bulbs and such are old school as an examples, yet he has advanced nano-technology in place. I don't know if it's just me, but it wasn't a once or twice thing, I constantly felt like he's got 80's technology in a futuristic book.. noticed this in all 3 of his books. I'd recommend Hugh gets a technology & details proof reader for his future works.


    What other book might you compare Shift Omnibus Edition to and why?

    None really, it's it's own style of writing & content, at least in my admittedly small scope of reading.


    What does Tim Gerard Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He's a good narrator, I really don't have time or patience to read a book, so it's hard for me to compare experiences since I wouldn't have read it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Poteau, OK, United States 10-29-13
    Jason Poteau, OK, United States 10-29-13 Member Since 2008

    Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...

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    "Better than Wool... faster paced."

    This installment in the series gives us a LOT more to think about than Wool. I really enjoyed all the background foundation elements that come out in this one. It was faster paced than Wool and although some of the short lived characters are easily forgotten, the main characters' relationships deepen... but not all in a positive way. Definitely do not stop with Wool. Hope this helps.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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