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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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    BackupGeek brentwood, ca United States 12-02-14
    BackupGeek brentwood, ca United States 12-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Not very logical"

    It was an interesting story, but the motivation for creating silos and everything else behind what happens to the people and silos has no basis in logic. I just don't believe such a small number of key players could have made all of this happen.

    The 500 lifespan of a silo and everything inside is a total joke.

    That being said, I am still going to read the next book in the serious to see what happens.

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    Xander Terran West Hollywood, CA 11-24-14
    Xander Terran West Hollywood, CA 11-24-14
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    "A HUGE fan of "Wool" but couldn't finish "Shift""
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Diehard fans of Hugh Howey MAYBE. I was a huge fan of "Wool" but couldn't even get through this book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Hugh Howey again?

    Probably not actually. Wool was great but this book was pretty awful to be honest.


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

    The only redeeming quality about this book would be that it's the prequel to Wool, so you get SOME context.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall I did not enjoy Shift at all. Wool was fantastic and one of the better sci-fi dystopian post-apocalyptic books I've read in a while. But Shift was soooooo slow and boring. I got tired of following Donald, the most boring protagonist ever, as he planned out the building of the silos. It was honestly painfully boring that I just couldn't finish the book. The parts that took place in the future (2100 something) were better but still not engaging enough. All in all, I LOVED "Wool" but absolutely couldn't stand "Shift."

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    Jim Utah, USA 09-05-14
    Jim Utah, USA 09-05-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Bleak"
    Any additional comments?


    This book is very bleak, in that there is little to no hope for the characters beyond their sleep, eat, survive routine. That goes for both the Solo/Jimmy storyline and the Donald/Troy storyline. There is only the barest hint that there is hope for humanity as Solo and Donald descend into madness, but still a fascinating idea somehow.

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    KTeaX Madison, Wisconsin, United States 08-23-14
    KTeaX Madison, Wisconsin, United States 08-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Gripping, yet long-winded"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Probably not - I plan to read the next two instead of listening. Howey has a tendency to spend a lot of time on details I find extraneous, particularly with the Solo story, which I felt I had a good sense for from the first book, and I would rather speed read through those sequences than have to listen to them.


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

    I would eliminate most of the scenes with Solo, frankly. I didn't feel they added to the story line in a meaningful way. We already have a good sense of what went down with him from the first book; I found his scenes to be a distraction, and also too drawn out.


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

    I was impressed by Tim Gerard Reynolds' range of accents and voices, but I don't feel that any character in this particular book was especially likable. Donald and his wife Helen would be the closest, but Donald's so wishy-washy that I spent too much time judging him.


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

    No. There were definitely segments that made me listen longer than I technically had time for, but it wasn't hard for me to hit pause a lot of the time.


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked the narrator of the first book, so it took me some time to get into Tim's style. The British accent threw me for a loop given the locale of the story. I became very aware of how often Hugh Howey uses the word "palm." However, it was very engaging and digestible. It's a long listen and would be good for car trips, but I feel it might be a superior read.

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    CJ LUCAS, TX, United States 04-30-14
    CJ LUCAS, TX, United States 04-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "More more"
    If you could sum up Shift Omnibus Edition in three words, what would they be?

    Edge of your seat, Okay that's four.


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

    Nothing to compare it too, it was a stand alone great story, and thankful there was more to come!


    What about Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performance did you like?

    Perfect, spot on, his voice is comfortable easy to listen to, truthfully I enjoy it when I'm focused on the story and not on the voice telling it, that is maybe a sideways compliment but I really enjoyed not focusing on Tim's voice.


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

    I think the what's on the title, "some secrets should remain buried"


    Any additional comments?

    This has been one of the best stories I've heard, of this genre, in a long time. I unfortunately have the kind of brain that is always racing to "figure it out" ahead of time, this one kept me going I was surprised more than a few times, I LOVE THAT!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John J. Ryan Colorado Springs, CO 04-27-14
    John J. Ryan Colorado Springs, CO 04-27-14 Member Since 2015
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

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    Brian 02-24-14
    Brian 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.

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    Steven T. Voboril Los Angeles 02-07-14
    Steven T. Voboril Los Angeles 02-07-14 Member Since 2013

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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....

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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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