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Wool Audiobook

Wool: Silo, #1; Wool, #1-5

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In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.

His fateful decision unleashes a drastic series of events. An unlikely candidate is appointed to replace him: Juliette, a mechanic with no training in law, whose special knack is fixing machines. Now Juliette is about to be entrusted with fixing her silo, and she will soon learn just how badly her world is broken. The silo is about to confront what its history has only hinted about and its inhabitants have never dared to whisper. Uprising.

©2012 Hugh Howey (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Steph United States 07-19-13
    Steph United States 07-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Utilize whispersync if going audible. Great book!"

    This book is wonderful. It's thought provoking and is not a predictable dystopian novel. I can see it appealing to a YA audience but I would categorize it as adult. There is minimal profanity and no sexual content. The narration is bad as many have commented and I understand that they use a different narrator for 'Shift.' ...I am grateful.

    The book is captivating and I will be reading the next book, 'Shift', by Hugh Howey. It explores a silo and its society after the world, the "up top," has been contaminated and made unlivable. What is intriguing about it is it takes place generations after anyone has any idea about what happend to the surface and elephants and green grass in books seem to be made up creations. The general population has no idea what happend before and it is designed to be that way. The book explores the human need to find out their history and the need to leave the silo. The book shows how these needs effect their society. It is forbidden to discuss going "up top" or to go outside. It's is very much a contained psychological experiment in the essence that you have an absolute control group. The difference is it isn't an experiment in the book. It is their reality. There are good twists and I highly recommend it.

    The use of whispersync for this book was very nice particularly because of the narration. I hadn't used whispersync before and found I liked it. It was cheap to pick up the audible portion after getting the book through amazon. I think it helped my review of the book. I started reading 'Wool', which was fortunate, because Amanda Sayle's ability to do additional character voices is lacking. She does fine on regular narration and Juliette's portion but her interpretation of male voices and some of the women is really bad and I think it would have led me to find some of the characters that I interpreted in my head as strong as juvenile. I utilzed whispersync for Julietts's portions and went back to the book if there was a lot of dialogue. I believe I might have abandoned the book if I hadn't. I would only get the audible version of this book if you choose to use whispersync. If you don't want to do whispersync I would read it and not listen to it.

    17 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Larry E. Jones 05-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Wool to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version, the audio edition was fantastic. Contrary to some of the reviews posted critical narrator, I never found Sayle's voicing of the characters confusing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jules. Strong and intelligent .


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Jules' attempted rescue of (?) at Silo 18 near the end of the book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, when one of main characters at the beginning decides to go outside.


    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Drew 05-25-13
    Drew 05-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I did not expect to be so engrossed in the story"

    This book exemplified the good and bad in humanity by brining to life a tale of struggle.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Lansing, MI, United States 06-05-13
    Brian Lansing, MI, United States 06-05-13 Member Since 2016

    I love to read books; and now just recently I've discovered that audio books are very cool!! I'm also an author. You can find the SciFi book "The Curse of Europa" here on Audible or on Amazon.

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    "I'm glad I stuck it out"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    A little less description of EVERYTHING. To me the story started out slow and I almost gave up on it. I moved onto a different book and just about returned this book because it was just moving way too s-l-o-w, and the character voices of the mayor and especially the deputy were very annoying. I returned to it a few weeks later and stuck it out - but the beginning almost made me bail.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Once the story picked up steam I enjoyed it. It was clever and smart.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Amanda Sayle?

    I just listened to story narrated by Angela Dawe. She was spectacular! Sayle's character voices rubbed me the wrong way I guess. Her normal narration voice was okay but she seemed to read a bit slow also which added to the slow start. I bumped the narration speed to 1.5 which helped.


    Was Wool worth the listening time?

    In the end yes. But like I said before, I almost baled on it after about 2 hours. I think the word count could have been cut a lot without loosing any of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad I stuck it out. After the mayor and the deputy voices were no longer needed, the other ones were not as bad. I was excited to dive into this book and was sad when I was ready to give up on it thinking it just wasn't my style. But I did like it over all. I think the author just has a way of over describing stuff, but I think that is what others liked about it. You can't please everyone :)

    30 of 42 people found this review helpful
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    A. Gift For You Ohio 05-05-13
    A. Gift For You Ohio 05-05-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Narrator Ruined the Book for Me"
    Would you try another book from Hugh Howey and/or Amanda Sayle?

    I would try another book by Howey if not performed by Sayle


    What didn’t you like about Amanda Sayle’s performance?

    The narrator completely ruined this book. Her character voices are horrible and her pauses are too long , especially in mid sentence.


    27 of 38 people found this review helpful
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    Alex 01-30-16
    Alex 01-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story performed poorly."

    What an enthralling story! So good.

    The Narrator was the worst I've ever heard, however. If anything, she takes away from the story...she uses four cartoonish voices to cover 10+ characters, and every voice is laughable. Don't quit your day job, Amanda Sayle. Or do. Just stop this narrating gig.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sunil 02-06-15
    Sunil 02-06-15
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    "Worth the effort"

    Complex story took some time to get into it, maybe a little more verbose than I would have liked, but was worth it as the story evolved nicely. Narrator gets a lot of credit for the various voices she used well to differentiate characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn O'Donnell 02-02-15
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    "Slow start, but worth the wait."

    I really enjoyed the story. It starts slow, but once it got going it was hard to stop listening. Looking forward to the next book in the series. The narrator is very good except when she's doing male voices. Male voices were very flat, lacking emotion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Howell Grand Rapids, MI 01-29-15
    Brian Howell Grand Rapids, MI 01-29-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Not new ideas, but good characters. Enjoyable"

    Wool takes place in a post-apocalyptic future, and deals with the central idea of a society following rules without questioning their purpose. This is not a new concept by any stretch, and even reminded me of a 2013 movie I saw recently called Snowpiercer in a lot of ways.

    Still, I couldn't help becoming invested in the characters' search for truth, no matter how fatalistic the quest seemed at times. I'll continue with Howey's "Shift Omnibus" in the near future.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Megan Pawlak 01-29-15
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    "Surprised"

    I new this would be good but I was pleasantly surprised that it exceeded my expectation. Some clues I understood early on but the rest had my mind running in circles with nowhere to go. I want to read the rest of the series. I just hope they don't try to top this one. 😉

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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