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.
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It took me a while to get into this audiobook. At first I didn't like the narrator at all. I have no idea why something about it wasn't right. I stuck with it though and after about 1 -2 hours she just really worked for it. Overall I really enjoyed this audiobook.
There are some truly great ideas in this story. The original short story is amazing. Unfortunately all of the truly inspired ideas are wrapped up in overused cliches and drawn out descriptions of the environment. The voice acting is great for female characters, but every male is made to sound like an old dying Wicked Witch of the West.
I am always happy to find a new series of books to keep me busy for all of the driving and walking I do, and this kept me interested throughout the entire story. I love the author's vision of an underground society, and the trip to the down-deep by the mayor and deputy, while a slower part of the book, was a great way to describe the makeup of the silo in a more dynamic way than just a narrative description which would have taken too long. The plot twists were well timed, the characters interesting and there was just enough left out to make you want to continue with the next book "Shift" which I will be reading next.
Unfortunately, the narration for many of the character voices was horrendous. I read about narration problems in the reviews, but when I listened to the sample (in both versions of this book) I thought "well that isn't so bad".... of course, because there is no dialogue in any of the samples. Good thinking, Audible, I wouldn't want potential buyers of the book to hear the cringeworthy voice of Bernard, which is a cross between Paul Lynde and Edward G Robinson, or the Minnie Mouse voice of half the female characters. For other males she makes the same mistake as many other female narrators doing male voices... she tries to sound like a man rather than just using a lower version of her normal speaking voice. The result, for characters like Lucas and Holsten, is the voice of a man who has just been punched in the stomach. It is a shame because it takes away from what would otherwise be a very enjoyable and interesting book.
No... I would read it next time. This narrator was truly awful.
I thought the story was very well written and and thought out. It was easy to get lost in the consistent world of the Silos.
The end was pretty cool.
I haven't heard the other narrator for this book (there are two versions with different narrators) - so I can't recommend the other narrator per se. But it is hard to imagine any narrator doing a worse job. So I guess I am recommending you buy the other version.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
I CAN'T READ THAT FOR 12 HOURS
I like the whole concept of this story and I like what happens in the story. I do wish this had been 12 hours instead of 17+, for it really dragged the last five hours. The whole thing was written in a slow, taking for ever manner. It was not overly descriptive, nor was there flowery language, I think we just spent too much time in the minds of the characters, contemplating simple things. Though I am impatient, I was okay (not thrilled) with this, but toward the end it started to ware on me. I am a sucker for books about populations stuck in enclosed environments, generations ships, islands, or even Room by Donoghue.
LATERAL DIGS ARE FORBIDDEN
The whole book is a mystery and the mystery is compelling enough, that you want to listen. I am even going to break a long habit of mine of not continuing a series I can't give five stars too. The next series tells how the silos came about and then there is a third book in the series. A lot in the book is predictable but some things are not and the main mystery keeps you listening.
The narrator is not great, nor is she terrible. When she does voices, they do sound cartoonish or like anime. I have notice this same book is out with a different narrator, you may want check out the reviews on her. I also notice that book two is a different narrator then either of the two versions of one. Her male voices sound like a little girl trying to sound grown up. It was not enough to detract from the story for me and she did not read it slow, it was slow written.
Typically, I will give a book five to seven chapters or an audiobook an hour to snare my interest. This one kept putting me to sleep around forty minutes ( yes, I tried three times to listen to it). Some might say "it's a good book but it starts slow." To me, that is just a sign of a bad book and a waste of time.
As I write this review, there are a lot of reviews for this book, so I may not add anything new, but I couldn't resist to give my two cents.
Some people complained in the reviews why the book titled Wool. I find it appropriate, it refers to the core principle of cleaning the lenses, keep the Silo going.
The characterisation is good, we get enough details and backstory for the main characters, others are drawn with rough lines, but we don't need to know them deeply.
I enjoyed the writing except that it drags time after time. Some scenes were just too long, I had to resist to skip forward.
I had problem with the basic principle of the Silo. People were separated, so they don't conspire against the ones who rule. The fact that it was hard to climb so many steps and the expensiveness of the electronic communication was supposed to do the job. There is logic in it, I admit, but something is just not quite right. People still communicated, word had gotten to places. There were a few other details that annoyed me, for example the lack of elevators. I get that it could have been because of this idea of separating people, but can you imagine how much stuff the porters had to carry up and down? And what about the big, heavy things? And there was also the cleaning. It was all believable that Holston was tricked to clean, but what about the people who wouldn't clean the lenses because they would be angry being cast out. And what about the total jerks, who would broke the cameras out of mere revenge? Surely there would be one or two in a few hundred years. Why not having a cleaning mechanism and use another way of punishment? These simply doesn't add up for me.
Besides that I found the plot compelling, and I enjoyed the action scenes.
I liked the way technical details were presented. The author didn't want to lecture me in engineering or IT, he gave only those details what I needed, without using jargon.
All in all, I enjoyed the book, and I want to know what happens in Shift and Dust.
People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
The title metaphor of Wool is the old saying about pulling the wool over your eyes -- creating a deception to hide one's true intentions. But what I love best about Wool can best be summed up by a different metaphor, the old saying about peeling back the layers of an onion. You have to have some patience when listening to Wool, because things unfold slowly, meticulously.
But your patience pays off -- not necessarily in some great revelation as to why people live in an underground Silo in Wool's dystopian post-apocalyptic future. That revelation is there in the end -- the pulling back of the wool over the eyes of the people in the Silo. But for me, the process is more rewarding than that payoff -- the peeling back of the layers of the onion that exposes more and more about Silo society, as a metaphor for contemporary society, as we progresses to the point where the wool is pulled back from our eyes.
That is probably the natural consequence of the way Wool was conceived and written -- as five separate, interrelated novellas. The end result, in this first omnibus edition that is continued in subsequent volumes, is the story of a society that slowly reveals itself both to the reader as well as to its very own inhabitants (except the one who already knows). The bonus is that it requires strong characterization as a prerequisite to the way the plot affects them.
It's more than a moment, it's all of Book 2, focusing on Mayor Jahns and Deputy Marnes, as they travel down the hundred-plus stories of the Silo on foot and then climb back up, revealing to us how the Silo is structured to house the different levels of its society. It also reveals the relationship between Jahns and Marnes, which is all the more poignant because of the way it ends.
You gotta love Juliette. It seems to be one of the enduring and satisfying memes of dystopion sci-fi that young women are so strong and empowered (as in The Hunger Games and Divergent, and on TV in Revolution). Jules is such a character, particularly striking because she was written by a male author. It helps immensely that this male-authored book is performed by a woman, Amanda Sayle, who reads Wool as meticulously and ponderously as it was written.
Honorable mention to Solo, the lone inhabitant of a neighboring silo who comes out of his shell in Book 5 after Jules finds him in Book 4.
Open Your Eyes!
Despite not knowing how these people wound up in the silo or how they set up their society, it was a good story.
I don't know if I had a "favorite" character. I liked many of the characters in the book for who they were and their contributions. I really liked the voice Amanda gave Solo and looked forward to hearing from him.
No, but I'd listen to her again.
I listened to this book a while ago and listened again after buying the second book. I was rapt and listened to the book any chance I could. I hope the other installments continue to hold my interest like this one did.
I loved this series and by far, this book was the most enjoyable of the three. I've recommended these books to several friends. It was a bit slow at first but once Juliette enters the story it gets better.
Juliette - she's an amazing, strong person.
No, but she is now my favorite narrator. She's so good at doing voices for the different characters you knew who was speaking immediately.
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