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Wool: Silo, #1; Wool, #1-5 | [Hugh Howey]

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

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.
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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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    Matthew Wilmington, DE, United States 11-12-13
    Matthew Wilmington, DE, United States 11-12-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Can't wait to read this - the narration killed it."
    What made the experience of listening to Wool the most enjoyable?

    Turning it off. This is not a slight to Howey, because the story is good, but the narration was seriously lacking, and I usually give all readers the benefit of the doubt. However, if I'm focused more on your voice, and picking out characters, than the story, you are not doing a good job. I don't know what Sayle could have done to make it more enjoyable, but I have to say it was not for me. I am very much looking forward to reading the book instead.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Amanda Sayle’s performances?

    No. I said I am excited to read this book, because I have heard so many good things about the story, but had to give up listening before the first disc was through. Could not take the narrator seriously, her male voices were high or unusual, and her normal voice sounded like the trophy wife mom from Tommy Boy.


    Any additional comments?

    I rated the story high and the overall high, because I believe in the story, and just was unhappy with the narration and could not get past it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 08-10-13
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 08-10-13 Member Since 2002

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "Poor narration of a so-so book-but Shift was good"

    At first I thought this was a children’s book with really simple characters and caricature narration, but it was too slow and boring to be a kid’s book. Is this science fiction? If so the science is so bad as to be dangerous (kids die every year emulating such diving scenes) The science was bad, but worse the characters’ actions just did not make any sense to me. Why would someone want to clean the lenses? There was also no tension as everything interesting was telegraphed long before being reveled. I really did not intend to read the next book in the series, but I already purchased both, so what the heck? Shift (the next book but prequel) was astoundingly different, well written and well narrated. It was like a completely different author. Although the premise was still a bit far fetched, the characters were adult and believable and there is actual tension and angst. If book three is like Shift I will likely continue the series.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Heather redlands, CA, United States 06-07-13
    Heather redlands, CA, United States 06-07-13 Member Since 2009

    Smoke me a kipper; I'll be back for breakfast.

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    "Manual on how to shelve humans for later."

    The most enjoyable aspect of this book is its believability. Many of the current dystopias available explore interesting ideas of levels of government control. However, this series I wouldn’t really categorize as dystopia as it is more of a survival story and this makes it seem so much closer to our real-world situation. It’s not a government trying to make the country perfect and society civilized and then it turning out scary. It is a government trying to help a few humans do the best they can to survive. So the story explores how a country would go about shelving away some humans for survival until the world is live-able. What levels of deceit are worth it for the best survival of the most people? It also addressed issues of class separation, population control, limit of historical information, and the power of taboos.

    I found the story slow at the beginning with the first couple of main characters but it moved onto story-lines I found more appealing. All of the characters are standard bucket types, which I felt showed a real lack of imagination on the author’s part. Everyone is what they appear from day one. It could be argued, however, that in a closed society this would be apt to occur. A great aspect of this book is that it is fairly gender-neutral in approach and so more widely palatable to readers. The writing is average but the ideas are great and well-worth the read. I always appreciate an author willing to discuss difficult issues like sacrifice for the good of many and social control and value ideas over good prose. I will definitely plan on reading the Shift series.

    I wasn't very fond of this narrator. She did try to do distinct voices, which is appreciated. However, she narrates like she's doing an oral reading on stage instead of just reading it. I'm glad "Shift" is a different narrator.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Steve L. 05-20-13
    Steve L. 05-20-13
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    "This is painful to listen to. I wasted a credit."

    For me this book is really difficult to listen to. The narrator's pace is extremely slow and she pauses many times in mid-sentence as well as every sentence ending. I kept praying that she would put two sentences together, but that never happened. I found my concentration drifting. I tried playing the audio book on fast speed, but then the audio quality suffers. Perhaps these dramatic pauses work on stage, but they do not work well in the audio book format.

    Also, the male character voices sound like no man I have ever heard. With these two extremely distracting elements, it is really hard for me to follow the plot of the story. Sorry Amanda. I really wanted to listen to this book, but I have wasted a credit instead.

    11 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Leah G. 06-28-14
    Leah G. 06-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Narration is *SO* terrible, it's distracting..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend someone read *not listen* to this book. The narration is so horrible, it's distracting. Her character voices are incredibly contrived and overly acted out. It made me wonder how the process goes for hiring a narrator...is their work not reviewed prior to publishing the audio version? Does the author not have input? If I wrote this novel and heard it butchered as this woman did, I'd be mortified and defeated. Such a pity.
    Bottom line: do not listen to this book.


    What other book might you compare Wool to and why?

    Similar to Hunger Games, Divergent, Maze Runner...post-apocalyptic nation struggling to exist harmoniously...


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

    Loved the guy that narrated the Maze Runner series...


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    If Amanda Sayle had nothing to do with it...


    Any additional comments?

    I have only reviewed a book a tiny handful of times...and was so disappointed, I was compelled to provide my input.

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    Amy crowley, TX, United States 05-27-14
    Amy crowley, TX, United States 05-27-14 Member Since 2010
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    "SUPRISE"

    I got this because it was a daily deal.... and the movie trailer for a upcoming possible movie... I liked the story. It still haunts me. I both wanted to hug and choke people in this book. Yes, I was involved. Hate the name; but I do not know what else I would call it...I get the reason, but there is so much more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Chesapeake, VA, United States 05-21-14
    David Chesapeake, VA, United States 05-21-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting...but not great"

    Certainly an interesting premise. The idea that people live in these 100 story silos essentially below ground begs the obvious question - why?. There is little context for these silos. Apparently that comes in book 2.

    Initially I was not sure where the story was headed, definitely a couple of false starts. Once our heroine is thrust outside the silo to perform the "cleaning" the story definitely picks up. Unfortunately the story bogs down at times and is a bit contrived, even after we find out that there is life out there and that silo 18 are not the sole survivors in this basically uninhabitable world.

    Still not decided if I will continue with the next two books. While I did not care much for the reader, books 2 and 3 are narrated by Tim Reynolds who is one of my favorites.

    The story ends well if not a bit rushed but sets up well for a sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gohar Issaquah, WA 05-20-14
    Gohar Issaquah, WA 05-20-14 Member Since 2008

    I Like scifi-fantasy, non-fiction, historical fiction genres. Liked Wot, Got, Pillars of Earth, Century trilogy. Last read: Maritan. luvd it

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    "Excellent series to read"

    Writing this review after reading all the 3 books in the series. Hugh Howey has a really good IP here. He did a great job developing the characters and built the story. The book's quality goes down from book 1. Wool is definitely the best book out of the 3.

    Although the story and characters are original, Hugh's writing is mediocre. The narration is mediocre as well but not horrible.

    Definitely worth reading the series and one of the good original scifi books in along time.

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    Randall PERU, ME, USA 05-18-14
    Randall PERU, ME, USA 05-18-14 Member Since 2004
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    "good read"

    Take the time you wont be sorry. definitely didn't want to stop listening and spent time sitting in the driveway after my commute.

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    Jan Arkansas 05-15-14
    Jan Arkansas 05-15-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Wool is Well Spun!"

    A post-apocolyptic novel with original characters and storyline. This one stands out far from the everyday zombie, nuclear, and viral apocolypses. A controlled society that unwinds slowly at first, and then like a roller coaster. Kept my attention throughout. Good narration that compliments the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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