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.
I definitely liked the story and normally don't get too picky with narrators but almost every male voice was on this audiobook was weird, nasal and just kinda ridiculous. Thank goodness they got one of my favorite narrators for the sequel and not this one.
Great story overall. Loved the evocative writing, the attention to the little details that really drew you into a scene or moment, felt some sections were a bit too lingering though and killed the pace at times, allowing me to zone out. But otherwise really awesome.
Unfortunately the narration, whilst solid and consistent, was not for me, I wasn't keen on the sentence inflections and rhythm in general. Also the character voices especially the male ones seemed a little to caricatured and biased. I would have preferred the narrator to have used her own voice for all the characters as each time she switched to a different pitch or tried to put character emphasis through intonation or accent it drew me right out if the story, Lucas, Solo, and Bernard were prime examples of this. If doing her own voice, I think emphasis and emotions would have been stronger, and construed more effectively.
The story is pretty compelling and entertaining, I wanted to listen through it most of the time.
The biggest problem was the narrator used annoying voices for most of the characters, especially the male characters, which made it difficult for me to form proper mental images of the people and scenes.
The first half of the book was interesting, but went downhill after that. The characters didn't really resonate with me and while the plot sounded really intriguing, the delivery fell flat for me.
As others have pointed out, this is likely to be a far more enjoyable read than listen. A good narrator adds value to a story, mediocre ones simply get the story across...and terrible ones actually subtract value. Unfortunately, the latter is the case here.
The basic narration is okay. Not particularly good, but not noticeably bad. Dialogue is where the problem lays--it's painful for nearly every male voice, and surprisingly even some of the female. My advice to would would-be listeners is try to find a sample that includes dialogue before deciding whether your ear can tolerate it.
As for the story itself, I admit that I am a victim to high expectations. Having heard nothing but superlatives about Wool, I came away slightly disappointed. It's still a good story, and certainly quite creative, but nothing really gripped me the way the best books do. The writing is good but not excellent, the characterizations reasonably complex (which I like), and the pacing perfect (it's relatively slow, which I also like).
I really enjoyed the story. unfortunately it took me a long time to get past this narrator's tone, expression and reading style and even then I wasnt enjoying it as much as i could have been
This is one of the most riveting books I have listened to in a long time. All the people live in a silo, an immense circular structure buried in the ground with only a small sensor array sticking above ground level that projects a view of the surrounding landscape on view screens that appear on the top floor of the silo. The outside air is supposed to be toxic somehow. Not everybody believes this, but it appears to be one of the few things that actually is true in this place where much of what people think they know turns out not to be the truth.
The most forbidden thing in this closed environment is to wish to go outside. The punishment is to give these people what they want – to send them outside.
The sheriff’s wife thought she had discovered a bit of the truth and asked to go outside. So, they sent her outside to clean the sensors, and then to take her chances with what was out there. She died. Three years later the sheriff, the person responsible for sending people out when they break the rules, misses her so much that he also asks to be sent out. He too cleans the sensors and dies. It then falls to his deputy and the silo’s mayor to find a new sheriff. And from the attempt to do a good job of this follow a rash of suicides and murders that lead to an internal rebellion and the discovery, at least on the part of some people, that there are other silos.
There are two Audible versions of this book. I was worried that I had picked the wrong one when I hastily bought this version to go with my Kindle Unlimited book, but Amanda Sayle does an excellent job with the characters, especially Mayor Jahns and the new sheriff, Juliette.
title says it. one thing I'll add. The narrator has some pretty scorning reviews. while a few of her voices were a bit annoying all in all she wasn't that bad. Don't let that scare you out of the listen.
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