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've wanted to read this book for awhile. Was incredibly excited to start... And then the narration began. Buying this book was a waste of money as I cannot force myself to listen any longer. Saying the narrator is awful is too kind. She emphasizes strange spots in sentences, makes other sentences incredibly flat and monotone. Character voices are not very consistent or diversified. The book however started off really interesting. I thought it was going in one direction and then it surprised me. Wonderful writing and I still look forward to reading this book. I go through multiple audiobooks a month and have for many years. I have neer heard a bad narrator until this one. Please don't waste your money. Just like good narration can make a great book even better, bad narration can make that great book crash and burn. That is what it felt like listening to this narrator. A great piece of literature being set on fire.
The book was surprising but I couldn't finish it because of narration.
Emphasized strange parts of sentences that sounded unnatural. Other times sounded monotone and emotionless. Character voices do not differ very much. Fifty percent of the time she sounds like a teenage girl (valley girl perhaps) trying to tell a serious adult dystopian story involving death and just ruins the mood of the story.
I couldn't listen to the narrator very long.
An awesome storyline, great characters and good pace! Got it initially to pass long drive time and so glad I did! As this set finished I was clicking to buy others books in the series and other things by the author - great job!
Mom, RN, CLC, LOL
Despite the narrator's somewhat strange renditions of male voices, this story was highly entertaining. I enjoyed it thoroughly and am heading to download Shift after I write this!
The plot was great but could of been flushed out better. Some crucial hooks the story relies on come off forced, and unbelievable. Could of invested more words detailing the how's and whys of the Silos inhabitants ingrained beliefs about their known "world". The relationships between the main character and her allies need a lot of strengthening to be believable. She falls in love and risks her life for a guy she's met like twice? Her bonds to her working peers are to thinly explained for them to risk their lives for her, or for the reader to feel anything when her allies sacrifice for her.
Some elements seem to flip on a dime. For instance, in one of the main action sequences two groups are facing off in a small battle, and even though there has been no fighting for 100 years or more and neither side actively trains, one group is suddenly vastly superior in warfare tactics then the other.
If you take some of the plot points and throw them to the wind, the story can overall be fairly engrossing. That is to say I liked it. I liked it enough to purchase the second Omni bus called Shift, so that I can see how the story progresses. Although I haven't been able to form a solid connection with the main character Juliet, the story has a lot of potential and has kept me interested.
I feel like the book could have possibly clocked in at 15 hours or less if the narrator hadn't over-enunciated and used such lengthy pauses, but I liked the story overall.
Juliette was a pretty prototypical feminist character, and I liked her a lot.
This was the worst narration that I've encountered so far (but I've only been using Audible for a couple of months). Sayle was slow and boring - not a dynamic performance in the least. She took too much time emphasizing every syllable and left long pauses for every comma and period. She lost any sense of rhythm or flow of a good storytelling voice. The performance was slightly improved when I sped it up to 1.25x. Some sound quality was lost, but I was less irritated listening to it.
The story was worth the telling but, if I had to do it over, I would have purchased a print version of the book and forgone the narration talents of Ms. Sayle.
I don't typically like dystopian stories so this wasn't my favorite, but the writing is good and I cared about the characters. The author does a good job of painting a picture of the world they live in but I don't think the relationships between the characters is developed enough. It just all happens too easily. The romance at the beginning forms too fast, the convincing of Juliet to take the sheriff role was too easy, the change in Peter too simplified... To be more realistic, this book should have been twice as long. Relationships and trust between characters needs more effort.
I did enjoy the book, but probably won't read the next in the series.
Great book! Narration was great once you got used to the style.
Best part was the vivid description of the silo world. Plot was good but not the most realistic. Characters deep enough for this type of book.
Overall an existing listen! A
The book got better as it went along. Not a fan of Ms. Sayle's version of male character voices, so that made listening more difficult than reading. Story is well written and after first third, good story line.
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