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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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    Al Bsharah 05-14-15
    Al Bsharah 05-14-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Narration was rough"

    Had a really hard time getting past the poor acting, people all sounding the same, and cartoon-like voices. Really took away from what was probably a much better story than I perceived.

    Doubt I'm going to read the rest of the books if they've got the same narrator.

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    Shannon 05-11-15
    Shannon 05-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "wow. just ... wow"

    I don't know why it took me so long to read/listen to this title. I've owned it for years now and just got around to it. it's a brilliant piece of writing! engaging, world building, epic in scale, just everything you'd want in good sci fi! it will be down as one of the greats. must read

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    H. 05-05-15
    H. 05-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Monotone after a while"
    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Of course the setting is interesting, but the stories emotional tone stays the same with little variation. It's also a bit slow and I didn't manage to finish it.


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    Amir Amirkhany 05-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Too little happens in a long time"

    Not a very strong story line. Very slow pace and few surprises. Will not read the next two.

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    Caleb 04-30-15
    Caleb 04-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Starts off slow finishes with a bang."

    Absolutely an amazing story by Hugh Howey. The story itself takes a few chapters to really get started but by the middle of the book you realize why you need so much information. The performance was talented with so many voices coming from one person. Definitely worth a read or listen.

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    Angela 04-30-15
    Angela 04-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Enjoyed the story...not the narrator!"
    Any additional comments?

    I really didn't know if I would be able to finish this listen because I couldn't get over the narrator's voice. I didn't like her character voice for Bernard in particular...like nails on a chalkboard. However, I did like the story, so I stuck it out. That, and I saw that the next audiobook in the series is read by a different narrator. If my library would have had this book in stock, I would have preferred to have read it myself. I will continue with the series, though, and hope the new narrator gives new life to the great content.

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    Jason 04-19-15
    Jason 04-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amanda style this isn't the job for you"

    The story was great, the narration was abysmal. Glad to see they found someone else to narrate the next book. It's amazing that someone somewhere thought that some of the voices she has done where adequate enough to sell to someone. She sounded like a 7 year old girl with the terrible personality making fun of the nerd kid in class. Her normal voice was enjoyable and very few of the other ones where okay.

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    Amazon Customer 04-17-15
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    "Great Story and characters"
    Would you listen to Wool again? Why?

    Probably not. I would read it because the way the narrator voiced a lot of characters seemed to get on my nerves and caused me to be distracted from the story. All of her male characters had either a nasally whiny sound or dumb and oafish and at times almost a robotic monotone voice.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Though not everyone may agree, I liked Lukas. I don't want to go into why so much to avoid spoilers but I could relate to him.


    What three words best describe Amanda Sayle’s voice?

    I couldn't pinpoint 3 words to describe her voice but she had certain traits for characters that I found distracting. Her male voices were either nasally or oafish and it took away from it for me, except for Bernard. That is just about how I think he would sound.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I felt sadness, loneliness, anger, and hope all throughout the book.


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    grael23 04-16-15
    grael23 04-16-15
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    "Great book... Poor narration choices"
    Where does Wool rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Despite recommendations from many friends to read this, I almost didn't make it past the first chapter. Amanda Sayle has an excellent narration voice, but her choices for character voices is both jarring and distracting. Her effort to make every voice sound different ends up with her going over-the-top. I'm sorry to say that it ends up sounding like a children's radio show. It's off-tone and went from irritating to downright comedic.


    What other book might you compare Wool to and why?

    This is a fascinating post apocalyptic world filled with interesting characters. I would actually compare it to the Fallout game series.


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

    If it was a straight narration... possibly. As I said, she has a great voice. If she were to do dialogue again an experienced director needs to work with her on her character depiction.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Only that Amanda's narration choices made it almost impossible to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    I really don't want to be a hater, but I have to warn people to please just buy the eBook or paperback. I feel like I missed out on something great as this story was ruined for me.

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    D. Shivers Middlebury, VT United States 04-14-15
    D. Shivers Middlebury, VT United States 04-14-15
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    "Amazing!"

    Great story with a very good reader. Can't wait to listen to the next book in this excellent dystopian series.

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