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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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    SciFi Kindle Cheshire, CT USA 06-13-13
    SciFi Kindle Cheshire, CT USA 06-13-13 Member Since 2012

    I'm a Hard SF & Space Opera-loving, alien android from the future. I bring gifts of SciFi eBooks & accessories for your leader's Kindle. Take me to him/her/it.

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    "Solid storytelling, simple plot"

    Despite all the positive word-of-mouth about this book, I was prepared to hate it based on the unique route it took to success: self-published Kindle serial from an unknown author?! Even the synopsis put it outside my usual favorite imagination playgrounds of far-future deep-space hard SF. Not another dystopia coming-of-age novel!

    Now, having read it and lined up with the legions of other five-star reviewers, I can tell you it is one of the best I've read this year. The world-building is fantastic, and the story exploits every opportunity to wring dramatic irony from situations where the reader knows more than the characters about a situation. The limited settings may prevent the action sequences from being truly cinematic, but there is no lack of tension and intra-character drama. I'm looking forward to reading Howey's follow-up episodes to see what onion-skin revelations about the wider story world he's got planned!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua Delaware, OH, United States 06-12-13
    Joshua Delaware, OH, United States 06-12-13 Member Since 2007
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    "As said before, the reader detracts"
    Would you try another book from Hugh Howey and/or Amanda Sayle?

    Yes, I plan on listening to the next one if (I think it is) read by someone else.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wool?

    The premise is what drew me and kept me listening.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I don't mean to be harsh (others have already beaten it to death), but someone else should have read this.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader really detracted, but not enough for me to stop listening. During sections of dialogue it was genuinely hard to tell if it was the writing or the voice acting that made me loose interest. I'm hoping the next one is better and with a different voice actor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amber Fort Collins, CO, United States 06-09-13
    Amber Fort Collins, CO, United States 06-09-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Story couldn't cover the performance"

    The performance may have ruined this book for me... I am not sure the story does deserve 3 stars - my sister in law raves about this book - but I can't bring myself to rate higher.

    Problems with the narration... let me count the ways!

    1) Unusual pauses
    There are many, many pauses in this book, for no good reason, and then when a dramatic pause would be perfect the narrator ploughs through with barely a gap between words.
    2) Inconsistent pace
    Some sentences are rushed, some are drawled out.
    3) Character tone
    It's just way off. She will say a line in a way that is completely inconsistent with the character's actions or thoughts. For instance the major is meant to be a strong character, but she speaks in a passive and uncertain tone that would never win an elected position, let alone be the voice of a well-loved public figure head.
    4) The voices
    Oh the voices. This narrator cannot do male voices at all, it's too difficult to even describe how bad it is. They sounded a lot like cartoon voices, circa Rocky and Bullwinkle's era, or Yogi Bear. The females were not as bad, for the most part, but still cringeworthy. One of the reviewers said she sounded like Glinda the good witch, and it's a very accurate call.

    If this story appeals to you, and it was an interesting story, skip the audio version, go visit the book shop!

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    G. Rycerz Raleigh, NC 06-05-13
    G. Rycerz Raleigh, NC 06-05-13 Member Since 2013

    "Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference." ~ Kant

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    "Awesome story! Narration needs to grow on you."

    I had heard about Hugh Howey's WOOL and decided to buy it. I'll be honest, it took a while for me to get used to Amanda's voice but I think she does a good job. She's more suited for female character narration but I guess I should have expected that she wouldn't be able to convey male voices well. Not many female narrators can. Once I was accustom to her inflections, I listened happily along.

    The story is fantastic. Howey is a great story teller. Howey unfolds the events in WOOL masterfully. Suspense, shock, horror are all conveyed well as you listen. You will feel like you are right there, inside the silo, living among its inhabitants.

    Pick this up. Do it now! You won't regret it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila LEEDS, AL, United States 05-28-13
    Sheila LEEDS, AL, United States 05-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Very Slow"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. The story is slow and nothing exciting happens. The character development was so weak that I didnt care who lived or died.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Amanda Sayle?

    Probably. The narration was not great but I have heard worse.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook is actually the omnibus version of several ebook shorts published on Amazon. The kindle reviews, for each individual story, are pretty good. Maybe that is how this particular story is best received, in small portions.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Cannongate Denver 12-16-13
    Cannongate Denver 12-16-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Amateur Hour in Prose and Performance"
    What disappointed you about Wool?

    Mr. Howey has created an interesting concept but utterly lacks the literary talent or psychological insights necessary to make this series worth one's time.


    What didn’t you like about Amanda Sayle’s performance?

    Amanda Sayles might be a very nice woman, perhaps even possesses acting talent, who knows? But how in the world she was hired to perform an audiobook must remain one of the universe's great unfathomable mysteries. She has one voice, her everyday, perfectly pleasant conversational one, but all other efforts at characterization sound like a daycare teacher's effort to use cartoony voices to entertain her three year old students. I do not blame her but rather the publisher or whomever who made the decision to use her. Just like we don't blame Sophia Coppola for accepting a lead in Godfather Part III and exhibiting to the world how ill conceived was that casting. Just tell me that Amanda had once donated a kidney to the publisher's child and I will stop shaking my head at the thought that in this world of such talented actors, Amanda Sayles was considered the best choice for this series.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    :J phoenix,AZ 01-04-14
    :J phoenix,AZ 01-04-14 Member Since 2005

    yojne efil look at everything

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    "why a woman narrator"
    What did you love best about Wool?

    The silo. I can imagine being in it with the stair case and holding onto the never ending banister


    What does Amanda Sayle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Poor narration. Please use a male voice. Amanda has some very quirky sounds that I didn't care for. I would have stopped listening but found the story to be awesome. I will listen to one more. Hope it has a better narrator.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I never have time to listen in one sitting.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah AUSTIN, TX, United States 01-04-14
    Sarah AUSTIN, TX, United States 01-04-14
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    "book is great whispersync is a fraud"
    Would you try another book from Hugh Howey and/or Amanda Sayle?

    Yed


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything


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

    This is a nonsensical question


    What character would you cut from Wool?

    Why would I do that, you are horrible people


    Any additional comments?

    No
    That's it

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Shirley, NY, United States 11-06-13
    Joseph Shirley, NY, United States 11-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story... up until the ending."
    Any additional comments?

    I really liked this story, it was immersive and very detailed... right up to the ending. The ending felt rushed. It was like the final, hastily written, chapters were cobbled onto a great story to bring it quickly to an end. It was really a shame.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Fox Omaha, NE 10-25-13
    Eric Fox Omaha, NE 10-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Meh ... lost potential"
    What would have made Wool better?

    Better narrator. Honestly, I hate to be negative but I just couldn't get into her voice. She really didn't sell it. I was annoyed by her character voices. Maybe it's just me, but I couldn't get into it.


    What didn’t you like about Amanda Sayle’s performance?

    I didn't think she differentiated between the characters that much. She sounded like she was trying to do impressions of them, instead of actually DOING them. The voices sounded too much like her own.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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