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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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!
Yes, I plan on listening to the next one if (I think it is) read by someone else.
The premise is what drew me and kept me listening.
I don't mean to be harsh (others have already beaten it to death), but someone else should have read this.
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.
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!
"Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference." ~ Kant
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.
No. The story is slow and nothing exciting happens. The character development was so weak that I didnt care who lived or died.
Probably. The narration was not great but I have heard worse.
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.
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.
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.
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The silo. I can imagine being in it with the stair case and holding onto the never ending banister
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.
No, I never have time to listen in one sitting.
This is a nonsensical question
Why would I do that, you are horrible people
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.
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.
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.
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