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.
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One of my top books. It was so hard to stop listening, kept me engaged in the story and eager to find out what happens next.
maybe not so much COMPARE, but the post-apocalyptic style reminds me of "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy and "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood, for the idea of society falling into a "controlled" and secretive state. If you haven't read either of those books, I highly recommend them as well.
She is very animated and into the different character voices, which really helps you keep them separate and organized in the story.
Yes, but I won't spoiler it for anyone!
Definitely worth your time. Well written and a unique view / version of a post-apocalyptic world.
My sister is blind and mentally handicapped. I have taken care of her for 14 years. In that time I have become friends with many handicap people. They are the best people on the earth. Subsequently, I have become fairly familiar with how disabled people often sound. I don't like bashing on people's hard work, but I figure that giving you a heads up will help you know exactly what to expect. She (the narrator) inadvertantly made all the male characters sound like they had mental disabilities. The story is still worth the purchase. Very intense at times, fun sense of exploration, and many other emotions. Believable character development. I see most books coming a mile away, but this book holds lots of originality. Overall, I don't blame the narrator too much, my wife sounds the same way when imitating me. So, i guess its a thing.
Hugh Howey's Wool is a legendary success in the self-publishing space. Its also a fun take on the post-apocalypse genre that has heart. Its a shame, then, that such an interesting piece of fiction has been subject to such an awful narrator.
Whether it's the breathily doddering Mayor Johns, or the blustering, half-choked gibbering she uses to represent every single male character, the narrator's dismal performance is the single worst narratorial hatchet job I've been exposed to on Audible, or in any Audio Book. And I dutifully listened through three of Roy Dotrice's heinous Game of Thrones audioboons
Wool is not a long novel. Read it for yourself, and don't let this putrid performance spoil the fun for you.
Avid reader all of my life! Favorite author is Stephen King! Favorite book is Hyperion-read/listen to it!
I decided to try this series out after it was recommended to me, and I'm quite glad I did so.
It's a unique take on the post-apocalyptic, dystopian future type of books that now seem to be quite popular in our culture.
What makes this series interesting, the "hook" that pulls you into the story and keeps you wanting to know more, is that the characters are all living in a silo structure that goes down hundreds of stories into the earth. No one can leave the silo as that means certain death. There are a few who either choose to leave on their own, or whom are sentenced to leave the silo for some crime. These people do not get very far as the outside environment kills them before they can cover much distance on the outside. In fact, their dead corpses litter the ground around the silo.
We are first introduced to a character, Sheriff Holston, who decides he wants to leave the silo after his wife had ventured outside earlier on. Her lifeless body can still be seen through the silo's various camera feeds. Torn by grief, Holston also departs the silo. As each person departs, they are asked to take a piece of wool and clean the camera feeds of dust and grime so that the people within the silo can continue to view what is occurring on the outside.
Next, we are introduced to Juliette, the main protagonist of the story, and it is through her eyes and experiences that we begin to discover more about the silo. It's purpose, why it was constructed, the various rules and rituals that define the daily lives of the people living within the silo.
I won't go into any further detail, but it is the discovery of the silo (through the character of Juliette) that really makes this book interesting and a engrossing listen.
The narrator does a great job with the various characters (though perhaps a tad too cliche with the antagonist).
I certainly recommend this book!
I wasn't sure what to think at first.. Considered turning it off and finding another but then i was hooked.... I had to find out how it played out... I enjoyed the twists and turns along the way.... I feel like the ending was cut a little short but i let my imagination finish the rest.... Take a chance on this one and i think you will be hooked a few chapters in
I found it hard to get into this book at the beginning. But ended up loving it.
My only qualm was the narrator's voice while doing characters. Her voice was lovely most of the time. But then she would do someone's voice...
This is one of the worst narrations ever. Amanda Sayles normal voice is pleasant and easy to follow. HOWEVER, why she felt the need to use painfully loud (rush to turn down the volume) and annoyingly nasal or throaty voices for some of the characters (e.g. Bernard) is inconceivable. It was so distracting and grating that I doubt I will try any other books in the series
An interesting premise that could've been more expeditiously explored.
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