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.
Wool is very low on my list of favorites. The poor narration is hard to overcome. Every time you get into the story, the narrator does another horrible voice impression that makes you want to stab something in your eye. Whoever hired the women narrating the story needs to be sacked, and forced to listen to this recording again and again for penance.
Interesting distopia tale. Hard to imagine life below ground. The characters and themes were very cliche. I felt a bit like each chapter I had already been there before, only in a better sci-fi story.
Never. I wouldn't wish that upon my worst enemies.
NO, NO, a thousand times NO! Mental health breaks were needed to avoid sending threatening emails to the crappy narrator.
Let Amanda know that being able to do more than 3 types of character voices is a general expectation of the average audio book listener.
Really enjoyed the story. I hope the next two elaborate on some things.
My only complaint is about the narrator. She does fine with normal exposition and Juliette's voice, but seemed to really miss the mark on the men in the story. I'm glad I could look past it.
I still would recommend the audiobook, just be aware of its issues.
I like the premise. I am always interested in post-apocalyptic scenarios, and this book delivers in that regard. The 'Silos' are essentially self-contained underground cities in which select groups of people were able to shelter when the apocalypse happened. The closest I would compare it to would be the 'Vaults' from the Fallout series of computer games. If you ever wanted more backstory (mechanics, politic, etc) of life inside a Vault, then this series is for you.
Unfortunately, I found the story itself to be pretty slow-moving. I never really identified with the characters enough to genuinely care about their fates. While the detail in describing the Silos was excellent, I guess I was looking for more plot twists, or 'shocking' details to emerge, or even more suspenseful action sequences. And the main 'love story' element between Juliette and Lucas seems a bit forced and arbitrary.
Alot of the reviews here complain about the narration, and I agree that it is an issue. While I don't think better narration would have saved the book for me, it certainly didn't help. Unfortunately, the main antagonist, who is presumably supposed to be menacing at some level, happens to sound exactly like Julia Sweeny's androgynous "Pat" character from Saturday Night Live.
The reason for the apocalypse is merely hinted at.... supposedly more details are forthcoming in the next book (or collection of books), but I don't think I'm hooked enough to buy the next one.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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