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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I honestly can't say whether the book was good or not- the narration was THAT BAD. Every female voice (other than the main character) sounded like Minnie Mouse. The male voices were on par with what I could have come up with on short notice, with no experience. Not only were the voices bad but there was little-to-no inflection and poorly attributed emotions. I can't believe this was actually published, I paid for it, AND I listened to it all the way through. The only reason I stuck it out was because Tim Gerard Reynolds narrates book 2 and he's one of my favorites. I figured if I could make it through the hot mess that is book 1, maybe he'd be able to salvage the story and bring it back to life. We shall see..... Fingers are crossed.
I enjoyed this story very much. However, the narrator really is best suited to fantasy books. I believe I recognize her voice and style from The Limits of Power.
As for this book, I love it! Hugh Howe is a Nom de plume though. Anybody else get that one? Thanks for the great story!
I definitely liked the story and normally don't get too picky with narrators but almost every male voice was on this audiobook was weird, nasal and just kinda ridiculous. Thank goodness they got one of my favorite narrators for the sequel and not this one.
Great story overall. Loved the evocative writing, the attention to the little details that really drew you into a scene or moment, felt some sections were a bit too lingering though and killed the pace at times, allowing me to zone out. But otherwise really awesome.
Unfortunately the narration, whilst solid and consistent, was not for me, I wasn't keen on the sentence inflections and rhythm in general. Also the character voices especially the male ones seemed a little to caricatured and biased. I would have preferred the narrator to have used her own voice for all the characters as each time she switched to a different pitch or tried to put character emphasis through intonation or accent it drew me right out if the story, Lucas, Solo, and Bernard were prime examples of this. If doing her own voice, I think emphasis and emotions would have been stronger, and construed more effectively.
The story is pretty compelling and entertaining, I wanted to listen through it most of the time.
The biggest problem was the narrator used annoying voices for most of the characters, especially the male characters, which made it difficult for me to form proper mental images of the people and scenes.
The first half of the book was interesting, but went downhill after that. The characters didn't really resonate with me and while the plot sounded really intriguing, the delivery fell flat for me.
As others have pointed out, this is likely to be a far more enjoyable read than listen. A good narrator adds value to a story, mediocre ones simply get the story across...and terrible ones actually subtract value. Unfortunately, the latter is the case here.
The basic narration is okay. Not particularly good, but not noticeably bad. Dialogue is where the problem lays--it's painful for nearly every male voice, and surprisingly even some of the female. My advice to would would-be listeners is try to find a sample that includes dialogue before deciding whether your ear can tolerate it.
As for the story itself, I admit that I am a victim to high expectations. Having heard nothing but superlatives about Wool, I came away slightly disappointed. It's still a good story, and certainly quite creative, but nothing really gripped me the way the best books do. The writing is good but not excellent, the characterizations reasonably complex (which I like), and the pacing perfect (it's relatively slow, which I also like).
I really enjoyed the story. unfortunately it took me a long time to get past this narrator's tone, expression and reading style and even then I wasnt enjoying it as much as i could have been
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