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.
Probably not. I would read it because the way the narrator voiced a lot of characters seemed to get on my nerves and caused me to be distracted from the story. All of her male characters had either a nasally whiny sound or dumb and oafish and at times almost a robotic monotone voice.
Though not everyone may agree, I liked Lukas. I don't want to go into why so much to avoid spoilers but I could relate to him.
I couldn't pinpoint 3 words to describe her voice but she had certain traits for characters that I found distracting. Her male voices were either nasally or oafish and it took away from it for me, except for Bernard. That is just about how I think he would sound.
I felt sadness, loneliness, anger, and hope all throughout the book.
Despite recommendations from many friends to read this, I almost didn't make it past the first chapter. Amanda Sayle has an excellent narration voice, but her choices for character voices is both jarring and distracting. Her effort to make every voice sound different ends up with her going over-the-top. I'm sorry to say that it ends up sounding like a children's radio show. It's off-tone and went from irritating to downright comedic.
This is a fascinating post apocalyptic world filled with interesting characters. I would actually compare it to the Fallout game series.
If it was a straight narration... possibly. As I said, she has a great voice. If she were to do dialogue again an experienced director needs to work with her on her character depiction.
Only that Amanda's narration choices made it almost impossible to listen to.
I really don't want to be a hater, but I have to warn people to please just buy the eBook or paperback. I feel like I missed out on something great as this story was ruined for me.
I had read half way through this book on my kindle but put it off for over a year because I was too busy. Thankfully I got into audio books and started listening to them in my car everyday on my way to work. Although I wasn't much of a fan for the narrator, it didn't matter; this book is so amazing and well written. It was so great I was able to overlook the bad voices the narrator used. I loved it and will probably read again in a few years. 10/10
The story itself was a slow start but then really picked up at the end which I enjoyed. The narrator: the female part she did, well but her other voices were left wanting. A little more practice and I think she'll be better. But at this point in time she needs work. Then again I also think that Will Wheaton also has a lack of vocal talents or other voices. His overall performance great but left wanting.
The writing style and story are great. Hugh Howey has a way of painting a picture with his words that not many authors can rival.
The narration was , eh, OK... The Narrator true really hard to make many of the voices stand out but quite a few, to me, sounded the same.
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