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I would recommend the *book*, but I'd have a hard time recommending the audiobook. The narrator's portrayal of certain characters sounds a lot like she was reading from a children's book with Yosemite Sam and "Whaa-Ha-Ha" villains. The sad thing is that she has a very nice voice otherwise, and during long stretches where none of these ridiculous characterizations surface, it's a enjoyable performance...which comes to a screeching halt whenever she falls into one of these accents.
It's hard not to draw comparisons with other post-apocalyptic stories as a whole, but this one sets itself apart by focusing more on the interactions between the residents of the Silo than typical tropes of the genre like mutants, cannibalism, and day-to-day survival. It's a nice change of pace more in the vein of Oryx and Crake, the Handmaid's Tale, and Eternity Road.
I would have enjoyed the audiobook a great deal more if she didn't use any accents at all and just read the dialog in a normal voice.
Absolutely! It seems like it would nicely round out the current crop of post-apocalyptic shows/movies by giving us something that is neither juvenile nor all about gore and shocking the audience.
A great story with memorable characters and good pacing. Fans of dystopian post-apocalyptic stories will enjoy this novel. The narrator did an excellent job conveying emotion, but her voices for the male characters are awful. Wish they would have more audiobooks with male/female narrating teams. It would have done this story the justice it deserves.
I enjoy reading literary thought provoking novels, magical realism, and science fiction. I completed my MFA in 2012 and enjoy writing.
A better story. The narrator actually was good, but the story was difficult to stick with.
No. I read older science fiction, so I know that this story is not so unique. In fact, it seemed very similar, in the beginning, to a story I heard on a Dimension X old time radio broadcast. The author had a good premise for the story, and he didn't copy the old story necessarily -- just maybe the setting, but I found it too much caught up in the same ole same ole story lines about people -- those in control, those oppressed, laborers vs. politics, less fortunate vs. more fortunate, etc. etc. etc. Yawn Yawn Yawn.
Minnie Goode did an excellent job. She is the only thing that made it somewhat interesting and to where I kept trying to listen to the end.
Since I never read the book, I don't know how I might have liked it differently than listening to it.
I loved this. It' has been recommended to me on so many different forums and in so many formats. I'm very pleased to have fianlly given it a listen. Great characters. Totaly suspecion of belivve, really took me away. Unexpected plot twists. Humour, sadness, hope. I highly recommend it. The narration was perfect, albeint she had a few slightly over-done character accents. Overal a wonderful story, well produced.
Although I enjoyed the story, I felt that many times the narrator made it barely listenable. It didn't feel like she took the time to understand the characters before giving them very distinct voices and accents.
For example, Juliette who was raised in engineering was given an almost valley girl accent and attitude. Why would a girl raised around engines and grease talk like a spoiled rich girl??!!
The mayor was given a pronounced southern drawl and an asian girl was given a stilted asian accent that sounded like she learned English as a second language. These people have been living together with no outside influence for centuries and speaking the same language...they don't have strong differentiated accents anymore!!
A good narrator makes some differentiation in voices but doesn't take over the story with strong accents done poorly, especially when the accents don't even make sense in context.
The end -- the narrator is simply awful.
Juliette is a remarkable heroine. Smart, tough, clever, and dedicated. I would want her on my post-apocalyptic team!
Her voices were cartoonish. She did OK as Juliette, but the other characters... the mayor sounds like he stepped off the set of a 1950s western; the head of IT sounds like... well, no one I've ever heard speak. And Solo is simply ridiculous.
The reading was so poor! It truly felt like someone was reading to a child. Please consider purchasing the paperback or a different narrator!
While the story was good I could not make my way through listening to the rest of the audio book. I had just finished a novel narrated by George Guidall, then switching to this amateur narrator was like listening to nails on a chalk board!
I'm truly puzzled by the negative reviews of the narration by Minnie Goode. Her voice was perfect for the story and she was expertly able to differentiate the characters in ways that richly added to the story. Just listening to the sample audio clip will prove to anyone considering this audio book that the reviews attacking the narration have no merit.
As for the story: Wool is excellent post apocalyptic science fiction, though at times, requires a bit of extra suspension of disbelief. This will be rewarded with broader more interesting themes than how long some air would last or the environmental science of closed circuit systems.
I also believe that this would make an excellent, character driven, 24 episode TV show on somewhere non-broadcast.
This is possibly the WORST narration I have heard. I had such a difficult time enjoying the story because the narration was so overdone and clownish!
Her voices were unrealistic and overdone.
The story line wasn't bad and I have to wonder if my reaction would have been more positive if I had read this story rather than listen to it. Since the writing was a bit slow and drawn out, a good narration could have made this an enjoyable listen but this was so poorly done. The only redemption is that the story line picked up with the introduction of Juliette. THANK GOD!
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