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Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5) | [Hugh Howey]

Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5)

This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.
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This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.

©Lifetime +70 years Hugh Howey (P)2012 Hugh Howey

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    Jennifer Pickering Western Washington, USA 03-11-13
    Jennifer Pickering Western Washington, USA 03-11-13 Member Since 2011

    Supernatural Fan. Lifelong audiophile.

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    "Fantastic New Dystopian Story"
    Where does Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Up near the top of my dystopian book list


    What other book might you compare Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5) to and why?

    city of ember with a dash of enclave


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    PBF Jupiter, FL United States 02-25-13
    PBF Jupiter, FL United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Fun Listen"
    What did you love best about Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5)?

    Interesting and, at least to me, a novel premise for a story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Characters were good, and the tension and suspense enjoyable and there were also a few twists that kept things interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    Took a chance on this one and it paid off. Listened to the whole story over the course of a couple of days and it also cut into my beauty rest as I stayed up late one or two nights to listen.

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    Neil Meguro-ku, Japan 02-25-13
    Neil Meguro-ku, Japan 02-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting but not overly so"
    What did you like best about Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5)? What did you like least?

    The premise that whole societies live in Silos each their own little world was enjoyable.


    What does Minnie Goode bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nice narration.


    Could you see Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5) being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes I could


    Any additional comments?

    Not very groundbreaking not particularly exciting hoped for something with a bit more bang, but still an enjoyable listen

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    Leon Winchester, VA, United States 02-19-13
    Leon Winchester, VA, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Over dramatized naration is distracting"

    I really dont understand all the hype about this book. The story is ok, but all the characters are flat as cardboard cutout figures. The narration itself was over dramatized with weired voices that was distracting at times and made suspension of disbelief difficult.

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    Charles Nicholasville, KY, United States 02-13-13
    Charles Nicholasville, KY, United States 02-13-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Hard for me to finish"

    I think this is one of the few books that would have been better to read. I couldn't get into the story due to the narrator. The southern drawl is terrible. I also had issues with some of the characters. I can't go into detail due to spoilers.

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    G Fairfield, IA, United States 02-13-13
    G Fairfield, IA, United States 02-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Story, Great Narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is a well-written, unique, exciting story that most people would enjoy


    What does Minnie Goode bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think she did a great job bringing the characters to life. I really don't understand why several people had a problem with her narration. A solid performance.


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    Julia Oak Park, IL, United States 02-12-13
    Julia Oak Park, IL, United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2011

    I live every day as if it will be my last. This is why my clothes are wrinkled. Let's face it. Who wants to spend their last day on earth ironing?

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    "Richly Imagined World"
    What other book might you compare Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5) to and why?

    The story of Wool is a post-apocalyptic tale in the tradition of the leaky future where technology exists alongside faulty plumbing. It is a world similar to those in movies like Brazil, Twelve Monkeys or Blade Runner, yet more claustrophobic


    What about Minnie Goode’s performance did you like?

    Minnie Goode's reading is almost theatrical. She does a really good job with conveying things like breathlessness and pain.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has made me reevaluate my opinions about self-published books. It is easy to understand how avid fans convinced the author to expand on the original story. Howey is a natural storyteller who describes this fictional world so fully and so well, that editing would not have improved much on the story.

    I originally bought this as a Kindle Deal of the Day, then added the Audible version and Whispersync for voice.

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    Crystal L. Wallace Del Norte, Co United States 02-11-13
    Crystal L. Wallace Del Norte, Co United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2013

    Crys

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    "Thoroughly Enjoyable"
    If you could sum up Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5) in three words, what would they be?

    Inspiring, disturbing, memorable


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5)?

    One of the most memorable moments of this audiobook was when Juliette was near drowning and I couldn't catch my breath.


    Have you listened to any of Minnie Goode’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wanted to, and I did listen to a good amount of it on a road trip.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Austin HARTFORD, AL, United States 02-11-13
    Austin HARTFORD, AL, United States 02-11-13
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    "Great book, can't wait to read more."
    Where does Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would put Wool in the top 10 for sure.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is Bernard. He is in a powerful and difficult position being the manager of IT. The conflict of whether doing a some wrong for the greater good weighs on his shoulders so you have to respect that.


    Which character – as performed by Minnie Goode – was your favorite?

    I thought Minnie Goode did an excellent job with all of the characters; still, I think she her serpent like voice for Bernard was the best. Merle was great as well.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reactions, I like how the book was dark and the narrator maintained that theme throughout.


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    Nancy FORESTVILLE, CA, United States 02-06-13
    Nancy FORESTVILLE, CA, United States 02-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Terrific Story! Detracting Narration."
    Would you listen to Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5) again? Why?

    To date, I have listened to 26 Audible books and have enjoyed all of them, mainly because I always check the book ratings on Amazon, Good Reads and Book Movement before purchasing them. Wool Omnibus has ratings of 4.4, 4.8 and 5 on these sites as well as a 4.3 rating from Audible. Wool Omnibus offers a creative, captivating plot with lots of twists and turns, well worth reading! Reading is the optimal word here, though, as Minnie Good's narration detracts from the enjoyment of the audible version. I could never get totally lost in the story because I was put off by too many characters depicted with voices of cartoon caricatures (example-Bernard). Contrived laughs and other dramatized sound effects were detracting, as well. I still rated the book an overall 5 because it's that good, but I recommend reading this particular book not listening to it.


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  • henrik
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    "Exelent story, poor narration"

    I really enjoyed this book. However, i wish they had chosen another narrator for this. The narration for the 'main' character is good, as she is female, but the narrator simply cannot do male voices. every male character she portrays, sounds either goofy, stupid, or even retarded. The result is a listening experience i'm having trouble taking seriously, as every male character sounds like a parody. It's really a shame since this is such a great story.

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