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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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    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steve SUNRISE, FL, United States 02-05-13
    Steve SUNRISE, FL, United States 02-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wool; for when you can't stay inside any longer"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5) to be better than the print version?

    Never read the print version, but enjoyed the audio version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Juliet. She was a fascinating character that overcame many odds.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Just the overall idea of living in a silo.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I had no problems with the narrator. I was hesitant after reading the reviews, but the narration turned out fine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Emily LUBBOCK, TEXAS, United States 01-30-13
    Emily LUBBOCK, TEXAS, United States 01-30-13
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    "Good story - carried on a little long"
    What made the experience of listening to Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5) the most enjoyable?

    The story kept my attention almost the entire time. There was some good anticipation and thrill.


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

    No, it is much too long. I did listen to it on two long drives, and WOOL was perfect to keep me alert and entertained for the whole drive.


    Any additional comments?

    The Omnibus version is the compilation of several smaller books, and you can kind of feel the opening and closing of each story. If it were only one book, it could easily have been much shorter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Badger Bimingham, Al 01-28-13
    J. Badger Bimingham, Al 01-28-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Narration is different but not that bad"
    Would you listen to Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5) again? Why?

    No, while it was moderately entertaining, the story was not so engaging that I will relisten to it. However, I will read or listen (once they become available) to the other works in the series.


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

    It reminded me of an adult version of the City of Ember.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I agree with the other reviewers that the narration is different but it is not that bad. You quickly get used to it. Basically, the narrator laughs, coughs, breathes heavy, as described in the text. Most narrators just read these parts without actually acting them out, I guess. in any event, it took me about 15 minutes to get used to her narration and then I was okay with it.


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

    I listened to it in three days so it definitely held my interest. However, for the story, I'm an avid sci-fi reader and I felt it was a little weak. Almost no description, which many may like, but I think a world where all of humanity lives in a series of silos should be described in some detail at least. The story was mainly dialogue, interior or exterior.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Fashionablylate somewhere 01-14-13
    Fashionablylate somewhere 01-14-13 Listener Since 2010

    fashionablylate

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    "Amazing"
    What made the experience of listening to Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5) the most enjoyable?

    Amazing story read by a very talented performer.


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

    There are so many its had to pick one out so I will say the best thing I like was that most things were totally unexpected.


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

    I have not heard Minnie Goode's narration before but she was perfect.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end stays with me.


    Any additional comments?

    Be warned its hard not to listen to this all at once!!!!


    Enjoy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Cartier Philly 01-14-13
    Robert Cartier Philly 01-14-13 Member Since 2012

    Robby Wonder

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    "Wool - Well Worth Weading"
    What did you love best about Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5)?

    I enjoyed, how slowly, but surely, the plot was able to all come together. I really wanted wanted the bad guy ( leaving out name to not spoil it for other readers ) to get his... and he did. I'm also glad that we are able to see a policy change throughout the entire Silo.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Obviously my favorite character, was Juliette, cause she was our hero.


    What about Minnie Goode’s performance did you like?

    I liked how she purposely lead you astray. There were times i really though the book was going in one direction... and it went to another. I really enjoy to be fooled, cause i'm so used to jumping the gun and figuring plots out ahead of time.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Houlston finding the body of his wife... and then dying. I really thought that... well he was going to live, and that everything wasn't as bad as it seemed outside. He'd somehow would get reunited with his wife. But lets face it, if it was for his wife's early finding... the bread crumbs would of never been started.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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