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Yes. It'll be awhile, but yes. First, I've already read the books - I purchased them on Audible because I like listening to books during my long commute. Based on some of the other reviews I was wary of the narration. Perhaps it was my low expectations, but I really enjoyed Minnie Goode's performance. A few quirks, but I thought it was overall well done. I've heard a lot worse from narrators. And actually few that showed the obvious effort.
Solo is a pretty cool character. Quite a survivor and funny in his own way. I also really like Holston. I wonder what the series would have been like with him as a main character.
Ahhh, and excellent dramatic flare. I would have chosen different voices for some of the characters, but her interpretation was still well done. I could not have pulled it off. I felt alot of Juliette's emotion through Minnie's voice.
I have no idea...I'm not sure I'd want to see this made into a movie.
I would recommend this book but I would clearly state that it takes a while to get going.
I liked the feel of the plot. It felt like a story about life boats in space leaving earth but it takes place under the ground.
Wimpy, Over done
Minnie Goode was the best of the two women who read Wool but her male voices were unforgivable. When she spoke about emotions she always seems like she was about to cry and I found myself rolling my eyes. Having said that, I missed her on the second book Shift.
I am not a fan of books in a series but I ordered Shift right after I finished this one. It wasnt good but I had to try.
The book takes a long time to get going. And characters get introduced like you should know who they are at the middle and the end and you just have to go with it. With no proper introduction these characters just pop up and you find yourself wondering who is this again and why do I care? Ends well but leaves you feeling like you should have gotten more out of it.
A number of reviewers have really panned her but she's not really bad. If the story sounds appealing to you, don't be scared off by the narrator. People have come to expect narrators to be within a certain range and Minnie is a little outside of it. She didn't bother me at all though. I wouldn't call her great, but not bad either.
I tried this audio book about 3 times. Read a lot of great reviews about the audio book as well as print. I was really anticipating a great listen, however, got caught up in what I felt was poor narration (the male character voices were over the top silly) and generally slow grind of the story. I came back to it several times and felt like I just couldn't make it through yet something happen about three hours in. Either I grew accustomed to the narration, or the story picked up and pulled me in. Either way I'm thankful for the twist of fate. I can now say I enjoyed the book immensely. It was captivating, very well put together and I enjoyed the main character once she finally was brought into the story. Give it a shot...it's well worth the payoff.
Absolutely! Somewhat original premise, and really compelling characters. Narrator does a fantastic job creating voices for a lot of different people, and I could easily follow the dialog and action. Sometimes I find it's difficult for female narrators to convincingly portray male voices, but she did alright.
Juliet's struggle when she was sent "to cleaning." (hard to describe without giving anything away! The tension in dangerous moments during this book was well-portrayed!)
No, but I will be looking for more by her. I particularly enjoyed how she portrayed hand-held radio chatter, and acted out coughs, sighs, etc. instead of saying, "she coughed." She also did a great job infusing the dialog with the current emotional state of the speaker. You could hear the smile on a character's face or sense when one was tired, for example. Excellent ability to bring characters to life.
As you've probably gathered from many of the reviews, the narration was at best, an irritation (why would people who have lived so closely together over several generations have accents that vary from a Brooklyn thug to an 80's Valley Girl to Festus from Gunsmoke?). In the section where characters are communicating over a radio, the "static" and apparent attempt to show us how difficult it was for them to hear each other.. made it really difficult to hear what she was actually saying. Personally, I think the narrator would have been fantastic if she had just read the book.
However.. it is a terrific story and although you will probably roll your eyes when a child character sounds more like Minnie Mouse than a little girl.. I hope the bad narration doesn't stop you from getting this book, because the story is very much worth it.
First, about the narration. With respect to other reviewers, Minnie Goode's performance was enthusiastic, if unconventional. Her inflections during the moments of great crisis or tragedy overcame the squeakiest kid voice. Yeah, I'd listen to her again.
It is, however, the content of the story that kept me reaching for my headphones. The story is exceptional and I have high hopes for the rest of the series.
Story: Well written, starts strong, and the first half really pulls you in. The second half drags a bit.
Narrator: As noted by others, her male character voices are almost comically bad.
I love how this story continued to surprise me, never once was I able to determine where it was going. Many surprises for me!
I thought Minnie Goode did a very good job! I saw a bunch of negative reviews of her narration, but I didn't mind the voice alterations to portray different characters. The tone and cadence of her voice was very pleasant and the voices she altered for each character was enjoyable for me.
Absolutely! I found myself ruminating on the story between listening! lol!
Over all I was extremely impressed with the story this writer created. And to find out he's self published...I feel like I stumbled onto a real gem! I really liked the pace, the theme and the character building. He layered each character slowly yet keeping the pace of the book fairly steady and quick. Very enjoyable experience all around!
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Much attention has been given to Wool's unusual path to publication, which was undertaken by Mr Howey alone through Amazon's Direct Publishing program. Sadly, the lack of professional editing is made evident on just about every front. The pacing of this five-book omnibus begins briskly but slows with each successive section, terminating in a painfully bloated Book Five. Character development is shaky at best and downright lazy at times, with characters' apparent level of intelligence and awareness fluctuating from scene to scene in subservience to the heavy-handed plotting. Mr Howey even adds a heavy dose of gratuitous adverbs, a pitfall every first-semester creative writing student is taught to avoid.
These massive flaws are a all the more regrettable because in Wool Mr Howey had conjured a reasonably interesting world, and in more deft hands the concept could have spawned a truly good story. H.M. Hoover proved as much in her 1980 novel This Time of Darkness, which, despite being targeted squarely to readers of middle-school age, still offers a great deal more to the discerning reader than the amateurish work that is Wool.
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