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The story kept my attention almost the entire time. There was some good anticipation and thrill.
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.
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.
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.
It reminded me of an adult version of the City of Ember.
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.
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.
Amazing story read by a very talented performer.
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.
I have not heard Minnie Goode's narration before but she was perfect.
The end stays with me.
Be warned its hard not to listen to this all at once!!!!
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.
Obviously my favorite character, was Juliette, cause she was our hero.
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.
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.
I enjoyed the story very much, but the narration is just about the worst I've heard. As much as I hate to say it, I wouldn't recommend the audio version of this book to anyone.
The general telling of the story and her female voices are OK, tho some were over done, but the male and child voices are awful. They sounded like over acted bad cartoon characters. And just because the book says someone is whispering, doesn't mean you really need to whisper, just lower your voice a bit during that part! I think she has talent, but needs lots of work. She would do well to listen to some great narrators and see how they handle character voices.
I enjoyed WOOL. I always assumed, from the descriptions I'd read, that it wasn't my cup of tea. I don't know what prompted me to get the audiobook despite my misgivings, but I'm glad I did. WOOL does seem more like young adult fiction than a work written with an older audience in mind. The characters are interesting though not fully developed. The story leaves a great many unanswered questions, but the main plot points are satisfactorily resolved.
I sometimes have problems when the voice of the narrator does not match the gender of the character for which she or he is speaking. I found that to be true in the case of WOOL. Goode's narration of the female characters is good, but I didn't care for her narrations of the male characters. Often both male and female characters sound as though they are sneering. When she sneers, Goode's voice is quite annoying (even when it seems from the context that a sneer is appropriate).
Sorry, I actually haven't read it yet, but I just wanted to point out that if you buy the Kindle eBook of this for $5.99, you can add the Audiobook for $1.99. $7.98 is a lot less than $24.95 and less than a credit. And it does WhisperSync, so if you choose to read part of it, it updates the audio bookmark for you, and vice versa. I had that idea years ago, should have patented it or something.
I would not recommend this audiobook to anyone. The reader is an exceedingly bad fit for the story. If this was a young adult book then the reader would be good as she sounds about 16. However, since this book is NOT young adult and the main character is in her mid-30s the voice was totally wrong and off-putting. I would, however, highly recommend you read the book in print format- either on Kindle or paper.
It was well-written, thought provoking, exciting and engrossing. It was a truly enjoyable read.
I would only try one of Minie Goode's performances if she was reading a young adult novel.
Don't bother with the audio. Read it in print instead.
Just an amazing Sci-Fi set, and there are more parts to come after this! Love the characters and the unexpected happenings. Was so sad after I finished reading this (cause it wasn't longer!)
I loved this book. Great story, great characters. Not predictable.
City of Ember
The key to humanities future lies forgotten in its past.
Fast-paced & interesting with lots of human-interest stories. The protagonist is not a teenager, which makes a nice change. If there were more in the series I'd be eagerly awaiting them.
"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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