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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    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.

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    J. Badger 01-28-13
    J. Badger 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.


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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

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    Robert Cartier Philly 01-14-13
    Robert Cartier Philly 01-14-13 Member Since 2013

    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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    Jennifer M. Ryan Near KC MO 01-09-13
    Jennifer M. Ryan Near KC MO 01-09-13 Member Since 2012

    lostknitter

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    "Performance needs work"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What didn’t you like about Minnie Goode’s performance?

    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.


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    Unzipt 01-08-13
    Unzipt 01-08-13
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    "Great Story, Acceeptable Narration"
    What did you love best about Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5)?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ben 01-08-13
    Ben 01-08-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Buy the eBook + audiobook for $7.98"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    twinsmom 01-05-13
    twinsmom 01-05-13
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    "Excellent book but don't listen to it"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was well-written, thought provoking, exciting and engrossing. It was a truly enjoyable read.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Minnie Goode’s performances?

    I would only try one of Minie Goode's performances if she was reading a young adult novel.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't bother with the audio. Read it in print instead.

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    Kenneth The Woodlands, TX, United States 12-28-12
    Kenneth The Woodlands, TX, United States 12-28-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Just amazing, amazing Sci-Fi"

    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!)

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    Jamie SPOKANE, WA, United States 12-16-12
    Jamie SPOKANE, WA, United States 12-16-12 Member Since 2015
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    "My favorite read of 2012"
    What made the experience of listening to Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5) the most enjoyable?

    I loved this book. Great story, great characters. Not predictable.


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

    City of Ember


    What three words best describe Minnie Goode’s performance?

    tolerable


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The key to humanities future lies forgotten in its past.


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  • Anne
    Drumshanbo, Ireland
    6/15/15
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    "Entertaining"

    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.

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  • henrik
    Roskilde, Denmark
    1/14/14
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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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