©Lifetime +70 years Hugh Howey (P)2012 Hugh Howey
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!
contemplator of typography, mixology, and archivism
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.
eerie dystopian sci-fi
The story reminds me a bit of Onyx and Crake, but the world Howey creates in these first five novellas isn't quite that deep or rich. The dystopian elements remind me of Hunger Games and the Divergent series too, although I would argue that Wool is the more compelling story among those three.
If you listen, approach with low-narrator expectations and plan on cringing in annoyance once or twice an hour. While about 90% of the time I found the narration to range from tolerable to fine, 10% of the time I was wincing. Some of the voices are just plain bad. As others have mentioned, people who are in their 60s sound like they are in their 90s. Laughs and kisses are vocalized (poorly) when they don't need to be. Some voices get recycled--so a dead person's voice resurfaces in a new minor character about half way through the story.
I loved the story and was motivated to squeeze in extra minutes of listening here and there in order to find out how it would end.
If you have time to read the old fashioned way, this book would be more enjoyable in that format. But for those of us who listen because we don't have time to sit with a book--this is a book worth your time, and at 17 hours, it's a great value for your audible credit.
That fact has nothing to do with the book. I loved the book. It took a little while to get into it, I think the audio had something to do with that, but after I got into it I couldn't stop.
something read by a man with a deep voice or a woman with a soothing voice to help me feel excited about Audible offerings again
setting: a 150 story silo where a group of a few thousand humans have been living for hundreds of years. The problem: four characters with four wildly differing accents (Is the Deputy supposed to be from 1900s Texas?). Not at all believable. The reader's laugh became annoying as well.
author of "Starfish"
Wool ranks with my favorite audiobooks.
One of my favorite things about the story was the creepy, claustrophobic confines of the silo. Holsten's story hooked me at the beginning. Juliette's carried me through the next 2/3 of the book. Her character was the perfect combination of tough and tender.
She did a great job differentiating the voices.
I've ordered Dust, another book in the Silo series, and look forward to listening. Hugh Howey is one of my favorite authors. Thank you for bringing his work to Audible!
Probably closer to 3.5 stars. The 1st book was great. Had a very classic sci-fi feel to it. A few issues with believability but I was on board. Books 2-4 were very good with fun world building. The 5th book felt a bit rushed at parts and drawn out at parts but never matched the pace and writing of the previous books. A bit disappointed at how things ended.
Minnie Goode did an outstanding job performing multiple characters. The story line is intriguing. Great audio book that kept me spellbound for many commuting and running hours.
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