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Great Labor Day weekend listen. I launched through this and I thought I would be spending a few months getting through this somewhat lengthy title. Kudos all around.
The author makes a number of bizarre choices in this story. First of all he sets the story in this amazing world, but then ignores the world almost entirely to concentrate on things we are all familiar with like first loves and disappointment. I didn't buy a book set in a post-apocalypse mile deep silo because I wanted to read a first time author's attempts to write about nuances of the human heart. If I wanted to do that I would probably pick up one of the all time literary classics. I BOUGHT A BOOK ABOUT A POST-APOCALYPSE MILE DEEP SILO BECAUSE I WANTED TO READ ABOUT A POST-APOCALYPSE MILE DEEP SILO.
In addition to this fundamental error, the author decides to tell many parts of the story by repeating the scene through several different characters' perspectives. Except he does so starting out with the character with the most information, and finishes with the character with the least.
You're supposed to tell about a character doing a dangerous thing from the perspective of a guy who just hears a rumor about it, then again from a guy who witnessed part of it, then lastly from the character doing the dangerous thing herself. Instead the author has a character do a dangerous thing and survive. Then tells the exact same event from the perspective of a character who frets about whether she survived or not. Then from a third character who wonders if the event even happened.
As a result, the story feels glacially slow and over padded.
Beyond that, I personally find it hard to care about characters who think only with their emotions, leading them to do things that are clearly stupid. Characters are constantly showing up to metaphorical knife fights armed with rolled up newspapers when any character with an ounce of intelligence would arrive with a metaphorical gun.
Finally, toward the very end of the omnibus, the author finally meanders toward an interesting moral dilemma regarding the reason the silo was built in the first place. Unfortunately he merely begins to sketch this out before concluding the book, leaving the reader unconvinced that the moral situation actually was a dilemma, or even precisely where he was going with it.
There are some Very sexist reviews of this narrators job. I've listened to some amazing female narrators. With that said, I can honestly say this woman is a terrible narrator. Anyone would have done a better job, male or female. Her character voices were just laughable. I couldn't get passed 5 minutes of part 1. I went and bought the book instead.
No! The book is good, the narrator is horrible.
This will teach me to buy a book on my phone while on a trip without being able to listen to the sample first.
I can not imagine anyone not loving this book. It's a great science fiction novel, that even this fantasy romance reader thoroughly enjoyed. It's not a romance novel, although there are deep romantic emotions involved. It's a story of peoples survival in a mundane world. Most take their life as it has been dealt, while the few of this story, start to question their world as they know it. Living within the silo is a dangerous place to have questions, as the curious do not survive.
It's a very unpredictable read, that keeps you totally engrossed until you are finished. The characters are compelling, and you feel you're with them, living in their shoes. I will definitely go with more from this author. Thanks Hugh, for having a great imagination, and being able to put it on paper so well.
Absolutely. I actually read this book on my kindle over the past year. Decided I wanted to check out the audiobook.
This seems like a dumb question to me. I don't want to give away any of the plot and spoil the book for anyone. I'll just say if you're a fan of post apocalyptic fiction, this is a really good one with no zombies involved. It feels fresh, characters are mostly well drawn out, and the story is really clever. I couldn't help but think as I read this book that it would make a great HBO series like Game of Thrones.
I don't think so, but the reader is good. The most prominent character is a woman,so her voice seems appropriate. Some of the male voices are a little goofy, but no big deal.
I guess so.
I don't know if this is really a 5-star book or not, but I wanted to emphasize that I thought it was one of the better SF-ish books I've listened to this year and well worth your time checking out. I listened to a good chunk of those SM Stirling books, and this series is so much better, so much less cheesy. I think even non-SF fans may enjoy this one. Very glad to find it in audio version.
Absolutely not! In fact, what on earth were you guys over at ‘Broad Reach Publishing’ thinking? Did anyone listen to this disaster before signing off?
This is a great book from start to finish. Just buy a copy and (read) it.
I don't want to get started.
This book deserved a top-notch, male narrator.
Wool has become a huge phenomenon, a self-published series that got a print publishing deal and a movie supposedly on the way. So I checked out the Omnibus edition that collects the first five books.
I was pleasantly surprised. Hugh Howey's writing is not bad, and the story was, while not at all original, a good one. The last survivors on Earth of some unspecified apocalypse live in a deep underground "Silo." Their entire world is defined by the levels of the silo; grease-monkey mechanics down deep, IT overlords up top. (The IT guys are the villains: Hugh Howey must have had some really bad experiences with tech support...) The society is not exactly hellish, but it is very circumscribed, as one might expect of such an information-deprived, resource-limited world. All people know of the outside is that you can't survive there — and anyone who talks about the outside, or even hints at wanting to leave the Silo, is given their wish, by being put into an environment suit and cast out. This is the great taboo, and no one sent to Cleaning ever comes back
It's called being sent to "Cleaning" because one of the last duties of every person cast out is to take some wool with them and clean the great glass window pane that is the Silo's only view of the outside — from the outside.
You might wonder, why would someone who's been cast out and basically given a death sentence do this? There is nothing the inhabitants of the Silo can do to them once they're outside. The Silo's residents wonder this too (though it's taboo to talk about it). Everyone sent to Cleaning says they're going to refuse, they will not clean when they get outside. And yet, everyone does. Why? That's the first of several mysteries to uncover in this series.
The Omnibus edition describes an uprising in the Silo, leading to the main characters' discovery of the true history of the Silo and many other secrets about their world.
I found Wool entertaining and worth reading. There were a few poignant moments. But it was very similar to a lot of post-apocalyptic dystopias I read when I was younger. It's not terribly original, and none of the characters were particularly memorable.
I am not interested enough to read the second and third Wool series, but I might try another book by Howey if he writes something that interests me.
I unfortunately cannot recommend this version of the audiobook, however: Minnie Good is one of the most annoying narrators I have ever suffered through. When the characters whisper, she whispers. Sometimes so low you can barely hear her. When characters are shrieking hysterically, she shrieks hysterically. She reads childrens' voices as high-pitched squeaks, and men's voices in comical deep-throated drawls. I am sorry to say, this narration was not professional caliber. It appears that Audible has the exactly same omnibus in a different edition, narrated by another narrator, and I highly recommend you choose that one instead.
I'm a horror nut! Zombies in particular! Epidemics, end of all things! Also enjoyed Game of thrones very much!
Owning well over 900 audiobooks, it's hard to put a number on this one. If pressed I might fairly say it is possibly in the top 100 or so.. I can't imagine that this was actually 5 separate books at one time & can imagine the decision to break it up into 5 books originally sounded like a great financial decision at the time but ultimately ended up hurting In the long run because I will be honest with you I wouldn't have made it through book one with any interest in buying book two!! It was tough for me getting into this one!
That it eventually pulled me into the story and made the time invested feel worth it.
Nothing really stood out to me from the reader neither good nor bad.
Probably "Nothing like the book" because I'd imagine Hollywood would Chop this book to pieces and probably ruin it.
I hope the audiobook industry takes note of this situation and stops taking Novels, breaking them up into 4-5 separate books charging 4-5 separate fees, the story Suffers!! It's become obvious when it's being done and most people will wait until "The Box set" is released!
This is my first Hugh Howey novel - and it is an interesting idea. Not an original idea, but an interesting idea. There is no way to briefly describe the plot without spoilers. But then again, if you've read any dystopian sci-fi, the plot "twists" will not seem, well, twisty.
But I can see a germ of an interesting premise here. Unfortunately it's buried under a dreadful narration. The central character is in her mid-thirties, and the voice is that of a 12 year old. In places she actually giggles. I don't believe this is meant to be a "Young Adult" novel - but its definitely read that way.
I just can't recommend this version. Maybe I'll try another in the series in print format.
I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
A lot of folks have been beating up on the narrator, and while she wasn't terrific, I think the criticism is undue. She did a fine job... Not the best voices, but at least she differentiated characters. She also had a sense for drama, unlike more famous narrators like John Lee, who speaks every line with equal importance, whether its a description of a tea cup, or the dying words of the protagonist.
As for the story itself... it's a bit depressing. The setting itself is naturally depressing, so I would have wanted a more hopeful story. Perhaps the rest of the saga is more upbeat? I plan to give it a try.
"not for me
I didn't enjoy this book. There were too many holes in it. It was not believable. I think it is better suited to a teenage audience.
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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