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I just finished this listen about 5 minutes ago. There will not be spoilers in this review- I like to give that heads up from the start.
Howey manages to write an extremely unique version of the dystopian future genre. The 'Omnibus' edition is made up of 5 parts, each one cumulative but distinct. A believable story with complex characters tackling massive concepts.
I think Minnie did a very decent job with the narration. There are parts when I felt she went a bit overboard with her characterizations of certain voices (Juliet sometimes [not always] making me cringe just a bit). However, her general narration tone was extremely balanced and pleasant to listen to.
Unexpected plot points and twists. I was surprised at the depth of character development achieved- genuinely cared about the outcome and fates of those in the story. Even the not so great morally.
I enjoyed this book a great deal overall, but it took me a long time to finish it; this is relatively unusual for me. I'm one of those listeners who can blow through a book in a couple of days if it really grabs me. Definitely worth your time if you are a fan of this genre- far more so than *many* of the offerings out there. I will be listening to the rest of the series.
Never, ever, EVER from Minnie Goodie. I've listened to hundreds of books and never written a review- but I had to about this narrator in hopes that she doesn't read another book out loud. She was so distracting when she talked in her "voices" that is was hard to focus on the very good story. Did no one listen to her before or after she narrated this book? She sounds like someone trying to read a book to a 5yr old-and failing at that. I really enjoyed the story.. and would defiantly listen to another book from Hugh Howey as long as Minnie is not involved.
Story and premise is imaginative and definitely held my interest. Consider purchasing a paper or ebook. However, I found myself wincing at the over acted narration. The narrator feels the need to use a different voice for every character however the narrator can't do other voices, so they come off like bad impressions. A lone southern accent in an massive underground bunker hundreds of years in the future? A weasel like voice for the villain? It's too much. The pacing and enunciation are off. Bizarre giggles sporadically and then she breaks into baby talk into Part 4. It's not just distracting, it’s awful. I will be avoiding Minnie Goode in the future.
Please re-record this book, the narration is bad. Why would the older people in the book talk like crazy gold prospectors?
Gen-Xer, software engineer, and lifelong avid reader. Soft spots for sci-fi, fantasy, and history, but I'll read anything good.
If you’re nostalgic for Cold War-era science fiction, Wool feels like a throwback to some of the themes common to that time, but with 2011 sensibilities. The story takes places generations after some forgotten apocalypse has made the Earth’s surface uninhabitable. The only population of human beings left dwells in an immense underground bunker/biosphere complex known as "The Silo". The first episode in the omnibus sets up the world with the story of a man sentenced to death for making a certain forbidden statement and banished to the surface. As his last act of public penance, he is expected to clean the lenses of the cameras that look out over the wasted landscape. Why, he wonders, have all the previously condemned voluntarily complied with this request? Of course, there are things he hasn’t been told...
The remaining “episodes” work more as a single novel, developing other character POVs and revealing the workings, history, and politics of the Silo in more depth. The writing is a little amateurish, but I enjoyed the story, which could easily work as a short TV series. Howey sets up some interesting mysteries and relatable (if not very sophisticated) characters. The setting reminded me a little of the TV show Battlestar Galactica, with much of the action taking place in tight, spaceship-like confines, and with an adversarial character that's arrogant and devious, but not without his own concern for the greater good. If certain aspects of the Silo require a little suspension of disbelief, most of it is well thought-out.
Unfortunately, the last chapters of the story feel rushed and lapse into predictability, but, other than that misstep, it’s a successful example of self-publishing’s potential to give voice to fresh ideas (or, in this case, an old idea done freshly).
On the audiobook production, I wonder if Minnie Goode was auditioned in a hurry, because her narration is simply a bad fit. She overdoes makes some of the character voices and inserts sighs and chuckles in an irritating way. And, dear audiobook narrators, for the love of God, stop trying to do “adorable” children’s voices -- it’s like an icepick in my ears. Still, the worst offenses are infrequent enough that they didn’t ruin my overall experience. I wouldn’t necessarily let negative reviews of the narration discourage you from a listen, though some readers will undoubtedly prefer a written copy.
(Another thanks to Luke at the Sci-Fi Book Review Podcast for the recommendation)
I'm giving the story 5 stars even though I couldn't get past the first 20 minutes of the book.
I've listened to hundreds of audiobooks. Occasionally I'll come across a narrator that I don't think I'll like, but he/she grows on me after awhile and I realize why they were chosen to read that particular book. This is NOT the case with this book. The narration is completely over-done and erratic. Reminds me of a soap opera. I imagine it's a lot like I would sound if I tried to narrate a book. Why a female? Please contact Edoardo Ballerini or Holter Graham as soon as possible. They're worth whatever they charge.
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.
I have been "reading" audiobooks for years and this is my first review. I felt the need to save someone from Minnie Goode's appalling narration. I have never returned a book to Audible but this one is definitely being returned.
The story is great but any poorly written sentences or undeveloped characters are completely exacerbated by Goode's narration. I got half-way through and could have definitely overlooked her ridiculous voices when the novella required voicing only a handful of characters, but as more and more people come into the story, her voices get more and more ridiculous. This will be the first audiobook I can't push through; I've already bought the ebook and will finish it the old-fashioned way.
The first novella is the best.
Her need to create a different voice for each character was ridiculous. I could not finish the book in audio format because of this.
No more Minnie Goode audiobooks!!!
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.
"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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