I am always happy to find a new series of books to keep me busy for all of the driving and walking I do, and this kept me interested throughout the en..Show More »tire story. I love the author's vision of an underground society, and the trip to the down-deep by the mayor and deputy, while a slower part of the book, was a great way to describe the makeup of the silo in a more dynamic way than just a narrative description which would have taken too long. The plot twists were well timed, the characters interesting and there was just enough left out to make you want to continue with the next book "Shift" which I will be reading next.
Unfortunately, the narration for many of the character voices was horrendous. I read about narration problems in the reviews, but when I listened to the sample (in both versions of this book) I thought "well that isn't so bad".... of course, because there is no dialogue in any of the samples. Good thinking, Audible, I wouldn't want potential buyers of the book to hear the cringeworthy voice of Bernard, which is a cross between Paul Lynde and Edward G Robinson, or the Minnie Mouse voice of half the female characters. For other males she makes the same mistake as many other female narrators doing male voices... she tries to sound like a man rather than just using a lower version of her normal speaking voice. The result, for characters like Lucas and Holsten, is the voice of a man who has just been punched in the stomach. It is a shame because it takes away from what would otherwise be a very enjoyable and interesting book.
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.
How..Show More »ey 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.
I have this odd love/hate relationship with this saga. I find huge amounts of it really well done and extremely absorbing. Like Wool, it drew me in ..Show More »and I found myself thinking about the story throughout my day. But the problem came when I would sit down to listen. It just didn't suck me in and carry me through when I was actually 'headphones in, play pressed'. My mind would wander and I would look at my phone in shock that it had only been 20 minutes. I listened to this at 3x and it still took me two weeks. For comparison, I can do a 10 hour book per day at that speed normally.
I agree with many of the reviewers who said this could have been woven in as delicate backstory in what I assume is now coming in Dust. My caveat to that concept, however, is these details may have been necessary for a really spectacular finish in the final book. That's what I'm banking on. I know it's a long road to walk, but I'm really hoping it was worth it.
I don't want to sound like I hated this listen- I honestly didn't. Reynolds did a great job- very glad they switched narrators. My only thought on that though is I kept waiting for him to talk about Darrow and the Reds.
In any case, if you're into the saga, listen, it's worth it. If you have a long list of stuff you would like to get to, I might jump to that first. It's a good book and has a lot of beautifully developed characters. Great last five minutes that gives me a lot of hope for the final installment, but it sure takes its time getting there.
Well, I finally finished the trilogy. If you have read my other reviews of books in this series, you know I have had a long term love hate relationsh..Show More »ip with these stories. I wanted very much to be totally engrossed in this final installment but, once more, it fell short.
There was a lot of meandering that suddenly rushed at break neck speed to an ending that I saw coming for many chapters. I figured it would end the way it did from the first book honestly, but I had hoped Howey would somehow pull it out of the fire at the end. What actually happened was a rather pedantic ending to a very good concept.
Other reviewers have said it felt like he turned a short story into a trilogy. In fact, that's *exactly* what he did. I don't fault him for trying to flesh out his concept at all- it just wasn't necessary. Shift was completely redundant (completely). This book could have been condensed into 4 or 5 hours tacked onto the end of Wool. That would have made an exceptionally compelling book with a much bigger impact.
I know my reviews of Howey's work always come out sounding very negative; I genuinely wish that wasn't the case. I cared about the characters and he made the Silos come alive in a micro-cosmic way. It was beautifully written, most of the time. It was exactly what my rating suggests: an average book that was generally entertaining but wasn't earth shattering in any sense.
I'm glad I finished it, but I don't think it would be high on my list of recommendations to potential listeners. As always, this is just opinion and your mileage may vary.