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Wool Audiobook

Wool

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Publisher's Summary

An epic story of survival at all odds and one of the most anticipated books of the year. In a ruined and hostile landscape, in a future few have been unlucky enough to survive, a community exists in a giant underground silo. Inside, men and women live an enclosed life full of rules and regulations, of secrets and lies. To live, you must follow the rules. But some don't. These are the dangerous ones; these are the people who dare to hope and dream, and who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple and deadly. They are allowed outside. Jules is one of these people. She may well be the last.

©2013 Hugh Howey (P)2013 Random House AudioGo

What the Critics Say

"Exhilarating, intense, addictive. A novel you will never forget." (SJ Watson)

"The characters are well-drawn, and even the villains have a sympathetic side. Secrets unfold with just the right pacing, and I had to set the book down several times and say, ‘Wow,’ when a major twist was revealed ... If you're looking for a good read, you can't do much better than Wool." (Rick Riordan, #1 New York Times best-selling author)

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  • BillyBlackBear
    South Wales
    1/18/15
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    "Refreshingly differnt"

    For reasons I still haven't worked out I ended up reading ( listening) to the Wool trilogy in reverse order, stupid I know but despite this I really enjoyed them! The descriptions of the silo and it's never ending stairwells, generator halls and server rooms are superb and if you have ever worked in a power plant or other process industry then it will put you right back there on the checker plate in the dirt, heat and noise of the place. Without a zombie in sight these books have all the drama and suspense you could want, with strong characters and a great story line - recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • markjhall
    7/19/14
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    "Slow and plodding with annoying narration"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Faster paced story, better narration


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Interesting idea of the silo culture, society and back story


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Susannah Harker?

    Either a Brit who sticks to a Brit accent, or an American, but not a Brit narrating in British accent but reading speech in a dodgy American accent.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Good idea for story


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sandandstars
    Leicester, UK
    6/26/14
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    "Definitely Epic, page-turner"
    Where does Wool rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Probably the best


    Any additional comments?

    It's a series of short stories stitched together, not always perfectly. Even so, it's one of the best books I've read/listened to in a long time. Of the trilogy, I would give Wool 10/10, Shift 5/10 and Dust 8/10.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Iain
    Fortrose, United Kingdom
    5/1/14
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    "Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole.... in Wool it is!"

    Wool is an absorbing and enthralling story about a group of people living inside a silo, why... where... when... how! It's a grim world and for many of the characters the only world they have ever known. There is never a dull moment as the story unfolds at pace and you'll be left itching to start the second book in the series straight away!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    RICHMOND, United Kingdom
    4/23/14
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    "A strong start but..."

    I'll review this trilogy one at a time... Do check out my other reviews but I'll start with saying the first was really the only one worth reading!

    A fab book, a distant utopian future - strong characters with harrowing events. I really felt strongly involved with this book and Jules' plight. Not the most immediately likeable character, and one which seems rather half heartedly examined by Howey in the few glimpses into her past. I thought this would be explained and built upon in later books. (It's not) it feels a little like perhaps the editor suggested a troubled past for Jules, and Howey scrambled one together and dropped it piecemeal into the story with no real conviction or heart.

    I'd definitely recommend this book, I'd just as strongly recommend stopping before the next ones to avoid besmirching the good feeling!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Holmfirth, United Kingdom
    3/23/14
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    "Dullest narration in 5 years of audible purchases."

    Good story. But half way through I was thinking "God, this book is boring." Some time later I realised it was the narration that was the problem.
    Harker is obviously an accomplished actress. Her diction is absolutely clear, and if you're learning English, I can't think of a better person to listen to.
    But for all the pin-point accuracy of the pronunciation, very single line of prose sounds like the last. Monotone for the first section of the sentence, followed by a brief half-tone rise and then a trailing fall for the last syllable. No matter what's going on in the story, the reader always makes it sound like she's reading a shopping list.
    Surely the producer picked this up? Surely he or she could have said "Actually, you missed the point of that sentence. Would you like to try it again?"
    Harker misses so many inflections, and even worse - places the emphasis on the wrong word in a phrase (which completely changes its meaning) that it's obvious she's paying no attention at all to the story.
    Every voice, every line of dialogue, and every character sounds like the others. Maybe the antagonist is given a slightly more weaselly voice than the rest, but that's the highlight.
    I really want to listen to book 2 on my daily commute, but I've decided to download it on Kindle and let Text-to-Speech narrate it to me.
    Yes. I'm serious. It's so bad that Kindle would be more entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • RubyShoes
    Berkshire
    3/12/14
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    "Wow just wow"

    Wool has just become one of my all time favourites and is for me by far the best of the trilogy. The most original, riveting listen ever and as other reviewers have said.... totally believable.

    Susannah Harker's narration is exceptional she does far more than narrate she breathes life into the story in general and the characters in particular.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs Wendy Huggins
    Gloucestershire
    2/12/14
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    "Okay,but the narrator was not right for this story"

    In essence this is a Hollywood fantasy. The story is fine and action packed if you like sci-fi! I can see this on big cinema screens as an American blockbuster. But that's it really. It is full of tension and suspense and in chapter 68 I found myself holding my breath with Juliet. Susannah Harker has a lovely voice but totally unsuitable for this story. Sorry! John Lee or Mark Meadows would have bought the story more to life I feel. Give it a go though it's just not my thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fukuwarai
    Peterborough
    2/1/14
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    "A silo isn't just for missiles, it's the future."
    If you could sum up Wool in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing, surprising, inspiring.


    What other book might you compare Wool to, and why?

    I've not come across a book that compares or matches Wool in the way it engages you with its characters and plot. It stands alone.


    Have you listened to any of Susannah Harker’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I've not listened to Susannah's other performances but will definitely look out for them.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I couldn't listen to this in one sitting as it's too long but I did link it to my car so I could listen to it to and from work.


    Any additional comments?

    It had me, it is gripping and engaging and engenders empathy for the main characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roderic
    Victoria Park, Australia
    1/24/14
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    "A satifyingly different post-apocalypse yarn"
    Any additional comments?

    At times the characterisation was clumsy in this book, but the book delivers what it promises at the start. An interesting post-apocalyptic scenario, told well enough to be enjoyed to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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