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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • RubyShoes
  • 03-12-14

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.

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  • Mrs Wendy Huggins
  • 02-12-14

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.

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  • Fukuwarai
  • 02-01-14

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.

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  • Roderic
  • 01-24-14

A satifyingly different post-apocalypse yarn

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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.

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  • Yevgeny
  • 01-07-14

Captivating.

Captivating story, just a little slow at times. Good narration. I would recommend it to all who are looking for a story in interesting post-apocalyptic settings.

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  • Stuart
  • 12-05-13

Page turner (ear turner?!)

Would you listen to Wool again? Why?

Give it a couple of years absolutely- Susannah's narration really draws to into the story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Wool?

Realisation of where the Silo sits in scheme of things...

What does Susannah Harker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Draws you in- got me on an emotional level. Even parts of the book that dragged a bit - she kept me hooked

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

No- broke it up over a few long distance drives

Any additional comments?

Solid story- great narration- jumped straight into sequel- "Shift".. Enjoying this one better (story that is - narration would have preferred Susannah again!

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  • Katie
  • 12-04-13

Absolutely fantastic story.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I can not rate Wool highly enough, I loved it. It was dramatic, moving, captivating and morish. Download it now!

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the surprise twists that occurred along the way.

What about Susannah Harker’s performance did you like?

She read well.

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

Hell yeah.

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  • Claire
  • 12-03-13

An entertaining read

This was an attention keeping story. The focus moves between different characters throughout and so kept me interested. The characters were all very different and likeable. The plot did raise a few questions in my mind but these are starting to be answered now i've moved onto 'Shift' the second book of the trilogy. I will definitely be listening to the whole trilogy.

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  • Debra
  • 12-02-13

Ignore the title - listen to the book

I tried this book as part of Audible's Easter egg promotion without that sample I would never have come across this book. I would definitely recommend it. In fact I could not wait for part 2 Shift and part 3 Dust to complete the trilogy.

Although it might be thought of as science fiction or fantasy I feel it is about community and what that can mean. It has strong characters that move the story along well and the narrator, Susannah Harker, does an excellent job.

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  • DAVID
  • 12-02-13

Cant wait to read the next two - Wool Trilogy

What made the experience of listening to Wool the most enjoyable?

Loved this post apocalyptic tale you instantly get into the story and follow the characters lives' as the story unfolds.
The reluctant sheriff and the head of IT, the mayor and how all the characters fit together into each others lives.
The cleanings and how futile the process is.
How the system wants to think you are alone.
How the people will always eventually rise up.

What does Susannah Harker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Its a subject that I would not normally pick as a book choice but I'm hooked. I've since purchased the two remaining books in the trilogy and cant wait to start them now wool is finished

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

too long to listed too in one sitting but made sure I had some long and uninterrupted drives

Any additional comments?

Cant wait to listen to books 2 & 3