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This is the sequel to the New York Times best-selling Wool series. It combines the three Shift books into a single audiobook in order to save the listener a few bucks. The saga concludes with Dust, which will be available in late 2013.

In 2007, the Center for Automation in Nanobiotech (CAN) outlined the hardware and software platform that would one day allow robots smaller than human cells to make medical diagnoses, conduct repairs, and even self-propagate.

In the same year, the CBS network re-aired a program about the effects of propranolol on sufferers of extreme trauma. A simple pill, it had been discovered, could wipe out the memory of any traumatic event.

At almost the same moment in humanity's broad history, mankind had discovered the means for bringing about its utter downfall - and the ability to forget it ever happened.

©Lifetime Hugh Howey (P)2013 Hugh Howey

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Great, better than the last!

Great sequel! Actually afraid at times!
Narration was okay. Did not make mischief of an attempt to distinguish between the different people’s voices, which was sometimes confusing.
And listening to him sing the first few bars of the National Anthem may be the most painful thing I have ever had to sit through.

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great book

i went through the first one, Wool. And now the following Shift. it is very interesting and well written.
however a long book with little action.
But I am looking forward to hear the next and last book.

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Fans of Wool will def appreciate Shift

It is now rare for an author to craft a story as Hugh Howey has done with this series. He is able to not only paint a vivid picture of his creation, but transport the listener into the deep confines of the silos where they feel trapped and want out (please dont send me to cleaning)!

The feelings of fear, deceit, loneliness, ignorance, anger, hope, loss, revenge, love, and human need to claw our way to see beyond the next hill hits the reader/listener like a storm with precise timing. You will demand the truth be set free and pray that everything remains buried.

In Shift, the questions you racked your brain trying to figure out come to light with "ah ha!" moments and deeper plots than you imagined. Besides the history of the Silos, you get a view into the past and development of the characters that explain so much of where, who, why, what and when.

Can't wait to learn the conclusion in DUST! What color are your overalls?

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Almost as good as Wool

Once I finished Wool, I couldn't help but start this one almost immediately. I really wanted to know what led up to the events that I'd just finished reading about, and I also really wanted to know what happened next, but knew that I had to read the prequel first.

Wool was one of the best stories I've read of this genre, and I was really hoping Shift would rate the same, but it was slightly behind in stars for me. Not so much that I wouldn't recommend it, but it just doesn't rate the same. Perhaps because the awesomeness of Wool was the building of that world, which now already exists in our minds before we start Shift.

The story starts out well before the Silos of Wool in a more modern time. You spend some time in the book wishing you were back in the land that Wool left you in, but Howey does eventually start weaving in the present (pre-Silos) with the future (Silos, but pre-Wool), which allows the story to pick up nicely.

If you enjoyed Wool, you'll enjoy Shift, but you might not be able to hold it to the same light.

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Just read the Wikipedia synopsis

Book one was very good; heartwarming and surprisingly action-packed. This book, however, was incredibly dull. It's all about backstory, but you would be better served reading the synopsis on Wikipedia.

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Completely fun...

Not as good as the first. but still entertaining. A prequel so to speak. I'm looking forward to the next book and seeing where they will go with it.

Normally I am no the biggest fan of the narrator, but he did a great job with this one. He was at legendary status compared to the narrator of the first book, who might be the worst narrator i've heard on audible.

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Great book great narrator

Tim is a great narrator. Much better narration than Wool. This series is great! Shift was a little boring at times but still a great story. Can't wait to start dust.

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Great story

My only real complaint was that I could not understand why there was a British storyteller narrating the story. The story was set in the US, with US accents. The British accent was distracting, and slightly annoying. Otherwise the story was good, though some parts did drag.

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Engrossing story but a slow burn.

Glad to have read it and reflect on it but at times it was a little slow pacing for my liking. Beside that if you are a fan of post apocalyptic sci-fi, then this is a must. Touches on much more than just gleeful geekdom.

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so good you want it to go forever

I have read and listened to this series. both excellent experiences.
great book I recommend to all