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Shift Omnibus Edition Audiobook

Shift Omnibus Edition: Shift 1-3, Silo Saga

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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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    Dubi New York, NY 12-05-16
    Dubi New York, NY 12-05-16

    People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.

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    "Wool Prequel Explains Silos"

    Wool is already a legend in self-publishing, a short story going viral, putting its author on the map, leading to an omnibus edition of seven connected stories, subsequently leading to a trilogy of omnibus volumes. Wool is the world-building portion of the Silo trilogy, depicting a dystopian future of a tightly controlled, strictly caste society within a completely enclosed underground bunker of massive proportions, called a silo.

    Shift, the second omnibus collection, is a prequel to Wool that explains much of what led to the status quo of silo life in Wool. Originally written in three parts (First Shift, Second Shift, Third Shift), each equal to a novel of 200+ page length, Shift shows us how and why the silos were built and organized, how they evolved over several centuries, how the events of Wool fit into the wider scheme of things.

    Much of the attention has been directed at Howey's success story as an independent author and at his creative world-building in Silo. What I believe makes it work so well for him and for his readers is his patient, meticulous approach to crafting his story. He focuses initially on character development, allowing him to reveal his world bit by bit, never overwhelming us with exposition or detail.

    There is a reason why this is the tried and truest method of storytelling. Because it works. We learn of a new world by first getting to know its people, seeing things through their eyes. Our reward is a series of micro-reveals leading up to major reveals, made more potent because we experience them every step of the way through the characters we have come to identify with.

    I read First Shift in print and then listened to the rest in audio. It makes for great reading, and it makes for great listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. S. 07-15-15
    C. S. 07-15-15 Member Since 2012

    a humble, seeking, loudmouth, Jesus lover, and sometimes heretic explores his questions, concerns, and varied interests through books.

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    "If you liked Wool, you will like Shift!"

    The is the second book in the post-apocalyptic series that began with Wool. In this book we get to find out who build the silos and why. It's a good prequel and full of interesting characters and developments. If you enjoyed Wool you will also like Shift.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Miachi MD 01-01-14
    Miachi MD 01-01-14 Member Since 2017
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    "You'll enjoy this if you love the *world* of Wool"

    I saw a lot of reviews that complained that there was too much detail or too many unnecessary plotlines in this sequel. I didn't think so at all! I felt each chapter brought a little more life to the world and the series as a whole. Were the years with Solo's "friend" necessary? Absolutely not. Did I love them? Absolutely. If you're reading this series for the excitement and the mystery-solving of Wool, I can see how Shift is a disappointment. If you liked Wool because of the characters it introduced and the world it created, I think you'll find Shift just as entertaining.

    I was really disappointed with the narration, however, because I loved Reynolds in the Riyria Revelation books. Sadly, he just wasn't a good choice for American accents. The southern Georgia accents were particularly jarring and sometimes slipped into something sounding Scottish.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 08-13-13
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 08-13-13 Member Since 2017

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "Pleasant Surprise after Wool"

    After Wool I didn't expect much from Shift. I did not like Wool much, finding the narration poor and the premise, story and characters quite weak. I only listened to Shift because I bought Wool and Shift at the same time. I was pleasantly surprised to find Shift well narrated and well written with interesting adult characters and a story-line that kept me interested. While the premise remained weak the story and characters made the premise almost believable. I found the difference between Wool and Shift astounding. The tone and style are quite different. I will read the third if I hear it is like Shift and not like Wool.

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    Amazon Customer 04-01-14 Member Since 2016

    I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.

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    "not as good as the first and way too long"

    You'll spend the entire book waiting for our idiot protagonist to figure out what we, the audience already know before picking up the book. Does that sound fun to you?

    The story isn't boring, exactly... it's just unnecessary. Wool already told us everything we needed to know about the Silos. The backstory answers some questions... but this all could have been done in a more elegant way... preferably in a single chapter instead of this slow, useless tome.

    For the most part the story held my attention, and had it had a satisfying ending, or had the it progressed the plot from Wool in any way I probably could have forgiven the insane redundancies. But it didn't do those things.

    I already own Dust, so I'll see this story out to its conclusion, but had I not purchased it on sale, I certainly would have called it quits right now.

    I listened to this book on 3x speed, and it was still too long. I don't recommend it to anyone who isn't totally in love with hearing about life in the Silos.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Nina 05-21-14
    Nina 05-21-14 Member Since 2013

    Some books just become your best friend. I have a few best friends and I continue to read them over and over again.

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    "Entertaining!"
    Would you listen to Shift Omnibus Edition again? Why?

    I read Wool last year and decided to listen to Shift about a month ago. I love reading reviews on the books before purchasing to see what others say about it. With that said I already knew that the characters in Wool were not in Shift. I still loved the book. Shift starts to give you some answers (not all answers, but some) and a little history of the Silos. I surprisingly enjoyed the story and the performance was wonderfully done.


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    Pamela 10-14-13
    Pamela 10-14-13
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    "Editor! Editor! EDITORRRRRRRRRR!"

    BORING!
    What a disaster. 100 years and 100 pages too long!
    Hope no one reads this first, because I'm sure they will never read the great Wool.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Robin 11-08-13
    Robin 11-08-13
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    "Disappointing second act!"

    I was so looking forward to this recording. I read Wool Omnibus, which is the first part of the saga in print, because listeners had a poor opinion of that reader. I found it compelling and devoured hundreds of pages in a few days. This recording has Tim Reynolds, who I've loved in other books, so I figured this would be even better. I was disappointed in both the book and its narration;

    In contrast to Wool, which takes place over a few weeks, this one takes place over centuries - and it feels like it. There's way too much detail of various characters endlessly enduring in grim environments. There's a plot in the middle that I think was totally unnecessary, apparently to give an idea about the Uprisings mentioned elsewhere. Finally at the very end, the story starts to overlap with the first part of the saga, but by then my interest had waned considerably.

    A strong feature of Wool was the opportunity for the reader to figure out what is going on. This one tries to explain it, starting in the 21st century, and I felt that made it less believable. Again there are way too many details of ordinary life in the near future, trying to show how what we have now could lead to the silo world. The whole construction and rationale just doesn't make much sense. Leaving some mystery would have been better.

    Some people felt the characters in Wool were flat, but I found them interesting and cared about what happened to them. In Shift, the characters are mostly one-dimensional and mostly passive. My overall feeling listening to this was depression. I had to avoid listening to it before bedtime. Sure, it's a dystopia but the characters could have some human connection and some agency, there's very little of either.

    As I said ,I loved Tim Reynolds reading the works of Michael J Sullivan, where he has a mainly English accent. In this one, he tried to sound American and sometimes just sounded weird. For instance, he pronounced "palm" as "pam". You'd be amazed how often that word came up and it jarred me every time. He did a decent job with the various characters but Howey didn't give him a lot to work with.

    I rarely regret the hours spent listening to an audiobook, even if it's not the greatest, but this time I did. I will probably read the 3rd installment in print so that if it drags I can skim through it.

    12 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Lance GROTON, MA, United States 05-15-14
    Lance GROTON, MA, United States 05-15-14
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    "For the love god, stop saying "palm" as "pam""

    Great book, Hugh is a talented writer and I'm excited to read more from him. But, for pete's sake, I've never been so acutely aware of the overuse of a single word in an audio-book. Every time the reader, Reynolds, would come to the world 'palm' he would always pronounce it in some weird english-to-american crossover pronunciation as 'pam' and this wasn't a sparse occurrence either. I found myself starting to wonder if Hugh Howey set out to write this sequel with the intention of seeing how many times he could cram the word 'palm' into a single book. It bugged me enough to were I almost couldn't even finish the book. However, I still gave Reynolds 4 stars because the rest of his performance is in fact excellent, but I can't be the only one who noticed this.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas Waller Loudon, Tn United States 05-20-17
    Nicholas Waller Loudon, Tn United States 05-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great background story to wool, if a bit slower."

    does a good job of explaining the background and reasoning of the silos and give you a good look in to silo 1. you get a little more history for silos 17 and 18, and everything is caught up and connected by the end. very enjoyable.

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