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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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    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 07-05-17
    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 07-05-17 Member Since 2008
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    "Back to where it all started"

    Author Hugh Howey does a masterful job slowly revealing how his unique dystopian world functions during the first book of the series, Wool, but he never touches on the subject of how society morphed into that state. Well that is exactly what he does in Shift, as some much needed context is added to explain why things are the way they are. Since he jumps back in time to our contemporary world he needs to introduce a whole new set of characters, which is initially off-putting, but it eventually all comes together and sets things up for an excellent finale to the series.

    Once again the facts are doled out in small bits and pieces over time, which had me initially feeling impatient with the pacing of the story, but it started to flow once I embraced the manner in which the story is told. Covering the hundreds of years of time needed to catch up to the events of Wool the story bounces around in time, and from one character to another, but it all eventually weaves together nicely. When the story catches up to the events of the first book the bigger picture is a lot clearer but the end game still remains unknown. So you will learn how the world changed, and even why it was changed, but you will be left in the dark regarding some key characters and an obvious hidden agenda. This becomes the main draw for the final book, Dust, which has the characters from both of the first two books working diligently to expose that agenda and come out on top.

    If you enjoyed Wool and want more of the "how and why" behind the story, then this book is for you. If you just want the story to move forward so you can find out what happens to your favorite characters from book one, then prepare to be disappointed as that won't happen here. Still, I think this is a worthy detour that provides some solid world building which will leave you hungry for finding out how things eventually turn out.

    The book is narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds and that is always a good thing. Tim is one of the best narrators around and he does his usual stellar job in bringing this book to life. Event though Tim didn't narrate the first book these are all new characters so the switch in narrators was not upsetting in any way.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dubi New York, NY 12-05-16
    Dubi New York, NY 12-05-16
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    FanB14 11-21-16
    FanB14 11-21-16
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    "Ask Yourself Before You Buy..."

    Is this the book for you? If you're considering "Shift" chances are you read and liked "Wool". I don't like sci-fi and have little patience for immensely long books, but enjoyed this one. Know the book is extremely slow to develop, written in the third person narrator, and jumps time periods-causing a little confusion. Brush up on the key points of the first book if it's been a while.

    It's worth the trip to continue this story to the days days before "it" happened with the character Donald and his unwitting role in the machinations of a corrupt political agenda. At the very end, the characters and premise from the first book finally merge.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    NeilW 10-04-17
    NeilW 10-04-17 Member Since 2014
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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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    Christopher 09-28-17
    Christopher 09-28-17 Member Since 2016
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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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    David Samson 08-26-17 Listener Since 2007
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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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    Mr Dangerous Los Angeles, Ca 08-18-17
    Mr Dangerous Los Angeles, Ca 08-18-17 Member Since 2017
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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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    Elizabeth Moore 08-02-17 Member Since 2017
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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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    Jessica 07-24-17
    Jessica 07-24-17 Member Since 2016
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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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    Brett Spencer 07-21-17
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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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