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Wool Audiobook

Wool: Silo, #1; Wool, #1-5

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In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.

His fateful decision unleashes a drastic series of events. An unlikely candidate is appointed to replace him: Juliette, a mechanic with no training in law, whose special knack is fixing machines. Now Juliette is about to be entrusted with fixing her silo, and she will soon learn just how badly her world is broken. The silo is about to confront what its history has only hinted about and its inhabitants have never dared to whisper. Uprising.

©2012 Hugh Howey (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Roxanne London, Ontario, Canada 12-06-13
    Roxanne London, Ontario, Canada 12-06-13
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    "Overall enjoyable"

    It took me a while to get into this audiobook. At first I didn't like the narrator at all. I have no idea why something about it wasn't right. I stuck with it though and after about 1 -2 hours she just really worked for it. Overall I really enjoyed this audiobook.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Drew 05-25-13
    Drew 05-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I did not expect to be so engrossed in the story"

    This book exemplified the good and bad in humanity by brining to life a tale of struggle.

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    Connor 05-30-13
    Connor 05-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "An Excellent Choice"

    Several hundred years from now, in a post-apocalyptic world, the surviving humans live in underground silos. There are secrets that will be protected at any cost. Most follow the rules and ask no questions. Only a few dare to challenge and this puts their lives in grave danger.

    “Wool” is among the best books I have listened to since joining Audible.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Steph United States 07-19-13
    Steph United States 07-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Utilize whispersync if going audible. Great book!"

    This book is wonderful. It's thought provoking and is not a predictable dystopian novel. I can see it appealing to a YA audience but I would categorize it as adult. There is minimal profanity and no sexual content. The narration is bad as many have commented and I understand that they use a different narrator for 'Shift.' ...I am grateful.

    The book is captivating and I will be reading the next book, 'Shift', by Hugh Howey. It explores a silo and its society after the world, the "up top," has been contaminated and made unlivable. What is intriguing about it is it takes place generations after anyone has any idea about what happend to the surface and elephants and green grass in books seem to be made up creations. The general population has no idea what happend before and it is designed to be that way. The book explores the human need to find out their history and the need to leave the silo. The book shows how these needs effect their society. It is forbidden to discuss going "up top" or to go outside. It's is very much a contained psychological experiment in the essence that you have an absolute control group. The difference is it isn't an experiment in the book. It is their reality. There are good twists and I highly recommend it.

    The use of whispersync for this book was very nice particularly because of the narration. I hadn't used whispersync before and found I liked it. It was cheap to pick up the audible portion after getting the book through amazon. I think it helped my review of the book. I started reading 'Wool', which was fortunate, because Amanda Sayle's ability to do additional character voices is lacking. She does fine on regular narration and Juliette's portion but her interpretation of male voices and some of the women is really bad and I think it would have led me to find some of the characters that I interpreted in my head as strong as juvenile. I utilzed whispersync for Julietts's portions and went back to the book if there was a lot of dialogue. I believe I might have abandoned the book if I hadn't. I would only get the audible version of this book if you choose to use whispersync. If you don't want to do whispersync I would read it and not listen to it.

    18 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Nurlip 05-07-13
    Nurlip 05-07-13
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    "Exceptional"

    I heard about this book via TechDirt b/c the author published the book through Amazon directly and did tremendously well on sales. When I saw the Audible version, i had to get it since i had owned the Kindle version for a year w/o reading it. The book is now being made into a movie so its an all around win for independent authors.

    Anyways, this book is one of the best books I've listened to in a while (and that's coming off of a long stretch of Alastair Reynolds and Peter F Hamilton books, among others). The writing is very, very good and i completely understand how and why it would be considered 'movie material'. This is one of those books that when you see the movie after finishing the book, you'll have the feeling that you've already seen 'that part' b/c the imagery Howey creates is vivid and complete. In that sense, i would say its comparable to Harry Potter and Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice & Fire series).

    Onto the narration by Amanda Sayle - I was impressed. This book doesn't have a sole main character, it has many that all follow a similar story line and the split is pretty even, half male, half female. Audible books tend to have a narrator with a gender matching the protagonist but this one could go either way. I think Amanda did a wonderful job that certainly adds to the overall quality of the story.

    Finally, i will say that had i actually read a synopsis of this book before buying it, i would not have purchased it b/c the type of story that it is doesn't typically appeal to me. That said, i'm glad i got it and i think you should skip the synopsis and hype too, just get it and listen/read!!

    26 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    Larry 05-28-13
    Larry 05-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Wool to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version, the audio edition was fantastic. Contrary to some of the reviews posted critical narrator, I never found Sayle's voicing of the characters confusing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jules. Strong and intelligent .


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Jules' attempted rescue of (?) at Silo 18 near the end of the book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, when one of main characters at the beginning decides to go outside.


    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Lansing, MI, United States 06-05-13
    Brian Lansing, MI, United States 06-05-13 Member Since 2017
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    "I'm glad I stuck it out"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    A little less description of EVERYTHING. To me the story started out slow and I almost gave up on it. I moved onto a different book and just about returned this book because it was just moving way too s-l-o-w, and the character voices of the mayor and especially the deputy were very annoying. I returned to it a few weeks later and stuck it out - but the beginning almost made me bail.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Once the story picked up steam I enjoyed it. It was clever and smart.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Amanda Sayle?

    I just listened to story narrated by Angela Dawe. She was spectacular! Sayle's character voices rubbed me the wrong way I guess. Her normal narration voice was okay but she seemed to read a bit slow also which added to the slow start. I bumped the narration speed to 1.5 which helped.


    Was Wool worth the listening time?

    In the end yes. But like I said before, I almost baled on it after about 2 hours. I think the word count could have been cut a lot without loosing any of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad I stuck it out. After the mayor and the deputy voices were no longer needed, the other ones were not as bad. I was excited to dive into this book and was sad when I was ready to give up on it thinking it just wasn't my style. But I did like it over all. I think the author just has a way of over describing stuff, but I think that is what others liked about it. You can't please everyone :)

    31 of 45 people found this review helpful
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    elle 06-07-17
    elle 06-07-17
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    "Tedious and Painful"

    Not only does this story go on and on and on with very little taking place, Amanda Sayle's attempt to do 'voices' for the characters is far below the quality I have come to expect with Audible. I know, I was warned by other reviewers. That is why I didn't return the book, because I didn't heed the warning so feel I am responsible for the choice I made.

    But one of the most important male characters as well as another male character sound just like the Wicked Witch of the West when she says "...I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too." Her normal narration voice is quite good but she should not be allowed to do men's voices. Add to that the extremely poorly written characters, the painfully slow moving plot, and the predictable outcome and I don't understand why anyone would subject themselves to the rest of the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    tracy thatcher, AZ, United States 06-06-17
    tracy thatcher, AZ, United States 06-06-17 Member Since 2006
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    "The reader ruins it"

    I could not listen to the overly sappy rendition of each character. 5 hours and I was mimicking her overacted, unrealistic voices. Can't finish it. Ugh! Maybe the print version is better.....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous SAN FRANCISCO, CA, US 04-18-17
    Anonymous SAN FRANCISCO, CA, US 04-18-17 Listener Since 2004
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    "Super campy & not clever "

    The sci-fi concept is solid, but the prose is terrible - very juvenile. And the narrator's make voices are tough to listen to for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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