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Wool Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Teri 05-12-14
    Teri 05-12-14
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    "One word: BORING"

    Typically, I will give a book five to seven chapters or an audiobook an hour to snare my interest. This one kept putting me to sleep around forty minutes ( yes, I tried three times to listen to it). Some might say "it's a good book but it starts slow." To me, that is just a sign of a bad book and a waste of time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mara 03-23-14
    Mara 03-23-14
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    "Interesting story, mediocre writing, poor reading"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Oh for the age of the editor! If all the cliches were cut from the text it would be half as long. Shots ring out, I kid you not, four times in thirty seconds followed almost immediately by footsteps ringing out.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Amanda Sayle’s performances?

    Never


    Any additional comments?

    The story is engaging, although you are likely to anticipate the big reveals. I enjoy that the point of view passes from character to character. The "villain" is not one dimensional. The "good guys" sort of are.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon Norcross, ga, United States 01-05-14
    Shannon Norcross, ga, United States 01-05-14
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    "My favorite book in the series."
    What made the experience of listening to Wool the most enjoyable?

    I loved this series and by far, this book was the most enjoyable of the three. I've recommended these books to several friends. It was a bit slow at first but once Juliette enters the story it gets better.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Juliette - she's an amazing, strong person.


    Have you listened to any of Amanda Sayle’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but she is now my favorite narrator. She's so good at doing voices for the different characters you knew who was speaking immediately.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Andreas Henriksson Sweden 01-02-14
    Andreas Henriksson Sweden 01-02-14 Member Since 2013

    Lover of sci-fi and the occasional horror story. Philosophical inclinations. English is my second language.

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    "Wonderfully inventively claustrophobic"
    What made the experience of listening to Wool the most enjoyable?

    I have just come away from some disappointing audio books and thought I might need a break from audio books generally. Wool made me change my mind. It is a real "side turner", which slowly lets the reader in on the mind-blowing secrets of its world. I love the job Howey has done with his characters; they are multifaceted, often engaging in both likable and less likable behavior. Several of the characters also go through some very believable changes. I even found myself feeling some sympathy or understanding for the less delectable characters. Furthermore, Howey is not afraid to kill off several of the main characters, which for me increases the tension and expense in the book. Beautifully written and perfect for audio, this book kept my attention throughout! Very happy I found it!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wool?

    There are several moments of revelation throughout the book, and it would be difficult to summarize it without spoilers. I particularly enjoyed the character of Lukas, who really struggles with his loyalties and with what he should believe. Through him, we get to understand that none of the sides in the stories got the monopoly on moral goodness.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not a fan of love stories, as they are usually clichéd and shallow but intended to give stories emotional depth, something that alienates me and many other readers. There is something of those tendencies in Wool, but I salute the author for keeping them to a minimum and for also describing some of love's negative emotions, especially envy.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    avoidthelloyd Poteau, OK 10-24-13
    avoidthelloyd Poteau, OK 10-24-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Not sure what I think..."

    I'm currently in the middle of SHIFT and I am glad I read Wool, but nothing significant stands out. It's been less than a month since I finished it, but I can't recall a lot of it. Is that bad? The characters seemed to be missing a vice or some inner struggle. Howey didn't seem to be very descriptive in a way the reader imagines things, but often told me what someone was thinking. It is a good setup for SHIFT and come to think of it, Howey didn't explore very deeply in this one most of the issues that have opened up in SHIFT. Need to read first anyhow. You can listen comfortably at 1.5 speed. This isn't very helpful, but there it is.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher San Diego, CA, United States 10-17-13
    Christopher San Diego, CA, United States 10-17-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Average"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The characters themselves are fine;however, when they interact in relationships their actions don't make any sense.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Amanda Sayle’s performances?

    Not very good male voices but passable. Yes, I would try another of the narrator's books.


    Any additional comments?

    An average effort by the author and narrator. It was an "ok" book that had heavy handed plot devices.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Kingwood, TX, United States 09-10-13
    Paul Kingwood, TX, United States 09-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "The Story is Worth the Bad Narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would easily recommend Wool to my friends, but most of my friends would agree that the narrator is a distraction.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Maybe a male/female team would have been better. She reads Juliette's part well, but every other part suffers. All of the male characters sound like slow-witted cartoon characters or evil old women. Those are the only two characterizations available for about ten male characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't let the lousy narration dissuade you from enjoying the story.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    monte keifer, OK, United States 08-25-13
    monte keifer, OK, United States 08-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Boring"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Not so much rambling


    What could Hugh Howey have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Have a story line


    How could the performance have been better?

    Not much


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Wish I had not wasted 5 hours trying to get into it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Åhman Spånga, Sweden 06-19-13
    Robin Åhman Spånga, Sweden 06-19-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Not what I had expected"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, I don't think that this was time well spent. I would rather listen to another book.


    What three words best describe Amanda Sayle’s performance?

    Terrible male voices


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes I think it would be a good movie.


    Any additional comments?

    It was an interesting concept, but it was just too slow and boring at times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Drunken Dyslexic Phoenix, AZ, USA 06-12-13
    Drunken Dyslexic Phoenix, AZ, USA 06-12-13 Member Since 2013

    I read with my ears...

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    "First 9 Hours 2 Stars - Last 9 Hours 5 Stars"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    "Time" is the key for me when it comes to this book. It's the closest I've come to giving up on a book at about the half-way point because very little was happening. The book starts VERY strong and that hooked me, but it faded fast until the second half. Many times I found my mind drifting from the story and when I snapped back after who knows how long I found I hadn't missed anything important. That was the majority of the first half of the book for me. The book was highly recommended by a person I trust and that's pretty much the only thing that kept me going hoping it would get more interesting... and it DID.

    I am glad I waited, but I was a little soured that I had to wait so long for what I felt was the story to actually begin. The second half of the book kept me gripped and interested to the end and I enjoyed it very much.

    Regardless of the first half, I do recommend Wool. I would suggest keeping your expectations low for action and interest until you get into the second half. I wish I could say skip the first half, but there are key elements you need for the second half to work. Maybe listen to it at double speed?


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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