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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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    Abby Ohio 05-05-13
    Abby Ohio 05-05-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Narrator Ruined the Book for Me"
    Would you try another book from Hugh Howey and/or Amanda Sayle?

    I would try another book by Howey if not performed by Sayle


    What didn’t you like about Amanda Sayle’s performance?

    The narrator completely ruined this book. Her character voices are horrible and her pauses are too long , especially in mid sentence.


    28 of 42 people found this review helpful
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    Steve L. 05-20-13
    Steve L. 05-20-13 Member Since 2015
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    "This is painful to listen to. I wasted a credit."

    For me this book is really difficult to listen to. The narrator's pace is extremely slow and she pauses many times in mid-sentence as well as every sentence ending. I kept praying that she would put two sentences together, but that never happened. I found my concentration drifting. I tried playing the audio book on fast speed, but then the audio quality suffers. Perhaps these dramatic pauses work on stage, but they do not work well in the audio book format.

    Also, the male character voices sound like no man I have ever heard. With these two extremely distracting elements, it is really hard for me to follow the plot of the story. Sorry Amanda. I really wanted to listen to this book, but I have wasted a credit instead.

    16 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 08-10-13
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 08-10-13 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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    "Poor narration of a so-so book-but Shift was good"

    At first I thought this was a children’s book with really simple characters and caricature narration, but it was too slow and boring to be a kid’s book. Is this science fiction? If so the science is so bad as to be dangerous (kids die every year emulating such diving scenes) The science was bad, but worse the characters’ actions just did not make any sense to me. Why would someone want to clean the lenses? There was also no tension as everything interesting was telegraphed long before being reveled. I really did not intend to read the next book in the series, but I already purchased both, so what the heck? Shift (the next book but prequel) was astoundingly different, well written and well narrated. It was like a completely different author. Although the premise was still a bit far fetched, the characters were adult and believable and there is actual tension and angst. If book three is like Shift I will likely continue the series.

    14 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Cannongate Denver 12-16-13
    Cannongate Denver 12-16-13
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    "Amateur Hour in Prose and Performance"
    What disappointed you about Wool?

    Mr. Howey has created an interesting concept but utterly lacks the literary talent or psychological insights necessary to make this series worth one's time.


    What didn’t you like about Amanda Sayle’s performance?

    Amanda Sayles might be a very nice woman, perhaps even possesses acting talent, who knows? But how in the world she was hired to perform an audiobook must remain one of the universe's great unfathomable mysteries. She has one voice, her everyday, perfectly pleasant conversational one, but all other efforts at characterization sound like a daycare teacher's effort to use cartoony voices to entertain her three year old students. I do not blame her but rather the publisher or whomever who made the decision to use her. Just like we don't blame Sophia Coppola for accepting a lead in Godfather Part III and exhibiting to the world how ill conceived was that casting. Just tell me that Amanda had once donated a kidney to the publisher's child and I will stop shaking my head at the thought that in this world of such talented actors, Amanda Sayles was considered the best choice for this series.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ramon B. Cano Orem, Ut 09-28-14
    Ramon B. Cano Orem, Ut 09-28-14 Member Since 2015

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    "Worst Narrator Ever could not ruin great book!"
    Would you listen to Wool again? Why?

    No... I would read it next time. This narrator was truly awful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I thought the story was very well written and and thought out. It was easy to get lost in the consistent world of the Silos.


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

    Will Wheaton.


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

    The end was pretty cool.


    Any additional comments?

    I haven't heard the other narrator for this book (there are two versions with different narrators) - so I can't recommend the other narrator per se. But it is hard to imagine any narrator doing a worse job. So I guess I am recommending you buy the other version.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew 11-12-13
    Matthew 11-12-13
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    "Can't wait to read this - the narration killed it."
    What made the experience of listening to Wool the most enjoyable?

    Turning it off. This is not a slight to Howey, because the story is good, but the narration was seriously lacking, and I usually give all readers the benefit of the doubt. However, if I'm focused more on your voice, and picking out characters, than the story, you are not doing a good job. I don't know what Sayle could have done to make it more enjoyable, but I have to say it was not for me. I am very much looking forward to reading the book instead.


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

    No. I said I am excited to read this book, because I have heard so many good things about the story, but had to give up listening before the first disc was through. Could not take the narrator seriously, her male voices were high or unusual, and her normal voice sounded like the trophy wife mom from Tommy Boy.


    Any additional comments?

    I rated the story high and the overall high, because I believe in the story, and just was unhappy with the narration and could not get past it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    R. Pohl Nebraska 08-28-13
    R. Pohl Nebraska 08-28-13

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    "Poor narration ruins the experience"
    Would you try another book from Hugh Howey and/or Amanda Sayle?

    I enjoy the author's works, but would avoid any other work from this narrator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't really have a favorite. Possible Jules.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Any other narrator might have improved the performance.


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    no

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Johanna Portland, OR, United States 08-25-13
    Johanna Portland, OR, United States 08-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Narrator is extremely distracting."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this audio book because the narrator is quite distracting. The story itself might be okay, but I'd have to read the print book without the voice in order to know.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator's regular voice is pleasant, but several of her other character voices are so grating (e.g., high nasal, low creepy) that they greatly detracted from the story.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jared 06-18-13
    Jared 06-18-13
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    "Not horrible, but not great"

    This contains a few minor spoilers, but nothing important to the story. Don’t get attached to Holston. He’s completely gone after the first chapter. And that leads into what I consider poor story structure. The book will start building momentum and become interesting. It appears to start very quickly with Holston. Then there’s an abrupt turn. The story stops dead and almost seems to restart. That's fairly common for some stories; hook the reader in the beginning, then get more in-depth before continuing on. The problem is that this same technique is used a few different times during the book rather than just at the beginning. It seems to just be getting interesting, then time resets and explains how it got to this situation in rather boring detail.
    Rather than going into the more traditional science fiction you’d expect, this story is more about internal politics and drama. There’s minimal focus as to why the planet is as it is. You get a few paragraphs that basically used the tired old story thread “The U.S. was secretly evil” to explain in passing and that’s it. No details at all and its completely superfluous to the story. Another silo is somewhat explored, but it answers few questions that aren’t answered elsewhere. There’s otherwise no exploring the outside world other than to say “maybe later we’ll do it”. So essentially, this is a story about the politics of people living in a massive structure.
    It’s not entirely bad, I guess I was just expecting something else, but I don’t think I would read anything by this author again.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    W. Weintraub Philly 06-14-13
    W. Weintraub Philly 06-14-13
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    "Worst narrator ever. Story is B plot sci fi"
    Would you try another book from Hugh Howey and/or Amanda Sayle?

    I cannot understand this woman at all at any speed. This is Whisperjet so i read it. Story is slow, boring and is sci fi because of being in grim future. Only pessimists need apply. Murder mystery with standard plot but all in one large building.


    What was most disappointing about Hugh Howey’s story?

    Perdictable


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

    Clear distinct voice needed


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Wool?

    The stair climbing


    Any additional comments?

    Wasted my time cause i had to read it not listen while on train

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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