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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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Great story, narration wasn't amazing.

Overall it was a great story, great plot. it had some slow points but never got boring. The narration leaves something to be desired as the female narrator struggles to make a convincing male sounding character. The upside is the voice inflection used for each character made them distinct. Overall, I would listen to it again.

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excellent

great book, good narration, hooking story. I can't wait to download the next book in the series!

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Good but not great

This book was good but not one of those "couldn't put it down books". I just had a hard time getting through it. It was lacking something.. that extra something that makes you want to read another chapter.. and then another chapter.

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Good story, slow at times

overall a good story, concept is awesome but was a little drawn out. Can be a little slow at times.

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Mixed feelings

Excellent story - the plot was wonderful. It's a shame the narrator only does 4 voices.

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Slow, unoriginal and unimaginative

What would have made Wool better?

Finish the book in 2 hours instead of 17! do some more research about the science before writing about science fiction. To avoid home made radios working underground, or photons leaking from a battery. <br/><br/>There is just a single novel idea in Wool, something that a robot or a set of wipers could have easily fixed. Now that is something any of the amateur geniuses in mechanical could have Jerry-built.

Would you ever listen to anything by Hugh Howey again?

No

How could the performance have been better?

Read faster! Not like it is a poem. The book is slow already.

Any additional comments?

I love long novels, fantasy and Sci-Fi both. I think the author heard the best way to write a long novel is to write about the journeys, like to/from the middle earth or in the seven kingdom. In Wool there is a slow travel between different levels of a silo! Yes, going up and down an apartment. All the while you have to suffer listening to side characters mourning the dead in their head. Or flash back to yet another boring childhood memory.

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Worst narration ever

Wow. This book was recommended to me by a friend but I don't have much time to read so I bought the audiobook.

I don't understand how an editor or someone didn't nix this presentation from the beginning.
The narrator uses cartoon voices that sound like Betty Boop, Bugs Bunny, Yosemite Sam, etc. yet this is not a comedy! I was so distracted by the voices that it detracted from the story. * deep breath *

When she isn't voice acting, she has a prim and proper voice much better suited for Shakespeare than a novel like this.

The story was good. I understand they changed narrators for the next one so we'll see how that goes. I guess it's a testament to the story that I want the next book.

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A bit melodramatic, ridiculous narration

What did you like best about Wool? What did you like least?

I found the overall premise here intriguing, and it left me wanting to know more about the history which preceded the plot. However, I found the writing a bit cheesy and melodramatic. As others have noted, the narration is ridiculous and frankly pretty distracting.

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WORST Narrator. Almost ruined this...

I don't know what happened, but I'm assuming they picked a name out of a hat at the local high school theater group to find the narrator. She was AWFUL. To make it worse - her voices. PAINFUL to get through. Not only cartoony, but annoying. I wanted to turn this off so many times.

The story was interesting. And I'm looking forward to the next book and a NEW narrator.

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Great story, deserves a better narrator

I don't want to be mean, but the narrator ruins so many powerful scenes with her attempts at giving the characters distinctive voices. You'd think it would get better after a while or you'd get used to it, but that never happened for me.