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Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5) Audiobook

Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5)

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Publisher's Summary

This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.

©Lifetime +70 years Hugh Howey (P)2012 Hugh Howey

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    Genchenstein 02-21-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Great story poor narration"

    A great story with memorable characters and good pacing. Fans of dystopian post-apocalyptic stories will enjoy this novel. The narrator did an excellent job conveying emotion, but her voices for the male characters are awful. Wish they would have more audiobooks with male/female narrating teams. It would have done this story the justice it deserves.

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    Valerie K. Burgess 02-05-15 Member Since 2015

    I enjoy reading literary thought provoking novels, magical realism, and science fiction. I completed my MFA in 2012 and enjoy writing.

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    "So boring and cliche. I wanted to like it. Sorry."
    What would have made Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5) better?

    A better story. The narrator actually was good, but the story was difficult to stick with.


    Has Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5) turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I read older science fiction, so I know that this story is not so unique. In fact, it seemed very similar, in the beginning, to a story I heard on a Dimension X old time radio broadcast. The author had a good premise for the story, and he didn't copy the old story necessarily -- just maybe the setting, but I found it too much caught up in the same ole same ole story lines about people -- those in control, those oppressed, laborers vs. politics, less fortunate vs. more fortunate, etc. etc. etc. Yawn Yawn Yawn.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Minnie Goode?

    Minnie Goode did an excellent job. She is the only thing that made it somewhat interesting and to where I kept trying to listen to the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Since I never read the book, I don't know how I might have liked it differently than listening to it.

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    Benbarian Johannesburg, South Africa 02-02-15
    Benbarian Johannesburg, South Africa 02-02-15 Listener Since 2010
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    "Very fine post-apocolyptic fiction"

    I loved this. It' has been recommended to me on so many different forums and in so many formats. I'm very pleased to have fianlly given it a listen. Great characters. Totaly suspecion of belivve, really took me away. Unexpected plot twists. Humour, sadness, hope. I highly recommend it. The narration was perfect, albeint she had a few slightly over-done character accents. Overal a wonderful story, well produced.

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    lISA C HANCOCK 01-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "great story but annoying narrator."

    do not let the narrator keep you from this though. it was a beautiful story worth your ears.

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    Lazy Lightning 08-28-14
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    "Good story, poor performance"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Although I enjoyed the story, I felt that many times the narrator made it barely listenable. It didn't feel like she took the time to understand the characters before giving them very distinct voices and accents.

    For example, Juliette who was raised in engineering was given an almost valley girl accent and attitude. Why would a girl raised around engines and grease talk like a spoiled rich girl??!!

    The mayor was given a pronounced southern drawl and an asian girl was given a stilted asian accent that sounded like she learned English as a second language. These people have been living together with no outside influence for centuries and speaking the same language...they don't have strong differentiated accents anymore!!

    A good narrator makes some differentiation in voices but doesn't take over the story with strong accents done poorly, especially when the accents don't even make sense in context.


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    StealyDan Northern Virginia, United States 08-13-14
    StealyDan Northern Virginia, United States 08-13-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Engrossing"
    What made the experience of listening to Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5) the most enjoyable?

    The end -- the narrator is simply awful.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Juliette is a remarkable heroine. Smart, tough, clever, and dedicated. I would want her on my post-apocalyptic team!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her voices were cartoonish. She did OK as Juliette, but the other characters... the mayor sounds like he stepped off the set of a 1950s western; the head of IT sounds like... well, no one I've ever heard speak. And Solo is simply ridiculous.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


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    PJ 08-11-14
    PJ 08-11-14
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    "Cannot STAND the narrator!"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The reading was so poor! It truly felt like someone was reading to a child. Please consider purchasing the paperback or a different narrator!


    Any additional comments?

    While the story was good I could not make my way through listening to the rest of the audio book. I had just finished a novel narrated by George Guidall, then switching to this amateur narrator was like listening to nails on a chalk board!

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    PaulRuiz 08-06-14
    PaulRuiz 08-06-14
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    "Excellent Narration"
    Any additional comments?

    I'm truly puzzled by the negative reviews of the narration by Minnie Goode. Her voice was perfect for the story and she was expertly able to differentiate the characters in ways that richly added to the story. Just listening to the sample audio clip will prove to anyone considering this audio book that the reviews attacking the narration have no merit.

    As for the story: Wool is excellent post apocalyptic science fiction, though at times, requires a bit of extra suspension of disbelief. This will be rewarded with broader more interesting themes than how long some air would last or the environmental science of closed circuit systems.

    I also believe that this would make an excellent, character driven, 24 episode TV show on somewhere non-broadcast.

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    Dominique Texas 07-21-14
    Dominique Texas 07-21-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Abhor the Narration!!!!"
    What disappointed you about Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5)?

    This is possibly the WORST narration I have heard. I had such a difficult time enjoying the story because the narration was so overdone and clownish!


    What didn’t you like about Minnie Goode’s performance?

    Her voices were unrealistic and overdone.


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

    The story line wasn't bad and I have to wonder if my reaction would have been more positive if I had read this story rather than listen to it. Since the writing was a bit slow and drawn out, a good narration could have made this an enjoyable listen but this was so poorly done. The only redemption is that the story line picked up with the introduction of Juliette. THANK GOD!


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    Ronald San francisco, US, Canada 06-26-14
    Ronald San francisco, US, Canada 06-26-14 Member Since 2012

    Sol System, Earth, Northern Hemisphere, member of the human race.

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    "Story was intriguing - Narration was irritating"
    What did you love best about Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5)?

    Story and characters drew me into the story quickly


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Minnie Goode?

    Anyone but Minnie.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reactions.


    Any additional comments?

    I hated the narrator, i felt like her performance of the voices made the story come across as an infantile childs story and distracted from the story line.

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