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Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5) Audiobook

Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5)

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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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    Mary HAMPDEN, ME, United States 09-08-12
    Mary HAMPDEN, ME, United States 09-08-12
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    "Excellent dystopian sci-fi story!"

    Great story. Excellent characters. And, after a short acclimation period, I decided that I liked Minnie Goode's narration job.

    18 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Michael New York, NY, United States 09-04-12
    Michael New York, NY, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent throughout"

    Great Labor Day weekend listen. I launched through this and I thought I would be spending a few months getting through this somewhat lengthy title. Kudos all around.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jason 02-07-13
    Jason 02-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "fumbling and missed potential"

    The author makes a number of bizarre choices in this story. First of all he sets the story in this amazing world, but then ignores the world almost entirely to concentrate on things we are all familiar with like first loves and disappointment. I didn't buy a book set in a post-apocalypse mile deep silo because I wanted to read a first time author's attempts to write about nuances of the human heart. If I wanted to do that I would probably pick up one of the all time literary classics. I BOUGHT A BOOK ABOUT A POST-APOCALYPSE MILE DEEP SILO BECAUSE I WANTED TO READ ABOUT A POST-APOCALYPSE MILE DEEP SILO.

    In addition to this fundamental error, the author decides to tell many parts of the story by repeating the scene through several different characters' perspectives. Except he does so starting out with the character with the most information, and finishes with the character with the least.

    You're supposed to tell about a character doing a dangerous thing from the perspective of a guy who just hears a rumor about it, then again from a guy who witnessed part of it, then lastly from the character doing the dangerous thing herself. Instead the author has a character do a dangerous thing and survive. Then tells the exact same event from the perspective of a character who frets about whether she survived or not. Then from a third character who wonders if the event even happened.

    As a result, the story feels glacially slow and over padded.

    Beyond that, I personally find it hard to care about characters who think only with their emotions, leading them to do things that are clearly stupid. Characters are constantly showing up to metaphorical knife fights armed with rolled up newspapers when any character with an ounce of intelligence would arrive with a metaphorical gun.

    Finally, toward the very end of the omnibus, the author finally meanders toward an interesting moral dilemma regarding the reason the silo was built in the first place. Unfortunately he merely begins to sketch this out before concluding the book, leaving the reader unconvinced that the moral situation actually was a dilemma, or even precisely where he was going with it.

    17 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Connor Northern California 10-07-16
    Connor Northern California 10-07-16 Member Since 2012
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    "The voices"

    Great story and great reading except for the voices. Half of the men sounded like dopey clowns.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    David 12-19-13
    David 12-19-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Entertaining dystopia, annoying narrator"

    Wool has become a huge phenomenon, a self-published series that got a print publishing deal and a movie supposedly on the way. So I checked out the Omnibus edition that collects the first five books.

    I was pleasantly surprised. Hugh Howey's writing is not bad, and the story was, while not at all original, a good one. The last survivors on Earth of some unspecified apocalypse live in a deep underground "Silo." Their entire world is defined by the levels of the silo; grease-monkey mechanics down deep, IT overlords up top. (The IT guys are the villains: Hugh Howey must have had some really bad experiences with tech support...) The society is not exactly hellish, but it is very circumscribed, as one might expect of such an information-deprived, resource-limited world. All people know of the outside is that you can't survive there — and anyone who talks about the outside, or even hints at wanting to leave the Silo, is given their wish, by being put into an environment suit and cast out. This is the great taboo, and no one sent to Cleaning ever comes back

    It's called being sent to "Cleaning" because one of the last duties of every person cast out is to take some wool with them and clean the great glass window pane that is the Silo's only view of the outside — from the outside.

    You might wonder, why would someone who's been cast out and basically given a death sentence do this? There is nothing the inhabitants of the Silo can do to them once they're outside. The Silo's residents wonder this too (though it's taboo to talk about it). Everyone sent to Cleaning says they're going to refuse, they will not clean when they get outside. And yet, everyone does. Why? That's the first of several mysteries to uncover in this series.

    The Omnibus edition describes an uprising in the Silo, leading to the main characters' discovery of the true history of the Silo and many other secrets about their world.

    I found Wool entertaining and worth reading. There were a few poignant moments. But it was very similar to a lot of post-apocalyptic dystopias I read when I was younger. It's not terribly original, and none of the characters were particularly memorable.

    I am not interested enough to read the second and third Wool series, but I might try another book by Howey if he writes something that interests me.

    I unfortunately cannot recommend this version of the audiobook, however: Minnie Good is one of the most annoying narrators I have ever suffered through. When the characters whisper, she whispers. Sometimes so low you can barely hear her. When characters are shrieking hysterically, she shrieks hysterically. She reads childrens' voices as high-pitched squeaks, and men's voices in comical deep-throated drawls. I am sorry to say, this narration was not professional caliber. It appears that Audible has the exactly same omnibus in a different edition, narrated by another narrator, and I highly recommend you choose that one instead.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Think about this 01-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I was consumed by this story!"

    I can not imagine anyone not loving this book. It's a great science fiction novel, that even this fantasy romance reader thoroughly enjoyed. It's not a romance novel, although there are deep romantic emotions involved. It's a story of peoples survival in a mundane world. Most take their life as it has been dealt, while the few of this story, start to question their world as they know it. Living within the silo is a dangerous place to have questions, as the curious do not survive.
    It's a very unpredictable read, that keeps you totally engrossed until you are finished. The characters are compelling, and you feel you're with them, living in their shoes. I will definitely go with more from this author. Thanks Hugh, for having a great imagination, and being able to put it on paper so well.

    13 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    bionichands washington, d.c. area 09-04-12
    bionichands washington, d.c. area 09-04-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Read this Twice."
    Would you listen to Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5) again? Why?

    Absolutely. I actually read this book on my kindle over the past year. Decided I wanted to check out the audiobook.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5)?

    This seems like a dumb question to me. I don't want to give away any of the plot and spoil the book for anyone. I'll just say if you're a fan of post apocalyptic fiction, this is a really good one with no zombies involved. It feels fresh, characters are mostly well drawn out, and the story is really clever. I couldn't help but think as I read this book that it would make a great HBO series like Game of Thrones.


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

    I don't think so, but the reader is good. The most prominent character is a woman,so her voice seems appropriate. Some of the male voices are a little goofy, but no big deal.


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

    I guess so.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know if this is really a 5-star book or not, but I wanted to emphasize that I thought it was one of the better SF-ish books I've listened to this year and well worth your time checking out. I listened to a good chunk of those SM Stirling books, and this series is so much better, so much less cheesy. I think even non-SF fans may enjoy this one. Very glad to find it in audio version.

    13 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Venatries 09-06-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Credit Worthy Despite Weird Narration"

    Wool is a story that you will remember long after reading,. It hits on the big questions: Why are we here? What is my purpose? Is there anything more out there? Is it wrong to question authority when it upsets the status quo? The questions are asked in the context of a large group of people living in a huge vertical underground bio-sphere called a silo. Wool is the material used to clean a small window at the top of the silo. The cleaning has to be done outside. Outside where the landscape is blasted and the atmosphere is toxic. The characters are well developed and likable. The bravery of every day ordinary people will touch your heart. BUT, be warned that the narration is bizzare. I have never heard anything like it. There were several times when it completely distracted me it was so weird which is a shame because the story is good.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Alisen Kona 03-07-16
    Alisen Kona 03-07-16 Member Since 2014
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    "really interesting ."

    the book was a scary vision of the future. week performed (especially Bernards voice). twisty!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DarthVal Hickory, NC, United States 10-12-15
    DarthVal Hickory, NC, United States 10-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "edge of your seat dystopian fiction"

    Howey creates a dystopian world that is a wonderful as it is disturbing and fills with a great cast of characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • carol
    8/24/16
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    "not for me
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    I didn't enjoy this book. There were too many holes in it. It was not believable. I think it is better suited to a teenage audience.

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  • Anne
    Drumshanbo, Ireland
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    "Entertaining"

    Fast-paced & interesting with lots of human-interest stories. The protagonist is not a teenager, which makes a nice change. If there were more in the series I'd be eagerly awaiting them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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