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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.
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One of my favorites

I almost didn't download this book because of the extensive negative reviews on the narrator, but luckily I didn’t let those reviews deter me and I am so thankful for that. This book is hard to walk away from, if I could I would have listened to it straight through to the end. The narrator, for me at least, was very good. Some of her male voices were a little strained, but I find that common with female narrators. With any amount of imagination you should be able to listen to this book and get submerged into its horrible and remarkable storyline. I would 100% recommend this to someone.

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Good Story, Should have READ it

Story and premise is imaginative and definitely held my interest. Consider purchasing a paper or ebook. However, I found myself wincing at the over acted narration. The narrator feels the need to use a different voice for every character however the narrator can't do other voices, so they come off like bad impressions. A lone southern accent in an massive underground bunker hundreds of years in the future? A weasel like voice for the villain? It's too much. The pacing and enunciation are off. Bizarre giggles sporadically and then she breaks into baby talk into Part 4. It's not just distracting, it’s awful. I will be avoiding Minnie Goode in the future.

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Annoyingly good...

This book is the worst narrated audiobook I have ever listened to. The narrator used very bizarre voices for many of the characters , I almost could not listen to her.
The premise of the story is good and its nice that sixteen year olds are not the main characters in this dystopian story...for once. I am curious to see what happens next but I fear that the story is heading in a hopeless direction. I hope I am proven wrong in that assumption. I am very glad the next installment is read by someone else!

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Would you try another book from Hugh Howey and/or Minnie Goode?

Never, ever, EVER from Minnie Goodie. I've listened to hundreds of books and never written a review- but I had to about this narrator in hopes that she doesn't read another book out loud. She was so distracting when she talked in her "voices" that is was hard to focus on the very good story. Did no one listen to her before or after she narrated this book? She sounds like someone trying to read a book to a 5yr old-and failing at that. I really enjoyed the story.. and would defiantly listen to another book from Hugh Howey as long as Minnie is not involved.

Would you be willing to try another one of Minnie Goode’s performances?

Never

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Clownish Narration

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Please re-record this book, the narration is bad. Why would the older people in the book talk like crazy gold prospectors?

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Enjoyable story, unfortunate narration

If you’re nostalgic for Cold War-era science fiction, Wool feels like a throwback to some of the themes common to that time, but with 2011 sensibilities. The story takes places generations after some forgotten apocalypse has made the Earth’s surface uninhabitable. The only population of human beings left dwells in an immense underground bunker/biosphere complex known as "The Silo". The first episode in the omnibus sets up the world with the story of a man sentenced to death for making a certain forbidden statement and banished to the surface. As his last act of public penance, he is expected to clean the lenses of the cameras that look out over the wasted landscape. Why, he wonders, have all the previously condemned voluntarily complied with this request? Of course, there are things he hasn’t been told...

The remaining “episodes” work more as a single novel, developing other character POVs and revealing the workings, history, and politics of the Silo in more depth. The writing is a little amateurish, but I enjoyed the story, which could easily work as a short TV series. Howey sets up some interesting mysteries and relatable (if not very sophisticated) characters. The setting reminded me a little of the TV show Battlestar Galactica, with much of the action taking place in tight, spaceship-like confines, and with an adversarial character that's arrogant and devious, but not without his own concern for the greater good. If certain aspects of the Silo require a little suspension of disbelief, most of it is well thought-out.

Unfortunately, the last chapters of the story feel rushed and lapse into predictability, but, other than that misstep, it’s a successful example of self-publishing’s potential to give voice to fresh ideas (or, in this case, an old idea done freshly).

On the audiobook production, I wonder if Minnie Goode was auditioned in a hurry, because her narration is simply a bad fit. She overdoes makes some of the character voices and inserts sighs and chuckles in an irritating way. And, dear audiobook narrators, for the love of God, stop trying to do “adorable” children’s voices -- it’s like an icepick in my ears. Still, the worst offenses are infrequent enough that they didn’t ruin my overall experience. I wouldn’t necessarily let negative reviews of the narration discourage you from a listen, though some readers will undoubtedly prefer a written copy.

(Another thanks to Luke at the Sci-Fi Book Review Podcast for the recommendation)

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Good post-apocalyptic/dystopian novel!

Having now completed not only Wool but Shift and Dust, all related and all written by Hugh Howey, I conclude that the author certainly has story telling talent. I plan to write brief summaries of all three. Like most contemporary sci-fi Wool is dystopian meaning that following the apocalyptic event people live a dehumanizing and fearful existence as the strive to rebuild. I listen to many dystopian series; most are better than Wool. In this case they live deep underground in what the author calls a silo. The narration is, to put it as kindly as possible, horrid. If you would like this book I suggest not purchasing the audio version.

Author Hugh Howey makes all of his books available at very low price for the ebooks and for audio versions when purchased with the ebooks. As a reader/listener I appreciate what he and other well and lesser known authors have done by moving to self publishing, It is usually a good deal for them also. Such well known authors who have adopted the model after using traditional publishers include Barry Eisler, Joe Konrath, and Brett Battles.

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Terrible, No Good, ROTTEN Narration

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I have been "reading" audiobooks for years and this is my first review. I felt the need to save someone from Minnie Goode's appalling narration. I have never returned a book to Audible but this one is definitely being returned.

The story is great but any poorly written sentences or undeveloped characters are completely exacerbated by Goode's narration. I got half-way through and could have definitely overlooked her ridiculous voices when the novella required voicing only a handful of characters, but as more and more people come into the story, her voices get more and more ridiculous. This will be the first audiobook I can't push through; I've already bought the ebook and will finish it the old-fashioned way.

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

The first novella is the best.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Her need to create a different voice for each character was ridiculous. I could not finish the book in audio format because of this.

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

Absolutely.

Any additional comments?

No more Minnie Goode audiobooks!!!

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I'm sorry, Minnie, this isn't the book for you.

I'm giving the story 5 stars even though I couldn't get past the first 20 minutes of the book.

I've listened to hundreds of audiobooks. Occasionally I'll come across a narrator that I don't think I'll like, but he/she grows on me after awhile and I realize why they were chosen to read that particular book. This is NOT the case with this book. The narration is completely over-done and erratic. Reminds me of a soap opera. I imagine it's a lot like I would sound if I tried to narrate a book. Why a female? Please contact Edoardo Ballerini or Holter Graham as soon as possible. They're worth whatever they charge.

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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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-15-20

good story but the narrration isint great

good story, ive already bought the next books, but not audio books, the narrator is brilliant for anythiung femail, but the male voices are awfull, and the audio processing is all over the shop, 3 seperate times ive had to turn it up to hear what she is saying only for the poin of a shout or some othe sound to stab my brain.

do not listen if you get headaches from lound sounds.

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  • carol
  • 08-24-16

not for me<br />

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
  • 06-15-15

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.

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  • Katy
  • 02-16-17

great mystery and world building

the narrator was very clear.
this could be a stand alone book. you dont need to read the trilogy unless you are sucked into the silo world and curious as to what came before.
im happy to stop at this one as it was a little slow and tedious in parts

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  • Lori
  • 10-26-15

Exciting story, great characters

It's not very often that I pick up a Sci Fi book, but this story has me hooked. The characters are all very interesting, the story line is unique and had me constantly trying to work out what was going to happen - and getting it wrong which is great. Unpredictable, I like it.

The narrator I found nice to listen to, she acted the story out well, and was very expressive and easy to follow. Every character had a distinctive voice, yes some where annoying, but it really was only the unlikable characters that had annoying voices which didn't bother me at all.

I highly recommend this series, I hope Mr Howey continues on with a new series in this world after Dust...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-17-21

Excellent

I really enjoyed this one, prose got a bit flowery but was amazing nonetheless.

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  • Christina
  • 05-03-18

Story: Gripping, Narrator: Horrid

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

The story was really good. I kept thinking about it when I wasn't listening.

What did you like best about this story?

The idea was actually pretty original, which is hard to find. I don't think I've read anything close to this type of story.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Oh man, the voices that this lady did were so annoying. All the men sounded like cartoon characters. The voice she used for Bernard was just ridiculous. He sounded like some gremlin. It was very strange and I was tempted to attempt reading the book myself but I just had to stick through it, I can't find the time just yet. I will NEVER listen to a book narrated by her again. It actually made me want to become a narrator as it seems they must be in short supply using someone with these silly voices to read such an intense book.

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

Absolutely. (Except I wanted to read it instead.) It was super gripping and I just kept thinking about it and telling my kids and husband about it when I wasn't listening.

Any additional comments?

I can't wait to read the next one...I am HOPING the narrator is better and doesn't do the silly voices that this one did.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-10-17

Good ideas

Some good ideas throughout this one. Really needed an editor. Part one painfully sexist

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  • Kimberley Connery
  • 09-06-16

Highly Recommended!

Took a bit to figure out what was going on, but once i was far enough in things began to clear up and i was hooked! I won't say much more cos spoilers would ruin it. I highly recommend this whole trilogy!! Narration was excellent.

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  • James
  • 03-16-16

Fantastic story, let down by poor performing.

Really well written story, wish I had read the book though.. The narration is awful. Reminded me of an over the top preschool teacher.

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  • Margot Tesch
  • 08-24-15

A book to read if you want to learn how to write

Apart from the story itself which was engaging and intriguing, what I loved most about this book was the writing. Hugh has taught me two things ... one is that, as a writer, you need to inhabit the mind of the character from whose point of view you are writing. Secondly, Hugh has taught me to be patient when writing, to draw out and describe the detail of the POV character's experience.
Listening to this work has taken my writing to a whole new level.
I can recommend this read on so many levels.