Shift Omnibus Edition : The Silo Saga

  • by Hugh Howey
  • Narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Series: The Silo Saga
  • 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This is the sequel to the New York Times best-selling Wool series. It combines the three Shift books into a single audiobook in order to save the listener a few bucks. The saga concludes with Dust, which will be available in late 2013.
In 2007, the Center for Automation in Nanobiotech (CAN) outlined the hardware and software platform that would one day allow robots smaller than human cells to make medical diagnoses, conduct repairs, and even self-propagate.
In the same year, the CBS network re-aired a program about the effects of propranolol on sufferers of extreme trauma. A simple pill, it had been discovered, could wipe out the memory of any traumatic event.
At almost the same moment in humanity's broad history, mankind had discovered the means for bringing about its utter downfall - and the ability to forget it ever happened.


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Your ears are in for a real treat

I was disappointed that Wool Omnibus was not read by a narrator who was as good as the material so I found it a real pleasure to listen to Shift Omnibus, an even better book IMO, read by the wonderful narrator of one of my favorite series, Riyria Revelations, Tim Gerard Reynolds. This is what audio books are all about for me; take a great book, paired with an appropriate great voice and then revel in the synergy of listening to a good story made even better in the telling.

If you liked Wool, you will almost undoubtedly enjoy Shift because it answers so many questions presented in Wool. Personally, I liked Wool a lot, but I really loved Shift. It is hard to decide how much of that is Howey's writing which has gotten ever more fluid as the story evolves and how much is the great narration by Reynolds. Probably some of both. Howey writes in a style that is very good for audio because he uses a lot of descriptive language; the man can truly paint a vivid picture. EX: Howey describing a character trying to shake off the effects of cold sleep; "Thoughts and memories reluctantly assembled like exhausted soldiers roused from their bunks in the middle of the night and told to form ranks in the freezing rain." And, Reynolds is one of those narrators whose voice pulls you in until you are not really conscious of the narrator at all so the story just flows and you get pictures in your mind almost like a movie.

Although Shift is labeled a sequel to Wool, it is actually almost entirely a prequel (the time periods of the two books start to overlap toward the end of Shift) and provides much of the explanation for the evolution of the "Wooliverse". It would be a crime to give much of the plot away because Shift is just chock full of those "AHA moments" when you suddenly understand something that didn't make sense or was confusing in Wool. I love being witness to real craftsmanship from an author and I could feel it all the way through Shift - Howey mapping out how this crazy society that I saw in Wool could ever have happened - AND making me believe it!

Great characters, suspenseful plot, wildly vivid settings, and a first-rate narrator - what is not to love about this? Can't wait for Dust (the next, last?, in the Wool series) scheduled to be released in August. Fingers crossed that the audio version is released at the same time with this same narrator!
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- Tango "Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres."

Not Bad, Not Great

I have this odd love/hate relationship with this saga. I find huge amounts of it really well done and extremely absorbing. Like Wool, it drew me in and I found myself thinking about the story throughout my day. But the problem came when I would sit down to listen. It just didn't suck me in and carry me through when I was actually 'headphones in, play pressed'. My mind would wander and I would look at my phone in shock that it had only been 20 minutes. I listened to this at 3x and it still took me two weeks. For comparison, I can do a 10 hour book per day at that speed normally.

I agree with many of the reviewers who said this could have been woven in as delicate backstory in what I assume is now coming in Dust. My caveat to that concept, however, is these details may have been necessary for a really spectacular finish in the final book. That's what I'm banking on. I know it's a long road to walk, but I'm really hoping it was worth it.

I don't want to sound like I hated this listen- I honestly didn't. Reynolds did a great job- very glad they switched narrators. My only thought on that though is I kept waiting for him to talk about Darrow and the Reds.

In any case, if you're into the saga, listen, it's worth it. If you have a long list of stuff you would like to get to, I might jump to that first. It's a good book and has a lot of beautifully developed characters. Great last five minutes that gives me a lot of hope for the final installment, but it sure takes its time getting there.
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- Charles

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-28-2013
  • Publisher: Hugh Howey