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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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3 out of 5 stars
By Lizzystick on 03-03-14

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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3 out of 5 stars
By Wayne on 01-01-18

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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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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2 out of 5 stars
By carol on 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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4 out of 5 stars
By Anne on 06-15-15


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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5 out of 5 stars
By Lori on 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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4 out of 5 stars
By Christina on 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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