An epic story of survival at all odds and one of the most anticipated books of the year. In a ruined and hostile landscape, in a future few have been unlucky enough to survive, a community exists in a giant underground silo. Inside, men and women live an enclosed life full of rules and regulations, of secrets and lies. To live, you must follow the rules. But some don't. These are the dangerous ones; these are the people who dare to hope and dream, and who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple and deadly. They are allowed outside. Jules is one of these people. She may well be the last.
©2013 Hugh Howey (P)2013 Random House AudioGo
"Exhilarating, intense, addictive. A novel you will never forget." (SJ Watson)
"The characters are well-drawn, and even the villains have a sympathetic side. Secrets unfold with just the right pacing, and I had to set the book down several times and say, 'Wow,' when a major twist was revealed ... If you're looking for a good read, you can't do much better than Wool." (Rick Riordan, #1 New York Times best-selling author)
"one of the most hotly-anticipated books of 2013." (Irish Times)
"a small and zippy vehicle with impressive narrative force...[Howey's] plot twists like a thrashing serpent in a fisherman's net." (Sunday Business Post)
"Couldn't stop listening"
I felt compelled to write this review because of the very average ratings this book was receiving. When I first thought to write, there were four ratings averaging a 3.0/ 5. My rating was the fifth which was a 5/5 and then there was a sixth - the rating still averaged a 3.0/5. It may be that this is a book you either love or hate. The book is rich with detail and character development and I could imagine that some listeners might be put off by this though I personally never found it slow. I love my airport thrillers but I also enjoy epic novels like Dune. If you enjoy books like Patrick Rothfuss' 'The name of the Wind' then your will love Wool. If you love apocalyptic horror then Wool will be a slow burner.For me this is the best book I have listened to in at least a year.
"The only bad part is that it ends"
A strange one this. The Wool your looking at here is actually an omnibus of 5 stories that was published in one volume last year. When it was published I read a review describing it as the best book the reviewer had read. I was going to buy it but was confused as the old editions where cheap and the new edition was expensive and I couldn't work out which to buy. It didn't take long to invest an audible credit then, and it was as credit well spent.
Wool proved un-putdownable. It isn't the longest book at 16 hours but I found my self wishing it was longer. looking at the timer and beign thankful that there was still 6 hours left... still 4 hours left.
There must be a sequel. I need to find out what happens next.
Quite simply the best book Ive had off audible.....Brilliant story and characters.Author writes brilliantly creating vivid pictures in your mind of this huge underground world and the secrets it keeps..... Only bad thing is this book ended....GET THIS BOOK YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!
Hope there is a sequel??
"DIdn't deliver for me"
I realize that many others have enjoyed this book, but I forced myself to finish it just to see how it ended. The characters didn't come to life so I didn't really care what happened to them and found it difficult to remember who was whom. There is too much boring detail about life in the dystopian world spent imprisoned in silos. The narrator did a valiant job but it wasn't enough for me to enjoy the book.
"My next choice......."
Will be a difficult one. Wool gripped me from the beginning and I didn't want it to end. Wool scores highly for plot, characterization and detail. Thanks, also, to Susannah Harker for her fine narration.
"More narrative, less scene setting"
Not a bad yarn. The downside is that most of the first part is concerned with setting the scene at a slow meandering pace, and the second part ends shortly after things get moving. There seemed to be the basis for a rich plot here, but the idea has been overtaken by the minutiae of describing the environment.
"Second half is worth holding out for."
The first half is slow, but interesting enough to keep you listening. I got hooked into the second half when the story develops more directly, with more action and more suspense. I liked the way the book ended, but was still left feeling that overall the storyline was quite weak, and it was the clever suspenseful writing that had kept my interest rather than the plot and story itself. Worthy of a listen but not quite as amazing as others have made it sound. The characters are likeable, and a few twists and turns. You will root for the good guys, and sit on the edge of your seat in parts. Other parts are slow,and require patience. I liked the idea behind the story - a large silo underground housing a whole society who cant go outside as the air on earth has been rendered unbreathable due to a massive catastrophe. When the main characters begin to suspect the wool has been pulled over their eyes, and there is life outside the silo, the story really takes off.
A great job of writing something unique which is a tough job in itself but this story keeps you wanting to listen to just that bit more before turning it off. Only slightly frustraiting thing is during the 1st part I would just get used to a character only to find they were killed off on the next page.
"Great story but the end seemed a little rushed..."
I got this book based on the high rating it got from other listeners, and having listened to it I can see why it is rated highly. The story is of the same ilk as Logan's Run, The Island etc concerned with a post apocalyptic world of rules and ritual.
The narrator is good, giving depth to the characters, and there's a real sense of crescendo as the story reaches it's conclusion. However I must agree with previous reviewers that the end of the book seems to have been rushed, and I did leave the book feeling a little cheated out of some much needed closure. That said, I have still given it 4/5 stars. Was it a good listen? Yes. Would I listen to it again? I don't think so.
I had this on Audible and could'nt stop listening. I would find myself sitting in supermarket car parks not able to get out and stop listening!
The plot is amazing, the subject slightly worrying but so easy to imagine. The descriptions were so vivd and alive that I could picture every level in my head. I would thoroughly recommend this author and can't wait for the next book.
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