• Wool

  • Wool Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Hugh Howey
  • Narrated by: Susannah Harker
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (130 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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excellence

I bought this title for my teenagers for along car trip, thinking it would be a young adult/dystopian nove that they might both like (1 age 15, the other 18), and not having huge expectations. Turned out that not only they, but my husband and I were completely hooked! Probably the best audio I have heard since I joined Audible.

The story was well paced, with edge of seat suspense, a plausible concept and enough surprises to keep even old hands at the genre intrigued.
Huge kudos to the narrator - the right mix of restraint and emotion, great character range: unlike other narrators, she actually read the story, rather than thinking she had to over-emote to get your attention: the narration was calm but my attention never wavered.
100% satisfied,and wondering if there are sequels!

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Stunning

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This story will stay with me for a long time. The narration is hauntingly beautiful, the characters are well developed and engaging and the story keeps you guessing right until the end. Couldn't recommend this any more highly.

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This was a great follow up to Shift

This is another great offering. I would so love this story to continue. Here we really got to know the characters so much better and in my opinion the craft of the author is more mature here. I was surprised by the ending and loved the entire story. If you loved Shift get this one too. Don't make the mistake of listening to/reading this one before Shift as a friend of mine did. That ruined the story for her.

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Good story, ok narration

Good story with a fascinating dystopian concept. I'm looking forward to Shift. Unfortunately the narration was competent but not really captivating.

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This book is sensational.

Excellent story, post apocalyptic, dystopian society.

Excellent pace, there were hardly any times in this book when it dragged. Every piece of the story was so interesting and intertwined creaitng a wonderful mesh.

The narrator also did a superb job!

This book just kept my attention all the way through and I don't have any real criticism.

Going to order and read the next book immediately!!!

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  • Niamh
  • 01-23-13

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-07-13

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.

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  • Robyn
  • 01-30-14

Good

A good story. There is a fair amount of "deep thinking" and attempts (or at least it feels like an attempt) to make the listener/reader consider parallels with our own perceptions of our current world. A novel idea. Whilst lots of "thinking", the pace is still ok.
Enjoyed it, but not sure how much scope there is for more story in the rest of the trilogy. Not disappointed I listened to it, but don't think it's held me sufficiently to purchase parts 2 & 3.

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  • martin
  • 02-17-13

FANTASTIC!

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??

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  • Sharon
  • 07-15-13

Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant

Really impressed with the writing, riveted in fact. The best suspense thriller I have read in sooo looong a time... it knocks other apocalyptic novels like 'the passage' etc into a cocked hat.. won't be forgetting this one for a while.. the almost painful pace H.H sets was excruciating as he ratcheted up the suspense, it was as if I was living and breathing in those silo's..Superb, I loved it.. worth every penny, not a book to forget easily.

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  • Paul
  • 09-17-14

Mediocre at best

I got this because it had good reviews but honestly, although I listened to the end, it is nowhere near the quality of The name of the wind or Joe Abercrombie's stuff. The storyline is the best bit but it takes a long time to get to where it's going and it's very overblown. Spend your credit on the girl with all the gifts, that is an excellent alternative future society novel.

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  • v.jeffs
  • 06-19-13

Enjoyed to more than I could have imagined

This book is a far cry from what I usually listen too, which is Medieval/ historical fiction and memoirs. Browsing though the titles I came across top reviews for this and decided to try it.
I am so glad I did as I thoroughly enjoyed it and found that once I started I could not put it down.
The ending came all too quickly and i felt it could have been explained better. Having said that I cannot wait to listen to the next one (Shift) and and the final part of the trilogy when it is released.
I will be listening to this again soon as my husband wants to listen to it and I cannot miss the chance to relive life in Silo 18/17 again.
A superb read.....................................

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  • Kirstine
  • 04-08-13

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.

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  • Ivie Hill
  • 03-18-19

Poor narration

Wool is an excellent novel, I have read it a while ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. I've only recently joined the audiobook crowd after spending many years thinking it's well... Cheating in some way.

The thing is there's only so much time in the day and so much time of that day which you can spend just sitting on your arse reading. So.... I recently got myself an Audible subscription, spent far too much money already and gotten Wool as a trip down memory lane which won't disappoint. Or so I thought.

I am honestly still trying to marry this awesome book being delivered in such a way. Every sentence that's not dialog ends up in a downward slant so pronounced I was expecting a new chapter every few seconds. It's like every sentence is a standalone finding itself surprised to be tossed in with the rest. When we read books, or when I read books, the reading voice in my mind doesn't present the novel as bad poetry, its rather like making an observation in a conversation. You're aware of the purpose of each sentence, why it is spoken and precisely what it is it's trying to deliver. The delivery of Wool here is monotonous, devoid of most emotion and because of it makes the whole novel sound.... Well bland. And it's not, it's anything but in fact. At the very beginning, a man sacrifices himself to join his dead wife and you might as well felt like you came to a party, starving, to find out that the only thing left on a tray is a cucumber sandwich. I kid you not, it felt the same.

I don't know... Maybe I am too new to this audio thing, or too spoiled by my previous limited experience. But havens to Betsy, it could've used some sass.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-18-13

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.

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  • Joe
  • 11-21-18

Long

Slow to start with but had to stick it out as I had already bought the whole trilogy. Picked up around ch 30 and glad I didn't put it away. Looking forward to the rest. A few people complained about monotone. I loved the voice. It is a serious book, not a famous 5 mystery. I think the narrators voice did it justice.

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  • Polarisbonfire
  • 04-15-17

Very thin story

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This is a characterless book with totally unplausible situations and ridiculous coincidental occurrences totally unfeasible.

Would you ever listen to anything by Hugh Howey again?

No

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She had a difficult task

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No this is not for any age group

Any additional comments?

One for the bin

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  • anita
  • 02-21-16

Great Story

An awesome story! Could not stop listening to it. Very well written and performed perfectly.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-20-21

Great idea not fully resolved

Great concept. Really enjoyed first half. Narration suited story. Last third was too slow and tedious. Author needed to cut to the chase. Ending felt like a missed opportunity and not wholly satisfying.

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  • Karen D Nelson
  • 08-11-21

Gripping dystopian with great characters

Post-apocalyptic story of a grim world filled with vibrant and memorable characters edging ever closer to an awesome and terrible revelation.

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  • bikeboy83
  • 11-10-20

A little bit slow for me

Took ages to get going. I found myself having to push myself to listen in order to get through it. Narration is a bit one dimensional and monotone.

there is something else I find weird.....for some reason the author spends a lot of time describing food and the process of eating. it's like they were doing intermittent fasting while writing it and we're dreaming of eating or something. Once I noticed it I couldn't ignore it. At one point the author took what seemed like it would have been several paragraphs to describe drinking a glass of juice.

Anyway besides all that. A good average read.

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  • Nadia Adams
  • 08-19-18

enjoyable book but not the greatest narration

The book itself is an enjoyable read. Unfortunately I found the narration to be stilted and monotone which made it hard to push through.

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  • Andy Crawford
  • 06-19-18

Gripping read that poses some difficult questions

Good book. Gripping story and complex underlying morals. Unfortunately I found the narration a bit flat. All of the characters were performed in the same style and with the same voice which deadened the impact somewhat. The second act is also a bit unearned and I think the author could have built to it a bit more in the first act. My only other observation being that I found it a bit difficult to empathize with the main characters towards the final act. I found myself understanding and siding with the 'bad' guys more often than not.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-16-18

great story but delivered like a eulogy

the melancholy tone from reader may match the theme, but not very engaging for listener

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  • Nina crause
  • 01-14-17

Wonderful world

Loved it from start to finish.
Well worth the listen and looking forward to the next one

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