"The end was near." Voices from the Zombie War.
The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched firsthand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.
He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living - or at least the undead - hell of that dreadful time. World War Z is the result. Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance, that gripped human society through the plague years.
©2012 Max Brooks (P)2012 Audible Ltd
Listen to this. Never watch the movie. This considers angles, perspectives and scenarios hardly explored when delving into the scenario of a zombie plague. Cleverly constructed story arc with intriguing characters, all executed without the need for a narrative surrounding a single character. Amazing.
This is one of my all time favourite novels.
It is nothing like the movie - thank goodness.
This is read by many narrators, and they do a superb job!!! Every character seems real, and the story drags you right in, and you feel everything they feel. Heartwrenching at times. This is awesome
A brilliant book - written as a oral history. I really liked the many different performers who lent their voices put this book ahead of the rest.
I would have loved to have had the time to just sit and listen in one go!
If anyone ever tells you the movie is better than the book, you have my permission to slap them. Seriously, it's okay to go right ahead and give them a high-five to their face.
No... I kid. Sadly, it's not cool to slap someone in the face. Let alone for having an opinion, no matter how much you agree or disagree with them.
So, why is this audiobook so good? Because both aspects of the audiobook are brilliant; both the audio and the story.
Firstly, the award for best performance in an audiobook of all time goes to Christopher Ragland, Rupert Farley, Nigel Pilkington, Jennifer Woodward, David Thorpe, Adam Sims and Robert Slade.
Luckily, that is not a physical trophy, otherwise they would have to develop some crazy algorithms to dictate how they shared it between themselves!
In all seriousness, excellent voice acting. This alone added a huge sense of depth and engagement to the story.
The story is fantastic... It isn't one flowing story but simultaneously, it is.
Just so that statement doesn't bend your brain, a better way to explain it would be World War Z is a collection of interviews with survivors of the Zombie outbreak. The survivors are from all different parts of the globe, each discussing their own different experience.
While each experience does not directly interrelate, they indirectly do - usually through referencing the major events that occur and how that event impacted on the current interviewee's specific experience.
So, while separate interviews with unrelated interviewees from different geographic and political backgrounds, the interviews still build upon each other giving a flow to the overall story and a build towards the conclusion.
If you've ever sat on the fence about whether or not to give this book a crack, it's time to stop risking splinters and spend a credit on it.
Totally different from the movie, in probably a good way..? I didn't hate the movie as such.. but now I kind of want them to make a movie based on this book. *shakes fist at Hollywood *
Took me a chapter or two to get into the style of this book, then I was hooked. Great narrators, some big names in there too, although some of the smaller characters I wasn't sure they'd nailed the Chinese or.French accent say.
Overall a really delicious listen, I listened on the bus, at home, trying to get to sleep, at the gym, getting ready to go out, everywhere I could cram some time in to finish it. I liked the interview style of the book because if your brain tunes out for a while you don't miss anything too major in the plot.
Entertaining and intelligently wrtten considering it's about zombie war. Analogous to the 2 world wars and a indictment on the lack of lessons humanity took from those wars.
A couple of the narrators were quite annoying like the Canadian girl... most were very good.
The short story style was different. I found it hard to get into it like a normal novel.
The submarine zombies weren't plausible.
I really wanted to like this book however I think that the style just isn't what resonates with me. Jumping from character to character just didn't quite grab me.
In saying that I can see why most people have really enjoyed it. A different perspective than most in this genre and well written.
"A pity the unabridged version is inferior"
Fans waited for an unabridged version of the audiobook with bated breath... and it's been a bit of a letdown. For a book that seems tailor-made for the aural medium - it is a spoken word history of the titular war after all - the performances were uneven, some of them particularly weak, and some of the accents were absolutely terrible. Given the care and thought that went into the original abridged celebrity-laden audio book - not even legally available in some countries - it's a pity that the same attention wasn't given to this unabridged version. There are countless audiobook performers who, although not stars like Alan Alda, Henry Rollins etc, could have done very good jobs with these stories and characters. I would recommend this version for hardcore fans only.
"An Oral History (Not like the film)"
It wasn't until I'd seen the film and read the reviews of how much it deviated from the original novel that I decided to take the plunge. If you're looking for a 'kicking zombie ass' post-apocalyptic action thriller, don't buy this.
If, on the other hand, you're interested in just how craftily speculative fiction can be employed to critique modern society, this is a masterpiece.
World War Z felt realistic as much as a fictional world with zombie in it can be. After reading the Zombie Survival Guide, these short stories really captured the urgency and seriousness of a wide spread plague epidemic rather than a gung-ho kid's wet dream. Don't get me wrong those are fun but the seriousness and tragedy of these stories made me care about these people.
Its format was really enjoyable and I can listen to any part just by itself. Since it is mostly made up of short stories, I can just play back the story I was listening to or just let it finish and start a new chunk.
The accents. It made the apocalypse feel like it just wasn't isolated in America. I have no idea how accurate they were but it was great listening to these fictional people recount their stories from different countries.
Haven't finished it yet but I really liked the smuggler, spy, little girl and soldier short stories.
"A great way to tell a story"
I have not read the print version but this book is tailor made for an audible book
The cast of voices, the stories that they told were very believable
Zombies are doomed, by land, sea, air or space, we will get them
I was surprised by how better this was than I had expected. I loved the way we traveled the world listening to the stories of the survivors and the fighters. How the author turned a phrase or a nickname for a Zombie or a weapon was clever and well thought out.
Enjoy this, I have not seen the movie yet but would be surprised if both are the same somehow to me that is not a discouragement for either.
"Perfect for Audiobook"
This novel is perfect for an audiobook. The interview nature makes it very engaging. Not just that, the story is very smart and compelling
"Love it, love it, love it"
Variance, interesting, involved
I would like I know what I could compare this to so that I could find more like it. It is essentially the typical zombie story, but told to an amazing depth because it is told from so many more perspectives. It is a wonderfully unique entrance point.
The Japanese researcher, I can't remember who played him. That was a really interesting one. Even though the accent wasn't really that Japanese sounding, it was performed very well emotion wise
There was a point where one smuggler is asked a a question about his own unethical behaviour during the first stages of the zombie war and his response is quite amusing.
This book I awesome and made so much better as an audiobook. I got my subscription here JUST to get this book, so do indeed try it out.
one of if not the best audio books i have listened to BUY THIS BOOK
The movie was like a Zombie version of this beautiful book. Lifeless.
The Audible version is especially well done. One of the best Audio Books around. Please go ahead and listen to this book.
With respect for Max Brooks,
PS: Not a paid review. Just a genuinely happy reader/listener :)
"Thought-provoking and Beautifully Narrated"
Even if you don't care for a zombie novel, this is just a great book - full of interesting ideas, social commentary and wonderful stories. Some of the individual accounts have stuck with me in a way that I wasn't expecting. The narration was very absorbing and added a level of realism, even if the accents weren't always spot on. Thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook!
"Interresting storytelling style for zombie stories"
For entertainment, it was. But it is not a great book, it is a ok book. Some of the characters are very stereotypical or mono dimensional. There is very little surprise in the book and there is very little foundation of why the zombie plague succeeded to spread. Most of it relies on the fact that people are under prepared.
The diversity of situations is very interesting. Some of the stories are actually very good and plausible. Also, the criticism to some aspects of international and local politics are valid in my opinion.
Good not amazing
It would be interesting if it was made in a documentary format. Stars? no idea. This movie would be better done with local actors of different countries than with famous ones.
If you are looking for a thriller, this book is not for you. This book explores cultural differences and their flaws into deal with big crisis. In my point of view, it is a good snapshot of the world as it is right now, disguised inside a zombie outbreak.
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