World War Z was so good that I went ahead and bought this even though the reviews were iffy. I can't even finish it because it is so boring. It is like listening to someone read a dictionary. Maybe this is interesting reading in book form, but it is a stinker of an audiobook.
Nothing to write home about the narrator does a decent job but seeing as this is quite literally a survival guide there isn't much to work with or to challenge the narrator. An entertaining and surprisingly in depth survey of how to survive before during and after a zombie apocalypse, if you're a horror fan there's a lot to like here but be aware that it's somewhat dry material.
There need to be many, many more books like this one. I am so happy that the Zombie genre has belatedly started gaining on the teen vampire genre. My wife watched Buffy, reads Twilight and enjoys True Blood. Vampires are complicated, emotional and there is all that sex and teenaged angst mixed in.
Zombies are simple; they like brains. They want to eat yours. There is no Edward, no Sookie no Angel, just brains. If you like apocalyptic fiction, this is a great use of an Audible Credit.
Very well though out and put together in a fun way. Got a little dry at times, but if you are a zombie story fan, it is a must.
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I love Max Brook and his work. That being said, the Zombie Guide while good just doesn't lend itself to audiobook form in my opinion. The material is stellar, the narration excellent but it just doesn't feel right. Buy World War Z, its one of the best audiobooks on Audible!
max brooks is one of the best zombie explanitors (I think I just made up a word) That I have ever read from. He really goes in depth on this; although his impression of zombies are not the resident evil type monsters under bed looking zombies, nor are they the I am legend type. It brings me back to the dawn of the dead seres from the 70's; the slow moving zombies puts fear into anyone, and forces you to come up with a new strategy to survive.
I'd read a bit of this book in paperback. Some Audio books should stay paperback, this is one of them. It's like listening to someone read a chemistry book to you.
If I had read this prior to World War Z I would never have read WWZ. Sorry Marc Cashman, but in this one, you come off as barely more alive than the "zombies".
Max Brooks... Dude what were you really going for here? As entertainment, this is abject failure. As informative guide disguised as zombie lit it's... not good. It would almost be better if it was all crap. Some of the tips are good, well thought out, probably well researched (e.g. .22LR is an excellent survival weapon - regardless of zombies). However other things were outright dangerous (even if zombies as described were real and the only threat) or contradictory (e.g. "Urban apartments are good places to survive" then later "Avoid urban areas". ) (More: "Zombies can't climb", "Zombies may climb your anchor chain/rope")
I was very disappointed. WWZ=good, ZSG=not good.
observe, Adapt, Survive
The collection of stories of first hand accounts toward the end of the book.
The chapter the list supplies and weapons in detail that should be stock piled