entertaining, thoughtful, mockumentary
I read a few different reviews before picking this one up. All of the listeners, both good and bad, had great points to make. I only want to add -- if you don't care for the diary/mockumentary format -- this isn't the story for you. If you have enjoyed books like Dracula, then this book will also hold your attention. Max was able to give realistic voices to his characters. They were people witnessing their experience. The readers were very much their characters and set the tone for each of their pieces very well. The hyper tension in Mark Hamel's voice, the confidence and 'now let me tell YOU' voice of Rob Reiner, John Tuturo as the brash and proud Cuban. The voice actors made this story excellent.
Although I am not a zombie or other monster fan, the rave reviews here about this book and the star-studded cast of readers lured me in. Well, I was left cold - like a zombie - listening to this one. It seemed silly rather than engaging or funny. I listened through to the end because it is quite short and I know a movie version is in the works, so I figured I would at least know what people around the water cooler are talking about if I gave this a chance. Time wasted. I also do not like Max Brooks' own narration introducing each of the other characters' sections. His voice is annoying. I would say he should stick to writing and not narrating, but I am not planning on reading anything else of his if World War Z is typical.
Just an all around awesome person.
When someone tells me their favorite book I tend to buy and this book was one of those situations. I got in a conversation with a co worker about books and he loves zombie books and has read anything he could get his hands on about them. He told me World War Z was his favorite and I see why. I cant remember any other book I have read that uses this Literary technique, and loved this. I prefer character development and knowing the names of people and feeling a relationship with the characters. This book uses the approach of telling a bunch of short stories of the Zombie war from the perspective of the people that experienced it which worked out great and was excellently done.
A must read.
Overall this is a great read, too bad it is an abridged making it short but an enjoyable experience none the less. I really enjoyed when the War Veteran was telling his experience made it more enjoyable for the violence and gore crowd, which I am part of. If your looking for good zombie gore book, check out Dead meat, awesome narrator too.
Deeply human story-telling with a wide range of situations and characters, all centering around a commonly faced crisis.
The way Brooks shifts perspectives constantly, but somehow manages to kees a common thread througout the story.
A wide cast featuring many dream-picks for different characters. As I had read the novel before listening to it, I had done some fantasy casting before-hand. I was pleased to see that some of my picks were among the chosen narrators.
Solid powerful emotions come through in the book.
I would very much like to see an unabriged edition, as some of my favourite chapters were missing from the audio version. All in all though, a great listen, even if you've read the print version.
By far the number of voices played a great part of the story and the accents they brought to the mental images.
There were a couple of places that slowed down but for the most part it was a great story.
Bought this as Audio book for commute, ended up listening at home, making free time to listen to book. very well done and enjoyable. When book ended, wanted more.
need my zombie fix :-)
Max brooks is truly gifted at story telling and also is a fine voice actor as well. He has put together a fantastic, and realistic story of a "what if" scenario of the popular "Zombie Apocalypse" that has been part of our culture since Romero's groundbreaking "Night of the Living Dead". Better still is the cast of voice actors whom he has been able to assemble to voice the characters. their skills, both individually and collectively, along with a rich story, combine to make this one of the finest audio-books i have ever listened too.
I only wish it had been unabridged, but word is that there may yet be a "Director's Cut" version.
The narrators did a good job.
What makes books such as Atlas Shrugged exciting reads is that they examine how individual interactions contribute to a larger system. World War Z portrays how the world's political systems might react to a large disturbance such as a zombie apocalypse, but the personal aspect is not strong. If I were to change the story, I would have had a couple fewer characters, interlaced the telling of different characters' stories, and had more than passing interaction between the main characters.
Although the battle in New York was the most exciting, my favorite scene was probably the story of the Chinese doctor in the beginning.
It was worth some of the listening time, but not all of it.
I wish more books had a full cast of narrators. I like when books are narrated by the author, but this was a good format too.
The zombies have come and now you have the after math. The story is so good I have played it for people at they want to hear it again. I have listen to it 5 times. Didn't think it would be all that great but the performances allowed the scares to come through and take a chunk out of you.