The story could have been much richer and detailed. It was not at all well-done as an audiobook
Yep. Won't buy anything like this again.
Could have been more descriptive in the lead-ins. Narration wasn't too bad overall but the stories are too shallow and weak despite the excellent cast of actors playing the various roles.
There were a few stories that were interesting because the book cuts across several characters and several of the stories are interesting, but they tend to end before enough has been discussed, they aren't at all deep or descriptive and there are many, many battles, skirmishes, conflicts, etc. which are referenced but are never touched on or explained further. Perhaps because this was abridged the actual book is better, but I can't imagine that it would have been abridged that much.
Based on the title and background, I had a lot of preconceived notions of what the book would be like. It surpassed those.
Some of the cast are great, but some just seem like they had little direction. Overall, I was very happy, but I expected something more dramatized than it really was.
There were a number of points in the book where it showed the author thought a lot of this through in trying to make decisions believable by governments, people, and even the zombies. I really enjoyed those moments.
I've been listening to long epic fantasy lately, and World War Z was a good break from that format for me. Zombie books are not my typical choice, so I think the 6 hour format was perfect for me.
A friend of mine is a doctor in the military, and after coming home from his first tour in Afghanistan insisted that I read this book. His suggestions are usually great, and he hyped me up by elaborating that while in Afghanistan a group of young Marines stayed up until 3am arguing about the best way to fight the zombie apocalypse. There was a white board involved, and the night ended in a fist fight. Sold, bought the book.
If you have ever called yourself an amateur writer, or an avid reader, you will quickly become aware that this book could have been written by anyone. There is maybe 10% dialogue at best. The story is told through a series of monologues, which often become cliche or boring; however, there is one specific monologue about a female pilot that could have been a interesting book on it's own.
The production is well done, and one of the main reasons I kept listening. If you are mildly interested in the concept of the zombie apocalypse, this story will bore you, but interest you just enough to listen until the end due to probable accuracy of how such a scenario would play out on a global scale.
I give it 3 stars overall, because the production value is great, the story is a good idea that has been well developed, but the fact that the novel is written almost totally devoid of dialogue is a huge turn off and creates a lack of overall interest.
I like Sci-Fi, Dramatizations, Fantasy, etc...
It has some flaws with performance, but overall I enjoyed it thoroughly....Definitely have listened to it repeatedly
Mark Hamil was the jewel in this recording
Great story with even greater narrators!
The Narration and the Story was epic! It leaves you wanting more.
Great narrators and interesting story. I purchased it because I was curious as to why they were making a movie about it. Very enjoyable and I plan on buying the actual book since the unabridged version won't be out soon. In the meantime, I started the Zombie Fallout series and I like it better since it follows tradition storytelling as oppose to Word War Z with its compilation of interviews format. Again, highly recommended but with there was more.
Yes I would listen to it again. As a zombie fan I could not get enough of this alternative style of the classic storyline.
This way of telling a zombie tale from start to finish in a documentary style format was refreshing instead of hearing the same old survival tale of a group of friends surviving the "zombie apacolypse". It was also great to hear the military aspects within the story. Usually in Zombie stories the government is usually non-existent. this story felt more real than other zombie stories because of the different aspects of people incorporated from many different nationalities and walks of life.
I truly enjoyed this novel. It was an intriguing take on the zombie apocalypse genre. Written of course by zombie great Max Brooks. The story is compelling. The narration is over the top with stars galore like John Turturo and Alan Alda. You will not be dissappointed.
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Max Brooks clearly did his research when preparing to write this book. I found the entire work to be not only entertaining but the accounts of each character to be plausible and truly realistic. If a zombie outbreak actually occurred, I found World War Zs account of how the situation would be dealt with by the government and people alike to be extremely accurate (within the confines of my own imagination) which made this book a joy to read. I enjoy "zombie apocalypse" fiction immensely provided the story is not too “hokey” or riddled with extensive humor (with the exception of the Zombie Fallout series, very funny yet unique and intense enough to keep me wanting more – Mark Tufo has become a favorite of mine).
All of the readers did a GREAT job portraying each diverse character and their accounts of the disaster. It was a wonderful surprise to hear the voice of Allan Alda reading one such account but, in all honesty, there was not a single reader who fell short of providing a five star performance!!!
I recommend this book to all readers interested in a realistic account of a war sever enough to cause a complete collapse of world government and life as we know it today as well as the concepts Max presents surrounding what the first steps of rebuilding might look like. Overall this book is entertaining, action packed and will most definitely force the reader to contemplate the ideas presented in this work of fiction for weeks after the book is finished and put away.