This was an amazing story. Well written and produced! The viewpoints and discussions were so real and lifelike keeping me glued to my seat and wanting more!!!
First of all, the performances in this audiobook were great. And I love Max Brooks blend of humor and social commentary. That said, this book was severely abridged. If you have not read the entire book then I suppose you wouldn't notice this, but as a fan of the original book I found that the abridgment took away from the story as a whole. What happened to the Russian chapters? What about the account of the Parisians forced to clear our the catacombs? I think that they were overzealous in their trimming here so be warned, if you have read the full book you will find the gaps in the story frustrating.
Expecting a chronological telling of the fictional zombie future, I bought this thinking I would be entertained but unsurprised- I am happy to say I was wrong on one count. WWZ presents a unique form of information convention- more like a NPR report on public radio than the telling of a story. The actors used were also a splendid edition, adding to the suspension of reality, drawing you into the idea, making it feel right and real. Thsi has to be one of the most entertaining audio books I've ever downloaded- I listened start to finish and could barely peel myself away to use the restroom. 5 stars all around- I recommend it to all, especialy the real zombie apocolypse/end of the world/horror connoisseur!
I listened to this as part of a book club, not realizing how much had been left out of the print version. What a disappointment!
The story is good, most of the narrators are believable, but the audio version leaves out far too much and is very sparse as a result. Read the book and the footnotes instead. What a waste of a credit.
I am not a zombie lit fan. but having read every other apocalypse book am running out of choices. You can see the famous stars contributing to the performance, so you know it is one of the best readings I have listened to (out of a LOT of audiobooks).
It was a bit more political then I like, but not too bad, I just zoned out for a few minutes in certain places. I'm more into the survival aspect of apocalypse. And the story was so touching in one place I had unexpected tears in my eyes, so a little bit of everything.
I was disappointed to hear it was abridged (guess I didn't pay enough attention when purchasing) but I think they probably cut out boring political parts and the shorter version allowed for the celebrity reading, which was a real treat.
Makes you think about our society and world in new and insightful ways.
Great performances by the cast. A lot of fun, and freaky.
If you're looking for blood and guts and gore in a apocalyptic zombie novel, this is probably not for you. There is a bit of that, but primarily, it's extremely well written, cerebral, often political novel based on the "first person narratives of those involved in WW:Z".
Imagine Terry Gross on NPR doing a down-and-deep interview with someone... and you've got this piece nailed. It's fascinating at parts, very real throughout, occasionally a bit slow, and filled with political rhetoric which is fascinating, given the fictitious backdrop of a zombie apocalyptic
One thing is undeniable however, the A++, first rate cast which reads the story. From Alan Alda to Henry Rollins, each narrator brings their character to life. This is one of those cases where I feel the audio book's performance added to the overall enjoyment of the book.
All in all... a zombie think-piece (wow... I never thought I'd write those words in my life).
I thought I was going to love this book. Friends have read the paperback and I love the concept. I couldn't get past the first three stories. The people are putting on horrible fake accents and they were so bad I couldn't even concentrate. Why even make accents at all? The Chinese doctor sounds like a person who can't decide whether to be Latino or bad Saturday morning cartoon villian Chinese. The "Israeli" person sounds like a Russian/German blend to the point where I was wondering if I'd misheard that he was Israeli. I don't even remember where the person in the second story was supposed to be from, but he was putting some kind of weird emphasis or gloating sounds in his voice, I couldn't even hear his story for wondering what kind of inflection he was trying out and why. I hated this book and wish I could return it.
I don't typically review audio books, but in an effort to save someone else the hassle of downloading this book I'm making an exception. Unless you're interested in the geo-political aftermath of an imaginary "zombie" war, don't waste your time with this title. Admittedly I only listened to two hours, but I'd reached my limits of tolerable boredom at that point and deleted it from my phone.