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.
Great book on Zombies if you are a Zombie lover. This book really makes you think about the "What If" factor. How would people act, react and all the intricacies that go a long with an actual Zombie Outbreak.
The audio book actually uses some very well known actors for the voices of characters throughout. That made the book even better.
They are making a movie after this book...it will be staring Brad Pitt as the main character. I have to admit that I am very intrigued and excited about seeing this movie. Hopefully, it will not be a corny Horror movie as that would be extremely disappointing and an injustice to this book.
Again, read it if you like Zombies and if you relish in the thought of an actual outbreak happening.
You won't be able to put it down!
this was a very well written story. i enjoyed every min of it. the only prob i had and the reason i didnt give it 5 performance stars, is because i really didnt like 2 of the voice actors... but overall the voice work was great! a must listen for any zombie lover
The book is great, I have read a lot of reviews and own a hard copy of the book itself (which I read when it was first released) but the cast makes this one of the greatest audiobooks of all time!
The person responsible for butchering this excellent book should be dragged out into the street and shot.
The abridgement removes every one of the best parts of the book. The Chinese submarine story, the Australian astronaut and the downed cargo pilot are just the tip of the iceberg. Those stories and others are the heart and soul of WWZ.
Rated 1-star overall due to the horrible abridgement.
I am a huge fan of zombie lit, but this was lacking in several areas.
Since this was written from a historical perspective, you knew all the characters being interviewed had survived the situations they were describing. Made the story a bit boring.
One of the things I think that most people like about apocalyptic lit is the "how would I react/survive if all infrastructure was removed?" Most zombie lit has a very libertarian, you are on your own flare to it. This story was quite the opposite - it was governments deciding what groups lived and which ones were diversions for the hordes of undead. People were also painted as unable to learn and do for themselves unless they were trained and organized by a large, external power. Quite a few liberal slants throughout the book as well.
I would have never finished this book if I were reading it, but I was able to listen while doing other worthwhile tasks.
Recommendation: pass on this one and pick up "Walking Dead". That one has much more interesting plot lines and twists.
As a novel this book takes zombies to a place they haven't been as a storytelling medium since the days of Romero's "Night of the Living Dead". The walking dead serve Brooks as a backdrop for glib social commentary on the state of humanity and keen observation on just what our civilization, or its loss, means to us as a species.
As an audiobook, "World War Z" separates itself from the crowd by being more than a simple oral rendition of the source material. The audio book brings an ensemble cast of voices to the table and truly brings to life each and every character with personality no one actor could achieve for the entire book alone. Despite being abridged, the audiobook captures the heart and horror of the original novel.
In short, if you read it and haven't heard it, then get the audio, if you heard it but want more, read the book, and if you haven't done either buy them both and make a long weekend of it; I promise you won't be disappointed.