I loved the concept of telling the story through interviews put in chronological order. I never really have thought about this approach to telling a story other than in court room, and I feel the author did an awesome job in finding a type of person that fit almost every sort of niche of differing personalities in the world.
While everything is a secondhand account, the personal level that is reached through out each interview takes the story way past being just about the living dead. In fact, I found there to be a lack of zombies at certain points, but the way the politics are portrayed, and all of the varying emotions about the war make some of those portions of the story more indulging than the constant fear aspect that a zombie apocalypse setting usually brings.
No, I have not.
This is an audio that I could not turn off. Every moment that I could be listening to it, I did. However, while taking it all in one sitting is what I desired, in the end it only made me realize how short the story ends up being. Because it is only roughly six hours of audio, I found that I wished I had spaced it out more so I could have had more of the initial enjoyment you get when hearing a story for the first time and not knowing what happens next. I can appreciate its length, though, from a standpoint that I can go back and easily listen to the entire story in a fairly shorter amount of time that it would take other books, allowing me to easily get more than one listen out of it.
The way this book was set up, you would almost have to think that it was more designed to be listened to rather than read. The change of pace between the different interviews, and constant introduction of new voices make this book really easy to stay focused on. I also really enjoyed the voice actors. They took the book to a whole new level of realism, and I think did the story even more justice than just the text alone. I highly recommend giving this book a listen through, because even if it doesn't entertain you the way it has for me, it's short enough that you won't feel you've wasted a bunch of time trying to get involved in the narrative.
No, but for only one reason - it's abridged. The book was almost made to be listened to - it's a great interview style that fits perfectly with the audible format and hearing different voices for each character truly added something. But the fact that parts of the book was missing meant I had to go back and read the print copy anyway (though I skimmed over places I have already heard).
The story itself is compelling and interesting. It allows you to piece together the whole picture using stories and examples from many characters and situations.
The large cast of voice actors made this truly a pleasure to listen to!
It is great to listen to - but beware! If you have listened to the book and your friend read the print copy be prepared when talking about the book with them to say 'I don't remember that' a lot!!! I still think it would be worth listening to - but I really wish they would have recorded it all!
Tinker, Nice Guy, Parent, Husband, Pet Lover
The audio version of the book comes alive in most sections thanks to the very well cast actors.
Although Mr. Turturro goes a bit over the top, as I couldn't shake the characterization being very similar to his mannerisms in
For me it was the story of the pilot downed in the Louisiana Bayou, the angst and conviction showed through most convincingly.
Max Brooks showed a deftness in writing the original and scripting the audio version that allows him to be the classic biographer interviewer.
Omnipresent yet invisible to the stories being told.
Rob Reiner nails the essence of a strong man thrust into life or death survival politics, only to be chewed up and spit out after the threat is overcome.
I probably would not change anything
It was strange
Maybe, but maybe not; who knows?
No, it covered everything
Not right now
Max Brooks wrote an excellent story. The setting, perspective, and action beats are all amazing.
Several of the readers seemed to be performing poor caricatures of their parts. It wasn't offensive, but it wasn't what I wanted.
The audio style works very well for this title, and featured extremely good voice acting. I do wish it were the unabridged version, however.
The way it doesn't romanticize the idea of a zombie apocalypse as much as most other zombie media.
I really enjoyed them all, but the two female roles I particularly enjoyed, as well as the General and Vice President. They're all so good.
World War Z is a perfect title.
Max Brooks take the Zombie Apocalypse and turns it into fictional and educational research.
Yes...each character was a different acclaimed actor.
I wouldn't rename.
This is my first book I read because it was recommended to me by the podcast from Rooster Teeth.
The accents were really awesome and made the story much better than if I had just read the book alone.
I LOVED the book overall and the cast of characters really brought it to life! My only complaint is that I wished the book was the unabridged version instead of the shortened one.
When multiple narrators work on a novel it can improve an experience tremendously. But when you have the strength of great actors performing the narration, you are in for a treat. Max Brooks has the chops to write fiction, especially in this genre. The performances by the narrators draw you into this book further than most. The only reason I gave the story 4 stars, was due to it being the abridged version. I would buy this novel again, if Max were to release the unabridged version for sure. This is one of my top ten audio books of all time.