WWZ is definitely the scariest book i've ever read. listening to it was disappointing only in that i knew what was being cut out. the narrators were fabulous. thinking about the 'redeker' segment is giving me chills as i write this. to the reviewers who think this book was too political: no politicians were named. if a worldwide pandemic were to occur, however, zombies or not, i guarantee the response would be very political and politics would cramp the logical response. that's the only political agenda being put forth here.
While the zombie genre works, such as AMCs The Walking Dead, usually follows one group of people this lets you see moral decisions and various trials of different people and nations through out the world. As a history buff this is something that I don't believe is explored enough in the zombie genre. I do understand the two complaints of the short length and subject matter of the book thinking its to politically driven.
While it is short, the books set up of being a collection of interviews allows the various performances of the voice actors to make this the best audiobook I have ever heard and you feel that you are actually getting something special when listening, instead of feeling that you are simply listening to someone reading you a book. I can see how this won an award as an audio work. Though, obviously it would have been better if you had more of the interviews. I haven't read the book so I can't speak to what's left out but if it's as good as what's here then you are missing out.
As a lover of detail I could have gone for having access to the fictional report that is full of nothing but "cold hard facts" on everything about the outbreak. Perhaps Brooks will go Tolkein style and create a samarillion type book that is full of all that.
In regard to the complaint that it is to politically driven, I found the argument pretty weak. I assume the people who think this are overly sensitive Bush fan/warhawks but I had trouble seeing this book as an indictment on him personally at all. It seemed to show more commentary on how different forms of governments may tackle decisions and that there are winners and losers in history and the effects that mistakes/decisions made by leaders can have. In my opinion, looking at how the events could change the world's nations and hypothetical thoughts and how they would react is the best aspect of this book.
I love zombie apocalypse fiction, so why didn’t I enjoy this book? It’s because the book is comprised of a bunch of interviews with people who encountered the zombies. Throw character development out of the window because there isn’t any. Some stories (interviews) held my attention a little while others were, well… lame. Another thing, these are the slow shambling zombies that don’t run, jump, or open doors; so why is the world getting their butts handed to them by these things. It would seem like a blind man could take these things out. In fact, there is one story about a blind man fighting the zombies. By the way, flying an Apache helicopter at a dive angle low to the ground to cut off the heads of zombies isn’t going to happen. The blades would shred to pieces; just throwing that out there. So many friends recommended this book to me (when I say many, I mean like 3) and I can’t figure out why. Sorry if I offended anyone.
I can't stand that they don't have an unabridged version of this book. I held off buying it forever but I keep hearing how good it is so I broke down and bought it.
This is easily one of my favorite books though, I will definatley listen to it several times.
This was enjoyable but I am used to listening to much longer audio books. I like the interview concept but, it just seemed to be lacking on content. Maybe the unabridged version would be better because I have heard great things about the print. Audible does not currently offer it though. Oh, the cast was great. Using multiple narrators made the interviews more realistic.
I did not read any reviews on this book before I purchased it. I needed a book quick(traffic jam a hour and a half long) and this was a book I had looked at before so it was in my mind when i went looking for a book to listen to. It turned out to be a great choice. It is well written, with an easy flow of the story that I look for in a book. the narrators a very good, I did not know who they were until I started to recognize voices and looked them up. I have many books in audible, and this one is going on my list of titles i will recommend to others. My 1 comlaint is it's abridged, I never have bought an abridged version before, and i wish this one wasn't so. It does not need to be shortened , it needs to be longer. I'm happy with what I have, but I wish it was the unabridged version. Thats all the reason for my giving it a 4 out of 5.
I enjoyed the audio book. It was worth what I paid for it. I liked the way the book was read, and the charicters.
The book was good and well written but not what I expected. To me, there isn’t anything scary listening to someone give a recount about their experiences with the zombies. I guess I prefer to be in the action instead of hearing 6 hours worth of interviews with the survivors. The author should have written their accounts as flashbacks instead. Now that I could recommend but if your looking for blood, guts and gore; this ain’t the ticket.
I like action, gore, zombies, and non-fiction.
...but I didn't.
I kept it on my iPod for weeks, trying several times to get swept up in it. But I invariably got bored and went on to another book. I did eventually finish it, but I don't think I'd recommend it.
The format, which is very clever, is also its biggest failing. The war is told through the experiences of many different people, and presented by a reporter. That was a very good idea on the author's part. But just as I would become really interested in a character's story, it'd be over, and we were on to another. Very cool format for the retelling of a fictional war. But in the end, like all compendiums of short stories and Robert Altman films, it left me wanting.
If that format doesn't bother you, though, you'll probably like the book. It's well-written and narrated.