I had previously read both the Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z in print, and was excited to listen to WWZ as read by a "realistic sounding" cast. The performances are, for the most part, quite well done, and of course the writing is excellent, but I feel this abridged version cannot do justice to the WWZ experience. Even despite the intervening years since I read it, I remembered quite a few sections that are not included here, and really think listeners miss out. Max, you included fan-made artwork in later printings of the book - please follow that cue and heed your fans' cries for unabridged readings!
The story is structured as a series of interviews between the "author" and different characters providing unique view points on the zombie war. This provides a unique twist on the typical zombie story. Overall the plot itself is not very unique, but the presentation sets it apart. The production and voice acting are top notch with a full cast acting out the characters. The structure of the story fits perfectly with the audio book format.
This isn't a great epic with excellent writing and complex characters. However, it is a short, very entertaining book that quickly gets you into the story. It would be perfect to kill time during a road trip.
This was wonderfully immersive listening experience; my only regret is that several sections were removed from this performance.
The story was so disjointed. I understand that the author was telling it from various viewpoints, but it went so slowly that I kept losing interest.
This was my first book in this genre. I probably will not try another.
I didn't even have a favorite scene. I just felt apathy for the whole thing.
I wanted to like this. The premise was good. The narrator was good. I liked the idea of the different narrators. It just didn't come together enough to hold my interest. Bummer.
First book, Ray Bradbury collection of short stories. First series, Dune. Favorite series, Thomas Covenent
I get the interview concept of telling a story but where is the suspense, the build up, the climax? Story was just flat.
No. The audio version has wonderful voices, but the book has a better story, and that's what I listen for. So much of the book was taken out I felt robbed.
Allowing some hack to carve away his most powerful chapters.
All the voice talent is superb.
The sequence where the pilot is shot down in the swamp and has to make it to safety. Also, that someone would destroy a wonderful book by essentially censoring it, that moved me.
Don't listen to it. Read it. NBA - Never Buy Abridged!
This is my first audiobook and I really enjoyed it. I think the story is perfectly suited to the audio format, considering that the book is basically a series of interviews with different survivors of the zombie war. I recognized a number of well-known voices and I thought all of the performances were quite good. I would definitely recommend this.
Due to my Loud job occupation I would listen to again, just to feel in the parts i've missed and to fully understand the book better.
There was few parts and characters that really grabbed me and as I said will have to listen to again.
Spoke very clear, had passion in what the situation called for.
I would not.
Great audio book. Just wish it was longer. At first it is hard to grasp that we were almost annihilated. To pick up where the stories start and run with it. To me some were easier than others and can visually see myself in a couple circumstances. Great audio book and hope to listen to again soon.
The performances are are good but some of the actors gave the impression it was their first time seeing the text (Alan Alda was the worst for this although it may just be he was the most recognizable voice for me). They did not seem to put a lot of effort into their readings. John Turturro's reading was probably one of the better ones.
The story didn't keep my attention. I realize it was abridged and the premise is based on interviews of survivors but I was hoping the people were going to be tied together in some way at the end. It had a fragmented feel for me. This may have been one those books better read. It did not make me anxious to see the coming movie adaptation.