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.
Was mildly entertaining. I have not read the book but the audio version left me asking
Yes, I did enjoy how the story was presented by the author.
Can't see it.
I wasn't careful when I purchased this, and didn't realize that it was abridged. Performances were excellent, the book is pretty novel in concept, but I feel like it was missing something. Perhaps this was because it was abridged.
I loved the interview format.
Although it wasn't the best written piece of sci-fi, it was very thought provoking.
Probably one of the soldiers to hear the stories of taking the planet back.
Very cool, very fun story. I enjoyed it very much. I wish it was unabridged. Can't wait for the movie.
Yes, the narrators were excellent. I couldn't even recognize some of the more famous voices.
I didn't really have a favorite. Each one was excellent in their own way.
Again, I didn't really have a favorite. The narrators did an excellent job.
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.