I'm actually a bit of a history buff. I wasn't always this way. In high school, history meant a lot of memorizing: dates, names, places, etc. BORING! But I discovered in college (with the help of a great professor) that history can be interesting. Really. History is really just old gossip. The more things change, the more they stay the same and I find it very interesting to imagine myself living in a time such as Henry VIII's England, Cleopatra's Egypt, World War II Era U.S. or...living through the Zombie War.
One of my favorite ways to learn about to good ol' days is through the genre of oral histories. Basically, oral histories are a collection of people's stories as told by them. The cool thing for me is that this device helps me feel more immersed in the time period. Regular people seem to talk about little details and feelings that your typical history book won't touch (they're too worried about dates, names, places, you know...the boring stuff.)
Anywhoo...back to the review at hand. Max Brooks has subtitled World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War. The book is put together as an organized collection of various survivors' recollections of the Zombie War. About two stories in, I found myself engrossed and actually believing we did survive a near-apocalypse. The entire tone of the book is so detailed and realistic that I no longer felt that I was reading (listening) to a fictional tale, but rather reliving a real-life event. Quite a feat for a novel about zombies.
I actually listened to World War Z as an audio book on Audible and really, I'm not sure I would have it any other way. The tale is narrated by multiple actors including: Mark Hamill (yes, Luke Skywalker) , Rob Reiner, Alan Alda and Carl Reiner. The cast is amazing and the audio version has been nominated and won several awards. Mark Hamill's portrayal of seasoned soldier, Todd Wainio, was particularly impressive.
This is the first novel is several months that I want to re-read already (think I'm going to buy the hardcover for that) because I enjoyed it that much.
Max Brooks is also the author of The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection From the Living Dead and given my love of zombies and my love for World War Z, I'm pretty sure I want Mr. Brooks to be my new BFF.
Normally, you only read/hear, the story after the Zombies have taken over the world, or at the start of the takeover. WWZ goes back and fills in the missing parts, gives you a very good back story; given from the point of view of those that where there, and lived it.
A different kind of story in that it takes places after most of the World War is finished. The author interviews various people that took part in the war and the war effort. The actors who portray the people being interviewed are very good at interpreting the characters they are asked to portray. A movie is being filmed and I will be most interested in how they take what is basically interviews and weave them into a coherent film. I have listened to it twice and will most likely listen to it again.
The only good zombie is a dead again zombie!
I've listened to this book more than once. It has to be one of the most well thought out zombie books ever written. It is for sure an inspiration to many other books written after this one was written. The voice acting was what really hooked me. It has a full cast with people all over the world being inverviewed after a war with the undead. Awesome! Worth the money for the download.
Criminal defense Lawyer in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read mostly non-fiction.....history, science, military biography. My quirky side likes Zombie Books? Will also pick up a fiction bestseller once in a while. Favorite movie: Being There
This was my first foray into Z "literature" and it was fun. All around good book. Kept me interested.
This was an amazing story. Well written and produced! The viewpoints and discussions were so real and lifelike keeping me glued to my seat and wanting more!!!
First of all, the performances in this audiobook were great. And I love Max Brooks blend of humor and social commentary. That said, this book was severely abridged. If you have not read the entire book then I suppose you wouldn't notice this, but as a fan of the original book I found that the abridgment took away from the story as a whole. What happened to the Russian chapters? What about the account of the Parisians forced to clear our the catacombs? I think that they were overzealous in their trimming here so be warned, if you have read the full book you will find the gaps in the story frustrating.
Expecting a chronological telling of the fictional zombie future, I bought this thinking I would be entertained but unsurprised- I am happy to say I was wrong on one count. WWZ presents a unique form of information convention- more like a NPR report on public radio than the telling of a story. The actors used were also a splendid edition, adding to the suspension of reality, drawing you into the idea, making it feel right and real. Thsi has to be one of the most entertaining audio books I've ever downloaded- I listened start to finish and could barely peel myself away to use the restroom. 5 stars all around- I recommend it to all, especialy the real zombie apocolypse/end of the world/horror connoisseur!
I listened to this as part of a book club, not realizing how much had been left out of the print version. What a disappointment!
The story is good, most of the narrators are believable, but the audio version leaves out far too much and is very sparse as a result. Read the book and the footnotes instead. What a waste of a credit.
I am not a zombie lit fan. but having read every other apocalypse book am running out of choices. You can see the famous stars contributing to the performance, so you know it is one of the best readings I have listened to (out of a LOT of audiobooks).
It was a bit more political then I like, but not too bad, I just zoned out for a few minutes in certain places. I'm more into the survival aspect of apocalypse. And the story was so touching in one place I had unexpected tears in my eyes, so a little bit of everything.
I was disappointed to hear it was abridged (guess I didn't pay enough attention when purchasing) but I think they probably cut out boring political parts and the shorter version allowed for the celebrity reading, which was a real treat.