There are moments in this book where what isn't said is more important than what is. It's a really good, solid, story. I recommend it to anyone who is into the apocolyptic fiction genre.
I loved this book when I read it a few years back and thought I'd enjoy hearing it again, but was disappointed to realize at the end that many of my favorite parts had been left out! Where was the interview with the feral girl? And I loved the story the young Japanese teen told about escaping his high-rise apartment, and the story of the Indian soldier who blew up a bridge or pass to stop the zombies from following the refugees, and the tour of the ocean floor, and what about the trained dogs? I felt cheated when I got to the last chapter and realized these stories were all omitted. This book's abridgment should be more clearly highlighted!
This book is pretty interesting. You get a chance to witness firsthand accounts of how the Zombies came to be and the perils with it, from many different perspectives. Each person interviewed has a story to tell and it's quite refreshing to hear about each persons struggles during the dark days of WWZ.
I listened to this audiobook at least once a day for three weeks. It was the most impressive audiobook that I have ever heard. The different characters will draw you into the story and your imagination will propel you into another world. I would recommend this story to any "zombie" fan. It is true to form and I hope that someday it is a full length movie. I would buy the DVD.
Very entertaining, but why abridged? I didn't catch on until about a couple of hours in, I kept feeling like I was "missing" something. Bits of information here or there, or that I just wasn't getting the whole story with each narrator. Looked up the reviews and found out why.
First, let me say that my issue with this book may be the fact that it is the abridged version. It seems like a collection of stories loosely collected with large gaps taking place between the chapters. Second, the hype I read before purchasing this book created expectations in my mind that the book did not live up to. Third, the premise of the book is an intriguing one, and the not so subtle analogies to today's politics are the best part of this story. Interesting concept, could have been a much better listen if regular narrators were used so that the unabridged version could have been created.
The reviews are by Mike.
This is a wonderful piece! The writing is great, the narration is fantastic. I could barely turn it off.
I'm a fantasy/SF audio book fan. Although this one is a Zombie/horror book, it aims more toward a general audience than the typical genre piece. Doesn't go for cheap gross-out or suspense, which I wouldn't like.
I was fairly gripped by the book. Although by no means great writing and too long, there were enough good ideas on the page to carry through a clever premise. This audio production however is very poor. The style of writing cannot withstand being read out, and the cast taken as a whole, including great actors, come across as flat, overly cynical, bored and uncompelling... which is a great shame.