It's ironic that Max Brooks' tells of his intent to allow the (fictional) personal tales from the survivors of WWZ passionately and at length in his foreword. This particular abridgment cuts many of the deeply personal stories from the print version. Now I realize that all the stories can't have a place in this production, but it was disappointing that the majority of the stories are ones that give to 'macro' view of the conflict, rather than some of the really horrifying 'ground level' experiences.
All in all, for the over production of the this adaptation, I was generally very satisfying. While not all performances by the cast don't 'sell' as real people telling their stories, it does give a good, if condensed summation of the print novel, which is probably the most enjoyable pieces of fiction I've read in years.
This is for anyone who loves zombie/horror films as well as reality and how the world would actually deal with a World War against Zombies. At times, you actually feel like this is a true account of these war torn people which really gives it an authentic vibe. Great guest appearances by Henry Rollins and Alan Alda.
I really enjoyed this book. Well written and comppletely fun fiction told like a non-fiction. The different voices such as Alan Alda and Rob Reiner reading for the different intervies was very cool. This is a book definately better heard than read.
I have probably listened to this audiobook 7 times. It is fantastic and very engrossing. Unlike most zombie stories, it focuses both on individual stories and the slow, deliberate, mechanistic response of mankind to its near annihilation. The voices overs are awesome.. the pacing is great. I just wish it weren't abridged... but to have to pay more voice over people probably would have been too expensive.
Geek, Gamer who hates wasting credits.
This is great audio book, just as the title state, it and oral history of the zombie war. The full cast is fantastic and brings this well crafted, very human story to life. It’s not truly terrifying it’s more like sitting your Uncle telling war stories form Vietnam or the WWII. I found my self lost in the different stories as told by the survivor of the conflict.
This was my first download from Audible, and my initial instinct was to instantly turn the book off! I was blown away by the poor quality of the audio which was obviously compressed near to death. The production seemed like it may have been great, uncompressed, the way it was supposed to be heard, but alas, it took me quite a while just to get used to the quality.
I also did not realize that it was abridged until after I downloaded it... HUGELY disappointing. (but can you imagine what it would have cost to have all those fancy pants narrators read the entire book?!) That being said, the narration, with the exception of the author (who was seemingly recorded separate from everyone else, and could not seem to act into or out of the transitions) was great! Dennis Boutsikaris and Alan Alda in particular.
Though the interviews stand alone in the abridgement, there was some sporadic jargon that confused me, and seemed like may have been explained somewhere else that was cut. (NOT A FAN OF ABRIDGED AUDIOBOOKS!)
All in all, an enjoyable listen, despite being far too brief, and poor quality compression.
'I Am Legend' was 10 times better, if you're into the zombie genre.
Some of the voice actors were kind of annoying. There were a couple of cool parts, but there was too much BS for me. I wasn't particularly fond of this style of audio book - the whole fictional-documentary thing.
This book was more bout what governments did after the zombie invasion versus being a book about zombies. I was expecting something akin to the walking dead or just about any other zombie book. I think thats why Brad Pitt wanted to do the movie. He is very political and this book was just up his alley. As far as I can remember, the book only had roughly two sections dedicated to zombie attacks and the rest of the book seemed to be mostly a long diatribe of political rants; the evils of capitalism and the American war machine. The actors were horid. Im not sure why Max Brooks was cast to be the narrator for the book but his inability to make the conversations sound fluid and genuine were very disappointing. Also, although the interviews were done with people of different parts of the world, they all seemed to be well versed in American idioms. That took away a lot of the realism for me. Overall, a very disappointing book and audio.
Nothing. He was horrible.