How this author took a done to death concept, mixed it up, and made it fresh & exciting I will never know. There is a reason they made a movie about this with one of the most popular actors on the planet in the lead - A BIG REASON! But good news if you have seen the movie there is lots more they did not film in here for you to listen to. Enjoy!
Lover of sci-fi and the occasional horror story. Philosophical inclinations. English is my second language.
The author make use of several different styles of writing to convey a complex history of a global catastrophe. I found the global angle particularly compelling; the zombie threat not only shows how societies hang together, but also how they differ and consequently respond to the situation in different ways. The author compellingly uses the zombie theme to implicitly ask some disquieting questions about class, justice and the economy. For me, it was this political and philosophical dimension that made the novel stand out from other more action-oriented zombie-themed narratives. That is not to say that World War Z does not have its share of action and suspense - two important reasons why I choose this kind of book to begin with.
There are several interesting and thought-provoking subplots. Admittedly, some are a bit cheesy, such as one involving traditional Japanese martial arts. I did nevertheless find most of them nicely sculptured. I was particularly intrigued by the story about the Russian army using guilt to whip a generation of soldiers into obedience. Such episodes, which situates the narrative in a long-standign discussion over human nature, strangely lends credence to the surreal narrative and almost make it feel anchored in history.
I am not disappointed in the storyline or the actors in this audio play. They did a fantastic job. You are really sucked in. My disappointment is that I did not wait for the star studded companion piece to the film. Seeing the list of actors afterwards, I could easily imagine which parts they would play. Well worth the listen, even if I was quick to order.
Did not realise it was in documentary format, and was unsure, but loved driving just so I could listen to the book - haven't seen the movie but I am sure that it would not have spoiled the story, as it was written as a post mortem of the total outcome of World War Z, with the main character not being part of the actual story body, but the story teller.
I am not big zombie's story fan, but the approach of the book (after war) the different stories (different point of views - characters so differents) and the different narrators (voices and accents) make it a very good audio book.
I really enjoy the format and the performance. If I have to find something to critic I will say one or two stories had too much of weapon's details and i felt lost :-) and it look too long. but my rating still 5 stars.
I always have the feeling with audio books that the na
This book is by far one of my favourites and a wonderfully, easy, thought provoking read.This is a fantastic disaster story with details that are beyond imagination. The author must have had a very dark time dreaming this one up! There are stories from all around the world told from the perspective of a key person or a simple survivor all told by believable characters invoking emotions that are relatable to everyone. It's a story about human nature which is why I think that even people who would normally shy away from science fiction or zombie books would enjoy this book. My only regret is that it isn't longer.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Without ruining the story, my favourite character was the guy who marketed the immunisation. The shock you feel really merged the story and the real world for me.
Which character – as performed by Stephen Hogan – was your favorite?
The blind Japaneese guy was a fantastic read
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The Israeli Palistinean story was one that brought me to tears.
It's a really unique way to present a lot of interesting topics covering war, politics, sociology, history and humanity in general.
I liked listening to the stories of the everyday people surviving the Zombie war
The only bad point is the really really bad Australian accent of one character.
It's right up there with the best of them.
It wasn't what I was expecting, it was much better.
They made me feel like they had really been there. I believed they'd been part of a zombie war.
no extremes, just liked it a lot.
buy this audio book, you won't regret it.
It has long been one of my favourite books in written form, and I would definitely listen to it again. It is a fascinating story, either to read or listen to.
The various narrators all had accents suitable to their section of the story. This added greatly to the listening experience.
The part with the K9 teams got to me, and probably would to any dog lover.
This book has been available in abridged for a while, but I held out for the unabridged version which I hoped would come, and I am so glad I did. The book is very cleverly structured, with each narrative section leading on to the next, and some characters coming back in at later parts of the story. It is a fascinating and "realistic" view of a zombie apocalypse and how it might be rolled back. If you;re looking for gore and schlock horror, this isn't the book for you, but if you;re looking for good writing and characterisation then get this.