This is not the new movie tie-in edition which supplements the previously abridged full cast recording with new material from previously unrecorded chapters by the talents of Simon Pegg, Frank Darabont, Martin Scorcese etc. I felt really tricked when I paid for this. Hang on for the full edition with people who give actual performances, rather than the droning automatons who ENUN-CI-ATE every damn syllable in this version. A soulless cash-in.
I will be honest, I didn't finish this one, probably got about 70% into it. I did enjoy it and I did think it was really well suited to Audio Format with the way it is told. I will probably go back and complete it at some point, it just didn't really have any main character I think was why I got a bit easily distracted from this one.
"Potentially Offensive Actors"
The story translates really well from the page to Audible due to the first person account narrative. It is still by far the most original and relevant offering in the genre. Max brooks takes the concept of a zombie apocalypse to its ultimate disturbing conclusion.
It is pretty unique in my experience.
I would love to believe that they would cast appropriate native speakers to represent the different nationalities.
The fictional recounted experiences are both moving and at times amusing.
The acting is at times offensive, particularly when other nationalities are speaking. Some seem very stereotypical, verging on racist. Still, once you are engaged in the story even this can be forgiven due to the rich scenes that Brooks is able to create. The narrative style perfectly capture the historical account of an unparalleled fictional period in our recent future.
"Excellent story telling"
Yes as the different story tellers bring the story to life. If you have read the print listen to the audio and visa versa
The interviews with the soldier starting with the battle of Yonkers
75% of it, if you listen to it and try to believe it happen or what could have happened its deeply scary
If you've seen the movie please please please read or listen to the book it is a million times better
"Don't buy for 'The Lost Files'"
gutted that I bought this thinking it was the same as the old version but just with the new bits that were abridged at the time, now filled in and released in conjunction with the new film as a friend told me that had been...
from what I've heard so far this version is just not as good so I'm not going to waste my time listening to it... just wasted my money is all :'( don't do the same if you're buying for the same purpose as me.
I got this expecting it to be the Random House audiobook featuring an a-list cast. Beware, this is not that version. I feel this is not made clear by Audible.
I loved this book!! I listened to this while travelling to and from work ... And actually every chance I got. Well written and narrated. Enjoyed everything about it !
"Superb and Engrossing"
I read this book some years ago and loved it then - I think the book even had photos/mock ups of letters and photos etc which made it even more engrossing.
However, with the imminent launch of the Hollywood-murdered version of this great book I can see why they done this to capitalise on the media that will no doubt surround the zombie blockbuster.
Anyway - from what I've seen the movie is NOTHING like the book - which couldn't really work as a movie as the only central character is the narrator/author of the World War Z Diaires.
I guess that is it's only weakness in that there is no central set of characters to empathise with but.... it doesn't need it. This is actually like a series of short stories but all based around the central theme of the Zombie disease that spreads world wide. While there is lots of "action" it mainly focuses on the human aspect, the INDIVIDUAL human aspect, stories, triumphs, losses of this fictional war.
I cannot recommend this enough. The voice actors are superb - each chapter is an interview with the "narrator/author" and a particular individual - whether it's a Chinese doctor, a grunt or jar head, a British diplomat, an Australian dog handler, a diver, a Russian chaplain - the list goes on and on an on. Each interview is unique, touching, horrifying, uplisting, sad - great stuff.
I guess, when we're talking about zombies, the author has to work extra hard to draw you in - after all, it's a work of fiction, but he somehow manages to make you feel like you're actually listening to a set of interviews of conventional war survivors/veterans. Amazing stuff
Oh, and as for the film - why on earth have they bothered? Personally, I think this book could be made into a good TV series split into a set of individual stories, one for each episode.
"a good listen"
this audiobook tells the many stories of those who lived thourgh the zombie war.
With very belivable chartors telling thire stories on how they lived, fought and survived the zombie war ;)
"A Disappointment For The Unobservant"
Okay, before I get to the main body of the review, the onus lies with me. I'm disappointed with this because I didn't look closely enough at the product description. I expected to get the abridged version, narrated by Max Brooks and a cast of great actors, since Google told me that was the only version available. I chose to get it from Audible because that's where I get my audiobooks on subscription. Now I wish I'd forked out the few extra quid for the proper version from elsewhere...
Because this sounds like a cheap, knock-off copy. The sound quality is okay but the voice acting and linking narrative are terribly wooden! The accents are terrible and the whole thing seems as though a bunch of students recorded it as part of their Audio Tech degree.
All the drama and emotion is sucked from the tales of fear and confusion because this version is obviously being READ OUT rather than ACTED (as the abridged version is). In short, this one is not half as good or gripping as the old version. Sure, the story is there, and in full! But I'd rather sacrifice the less relevant or important sections of the story and get a real, dramatic take on the story rather than 14hrs of some blokes doing frankly offensive foreign accents.
Since the source material is so good (and all here) it's getting three stars, but I wouldn't recommend anyone get this. Spend the extra cash - of you love the story so much - and get the real deal.
I'm disappointed in this purchase. But since it's the only version available on Audible (and the only one available according to Google is the original, Brooks-narrated version) I thought nothing of checking the cast list. You've been warned - there is a MUCH better version out there, for not too much money, but you won't get it here... Look elsewhere.