this was well narrated and a joy to listen to was not sure at first but when you get into it this wiled away the time
all of the flow of the story was great with all parts done well
there is a film of this book and as i have listened to the book before seeing the film i will give it a miss as it always spoils the film
"Superb Dramatisation using Actors. Scary parallels"
Yes - there are scary parallels with the Ebola crisis. Is this the start of the "Great Panic"? A fascinating story. I never believed a Zombie thriller could be so relevant to a Worldwide emerging and current socio-political crisis.
Each chapter tells of a personal World War Z experience from around the world. There are so many great anecdotes. The Chinese submarine engineer is particularly memorable as is the US Air Force pilot. I also liked the Cuban. There is always a "twist in the tale" or unexpected outcome, and the stories cleverly interweave.
Just about - I listened over about 3 days.
Fascinating story telling! It has a surprising relevance to the current Ebola panic reaching across the world. Only yesterday (14 Oct 14) the UK introduced Ebola screening at airports. Newspapers talk of a "Great Plague", as the UN calls for richer countries to help poorer or it may lead to chaos and war. World War Z or World War E? Is this novel a mighty portent of a future world devastated by war and pestilence? You listen and decide?
"Strange but enjoyable/"
The many narrators ,giving voice to the many characters,although some of the accents were pretty terrible.
So many characters,all different ,difficult to choose.
It takes a while to get into, but when you get there you'll spend the rest of the book breathless and stunned. It's a totally new kind of novel - no key characters, no plot as such, no narrative three-act structure. The entire book is a series of fictitious "eyewitness accounts" from people affected in some way by the zombie apocalypse. And somehow, as you read each account - in its author's voice and with their hopes and dreams - you enter the story world, as engrossing as any thriller.
The way the eyewitness interviews develop over time, spanning countries and viewpoints, come together as a single, coherent picture of just what happened, how we solved it, how difficult it was. This book is truly something different. And that's not common in today's lit. A fantastic read.
In it's effect, the book is more like a collection of short stories than a single coherent narrative. Yes, all the interviews are telling the same "story," but the characters and settings never overlap - you get scores of unrelated narrators sharing their own tales of horror.
Still, this is a good, gory read. If you like horror, a lot of these stories are morbidly fun with nightmarishly memorable moments. Just keep your expectations low-to-moderate. Max Brooks.....he is the son of legendary film director Mel,so it is not surprising he has written a totally weird book.... definitely has talent, and I look forward to reading what he does next.
If you want something different-this is the book for you....If you want an easy read,best give it a miss.
"Poor narration spoiled this for me"
I read the paper back version of this and really enjoyed it., so much I got the audio book too - but much of the narration was so poor that I had to give up listening - shame :-(
If you're interested in this book (which I do recommend)., then buy the paper back :-)
Oh, and, by the way, the WWZ movie has almost nothing to do with the book.
I am a life long "zombie apocalypse" fan. And, as most folks knows., it's not the zombies that are the principle interest.., it's the behaviour of the living people, forced together to try survive in the new paradigm. This, I believe, is the main thrust of what are essentially social commentary/morality tales. The presence of zombies is only a way to force the situation, in a way that stories/films like 'Contagion' fall short of. In this understanding of what 'zombie apocalypse' stories should be about, I think WWZ brought both a fresh take and some sobering thoughts to the (often lampooned) genre.
Want to know 'who to fear' if the 'social order' was ever to be threatened ? - look no further than WWZ (the zombies may be the least of your worries).
at times the narrators tried to 'dramatize' the reading, but they were well off the mark and made it a cringing experience
had to quit listening, narration was just too bad
"Best Audio book I have listened to"
yes - listening to multiple people/voices makes the book so much more real
I have yet to listen to an audio book to compare to this. However I loved Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy (Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars)
Having different people do the different voices makes this an amazing experience
there were many
more audio books need to be done like this.
"Best read before you watch the movie!"
It has a unique perspective in term of narrative. It's a history of the zombie wars as told through witnesses. This threw me somewhat as the film version is so different. Indeed the movie is loosely based on the book so don't expect a similar experience!
It's pretty good though and worth a listen. It's easy to pick up and put down again as it's a series of often independent stories / experiences.
There was emotion in the narrative, enjoyed the listening experience very much.
I bought this book as part of a 2 for 1 deal, on book's that have been made into films alongside "The Silence of the Lambs", marvellous listen.
I had already seen the film which I thoroughly enjoyed and as books are generally better than the film and because of all the positive reviews I got this as well.
I thought with a few exceptions that the performances were very good and there were quite a few characters i really warmed to and was interested in seeing how they developed, then they finished and we went on to another story. A few chapters were so boring I skipped through.
No continuity of characters and no fluency.
Be warned, the book bears no relationship to the film apart from the Zombie element and is just a collection of short stories that could have been written by different authors. How on earth they made it into a film I'll never know.
Very disappointing, if I hadn't got it on a deal I would have returned it.
"Terrifying but absolutely brilliant."
With exception given to A Song of Ice and Fire by GRRM and 2001 by Arthur C Clarke, this book is brilliant.
Only because of the quality of this books delivery and writing quality I would say the Times Eye Series by Arthur c Clarke and Stephen Baxter
The multiple voices and genders used to pull of the different characters convincingly. Not one person trying to do all of them at half mast.
When the narrator talks about the complete disappearnce of North Korea's population.
Read it, love it, shout it.
"Clever, convincing book - predictable & dull film"
In episodic, reportage format this narration - given by surviving eye witnesses - takes you through the apocalyptic events.
The film takes nothing from the book other than a title and a few lines about the survival of Israel. It is a predictable formulaic desecration of a great piece of work. It has one big hero, a bit of romance, a lot of shooting - rubbish - it misses every subtlety & nuance.
Very glad I'd listened to the book first.
Get the book - not the film!
"Amazing story, shame about the voice acting"
I loved this book for its immersive, well-thought-out story. As well as being a gruesome tale of the zombie apocalypse, it's a great commentary on the social, political, military and economic factors in fighting a world-wide war.
However, one of the things that really got to me was some of the voice acting. Some of it was fantastic, and I really got into those narrator's stories. On the other hand, some of it was really bad, especially some of the "foreign" ones, and one of the women who made everything sound like a question. It really took me out of the book, and I ended up thinking about the accent instead of the story.
Overall I definitely recommend this book for a listen, it truly is an amazing listen and I'd definitely give it another listen as there is so much to get your head around! It's just a shame the voice acting doesn't live up to the story.