"so much better than the film, could listen 2 again"
quality listen, so much more interesting than the film. more detail telling of the story
"Awesome, great imagery and originality."
I would have to recommend this book, fabulous concept and the amount of detail in describing the chaos was unbelievabley good.
Well done Mac brooks i wish the movie was more like the book.
"Great boon through and through. "
Well read and educated zombie novel. Could of been a series. Enjoyed having different readers throughout.
"Much better than the film"
The book is much better than the film adaptation, so if this has put you off, then don't let it.
The documentary feel was good. Some of the voices were slightly jarring.
"So I loved the film but the book is far better."
So I loved the film but the book is far better.
The book has a narrator who tells the story from different points of view. Each person tells the story from a different country and point of view, from a young adult to a priest to a solider to a old gentleman.
I would recommend this book and the film.
The narration was excellent, and the plot for the book was good. I wouldn't have said this book will stick around in my mind as an all time great, but it was an entertaining read/listen.
"Love the book, not so keen on narration"
The headline says it all. I loved the concept and also read Brook's Zombie Handbook which was very funny. I did enjoy this, but found for some reason the reading was a bit clunky. It's not one I would keep coming back to.
"Not the film but a great book"
Having read the reviews i knew it was a "documentary" rather than a partner to the film but don't let that make you feel it is not good but it is very good. Some of the areas of the film are in the book but not to the same ends.People have mentioned the accents, as having no ability to do any accent at all I will never be able to do better but don't let that put you off, it does not distract from the story, the attempt itself adds to the story and I never found the accents to be that bad.The story itself is very good, I even found myself wishing he would continue some of the people he was interviewing for longer it was so well written and left me with the feeling "What happened next in your life?". Each chapter would make a great episode in a tv series looking at the affect of zombies on the human population and there are some great characters that could be brought out in full.I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who wants more than just a zombie story and more than just an ok read.
"The best way to show you what Audio books can do."
The story is gripping, and to have it read to you by a collection of amazing actors is a treat in itself. If you're unsure if listening to n Audio Book is for you, then give this a whirl... it'll set your mind at ease
It's told straight faced. It would have been so easy to just have gone "AAGGGHHHH ZOMBIES, CHAINSAW THEM!!" or something similar. This book treats the undead with respect and the danger they so rightfully are.
Zombies are Scary.
WAY too many to mention. All are a delight.
If it wasn't for work, I would have.
The book itself is amazing, the Audio Book even more so. Do yourself a favour and listen with your imagination open.
"Amazingly different and utterly absorbing."
This book is set out in a unique way, as a series of interviews with survivors from a variety of different countries, cultures, religions, customs and social classes all over the world, who have lived through the zombie apocalypse.
Once you get used to the documentary style of this book it is truly gripping and engaging.
Each character interview is short enough to hold your interest while being long enough to include details making the story logical and believable.
The wide variety of viewpoints keeps the story flowing and adds believability that the world is recovering from a truly horrific event.
The interviewees have their own accents and voices. The multiple narrators pull off the different characters convincingly and it is refreshing to have a variety of voices giving their all instead of a single narrator trying to do them all half-heartedly.
There is no plot/storyline, no main character whose story you follow and no heroes, just people recounting their individual experiences of zombie invasion to build a picture of humanity and it’s survival.
You experience a range of emotions, from fear to fright, angst to anger. You feel their pain and share their anger.
This might not sound very appealing and I think I would have lost interest in a print version of this book, however an audiobook is the perfect format for this style of writing, it is meant to be an oral representation of history, and the audio version really captured my interest and held it throughout making it really enjoyable to listen to.
This is a highly detailed account of how an initially seemingly harmless infectious disease can quickly spread throughout the world and cause mass panic.
How powerful nations think they can stop the infection and the infected from reaching them only to be over run by the sheer numbers of the undead. All of this then leads to a desperate mission to stay alive by individuals as governments and society collapses around them.
I think the scariest thing about this work of fiction is how unexpectedly relevant it is in the current worldwide emerging health/infectious disease crisis.
As a sub note, there are a lot of references to the film in the reviews for this book which I feel is unfair as they are two entirely different bodies of work. The film may be inspired/adapted from the book however that doesn’t mean that the fans of one work will like the other.
I have seen the film and at the time didn’t know that it was based on a book. I quite liked the film but took it for what it was, a Hollywood zombie film.
When I found out that there was a book I immediately wanted to read it.
I have found that most book adapted works leave alot of detail out and the books are either much better or contain much more detail. This is definitely the case here. The film is for visual effect, the book is for content. Having experienced both the film and the book, I can safely say that you shouldn’t judge one by the other.
If you like the film, the book will give you more. If you don’t like the film, the book will give you a completely different experience and so much more.
I encourage everyone to give it a try.