The book is way better then the movie. So far, I've listened to WWZ 3 times. The story really pulls you in and for a zombie/ sci-fi book, it is relatively believable. Max Brooks obviously did an enormous amount of research into the technical aspects of the book (military technology, tactics and terminology, science, sociological and psychological, etc aspects of the book
The only thing I didn't like about the book is that it it had to end.
I absolutely adored this book on my crosscountry road trip. Nothing like the movie if that is what you are expecting. All the different voices and characters really make this a stellar story. I enjoyed how much effort was put into this fascinating apocalypse style narrative.
I loved how it is being told by first hand accounts. It personifies the actual virus and makes for an even better experience. The only zombie related media that even comes close to this is the "We're Alive" podcast!
I was worried when I read that the new material tired in with the movie. Ugh. But I was nothing but pleased to hear that these are just more stories in the original format with the same great feel. I'm honestly not sure which segments are the 'movie' ones. It's fantastic.
The movie was okay, but I thought this was more interesting than the action packed Brad Pitt thriller. The book is more like a documentary that happens after the apocalypse. Full all-star cast really helps you visualize the play out.
The story is great. Some reviews say Max's "interviewer" voice was too upbeat. I disagree -- that's Max.
A few of the actors come off as if they are reading the script "cold". Others pull off the natural conversation of an interview. You could almost tell which ones Max was working in studio with and which ones were recorded separately.
Anyway, everyone's a critic. It's a great book with some great voices and I'm glad I got to experience it on a long road trip.
I really liked the story and the means in which it was told, but I think that it just went in for too long. The formula was replayed what seemed to be 30+ times and while the readers did a fabulous job, it seemed like it was repeating itself in form but not content. I found myself wanting to take breaks, which is not normal for my listening habits.