This book is so much more than a zombie story. While quite disengaged from the story that you see unfold on screen in the movie adaptation, this book is really fantastic.
It tells the story in the format of dozens of interviews with those who were on the ground - from the very beginning of the "virus", through the war, and into the clean up. It's a war story, not a horror story. You feel the strain and age in the voices of the characters in the way that you do in a Ken Burns documentary on WWII.
I was skeptical when I read other reviews that described the format, but I urge you to listen to this book. I couldn't stop once I started.
The way the story is presented thru the narrative of different survivors is what makes this audiobook unique and so enjoyable.
It made me fearful.
It is a must have. I haven't see the movie but if it is 10% of the book it is a great movie.
Multiple Narrators. This is what audio books should be.
Multiple voices allow you to feel the book come alive.
I loved it. I don't listen to much fiction, but this was A+. Awesome story, and the audiobook format was perfect with the ensemble cast.
N/A I don't listen to nonfiction usually.
Wouldn't listen to this again, but was an interesting audiobook the first time through. Had no real preconceptions going in except for some movie ads..... I get the feeling the movie version is a whole different story than this audiobook. And it sucked that it was an abridged version and the jumping around from country to country, account to account was a bit disjointed for me. Don't go into this audiobook thinking you'll be following Brad Pitt around during heroic zombie battles to save his family....you'll be disappointed.
Herr Wölfe F.S.:
It would have been nice to hear the later stories. Like the stuff with the feral animals. That and T. Sean Collins. His last interview was great.
The narration was great.
I have to admit, I downloaded this audio book because I so enjoyed the movie so much (I've seen it twice so far :). But as Max Brooks has been quoted to say, the only thing in common between the book and the movie, is the title. And he is so not wrong! That said, I don't think I would've downloaded the book, unless I liked the movie as much as I did. And I so appreciated both versions so much on their own merit. The movie is a blockbuster, in the edge of your seat thriller, and the book is an awesome narrated piece of literature. In conclusion, you can enjoy the movie and enjoy the book and be pleasantly surprised by both!
Could not finish this drivel, this is some low grade, zombie boredom. I kept giving this book the "just one more chapter..." hope, but finally gave up at chapter 21. I got sucked in by all the five star reviews. I hope the movie is better, or is this whole title all a big marketing scam? Book = returned
Not sure what the fuss is about. The book felt disjointed. There were too many different stories, many of which just weren't that interesting. I would have preferred fewer characters, and going back for multiple visits with the same characters. I also would have preferred a more coherent timeline and more background info from the narrator/reporter.
Nothing much added to the genre that hasn't been explored before. Really, the only interesting thing about this novel is the concept, and that wears off rather quickly. Also, there were some very good performances, and some very bad ones (wheelchair guy narrator, I'm looking at you).
No -- love zombie/apocalypse books.
Yes, for some of the narrators.
Disappointment. Expected more.
Recommend getting the abridged version first. If you love it, and crave more, then consider getting the complete version. Wish I had done that.