great book . if you like zombies this is it. the different characters give it a sense of realism , like you're actually listening to accounts of a real event .
After reading the various reviews that discuss the fact that this book, while listed as the "Complete Edition" is also listed as Abridged (which are two things that can not, by my reckoning, both be simultaneously true), I struggled with whether or not to buy this audiobook.Oh my dear gods am I glad I did! As an experience, this rocked. I work as a sign waiver for a restaurant, and the shifts are oft spent reading audio book, and the days I had this one rolling through me head were fabulous. At some point down the line, I'll definitely want to grab a copy of the paper back or hard back and read it with my eyes, knowing that there might be a few bits here and there that I didn't read with my ears.
I now have a deeper understanding of why so many people were disappointed with the movie version of this. While the Brad Pitt movie is a decent flick, the complexity of this story and the scope are so much more wide and varied. It's something that'd be better adapted as a mini series with a couple dozen episodes, rather than as a theatrical flick.
My one minor gripe, is that it feels a bit convenient that the narrator was able to track down so many people that could pick up from the details of a previous chapter. In a post war world like that, the idea that so many of the people who could shape the beginning and spread of the zombie would end up surviving the decade or so of zombie uprising stretches the suspension of disbelief for me by a little bit.
It seems like Brooks is splitting the difference between wanting to tell a set of related short stories, and wanting to tell one long story that has a beginning, middle and end. It's almost like the opposite of Stephen King's The Stand, which has a long sweeping narrative, that happens to also feel like it contains a bunch of related short stories.
The voice cast on this book is super freaking awesome by the way. The names of guys like Martin Scorsese, Henry Rollins and others are part of what pushed me over the top on buying this, along with a friend who's read the book saying "Go for it."
I have read this book before in paperback and it remains one of the best books I've ever read. I can't recommend out enough.
If your a fan of horror or just in for an amazingly read audio book this is for you. So much talent so well read and written. Scary,funny,pointe. A social commentary wrapped in The best Zombie lore. Romero meets our current world at times while reading or listening you find your self asking who are the real monsters...... 5 stars. Don't skip this one!
if you are expecting a book like the movie this will fall short. i liked the movie but this book is completly different. it is a good story but not as exciting to me as the movie. i like hving a story to follow with charecters you can follow. this is more like a documentry with several charcters.
the narrators help to keep a realness with diffrent voices.
very good voice actors for all the different characters. what was very interesting were the different stories concerning government and military management and response to zombie war. Interesting to hear about resource management and strategy from different angles. only one or two of the interviewee's were meh.