My husband and I listened to this book on a long drive before we saw the movie. We might have spent a little extra time driving just to listen a little bit more. The story is intriguing. It is really nice how it is broken up into smaller "accounts". It is AMAZING that each of these accounts is read by another narrator. We hadn't looked at the list of narrators when we purchased it. We just wanted to listen to World War Z. We got so much more! We're listening in the car, and we're going... "Is that Mark Hamill? Is that..." It was really cool. And then when we went to see the movie, I think it was just BETTER after the book. It really is a great tie-in.
If you have seen the movie, read the original book, or none of the above, you are still going to enjoy this book. I've already recommended it to my friends. Now I'm recommending it to you. Enjoy!
I listened to the abridged version previously released and really enjoyed it, so I was excited to find this longer version available.
There were so many of them: the Chinese Doctor and his patient zero, the Canadian solder and his experience in a cave, the Israeli spy and his discovery, I could go on...
This audio book has a large cast of narrators-brilliant idea!
I did well up a couple of times, the story is so plausible.
I admit I love zombies, what can I say? This book is among the best I have read. Max Brooks had to do extensive research here and it shows. It is so realistic. I found myself wanting to go to the sporting goods store to begin stocking up-just in case. In addition, some of the stories are truly moving. I really felt for these people and wanted to know more. What better accolade can you give a novel?
It's to bad the Movie used this books title because it is not the book and the book is leaps and bounds better.
Let alone the story being engaging the full cast of characters preformed by different individual brings this book not just to life but in your lap.
The fact that you get so many different accounts, from so many different types of people from all over the world, of what happened just before and during the zombie apocalypse.
There are so many great characters, being voiced by so many great actors.
I felt this was a very creative way to tell what has become a very familiar story.
This is one of the few audiobooks that I would highly recommend to my non-audiobook loving friends. The full cast of narration is fantastic!!! Really I can't say enough good things about the narration. Getting to hear all of the interviews in the voice of the character really brings the book to life.
The story itself gets a little stale after awhile but it's definitely worth a listen.
I also really admire that this is the first piece of zombie literature that I've read that actually uses the word zombie in it.
If you ever imagine the systematic breakdown of society by a great plague from personal accounts; this is your book! World War Z brilliantly captures the physical, emotional and psychological toll of survivors of the great zombie war.
The star studded ensemble cast is absolutely amazing!
World War Z: This time, it's personal!
World War Z is by far one of the best audio books I have listened to date. I had to listen to it several times to truly soak up all the information presented in this grand production!
While this complete version contains the material left out of the original abridged recording (World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War), I didn't find that it added anything particularly compelling.
Don't get me wrong, this is a great book with some great performances (Mark Hamill did an INCREDIBLE job, and I didn't even know it was him until the credits at the end), but -- unlike nearly every other audio book -- I found the abridged version was better by keeping it concise and missing some of the weaker performances.
Had I not listened to the original abridged recording first I may have felt differently, though.
This audiobook is definitely the most star-studded one that I have ever listened to! From Martin Scorsese to F. Murray Abraham, each voice in this oral history sounds familiar - and in a way, it is a bit distracting - especially while driving and trying to listen and look up online just who’s voice is speaking. But, once the mystery of the identity is solved (some of the voices are instantly recognizable like Carl Reiner and Alan Alda), though it is easy to become absorbed in this history of the zombie apocalypse.
I have been hearing good things about this book for a long time - but though I own a printed copy, I am actually really glad that I listened to it first! It is such a fun experience to listen to this surprisingly global view on the history of the war of the zombies. Brooks offers a surprisingly full story. It’s a moving story in parts (the dog chapter really made me cry!) and is completely riveting. And because of the strength of the performances, this is one audiobook that I imagine that I will listen to again. Zombies may not be my favorite subgenre, but this is one of the better zombie books that I have experienced!
I have a 40 minute commute each way and with out Audible, I'd go crazy! My fav genre is fantasy and I love a great series!
The book does not follow a main character like the movie, but it does follow a "reporters" journey into the timeline of events. pretty good, just different.
The actors reading the book are amazing.
Since this is a compilation of tales from different characters experiencing a "zombie apocalypse", there is not enough character development for my liking. I want someone to root for. I got bored halfway through the book.