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.
...where "complete" apparently means double the length of the last audio version, but still abridged. Usually I'd knock off a star for such shenanigans, but as this is such a good book in every other respect, I'll let that slide.
I do love a good disaster story, but to my mind, the best sci-fi--and indeed the best fiction--examines some aspect of the human condition and questions it. This book delivers that by examining the very human condition itself. It's absolutely gripping, and oh, the audio production!
As if the story wasn't enough, the 40-strong cast is a who's who of vocal prowess. Some voices are instantly recognizable--Nathan Fillion, Alan Alda, René Auberjonois, Parminder Nagra, Masi Oka, John Turturro--and somehow this only adds to the power of their stories. Some voices, like those of Alfred Molina and Simon Pegg, tickle at the back of the brain. Many more are wonderfully unrecognizable. And then there's the incomparable Mark Hamill, who in one line manages to convey some of the rawest emotion in a book that's filled with no shortage of breath-taking moments. This book is, quite simply, art.
It's worth reading in any format, but if you've ever wondered what the audiobook fuss is all about, listen to this.
Love Audible! Besides that, have a great husband, 3 married kids and 5 perfect grandchildren! Live in St Louis, MO and love STL Cardinals!!!
This book had the potential of being a great one, but it just never happened. I went on and on and about all of what had happened instead of as it happened.
All the different countries and their spin on it...but none of it seemed real or even very thought provoking. And i love end of the world, zombie, mystery thrillers. Even the many voices of celebrity readers did not improve the way the story was told. I am anxious to see the movie, but based on the book, i will more than likely wait for the DVD
The plot is Absolutely Riveting! the scenes, the characters, the atmosphere of the book - it was so realistic and captivating that I totally believed that this could actually happen in the not so far away future...
The way the book is built is different from any other book I've read so far - Excellent!
The narration was beautifully done and made the listening to this book all the more enjoyable.
Most definitely - I couldn't stop listening to this book - but I had to go to sleep in the middle (and the book kept on playing - I had to find the last place I remembered again upon waking up and continue listening)
For an abridged book, you would think they would cut out parts of the book in areas where you wouldn't notice, but they cut out parts of sentences and jumped forward to a whole dieffent part of another chapter. Great readers, but they way the editors hacked it up was awful.
Not an abridged book.
The narrators were great
Native Californian, but lived in TX for 2.5 yrs where I joined a neighborhood book club and never looked back! I listen and read books! After 5 years of raving about audiobooks, I finally got my husband hooked!
I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book, but it was certainly more than I bargained for. I picked this book because a friend brought it too my attention as a possible "Walking Dead" prequel (she hadn't read it yet) and because my son and I were taking a road trip to see family and I wanted a book we both could enjoy. Both my Son and I were glued to listening. He never fell asleep the entire trip up or down (which he likes to do). He told his Dad when we got back home that he had to listen to the book and now he is and very much enjoying it too.
Now the book. **POSSIBLE SPOLIER ALERT** but really a synopsis.
Ultimately, this story is a case study in the Social and Economic Human Condition. There are a few epiphany moments, for me anyway. It is about the Good, the Bad, and certainly the Ugly of Humankind. We never find out the cause or find a cure for "Zack/G's...". And the "War" isn't really over. The interviews come from all over the world and from all kinds of people. From Geniuses to Children, and Military Soldiers to Clergy. The book is broken into parts that focus on a certain idea: Individual recounts of first sightings, the battle at Yonkers, the media, the economics, the aftermath/but not the end.... you get the idea.
Bottom line: listen to this story. It is well narrated by all. My favorite tho, is Mark Hamill. I loved his character, and Martin Scorsese (loved chapter 12). Ultimately it is a story of survival, but that didn't need a spoiler alert! Happy listening.
Oh, btw, I haven't seen the Movie for this book, and I don't think I want to like I usually do. It doesn't seem to resemble the book at all. This book would be too difficult to navigate on screen, so a first person account seems to make sense. But I don't see much resemblance btwn the two regardless. And to answer the "Walking Dead" question? It does seem like a WD prequel. I have watched all 3 seasons of WD and the TV series looks and behaves like WWZ in terms of how Zombies behave. If you are a WD fan, you will like WWZ.
The story of the Zombie war is told through interviews of a different people who experienced it first hand. Read by a great cast. Made it feel very real. Very much enjoyed. Not at all like the movie, but the two compliment each other very well.
A commuter with a carniverous apetite for audiobooks of all stripes and colors.
I had high hopes for this work of fiction and it was disappointing. I had hoped for a more fluid piece of literature. It was a mismatched collection of stories of different people who had all survived world war z. The stories varied in length and level of intrigue. The people appear largely selected at random to tell their stories. The story itself was decent. It just felt very fragmented to me and it was not nearly as original I had hoped. I kept waiting for the fragmented stories to merge together. They never did. The story was not fluid in my opinion. I personally would read something else.