I have 4 Audible accounts and my wife thinks I may have a problem.
Its ranks pretty pretty high.
If you have seen the movie then you should get this book. Its completely different. In a good way.
I haven't read the print version, so I honestly couldn't say, although this is an unabridged copy so am I really missing anything?
The fact that this book was capable of legitimately making me cry over the plight of people who don't exist. It's not easy, evoking that kind of emotion, even for real people, with just words on a page or even the spoken word.
Well, in the book, you need to create your own emotional tone for what you're reading based on the limited information that the print can convey. You don't need to do that for the audio version, the emotion is there, in the actor's performance. Some fall a little flat but it makes sense that they do, this is an after-action report to an apocalyptic war, some people will no doubt have turned inward and suppressed their emotions just too emotionally survive the sort of things they witnessed.
I did listen to it in one sitting, twice.
Kept my interest well and the performances were generally excellent, though there were a couple that were over acted to Shatner levels and these stood out.
Thought provoking and well written for the most part.
This will probably be in my top ten audio book rotation.
Yes it was so well done.
The entire casts of characters was great
Laugh a few times
The real world is nicely incorporated into World War Z.
Favorites include Alan Alda and his Distress stories, the Castles of the Zombie wars-they really do exist. Most memorable and the scenes that stay with me include: the Queen of England opening her castles to those that could reach and defend them (the use of the word duration was powerful)-the Castles of the Zombie wars do exist: South Africa and Mandiba-what can I say it was powerful; Maisie, Pongo, Perdita, and Darnell (even the dogs had a story and Common told that story beautifully). Most haunting goes to Nathan Fillion and his Canadian soldier Mackey
each story was told by a different individual, so not sure this applies
Absolutely and I will listen it to it many many times
I love this book and recommend the complete unabridged to anyone who enjoys a great alternative history book.
I would. I feel like I would pay attention to different things the second time and gain more insight into the story.
Even though I typically prefer stories where I connect with 1 character, I felt connected to each and every short story. Like each person was a different aspect a possibility of how I or people I know would react.
Every character was so different and wonderful. I really felt like they were those people!
When one of the characters (a young girl that was mentally damaged by the traumatic events) describes her mother deciding to kill her to save her the pain and torment. I was running at the time and I was so choked up I had to stop.
I am so happy I purchased this audio book. It was my main motivation for getting out to run every day. "Oh I have to go run so I can hear the next part of the book!"
I would Highly recommend this book to anyone
The use of voice actors to portray the people being interviewed really took this book to the next level. It brought a sense of realism and depth that made me feel as though I were listening to the people who "lived" the experiences, rather than just one person reading the accounts. The actors did a great job of infusing the emotion and inflection necessary to keep me enrapt in the story. Even though I had already read the book, it was fascinating to hear it told as the author had intended
No, this was the first one
I normally listen to audiobooks in my car. This book was so compelling and captivating that I found myself extending my drives, or just sitting in my car after I had reached my destination, just so that I could continue listening.
Max Brooks can arguably be called the foremost expert in the zombie genre, and this books did a remarkable job of combining both the elements of a horror story and the compelling drama of the survival of the human race as well as our basic humanity. The stories collected and printed in this book make it easy to lose yourself and believe that you are not reading a fiction, but the accounts of a catastrophe that nearly ended our world. I couldn't recommend this book any higher. If you've never read or heard it and you are a fan of the living dead, waste no more time and buy this book!
The use of a variety of well-known actors added to the depth of the book. Each actor was able to delve into their character and embody their narrative.
The moment where the Japanese kid is so disconnected from the rest of the world that he doens't even realize his parents have fled the apartment. He has to climb out the window of his skyscraper apartment, but has never used his muscles for athletic purposes because his entire life is lived online. He has no genuine human-to-human interaction...and therefore, he somewhat realizes that he is less than human - even if more than a zombie.
Alan Alda is no stranger to social criticism through the lens of a war story. His role as Arthur Sinclair Junior stood out as particularly brilliant.
It takes a lot to make me cringe or stand in awe. There were numerous points in this book where it elicited those precise reactions.
Like all great zombie narratives, this book was really about the inhuamanity of humanity. While the monsters dominated the landscape, they were never the focal-point of the story. The story was always, in each piece, about how humanity uses, abuses, destroys, and is destroyed by itself. The thing that separates humanity from the zombies is that 'human element,' as the author notes at the beginning. But throughout the book, he works hard to show that the human element all but disappears at our worst moments - leaving us with little distinction between ourselves and the monsters. Social criticism and monster movies belong together like Nicholas Sparks and lots of crying.
The multiple narrators each telling a story of survival. It's more of a radio play than just a great audiobook.
This story is told from multiple points of view, all combined describe an epic horrific event with remarkable detail and emotion. Zombies are an absurd impossibility in our reality, but this story is told in a very plausible and real manner in a reality where zombies exist.
The Battle of Yonkers
The movie is crap compared to the book. If you've only seen the film, and not heard Max's story, you must read or listen!
Interesting story, excellent performance and I would reccomend listening to this story on a long trip.