I had no issues with the way it was written, or even the narrators. It was just very dull.
Ten minutes into a character's story and then onto another character to get a different perspective. Just one after another, after another, after another for the hour and a half I listened to it. Couldn't stand the thought of it continuing. Didn't want to keep listening to see if it did.
The narrator did a fine enough job.
This book is essentially unabridged, all of the characters and all of the chapters are intact and in the book. The abridgement comes simply from the omissions of the original audio play.
For example: because the chapters that mentioned General Raj Singh in a major capacity were initially not in the original abridged audio book, the passing mentions, such as in the battle of hope are not included. Also a conversation between Kondo Tatsumi and Tomonaga Ijiro that was skipped in the first audiobook is still missing, again because Kondo Tatsumi was not in the original audiobook. Suffice to say, if some specific statement was omitted from a chapter in the original, it will not appear now in the new chapter as none of the previously recorded chapters were re-recorded for the new edition. With that said, all of Max Brooks' audio has been re-recorded, and it is just as good as it was last time, and it is 100% unabridged.
As for the quality of the new segments: Three struck me as very poor casting choices, but the rest were superb and I would recommend. The three that were questionable were:
Simon Pegg, a british actor playing an American, putting on a very phoney sounding Texas-esq accent.
Nathan Fillion, sounds a bit too traumatized about something that happened twenty years ago.
and Jeri Ryan puts on a very terrible Russian accent for her part as Maria Zhuganova.
In addition to this, there is an issue I also have with one of the original casting choices, Xolelwa Azania needed a different voice actor, I will not explain why other than point out that the character, in spite of his name and behavior is supposed to be a white Afrikaner, and having him portrayed in any other way diminishes, though does not completely undermine, the effectiveness of the character. Eamonn Walker does a fantastic job, but his voice, while absolutely fantastic, is wrong for the character.
Overall though, this should be considered the definitive version of the audiobook, it's worth the listen and other than the few slip-ups I've mentioned, this is a great value for your buck.
As it is billed as an oral history, this book was a fantastic audiobook! The boom is set up as vignettes and the format works perfectly. The voice actors are phenomenal and it makes you feel like you are with them in the room.
I read this book years ago but I'm so glad I revisited it as an audiobook!
The cast does and amazing job and the book structure really makes it easy to pick up and poot down (I listen over a 30 minute commute which is about perfect for most chapters in the book). The series really focuses on the human element and response to such a surprising situation as a zombie apocalypse. It also really focuses on the logistics of how a war with the undead would play out. The only nitpick that I have is the ending left me feeling a little wanting. Not a bad ending, just not one that I felt gave much finality.
This was my first purchase on Audible and it was AMAZING. I had read it before but hearing it read aloud with the whole cast was terrifying and I couldn't stop listening. My only wish was that there was a cast list breakdown by chapter. I ended up looking it up online to see who read what.
Having a full cast for the book was fantastic! Because the books was done in an interview style, the different voices really made it. Surprisingly, there were quite a few big names among the cast as well.
I enjoyed the boom when I read it, and I may have ever enjoyed it even more listening to it this way.