I had been the happy owner of the first version of this audio production for years. When I saw this new, extended version I jumped on it. I'm so glad I did. The cast is phenomenal. The "new" stories are just as great as my old favorites. This book remains one of my favorite pieces of literature of all time. It makes me laugh, it makes me cry, it makes me think about what it means to be human. Max Brooks is a wonderful writer and, in my opinion, the World War Z movie is a travesty compared to his literature. Decent zombie movie? Yes. Accurate representation of the book? Not at all.
Also my favorite book to read. The thought and research Max Brooks put into this book is what makes it a not to re-read numerous times. The voice actors really give a voice to the characters, and Max's narration gives you the feeling that you're in the room while he's interviewing. Great audiobook!!!
I avoided the book like the plague (pun intended) because of the way it was written. an interview? That's not going to make a read. I read the book and it wasn't so bad. I was looking for a refresher book when I opened my audible account and close this book. it wasn't until after I had started listening that I realized what was glaringly obvious! It's a book written like an interview, an audio version just makes good sense. And it was! Best book I've listened to yet.
Do yourself a favor, carry a list of the actors while you listen, so that when the inevitable "Oh God, I know that voice" happens, you'll have a reference. For me, it was Bruce Boxleitner... I'm now re-watching Babylon 5. ;)
This is a great book. The story is compelling and feels like it could be real. It's obviously completely set in our world and except for the zombies is a convincing account of what a near apocalyptic event would do to our world. The performances are incredible and make the story come alive more so than any movie could. And the cast is fantastic.
The story is compelling, interesting and well thought out. It really captures how people of all walks of life and form all around the world would react to this fictional event. You can't help but marvel at his ability to really capture the many different voices he presents.
The narrators are everything. If I had read it I think I would have liked it fine, but frankly I never would have read it. I am not usually interested in this genre and only listened to it because I'd heard about the star studded cast. I didn't see the entire movie but in comparison to this it was shit. The cast brings the story more alive in your imagination than a movie possibly could and the artistry of how the entire thing was delivered was genius.
Don't watch this just listen to the audio book.
LISTEN TO THIS BOOK. I don't care if it's not your usual preference of genre or if you think you don't like zombie stories or what ever reason you think you aren't interested. YOU ARE INTERESTED. Seriously the performance alone is enough to keep you hooked let alone the intelligent nature in which the story is told. Do yourself a favor and at least give it a shot.
While I feel asleep through it the first few listens at bed time, I started listening in the car, at work, instead of watching TV. That shows just how good this book is and how wonderfully they cast the parts. Mark Hamill, Henry Rollins, & Common were the stand out chapters and characters for me, especially Hamill!
Fantastic story constructed through "interviews".
Those of us who listened to the original release of this will know that we missed about half of the interviews. This version fixes that. All the stories, in order.
The cast was great before, but is now even better. This allstar cast serves to give these stories amazing human depth.