Most definitely! It may have started out a little slow, but before long I found myself organizing my schedule so I could continue listening.
The author is so knowledgeable about so many things. Not just weapons and war strategy, but human emotion, both good and bad. Unlike so many zombie books that focus on one area, one city, Mr. Brooks takes on the whole world! Canada, Russia, India, Germany, China, South Africa, ect. He made it believable how the zombie war would play out in other areas. Then lets throw in the air shuttles and underwater missions. I wanted more!
Each character in the book has their own reader, which made you had to get used to each of them. The beginning ones may have been a little hard to understand, but once I listened to the book again, I had no problem understanding.
There were so many, I could probably pick one from each story, but I can't stop thinking of the young girl sounding like the sirens and moaning zombies.
Because this was abridged, I got the book from the library. Since I have a young child, reading an actual book is a luxury. I got half way through and didn't notice much difference. A conversation here and a paragraph there. Nothing that stood out. I absolutely loved this book and was thinking that I missed some of the characters stories or whole characters were removed. Nope. I guess I was just hoping for another book of short stories.
Also the movie, be it a good zombie movie, only shares the title and the Israeli quarantine. Nothing else stands out.
The only thing I do more than read is drive, so maybe I should start listening to audiobooks?
I loved the voice actors. This is my first audiobook in awhile and now I don't even know what to listen to now because it was so good and nothing will ever be the same now. All the characters were so alive! This was especially important because of the nature of the book. World War Z: an Oral History of the Zombie War is the full title, so naturally, the best way to read this book is via the audiobook. I have neither read the book or seen the movie, so unfortunately I don't know how it compares.
You know when you're in the car and you're trying to listen to the news but they're doing a special on the most boring thing you've ever heard of? This is the opposite of that. It's pretend journalism. So it's always interesting! And you may find yourself driving past your exit or running an extra mile (or two. extra fast. zombies are coming!) because you're so invested in the story.
Yes, but then I made myself stop and it made the world of the story a little harder to dive back into. I'm not sure if the book was actually this unbalanced, but I've always had a hard time with short stories because I like to follow one characters journey instead of stories of people who tell a bigger story...which is what this does. I think a one sitting listen might be a better way to listen to it.
Sci-fi and survival horror are my favorites as long as they are not overly emotion drenched (no love stories!).
The unabridged version has some great gap fillers that flesh out other things you hear in the presentation. I have listened to this book a half dozen times and I keep coming back to it.
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!
...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.
First let me start off by saying I wasn't sure what the book was going to be about. The title led me to believe that it was a story about fighting zombies, and getting into the thick of battle. I didn't know this was going to be a book of interviews. I was extremely disappointed; I kept waiting for the "action" to start. I wanted more; I wanted a story about survival. A story of close escapes and characters ripped from the pages by zombies. I wish I would have had a bit more information prior to getting this book, because had I know it was hours and hours of interviews I would have skipped this book.
Yes, I finished it this morning and started listening again this evening. I'm sure I missed something but I found it extremely entertaining.
It's hard to say but I liked all the zombie weapons
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.
Because the movie looks so awful, I avoided the book like the plague (pun intended). After hearing Max Brooks talk about it on the Nerdest podcast, I realized I was missing out on something special. This is a great book with a great cast and an I nteresting perspective. 30 minutes of this has more intelligence than every season of The Walking Dead put together. It's a hell of a thoughtful achievement, and I really want to know what happened to North Korea.