Wonderful, thought provoking stories. well told, with fantastic voice acting. This book translates so well to the audio format. Even if you're not into zombies, this is worth a listen.
I thoroughly enjoyed each character being a different reader. it lent a certain realism to the story. I listened twice, once for the story and then to guess who was portraying each character. brooks' zombies are scary, because they move swiftly, which means I can't out run them.
I picked up this book after hearing Max Brooks interviewed on the Nerdist Podcast. I had seen the movie and Mr. Brooks pointed out that the book and the movie were completely different. I had enjoyed the action movie but I thought the plot was a little weak.
He also discussed how the voice actors were frequently friends of his family. There are likely several cast members that you will recognize.
This audio book really is a series of interviews with Max playing the report writer and the actors playing the roles of interviewees. It is like a 10hr episode of This American Life.
I think the audiobook could only have been improved if Max Brooks had gotten Brad Pitt to do one of the characters. :-)
I am a big fan of most fantasy book. Favorite authors are Kim Harrison and Jim Butcher also anything with zombies. Max Brooks is great.
I have either read or listen to this book at least 25 times. it is my go to book when i need something to listen to. it is one of those marooned on a desert island books. Max Brooks truly has written something special, and don't get me started on the narrators. All the actors that put their talents in to make the audio book is the real evidence of how great it is.
Where the movie is just another zombie-plague thrill ride, the book it took its name from is a careful, casual journey from one end of events to the other.
As a retrospective on the events of the zombie war, World War Z is set up as a series of interviews with the people who were instrumental in (or key witness to) the major events of the zombie crisis, and their stories are told with the heart and soul of true survivors. The book is remarkable because of its insightful and realistic speculation into the large-scale reactions of countries around the world as events unfold.
The audiobook version is absolutely astounding, in its full cast of big-name narrators, and the entire project comes away with the feel of a Ken Burns style multi-part documentary into the most important event in human history.
I'm not the kind of person who re-reads many books, because I have a huge list of books yet to read, but I listened to this one twice in a row. It's that gripping.
I'll keep it short. With few exceptions (looking at you, Mark Hamill) the voice acting is wooden. Wholly bereft of emotion. The inflections are wrong and seem as though they were read straight from the page with no preparation. If you're on the fence, pass.
Some of these performances are among the best you will find. Alan Alda for one.
Some are halting, stumbling,first time actors that have not bothered to memorize their lines.
It is also a little bit deceptive to call this a full cast performance since that vast majority of the time, there is one reader.