Probably the audio is better. The distinctive voices including Mark Hamill, Martin Scorcese, and Alan Alda enhance their characters rather than distract. All the actors raise the performance level and immersion considerably. Still, I'm sure some will prefer their own read.
The movie is a standard Hollywood vehicle for Brad Pitt, and has little to do with the book except for the superficial setting. The movie is more akin to "Earth vs the Flying Saucers" than the book. The book though is full of political commentary, ethical decisions, and real horror. Though a few parts seem contrived, most reads like a true account. By the way, if you like intelligent [zombie] books, try Mira Grant's series.
First off - there is nothing, NOTHING!, that matches the movie to the book. Even the zombies are fundamentally different.
But, this book was AMAZING. Each chapter is a tale about an nigh-extinction level plague that faced humanity. All across the world, cities nations and towns were faced with the unbelievable. The book takes you through the stages of the first known case of the infection, the various low level outbreaks that were experienced, what happened in the intelligence community concerning the plague all the way to the flat out denial and final acceptance/organization to defeat the infected swarms.
I figured, when downloading this book, that I would get something like what the movie ended up being - a military, end of the world tale with no heart, soul or thought. What ended up happening was I found myself ACTUALLY THINKING about how I would survive a Zombie Apocalypse. There are stories of courage, of horror, of humanity and of truth all throughout this silly book and I was highly impressed.
The cast of narrators is fantastic. Each one was well picked and tell their stories in a way that really captured the soul of their subject.
Bottom line - download this book - you won't be disappointed.
(Note - there is an abridged copy out there too - it is good as well (I have them both). This one, with the complete tale, is better).
This book is so much more than a zombie story. While quite disengaged from the story that you see unfold on screen in the movie adaptation, this book is really fantastic.
It tells the story in the format of dozens of interviews with those who were on the ground - from the very beginning of the "virus", through the war, and into the clean up. It's a war story, not a horror story. You feel the strain and age in the voices of the characters in the way that you do in a Ken Burns documentary on WWII.
I was skeptical when I read other reviews that described the format, but I urge you to listen to this book. I couldn't stop once I started.
The way the story is presented thru the narrative of different survivors is what makes this audiobook unique and so enjoyable.
It made me fearful.
It is a must have. I haven't see the movie but if it is 10% of the book it is a great movie.
Multiple Narrators. This is what audio books should be.
Multiple voices allow you to feel the book come alive.
I loved it. I don't listen to much fiction, but this was A+. Awesome story, and the audiobook format was perfect with the ensemble cast.
N/A I don't listen to nonfiction usually.
Wouldn't listen to this again, but was an interesting audiobook the first time through. Had no real preconceptions going in except for some movie ads..... I get the feeling the movie version is a whole different story than this audiobook. And it sucked that it was an abridged version and the jumping around from country to country, account to account was a bit disjointed for me. Don't go into this audiobook thinking you'll be following Brad Pitt around during heroic zombie battles to save his family....you'll be disappointed.
Herr Wölfe F.S.:
It would have been nice to hear the later stories. Like the stuff with the feral animals. That and T. Sean Collins. His last interview was great.
The narration was great.
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!