Completely common and unremarkable.
I really enjoyed the complete cast reading the book. Many actors really in charter made for that theater of the mind feel.
Well done all around, too hard to give "one"!
Mark Hamil's character was very good.
To long to do that but I did get through it in 5 days in a row.
Sticks to Walking Dead zombie doctrine. No supercharged zombies. Great book!
Part time artist - Like to listen to audiobooks when I am working and creating.
WAY ABOVE EXPECTATIONS
The human side of the stories
I am not a fan of Zombie books. I picked this book after all the movie trailers ( have not seen the movie yet) but really after listening to the sound clip. I thought it was so cool to have it performed not just read. I was not disappointed this book went way above my expectations. I have always thought zombies were lame. But this book was so great how it went about telling the story about the war, to the point were you could believe that it could happen. Super glad I took the chance on something that I normally would not listen too.
Two enthusiastic thumbs up!
boring and predicable once you see the authors midset
The narration was fine
This book is just a bunch Bill, Al, and Barack's talking point strung together with zombies dropped in as an after thought.
Over and over I have to explain to zombie haters why I like this book.I love post-apocalytiic tales, but WWZ has a slightly different angle. It's a thought-provoking exploration of what MIGHT happen to the world, should we have to fight this kind of war and what this kind of unconventional enemy/threat would be like; from many, many POV. It's especially entertaining with the top-notch cast and the addition of the other material makes it far more interesting. Mark Hamill is a favorite, much to my own surprise!
If anyone was wondering how this unusual book could be turned into a movie, now as you may know. It wasn't. The book is excellent when it's good and a bit dull when it's not. I couldn't think how the movie would be made from a series of interviews, as it turns out, it just used the title.
This is just a disjointed jumble of short story-like interviews with people who survived. No plot, poor volume control (screaming & whispering), to many actors and too many accents.
Yes, I will probably listen to it again one day. The story's after-the-fact perspective and the use of multiple readers/cast members makes it a fairly engaging audiobook.
The use of multiple narrators as device for telling the story of the "zombie war" was brilliant. Some of the stories-within-a-story were creative and thought provoking. The canvas of an apocalyptic zombie war is a great tool for exploring how humanity could contribute to its own near-demise, as well as whether "successful" personalities in the modern world would fare well if society regressed to a more primitive state.
In hindsight, I'm not sure how you could have done this book justice without the use of multiple narrators. Each reader did a great job of drawing you in to the different regions of the globe involved in WWZ.
Its hard to find any fault with the performances in World War Z, each segment voiced by separate voice actor, lending credence to the oratory nature of the story telling. Audible doesn't list the full voice actor roster, which includes notables like Nathon Fillion, Denise Crosby and Common.
Where the story falls short is some of the silliness (Zombies can survive indefinitely on the bottom of the sea without being crushed and survive being frozen yet can be subdued with blunt force!?). Outside of a few logical stop-gaps that interrupt the suspension of disbelief, its a fun "What if..." scenario.
I enjoyed the book, when it waxes table philosophy on the concept of total war or why Cuba bested the rest of the world when it came to the Zombie apocalypse but not enough that I'd be inclined to jump further in the zombie genre.
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).