"The end was near." Voices from the Zombie War.
The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched firsthand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.
He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living - or at least the undead - hell of that dreadful time. World War Z is the result. Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance, that gripped human society through the plague years.
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World War Z felt realistic as much as a fictional world with zombie in it can be. After reading the Zombie Survival Guide, these short stories really captured the urgency and seriousness of a wide spread plague epidemic rather than a gung-ho kid's wet dream. Don't get me wrong those are fun but the seriousness and tragedy of these stories made me care about these people.
Its format was really enjoyable and I can listen to any part just by itself. Since it is mostly made up of short stories, I can just play back the story I was listening to or just let it finish and start a new chunk.
The accents. It made the apocalypse feel like it just wasn't isolated in America. I have no idea how accurate they were but it was great listening to these fictional people recount their stories from different countries.
Haven't finished it yet but I really liked the smuggler, spy, little girl and soldier short stories.
Fans waited for an unabridged version of the audiobook with bated breath... and it's been a bit of a letdown. For a book that seems tailor-made for the aural medium - it is a spoken word history of the titular war after all - the performances were uneven, some of them particularly weak, and some of the accents were absolutely terrible. Given the care and thought that went into the original abridged celebrity-laden audio book - not even legally available in some countries - it's a pity that the same attention wasn't given to this unabridged version. There are countless audiobook performers who, although not stars like Alan Alda, Henry Rollins etc, could have done very good jobs with these stories and characters. I would recommend this version for hardcore fans only.
I am not disappointed in the storyline or the actors in this audio play. They did a fantastic job. You are really sucked in. My disappointment is that I did not wait for the star studded companion piece to the film. Seeing the list of actors afterwards, I could easily imagine which parts they would play. Well worth the listen, even if I was quick to order.
Did not realise it was in documentary format, and was unsure, but loved driving just so I could listen to the book - haven't seen the movie but I am sure that it would not have spoiled the story, as it was written as a post mortem of the total outcome of World War Z, with the main character not being part of the actual story body, but the story teller.
I am not big zombie's story fan, but the approach of the book (after war) the different stories (different point of views - characters so differents) and the different narrators (voices and accents) make it a very good audio book.
I really enjoy the format and the performance. If I have to find something to critic I will say one or two stories had too much of weapon's details and i felt lost :-) and it look too long. but my rating still 5 stars.
I always have the feeling with audio books that the na
This book is by far one of my favourites and a wonderfully, easy, thought provoking read.This is a fantastic disaster story with details that are beyond imagination. The author must have had a very dark time dreaming this one up! There are stories from all around the world told from the perspective of a key person or a simple survivor all told by believable characters invoking emotions that are relatable to everyone. It's a story about human nature which is why I think that even people who would normally shy away from science fiction or zombie books would enjoy this book. My only regret is that it isn't longer.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Without ruining the story, my favourite character was the guy who marketed the immunisation. The shock you feel really merged the story and the real world for me.
Which character – as performed by Stephen Hogan – was your favorite?
The blind Japaneese guy was a fantastic read
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The Israeli Palistinean story was one that brought me to tears.
It's a really unique way to present a lot of interesting topics covering war, politics, sociology, history and humanity in general.
I liked listening to the stories of the everyday people surviving the Zombie war
The only bad point is the really really bad Australian accent of one character.
It's right up there with the best of them.
It wasn't what I was expecting, it was much better.
They made me feel like they had really been there. I believed they'd been part of a zombie war.
no extremes, just liked it a lot.
buy this audio book, you won't regret it.
It has long been one of my favourite books in written form, and I would definitely listen to it again. It is a fascinating story, either to read or listen to.
The various narrators all had accents suitable to their section of the story. This added greatly to the listening experience.
The part with the K9 teams got to me, and probably would to any dog lover.
This book has been available in abridged for a while, but I held out for the unabridged version which I hoped would come, and I am so glad I did. The book is very cleverly structured, with each narrative section leading on to the next, and some characters coming back in at later parts of the story. It is a fascinating and "realistic" view of a zombie apocalypse and how it might be rolled back. If you;re looking for gore and schlock horror, this isn't the book for you, but if you;re looking for good writing and characterisation then get this.
The detailed research by the author
The french guy
The Jeff Harding character, who else?
...and you thought that flue could be irritating
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