I REALLY wanted to like this work. But sadly, I did not.
I LOVE the zombie apocalypse & last man on Earth genres. So. I had high expectations that I would enjoy this as much as "Walking Dead" or "I am Legend".
However, the story lacks any tension or suspense due to the manner in which it is told. Less than 5 minutes into the listen you're aware that the Zombie War is over and that humanity, though battered, has survived. The story unfolds through a seemingly endless stream of interviews with survivors (scattered across all corners of the globe) of the Zombie War. The interviews are unrealistic virtual monologues that are too focused and all inclusive streams of consciousness to be believable. Occasional interruptions by the interviewer, seeking minor points of clarification, reinforce the clumsiness of the interview formula as a means of telling the story.
Worse still is that the interview style of story telling negated developing any emotional connection with the characters. Because they are all survivors, there is no drama or tension or sense of peril conveyed. It had all the thrill of a text book.
Some characters wade into foreign policy discussions that I suppose were intended to give the work a sense of realism, but in reality side-tracked too far away from the zombie apocalypse story for my liking. Too many of the interviews sounded like the characters were making appearances on C-SPAN with zombies as merely a mechanism to discuss global foreign policy.
I bought this book based upon all the positive hype I read in reviews and was hearing from friends. I'm really disappointed that an exciting theme, that I was predisposed to like, could be so dull.
Yes!!!!! Actor's voices magnificent.
First doctor. The asian doctor that narrated first.
The asian doc. I could hear his anger and sorrow in his voice.
you miss so many of my favorite parts of the book by listening to the abridged version its not really worth buying without the whole thing
Yes, This is a great example of taking a rehashed theme and making it your own. Max Brooks does an extremely thorough and detailed job with a ton of details and vivid imagery to create a theatre in your mind...more than that you feel the angst and stress of the situations he creates within the stories. Thats the best part, it's the compilation of stories that takes hold and the excitement from the different perspectives makes this book addictively entertaining. This is how a Zombie mini-series should be written.
Different perspectives from different characters.
Awesome cast- can't imagine it being read any different way.
The soldier from the first attack in NY. His personality and stories were the best. I liked his crude vocabulary and attitude. Made me feel at home.
If you're checking out zombie books and haven't read Max Brooks, you should certainly pick this book up. The audiobook is great because the story is a collection of interviews and is performed by a full cast of characters. It's a bummer that it's abridged, but that's the only reason I took away a star on the story.
Max used the standard zombie formula (Romero style) and backs it up by basing his stories on real historical events. Add to that a full cast of known actors to read his book??? you can't go wrong with this one.
Bought this when it came out and it is one of the only audio books that continues to remain on my iPod (two iPods later)
This is much better than the Zombie Survival Guide but that comparison is a bit unfair as they are two very different books/stories.
This book is what any author of zombie fiction hopes to achieve. Thank you Max.
The narration and style of writing is fantastic and involving. Strongly suggest this book for anyone who wants to hear a story about what it would be like in the real world if a pandemic of any kind were to strike the world.
I liked them all, Paul Redeker was my favorite as he had the guts, the vision and the gall to suggest the thing that no one else wanted to face.
Not at this time.
Paul Redeker. only so I could figure out how he came to his conclusions.
Because of the variety of actors narrating the work, it was the single most gripping audio book I have heard. A truly magnificent experience.
The story was brought to life, and I lost myself within the drama.
I absolutely love WWZ, it's undeniably one of my favorite books. When I saw that it was listed here I was literally like "ZOMGLOLWANTNAO!!!1!1one1!". However, I didn't check to see if the recording was complete and unabridged. I was confused when one of my favorite stories in the book was passed over, and my confusion turned into a tiny heartache when I looked again and saw that the recording was indeed abridged.
While this really doesn't diminish the enjoyment for someone new to the story (and I DO 100% suggest this audiobook for anyone who enjoys a good yarn about the tenacity of the human spirit or the relentless hunger of the walking dead) it made me very sad that the book that I had read and loved was only mostly here. Regardless, listen to it, and if you like it pick up the real book too and read the entire story of the Zombie War.
I would recommend to any fan of global catastrophes. How this tells the story of countries coming back from nothing and reorganizing a mislead society.
I enjoyed the downed Air Force pilot making her way thru the swamp.
Alan Alda is always great and Max Brooks did a superb job narrating.