Max brooks is truly gifted at story telling and also is a fine voice actor as well. He has put together a fantastic, and realistic story of a "what if" scenario of the popular "Zombie Apocalypse" that has been part of our culture since Romero's groundbreaking "Night of the Living Dead". Better still is the cast of voice actors whom he has been able to assemble to voice the characters. their skills, both individually and collectively, along with a rich story, combine to make this one of the finest audio-books i have ever listened too.
I only wish it had been unabridged, but word is that there may yet be a "Director's Cut" version.
The narrators did a good job.
What makes books such as Atlas Shrugged exciting reads is that they examine how individual interactions contribute to a larger system. World War Z portrays how the world's political systems might react to a large disturbance such as a zombie apocalypse, but the personal aspect is not strong. If I were to change the story, I would have had a couple fewer characters, interlaced the telling of different characters' stories, and had more than passing interaction between the main characters.
Although the battle in New York was the most exciting, my favorite scene was probably the story of the Chinese doctor in the beginning.
It was worth some of the listening time, but not all of it.
I wish more books had a full cast of narrators. I like when books are narrated by the author, but this was a good format too.
The zombies have come and now you have the after math. The story is so good I have played it for people at they want to hear it again. I have listen to it 5 times. Didn't think it would be all that great but the performances allowed the scares to come through and take a chunk out of you.
I had previously read both the Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z in print, and was excited to listen to WWZ as read by a "realistic sounding" cast. The performances are, for the most part, quite well done, and of course the writing is excellent, but I feel this abridged version cannot do justice to the WWZ experience. Even despite the intervening years since I read it, I remembered quite a few sections that are not included here, and really think listeners miss out. Max, you included fan-made artwork in later printings of the book - please follow that cue and heed your fans' cries for unabridged readings!
The story is structured as a series of interviews between the "author" and different characters providing unique view points on the zombie war. This provides a unique twist on the typical zombie story. Overall the plot itself is not very unique, but the presentation sets it apart. The production and voice acting are top notch with a full cast acting out the characters. The structure of the story fits perfectly with the audio book format.
This isn't a great epic with excellent writing and complex characters. However, it is a short, very entertaining book that quickly gets you into the story. It would be perfect to kill time during a road trip.
This was wonderfully immersive listening experience; my only regret is that several sections were removed from this performance.
The story was so disjointed. I understand that the author was telling it from various viewpoints, but it went so slowly that I kept losing interest.
This was my first book in this genre. I probably will not try another.
I didn't even have a favorite scene. I just felt apathy for the whole thing.
I wanted to like this. The premise was good. The narrator was good. I liked the idea of the different narrators. It just didn't come together enough to hold my interest. Bummer.
First book, Ray Bradbury collection of short stories. First series, Dune. Favorite series, Thomas Covenent
I get the interview concept of telling a story but where is the suspense, the build up, the climax? Story was just flat.
No. The audio version has wonderful voices, but the book has a better story, and that's what I listen for. So much of the book was taken out I felt robbed.
Allowing some hack to carve away his most powerful chapters.
All the voice talent is superb.
The sequence where the pilot is shot down in the swamp and has to make it to safety. Also, that someone would destroy a wonderful book by essentially censoring it, that moved me.
Don't listen to it. Read it. NBA - Never Buy Abridged!