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The Zombie War Battle for Britain

Narrated by: Aubrey Parsons
Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
4.5 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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The Zombie War was the longest and most costly conflict that Britain has ever waged. No one knows the true figure of those who lost their lives in the long years of the war and tragically too many have lost their lives in the years of peace that have followed. Life expectancy is a shadow of what it was and many diseases and ailments that science thought it had eradicated have returned. Many of those who survived the war have since died, taking with them the stories and memories of the most devastating and important struggle that mankind has ever waged. This book is the record of those stories, an attempt to remember the actions of those who lived through this devastating conflict. From the first stages of the outbreak, to the chaos of the mass panic and finally to the death of the last infected, it is a homage to those who saved our nation.

©2017 Tom Oakley (P)2019 Tom Oakley

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A Hidden Gem!

For those of you who love World War Z this book is tailor-made for you. The book is written largely in the same universe and same style as Z, and even references (as much as possible without a lawsuit) events in the original novel. Focusing entirely on what happened to Great Britain and parts of the commonwealth, this book does a fantastic job of exploring a zombie apocalypse from new perspectives. I adore this writing style and the narrator did quite a good job of bringing life to the characters.

I stumbled across this book by accident and it's really a shame it took me so long to find it. Give it a listen, it's worth your time!

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New perspective on the zombie world!

The narrator did a good job bringing the story to life. This story focuses on what happened to Great Britain and the commonwealth during a zombie apocalypse. If you liked the World War Z book, then you will like this book since it’s in the same style. Read this book you will not be sorry.

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Excellent read.

I love this book! I'm a huge fan of World war z and this book is an excellent companion to that. I thoroughly enjoyed the view of the events of world war z from the British point of view. The narrator has an enjoyable voice that makes for easy listening. Highly recommended.

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Good Listen

You will not wast a credit on this book. It was a very interesting read. I enjoyed it.

With that said...
This was not an original idea, at all. This was Max Brook's idea, as told by the English. Being that Europe has been through times where siege on a castle has happened before, it was interesting to see how this was translated to a zombie outbreak.

Overall, my take on the book was that it was written with a very nonchalant attitude toward how people handle zombies. The characters seemed to not worry too much about the outbreak.

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Interesting

Just loved this. Different from every other Zombie book I have read. I highly suggest listening to this book.

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World war Z part 2

Going into this I thought it was a WWZ rip off. When I realized it was set in the same world as WWZ I really started to listen. What a great way to continue the premise. It was thought provoking and emotional. I loved it. The narrator did a fantastic job although he can’t sound like a woman in any way. He did a great job with the different voices and accents. Really enjoyed the book. Highly recommend it.

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Zombies!!!

Great zombie tale that's told from the point of view of the survivors after it's all over.

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Zombie war

This book's format is in a series of first person , We see the war from many perspectives which combine to tell the story. The writing is good enhanced by great. narration

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A Must Read!

Although it was slightly slow to start, the book gripped me up and I couldn't stop listening.

This is just the perfect type of book for your zombie warfare fans. The storyline is EXCELLENT. It is very well written and the narration is SUBLIME.

Be prepared for entertainment!
Note: I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • Cecilia
  • Keswick, VA United States
  • 09-21-19

Wow!

Wow! First off, this novel was excellent! It followed a multitude of people and gave the reader a great insight to what each did during the outbreak and afterward. With all of the zombie apocalypse stories out there, it was refreshing to experience from an after the plague standpoint. Aubrey Parsons does an amazing job narrating, as always, and the accents were spot on. Not everyone can do that. I am going to try other works by Tom Holroyd! And I am going to definitely recommend this book to others,

I was given an Audible copy for an honest review.

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  • Mistress Vanilla
  • 09-19-19

Binge-listened one one day

This is really, really good! Good enough that I'll re-read again, and maybe even get the ebook.

I received this Audible book free by bribing the author with the offer of a review, so here it is.

The book follows the post-recovery interview format of World War Z, but limited to Britain only. Northern ireland, and the Republic of Ireland, get mentions, as does the Commonwealth, though the interviewees are GB only. The effect is similar - you get pieces of the history rather than a coordinated narrative - and the stories are by turn visceral and tragic, tinged with black humour, a nostalgia for what was lost, and a kind of desperate optimism for the future. A man recounts losing his wife, and his happiness to be back home, while overseeing the clearing of a river for a boat race. A soldier cracks jokes while telling of the terror of clearing the Underground. A criminal voices his guilt over his possible involvement in bring the SAME to Britain. A woman records her takeover of Sarum Castle, and the difficulties of surviving there even within the security of its walls. An older man waxes pissy over the political philosophy of the fight-back.

Some aspects of the recovery are a leeetle farfetched, but it's a zombie apocalypse: it's farfetched from the get-go!

I can't finish without mentioning the virtuoso performance of the voice actor, Aubrey Parsons. This would be a tough job for a team of actors, but Parsons rises to the challenge of producing distinct voices for a couple of dozen individuals, male and female, from a range of backgrounds and regions. One of the Scottish accents was a bit Donald whair's yer troosers, but others were spot-on.

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  • Michelle Sewell
  • 09-08-19

Great listen

I really liked the storyline and the narration. The narrator is very skilled and delivers a range of characters very well. The storyline was engaging.

The only aspect I disliked was the music at the beginning of every chapter. It was unnecessary and annoying. As someone who has tinnitus, it made it difficult for me to hear the narrator over the music.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-04-19

Interesting tale with a wonderfully expressive narration

A five star rating because this interview led story was impressive and imaginative. Throw in a diverse narrator with an adept ability to portray numerous British accents and this makes for a great zombie tale!

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  • Nat 87
  • 09-03-19

Awesome!

What can I say, this book was brilliant! I listened to it in just 2 "sittings" - each individual characters tale was so well written, I felt I was sat there with them. The narration was top dollar! I've never listened to any of his work before, but it was so outstanding that I felt like I was listening to a multi-narrator full cast audio book!

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  • Helen
  • 08-31-19

amazing book

The Zombie War was the longest and most costly conflict that Britain has ever waged. No one knows the true figure of those who lost their lives in the long years of the war and tragically too many have lost their lives in the years of peace that have followed
amazing storyline

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  • deafmick
  • 08-27-19

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one of the best audio books out this year 5 out of 5 I hope that do more to giver

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  • Dee
  • 10-18-19

Excellent

An awesome zombie story, well written, with excellent narration by Aubrey Parsons, done in a similar style to W.W.Z but set in Britain with each interviewee telling their stories from before and after the zombie outbreak. I highly enjoyed this and will look out for more from Tom Holroyd.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Sam Petit
  • 10-13-19

Reality bites.

I've read a lot of zombie novels, I love zombies! I listened to this audiobook in one day, I simply could not turn it off. For me it had a more "reality" kick to it. In my house we often have discussions about zombie apocalypse and how we would survive. I now feel, after this book, that will have the means to do so! I really enjoyed this book, it is refreshingly different, yet still made me feel anxious. The narration was perfect, bringing the whole experience alive. I highly recommend it.

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  • Susan Clark
  • 10-09-19

This could be a film!

A well-paved story, 'narrated' by people on the spot, speaking in a matter-of-fact manner: it doesn't include heart-stopping action or gore to make the listener jump, because they aren't necessary.

I enjoyed the pragmatic development of different tactics used by the people and military in rebuilding the UK (and some of the rest off the world).
I'd love to see it made into a film.

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  • Andromeda's Twin
  • 10-02-19

Interesting and enjoyable alternative to WWZ

I very much enjoyed this as a British World War Z, it was well written although some of the ideas were a tad farfetched, I was right behind the idea of the army taking control and letting the Prime Minister wander off in a sulk as I can imagine that very scenario but I'm not so sure I'd trust any army to be as intrically trustworthy as the army portrayed in this novel, but I did enjoy listening to it, I admit to losing interest right at the end, the footnote idea was lost on me.

I would recommend this to anyone who loves zombie fiction, particularly those of you who live in (mainland) Britain, the narrator did a superb job with this one, not faultless, as some of the characterisations were a bit wide of the mark but really, in a book with such a wide sweep of characters, it would be nigh on impossible to play them all to perfection.