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World War Z is a Zombie novel written by Max Brooks. It is regarded as one of the greatest zombie tales of all time and for good reason. The book is set from the view of interconnected interviews by several characters retelling their own stories of surviving the zombie apocalypse ravaging the world. The storytelling is unique due to the fact that there is no central protagonist. The story unfolds through the eyes of the witnesses. This method of storytelling works exceptionally well for a story like this one. The characters are also unique and each have their own personalities and goals. One character is an everyday guy who turns into a full fledged survivor. All the way to a high ranking military man. The novel is very gritty and realistic and isn't afraid to show a mature and engaging storyline to the reader. I greatly enjoyed this book as the chapters aren't very long and the pace never falls. I would give this a full five stars.
@Moebooks of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board
IT was better than the movie in some ways. The interview style that book has is fun, and lets a story betold as remembered. It does however, get boring, and not really having the action described as it happens. Better than the movie, but that doesn't say much.
Truly, the books are better than the movie. World War Z is a phenomenal narrative that contains several “interviews” following the aftermath of the Zombie War, which the author gathers the perspectives of survivors and their survival stories in a zombie plagued Earth. The confusion of the infection of the plague in remote villages to the hospitals of major hospitals will pump you full of adrenaline and anticipation. Pakistan's and Israel’s conflict, astronauts watching the globe burn before them, people seeking survival to the sea, the military breaking outside New York, are just some of the stories written as if they had taken place. World War Z was a great read and definitely recommend. Rating 4/5
@Ezekiel_Hannegan of the Yorba Linda Public Library Book Bloggers
I think this book is great. Most science fiction horror stuff focuses more on the zombie, technology, or the alien in this. WWZ doesn't do that it focuses more on the international factor of this. It sees what happens to countries and politics and what happened financially. This made the book very interesting and entertaining.
Excellent audiobook and has an all star cast!
Looks at the Zombie War with a lens towards how it would realistically affect the world--in terms of politics, society, religion, and economics.
This quick read offers fans of zombie related fiction the story of a world-wide zombie epidemic told in the form of interviews with various survivors. It is actually quite interesting because it isn't from the perspective of one protagonist. It was fast paced, sometimes funny, definitely full of gross zombie details and overall a good "entry level" book for anyone looking to explore the literary world of zombies!
Not good, y'all. Really, really not good.
All the dialogue and characters seem as though they were written by a teenage boy, I constantly found myself laughing or rolling my eyes at things that were being said by the speakers and was never really able to get into the story because of how melodramatic it all was.
The voice actors were great but they weren't given great material to work with.
For some reason, the creators of this audiobook thought it necessary to skip parts of the book; sometimes whole sections, sometimes just paragraphs, seemingly indiscriminately. What it actually included was great, and I really liked the different readers, but I wanted to listen to the whole book, not just a sample.
Before listening to this audiobook, I couldn’t have cared less about zombies. They have never interested me nor held any appeal whatever. But this audiobook changed all of that. It was consistently interesting and very well researched. It did not obsess with the gore and horror associated with zombies, but presented the overall picture of a massive global conflict and how people responded differently in different regions. The narration is, with a few exceptions, extremely good. It is performed by an ensemble cast, which is a very effective approach for the content because the entire book is divided into accounts told from different persectives. Max Brooks, the author, narrates the voice of the government agent who is interviewing various people, and his performance is easily the worst. But the others are excellent and the listener will recognize many voices from their roles in film. I strongly recommend this audiobook to anyone interested in zombies, apocolypses, or just good stories.
An interesting book written from many different perspectives. This provides the reader with a wide spectrum of reaction and emotions on the zombie event and walks the reader through how different societies around the world deal with the crisis.
Max Brooks writes and weaves a complex narrative and leaves the reader (listener in this specific instance) to pick up the pieces of the unsaid, and the undead. Listening to this well written book is an absolute treat due to its full cast of readers, such as Simon Pegg, Alan Alda, Rob Reiner, Common and many more.
This is absolutely worth the investment. I enjoyed the recording very much.
My only gripe at all is that the second half is much stronger than the first half (in my personal opinion...)
I loved listening to this audiobook, the cast really make the story work well. Some of the great voices are instantly recognizable, Alan Alda in a war story what isn't to love?
While I enjoyed reading the book some years ago, I relished the audio version with its star-studded cast. Having a different voice for each character added a whole other delightful element to the story.
This audio was completely awesome. Everybody had a different narrator and some really well known actors lend their voices which was great but despite loving the documentary style of the book and the high quality audio... I still just want to give this 3 stars.
This fascinating novel reads more like a collection of loosely-related short stories. Most of the stories are interesting and quite a few are very cleverly written. On the surface, these are realistic, visceral stories about zombies. But reading between the lines, you'll discover some excellent insights about human nature and how the world as a whole chooses to deal with global crisis situations.
I enjoy zombie stories as much as anyone, but I truly think this book is so much more than that. I feel Brooks uses the zombies as more of a means to talk about how humanity works; the unfortunate way we would allow politics to get in the way of working together to stop something big before it gets out of control.
This book was an easy read for me as well. Well-written, with interesting stories from all walks of humanity.
If you're expecting it to be like the movie, know that it is quite different (especially as the movie was merely based on the book, not meant to be an adaptation).
I love zombie stuff...shows, books. But I don't get the hype with this one. It was so disjointed, not really tying any of the stories together. I know it was meant to be written that way, but I just did not enjoy it.
World War Z is a fictional history written in the form of a series of interviews with numerous and diverse survivors of what was known as The Zombie War. The anonymous interviewer invites each subject to tell his or her story, with occasional further prompting via open-ended questions, giving the reader an impressive, relatively complete picture of how the catastrophe unfolded, evolved and eventually culminated in a precarious victory for the remaining living human population.
Although I was initially doubtful based on the number of words in gratuitous quotes contained within the introduction, that phenomenon was thankfully short-lived, and I was actually quite captivated by this book. It felt like a real, historical account, an impression aided by the interview format. The breadth and variety of interviewees was fascinating, and I wished many of their tales could have been lengthened. In addition, I was perpetually curious about who the interviewer was. Overall, a captivating, disturbing read containing some potentially good ideas to consider should we ever find ourselves in the midst of a real zombie plague.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book for its social commentary. It is well written and well thought out. The fact that it's not all about America and offers such a variety of locations and characters is inspiring.
I would have liked the movie more if I hadn't read the book as it could have been several movies or a mini-series. It became something else: A good movie about one guy. I liked that the fellow retelling individual stories and interviewing people is nothing more than a narrator.
I subjected my family to the audio-book on our latest road-trip and they too enjoyed the cast of voice actors fleshing out the stories. I too regret that it has been abridged.
This reads like John Hersey's 'Hiroshima' was swallowed whole by 'Dawn of the Dead'. The concept is entertaining and the audiobook is engaging, with it's range of competent actors playing parts in what amounts to a radio play. that said, I didn't finish this, The stories starting to bleed together, there wasn't a central thread, nothing held it together. I didn't enjoy the Brad Pitt starring adaptation, but I understand why the Brad Pitt character was added to the story. Without the introduction of a protagonist, there was no story, only events- and eventually a reader or listener gets tired of fictional news.
The thing I love about this book (and also Mira Grant's Newsflesh world) is that it's about what happens to humanity after the zombie apocalypse. Rather than focusing on a plucky group of survivors, this is an oral tale from people all over the world telling their personal stories before during and after the rising. In doing so, it shows the change in culture, politics and humanity itself. As a result you have a surprisingly deep book that happens to have zombies.
I couldn't get into this book. I haven't watched the movie so I really didn't know what I was getting myself into. I found the story strange. :(
As previous people mention, the book is completely separate from the film. The film is centered around Gerry Lane whereas the novel is an interview with several people discussing how the war "ended." It's much better than the film in almost every single respect except for the fact that zombies somehow survive under water. That was where Max gotta' a bit carried away.
One of the best audio books I have ever listened to. If you decide to read World War Z, I would highly recommend this version. The cast, filled with amazing actors, brings an already great story to new heights. Be sure to get the 2013 version, which is ten discs long, and covers the entire book. Well worth the extra five discs!