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- Listening Length: 14 hours
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 13 Nov. 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A72QHHQ
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Maybe not. Where Brooks excels is highlighting the worst elements of human society in its initial response to the outbreak. The Chinese try to cover it up, big pharma tries to make a buck out of it, the government release a safety video and then go about winning the next election, and if your kids get worried just bang them on Ritalin and Prozac. When the swarms finally attack mainland USA and western Europe, everyone is caught totally unprepared.Read more ›
In contrast World War Z is a collection of interviews conducted & edited by the story teller, which started as a document for the UN (to better understand and appraise the zombie war), and ended as a book due to its fabulous human content. Each interview tells a personal story of the interviewee’s involvement in the Zombie war, some not even as combatant but mere bystanders.
At the end of the day, World War Z is an underlying critics of western society. Everything that went wrong during the Zombie War is something that has to do with the modern age laziness and self-oriented culture, and everything that signalled the turning point in the war (and thus mankind’s salvation) has been achieved through cooperation and 'togetherness'. it's freaky to think how fragile the western civilization is, but come to think of that, no detail in WWZ is un-plausible and no scenario is impossible.
This book will make you reflect a lot on western society, whilst some stories/interviews you'd wish would go on and on.
The book, first published in 2006, is presented as a series of oral recollections from individuals around the world on their experience of the Zombie War, collected by an agent of the UN Postwar Commission. Having completed a report for the UN with the facts and statistics required, the agent feels that the very human voice of the War needs to be collected, and available for posterity; to ensure that humanity never forgets what it was like.
So the book is divided into sections following the initial Introduction, generally chronologically following the War:
The Great Panic
Turning the Tide
Home Front USA
Around the World, and Above
What really triggered the reawakening of the dead and led to their worldwide attacks on the living is never really completely explained, but the recounting from all sorts of individuals over the world tell of the War from the first outbreak, the vaguely awakening realisation that something horrific and unusual was happening through the world, the varous attempts to understand, and combat the outbreak, and the aftermath.
The book utilises the ‘laws’ set up in the author’s earlier work, The Zombie Survival Guide (2003), which I haven’t read, but I don’t think I missed anything in this book by not having read the earlier work.Read more ›
The book is written in a series of interviews with players in an event that is now twenty years in the past. It is talking about a sudden zombie plague and the possibility that humanity would have been wiped out. The shortish interviews are with eye witnesses; those who were involved in the action that had to be taken for the zombies to be wiped out, those who made hard decisions, those who saw people do amazing things, those who profited, and those who behaved badly. The snippets don't appear to be in any order but then you see how they build up the story from the beginning of the plague to the victory of humanity and then the aftermath. They are set all over the world and the story is not particularly Americo-centric.
The author has really considered what might happen in depth. There are lots of examples here of events that you wouldn't have thought of but which you realise really would occur. The moral decisions to be made were more complex than I would have considered possible. This is carefully thought out and very well plotted. Each interview is angled differently and they all have a slightly different voice. The whole picture is made up of the many and its not until you are finished that you really understand the depth and complexity of the plague. I found myself challenges by some of the interviews, outraged by others and upset by some - I felt that they all had the ring of possible truth.Read more ›
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Imagine the film is the trailer for this book.... the book is just the boring bits that are left, no character build up, not really much excitement, it is as it says a government... Read morePublished 3 days ago by neal
Much much much better than the movie.....and much much different than the movie.Published 8 days ago by Michael H.
Shame about the movies adaptation...book is amazing and engrossing.Published 21 days ago by h d. tran
A collection of great stories with a great catch to it and the lore is what made me read morePublished 1 month ago by uob