World War Z
I’m not sure what brought me back to this book. I’ve read it about a year ago. Saw it in the library’s book list and decided to listen again. And yes, I listened to the audio book. This is a style of writing that I have mixed feelings about. I think that Interview with the Vampire jaded me in regards to interview formats for novels. I feel like the format is clunky. However, this book does it well. The narrator is fairly unobtrusive (most of the time). There was a different voice actor for each character that really enriched the interview style experience. I think that this being an audio book augments things. All of the narrators were good. None of them stuck out in my mind though. In some ways, a narrator shouldn’t. I don’t want the narrator to catch my attention mid story. But when I’ve finished the book and reflect back on their reading, I want to be able to reflect that their voice was pleasant to listen to. This book accomplishes that which is surprising since there are so many narrators. So, Why doesn’t this book get 5 stars? First, because of the less than awesome format. Secondly, because there were points that I felt the novel was getting redundant. The end was a touch abrupt, but nothing terrible there. It left me wondering what state the world was in at the time the book was written. I think I would have liked the book more if it was written in a more standard format. As far as how it compares to the movie? I like the movie more. Partly because the movie takes a more traditional format. But also because it focused on a single character which allowed me to have more emotional investment. In the book, it was hard to get invested into each character’s story because you don’t stay with them long enough. Additionally, there are no surprises. You know that none of the characters are even in jeopardy because they had to be a survivor or they wouldn’t be interviewed for the book.