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World War Z
- Written by: Max Brooks
- Narrated by: Christopher Ragland, Rupert Farley, Nigel Pilkington,
- Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched firsthand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living - or at least the undead - hell of that dreadful time.
The accents ruined it
- By sb on 02-12-20
The accents ruined it
I am not a fan of most of the accents here, even some of the American ones. The Indian accents sounded like the stereotypical comic mimicry that stand-up comedians do. The narrator, evidently a non-Indian, was pronouncing names of people and places wrong (Bhavnagar -> vavnaguh), stressing the wrong syllables. For such a highly praised audiobook, I expected regional voice actors*. This is not to say that I hated the overall acting, but the accents really threw me off.
Story was ok. I was not blown away by it, but I think it was perfect for an audiobook given its style of writing and simple languge.
*So, there are two very different audiobook versions of this book: originially released abridged version (2007) with extras (the lost files) realesed later, and this unabridged version. The first version has a much bigger cast, regional actors and is the version listed in Wikipedia and in many recommendations. The voice acting was significantly more preferable there, albeit a bit less intelligible to me. Unfortunately I could not find it in Audible India.
To its merit, the unabridged version (the one I'm reviewing) felt more clear to my non-native ears, and more dramatic (in a good way) at places. It also includes a few parts not covered in the original+extras, but I can't recommend it over the original.
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