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The Zombie War Battle for Britain

Narrated by: Aubrey Parsons
Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
Categories: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Horror
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Summary

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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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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World war z?

This book is basically word war z but from a British perspective, but don’t think that this is an insult I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it to be a very interesting listen, the narrator is very skilled and read the book perfectly, a must for any zombie fan

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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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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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  • MR
  • 04-12-19

Brilliant book and performance

Story was interesting telling of key parts of the war (like world war z)

Brilliant performance and narration really impressed.

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A good book worth your pennies

This was a fantastic take on how the uk survived World War Z. If your a fan of the World War Z book (not the film, pile of sh*te) you’ll enjoy this collection of stories from the UK survivors. From before the great panic through to the world rebuilding after the war this book covers all stages of the UK infection, clearance and rebuilding.

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Q

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

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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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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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Dull

This is for you if you love the royals and the armed forces. Plus lots of bashing of anyone who needs to use the benefits systems.

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  • Natalie @ ABookLoversLife
  • 13-11-19

Enjoyable Zombie Read.

I didn't know what to expect going into this but I ended up absolutely loving it!!

The book is told from multiple point of views, a few years after the Zombie outbreak. It's told in an almost interview way. A reporter decides that he needs to make an archive of what happened and interviews people from all walks of life to get their stories, so you get a book that's rich in detail and multifaceted.

I loved the way the book was told and enjoyed every single story. We see first responders, military, cctv operator and normal people. We see the outbreak from when it happened and how each person handled it. I felt like the way it was told was so much better than having it told as normal. It felt like watching mini episodes in my head.

What made the book better for me as well was the narrator, Aubrey Parsons. He was amazing!! His array of voices was astonishing and I felt like I was listening to a full cast reading it. This is the second book I've listened that he has narrated and I'm seriously impressed. He is one to watch!!

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 22-08-19

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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  • Glenn
  • 01-11-19

not a bad book

the book wasn't bad but it wasn't great either, very forgettable but performance kept me interested enough to see it through.

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  • Mary Karowski
  • 26-01-20

Sort of a after the fact world war Z

A post apocalyptic collection of interviews with the survivors of the zombie outbreak in Great Britain. It was a very well written collection. The overall interviews give a great cohesive story from a unique after the fact perspective. Found this highly enjoyable. Sort of a zombie aftermath documentary on the bbc kind of thing.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

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  • Janalyn
  • 29-12-19

So Good!o

As a reporter interviews veterans of the zombie war everyone from civilians to the top politicians who tried to prevent this. He is doing his best to understand the situation is very hard to understand. Aubrey Parsons does such a great job being the reporter and the interviewee this book is so awesome I loved it I almost believe they really add a zombie war. This is such an original plot in the story is exit Q did so brilliantly. I loved it!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-11-19

World War Z UK

Good story line and really enjoyed the story and the performance. Once I got my head wrapped around it isn't trying to copy some other book but parallels the other story I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to everyone.

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  • Katie C.
  • 14-11-19

Sounds like a movie!!

I’m a huge zombie fan. Always looking for a great listen of zombie stories. And this is so awesome. It “feels” like your listening to a movie soundtrack. The narrator does a brilliant job. Accents, varying voices. Listens as if there is a large cast instead of 1 person,
I’d suggest getting this. You won’t regret it.

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  • Mark Mackey
  • 30-10-19

The Zombie War Battle for Britain review

An interesting zombie novel well worth the time in listening. Well written and enjoyable. overall.

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  • cmptrArtist
  • 30-10-19

if you liked World War Z, you should like this

Not only does it borrow the format from World War Z, but several plot points and conventions (the Redeker plan, quizlings, zombies freezing in winter), so it's easy to imagine this being a continuation of the Max Brooks novel. hopefully this was the intent, and hopefully done with permission.

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  • Lisa Elliott
  • 21-10-19

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.