World War Z – Max Brooks – Audiobook Review

World War Z

World War Z is an account of “The Zombie War” that nearly caused the extinction of the human race. As the narrator describes it, this war was “The greatest conflict in human history” and he has been commissioned to write a report on it for the United Nation’s Postwar Commission. This labor of love requires the narrator to interview survivors, strategists and army personnel amongst others about their experiences during the war. The report is edited beyond recognition by the chairperson of the UN due to its intimate nature and the disheartened narrator is advised to turn all his interviews into a book . In print form each chapter is a different interview and chronological account of the war from its  outbreak in China. These interviews come alive on the audiobook with a cast of narrators taking on the different nationalities of the interviewees.

After the influx of vampires and witches in recent books, films and TV series, our love of the supernatural and science fiction are adding zombies and aliens into the mix. A world with zombies becomes particularly chilling as it is the world as we know it, as zombies are just like us, only weirder. I’ve been a fan of the last wave of zombie fiction, with its touch of black humour and humanizing of the zombies themselves. Favourites include Breathers, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Generation Dead and recent cinema release Warm Bodies. World War Z is also primed for its summer blockbuster cinema release with Brad Pitt in the lead role (Release date June 2013). World War Z would appeal to the fans of the Walking Dead with its unrelenting horror and social commentary on how quickly humanity itself becomes a monster when fighting for its survival.

As a new(ish) mother who never seems to get the time to read, I find audio books great as I can listen in the car or in bed at night after lights out!

Audiobook narrated by- Chris Ragland, Rupert Farley, Nigel Pilkington, Jennifer Woodward, David Thorpe, Adam Sims, Robert Slade

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Review by LA

Fun Fact: Max Brooks is the son of Mel Brooks and actress Anne Bancroft

This book has been adapted into a movie starring Brad Pitt (no less!) and directed by Marc Forster of Quantum of Solace fame. It’s released in June of this year, so just enough time for you be ready to say ‘the book was better’ when it’s released!

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Categories: Books, Movies

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