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World War Z by Max Brooks
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Mar 19, 09

bookshelves: zombies, 2009, apocalyptic-types, political, reviewed
Read in March, 2009

I really enjoyed this. I listened to the abridged audiobook (dramatization?), although I do own the book as well. First, I must say that if you read Max Brooks' "Zombie Survival Guide" and are looking for that kind of feel again, you've come to the wrong place. The "Zombie Survival Guide" was a so-serious-it-was-funny look at the methods of surviving a zombie attack. What works, what doesn't, how to use and prepare your weaponry and shelter, etc.

This book explored the socio-political ramifications of having real live undead zombie hordes breaking down the door of every house, in every nation on the planet, told in interviews with survivors. What caused the outbreak, what was done to try to escape and survive, who took action against the zombies and which methods succeeded and which did not, and finally what was done to take back our lives from the undead.

This was great. Listening to the audiobook gave the story a realism that was actually kinda creepy. The audiobook was abridged, yes, but the performances were great, and I was surprised to find some of the cast included huge names like:
Alan Alda
Henry Rollins
Mark Hamill
Carl Reiner
Rob Reiner
John Turturro
Eamonn Walker
Ajay Naidu
and of course Max Brooks himself.

If I had to choose a favorite story, it would be Todd Wainio's (read by Mark Hamill). His story of being on the front lines in battle after battle with the zombies is harrowing and straight-forward and it pulls no punches. I feel like his story gave the best idea of what it was really like going up against millions upon millions of brain-seeking walking corpses, as well as an insight into just how unprepared most of the world was for dealing with this sort of war. He gave an interesting militaristic and strategic view of some of the battles, which I enjoyed purely for the fact that he was more than willing to call out the head honchos for their mistakes. Good stuff.

I will definitely be reading this again.
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Tressa I listened to the audio about a year after reading the book and the audio is fantastic. Every story was brought to life in great detail by the actors' voices. I'd recommend this to anyone whether or not they're a zombie fan.

My favorite story was the Battle of Yonkers. My least favorite part of the book/audio is the part about the Japanese boy/man. Just couldn't get into their story.


Cameron Oh neat, I didn't realize there was an audio book - I'll have to check that out.


Becky Yeah, I really liked the Yonkers part too, Tressa. That "interviewee" was my favorite... he made me feel like I was there. Mark Hamill did a great job reading it, too.




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