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World War Z by Max Brooks
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This "oral history" of the fictional zombie apocalypse certainly promised a zombie-rific experience, especially as an audiobook, what with the slightly-star-studded cast (Alda, Prochnow, Turturro, various Reiners, and, um, Luke Skywalker?). However, not even the sizable cast could distract me from the fact that most of these "interviews" with ostensibly a wide range of people (civilians, doctors, mercenaries, soldiers, politicians, etc) had virtually the same voice and perspective. So why not just make it a novel in your voice, Max? Only a few of the characters are compelling (Henry Rollins gives a predictable but entertaining turn as a mercenary/"contractor"). Too many characters waxing geopolitical, and not enough actual zombie content, which I guess makes this more of an alternate history sci-fi tome than a zombie tale.
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Carmen I read this - didn't listen to it. Sounds like the audio interpretation took away from it.


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