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- Listening Length: 14 hours
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: November 13, 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A6YA5UA
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World War Z is a fictional account of a worldwide outbreak of the living dead in the near future and judging from some of the descriptions of places and events in the beginning of the book it won't be too far in the future.Read more ›
It was Romero who took the voodoo myth of the reanimated corpse and popularized an idea of the zombie as a vessel for a communicable plague. He identified a fundamental anxiety and created new monster in response to modern anxieties. However, his use of the zombies as a critique of consumer culture isn't as fresh an observation as it might have been in the 70s, which is the most pertinent criticism of the recent "Dawn of the Dead" remake.
To the modern audience, the idea of zombies carries undercurrents of AIDS, biological warfare, and terrorism, and Brooks is one of the first to recognize and tap into that in an intelligent way. He's taken a specialized, genre subject and elevated it here to something that is literary. And while there will certainly be some who will be disappointed not to find the pages filled with endless descriptions of severed limbs and smashed brains, Brooks lays on enough of the biological details to keep the subject from becoming abstract, while keeping his focus aimed on something more significant.
As Brooks envisions it, the zombie plague encompasses the threat of terrorism and global war, natural catastrophes like Hurricane Katrina or the devastating tsunami, and global disease scares like avian flu and SARS.
There are two outcomes of a story about a zombie plague; either it consumes and annihilates humanity, or it is contained by the organized action of something like a government.Read more ›
World War Z isn't so much a novel as it is a collection of very personal recollections of people who have lived through - literally - hell on earth. In a way, it reminded me of news footage of these walls you see where, during a civil war, or natural disaster, people go and leave notes for loved ones, hoping someone, anyone, will see them. Every time I see something like that, it strikes me as hopeless and desperate, but at the same time noble and uplifting. In short, what makes us human. This book gave me the same reaction. I preordered it from Amazon, received it this morning, and finished it about an hour ago. I wish I'd rationed it out a bit, because I didn't want that feeling to end - the feeling of reading the accounts of some of the bravest souls who (n)ever walked the earth.
The only other book I've read that comes close to this in 'feel' is Warday, by Whitley Strieber and James Kunetka. But even that is too one-sided; the authors' own opinions and views are clearly dominant. In World War Z, each individual vignette is unique and special; from Tibetan smugglers to dirigible pilots to ex-politicians, each 'interview' has its own distinct voice.
In closing, I'd just like to say that while George Romero may be the father of the 'zombie genre', Max Brooks may well exceed him. Blasphemy? Nope. Just my opinion. One that is hopefully shared by millions of others.
PS: Here's hoping they don't butcher it when they make the movie! :D
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book, and just like every other book...it was better than the movie!Published 3 hours ago by Trey Cadle
The definitive zombie apocalypse novel. I loved the way all of the stories were in chronological order and told from the viewpoints of may different characters. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Bravura
the perspectives of the different characters make this book an easy and suspenseful read. i've seen the movie. and it doesn't compare at all to the depth of the book. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Chazz
Holy taledo, what a great book. This is written as a collection of oral history interviews of those who survived the zombie world war. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Adam Munson
I'm a huge fan. Disgusted with what the movie did to this book. It's almost cliche to say that it should have been a "Band of Brothers" style television series on HBO. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Jon
Exciting from start to finish. Easy to start and stop and pick up where you left off over time. PerfectPublished 9 days ago by Dave L
The story is easy to follow, but what shines most is the different stories and personalities of each character. Never a dull moment!Published 10 days ago by Jonathan B.