AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

February 23, 2008


Full blown audiobook production of Max Brooks’ zombie epic, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, features an impressive list of actors, most giving vivid readings: Alan Alda, Carl and Rob Reiner, Mark Hamill, John Turturro, Henry Rollins, Ajay Naidu and Jurgen Prochnow are some of the best known names in the cast. Brooks himself voices the journalist whose oral history gives World War Z its structure, as he globetrots to places as varied as China, Japan, Israel, Africa, Cuba, Chile and the United States, among other stops, to gather first person accounts of the decade long war against a worldwide epidemic of the flesh eating undead. The book is necessarily episodic, as the various sections explore how the zombie war impacts the world politically, socially, militarily, economically and psychologically in richly imagined and surprisingly very realistic scenarios. Some sections don’t work as well as others, of course, others are questionable, including one that portrays Iran as an irresponsible nuclear power, and there’s more than one descent into the cornball. One section in particular involving a Scottish character is afflicted by a difficult to understand performance, which fairly spoils that story. Those things aside, however, World War Z is generally absorbing and entertaining, often suspenseful and scary, and chock full of the walking dead. This abridged version of the novel may placate fans eagerly awaiting the forthcoming movie version, currently in development.


2 Responses to “AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War”

  1. The style of writing is very familiar to me. Did you write guest posts for other blogs?

  2. radiondn Says:

    I haven’t, no.

    Thanks for looking, anyway!

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