WORLD WAR Z: THE COMPLETE EDITION – Audio Book Review
Author: Max Brooks
Publisher: Random House Audio
CD: 12 discs; also available in streaming formats
A lot of authors, ranging from the brilliant – think George R.R. Martin – to the moronic – fill in your choice example – create fully-realized fantasy and science-fiction worlds. However, it takes a special kind of craft to entirely and convincingly describe virtually every facet of our own recognizable world while giving it one tiny change. In the case of writer Max Brooks and his astonishing tome WORLD WAR Z, this change is the inclusion of zombies. If you’ve read the book, you understand the above statement; if not, or if you’ve only seen the film, chances are you may not have a clear picture of Brooks’ work.
WORLD WAR Z purports to be a series of actual interviews with survivors of a global zombie pandemic, ten years after the crisis (which itself lasted about ten years) has ended. We hear from doctors, soldiers, sailors, smugglers, housewives, businessmen, even a young woman suffering from trauma and brain damage. The “world” of the title is accurate: the interviewees hail from all parts of the U.S., as well as Canada, Chile, Brazil, Cuba, Australia, England, Germany, France, South Africa, China, Russia, Japan and more. Read More→