By

Read By

Christopher Ragland, Rupert Farley, Nigel Pilkington, Jennifer Woodward, David Thorpe, Adam Sims, Robert Slade

Length

13 hrs and 56 mins

Audiobook Review

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

Genre(s)

Max Brooks

Overall
Performance

Zombie apocalypse perfection.

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Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest

Very good, thoroughly enjoyed, 

Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects

STAR RATINGS GUIDE

THE BIRDICT

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This is the perfect apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic zombie novel and one of my favourite books. It has everything you would want from this genre. The plague unfolds dramatically, the protagonist is likeable, but flawed, there's a clear progression of events and a haunting depiction of the aftermath. What's more, having it set out as a historical text lends it a realism that had me checking I was in the right reality.

Testimony is derived from a vast cast of characters, but somehow doesn't suffer for it. Each character is believable and well-developed. but

SQUAWKING THE TALK

The reading of this version is simple and flawless. Just expert production of a talented cast, each of whom brings a different dimension to the story. This was so realistically executed that it complements the film adaptation. Indeed, this does feel like a hybrid of an audiobook and a dramatisation. Impressively, despite having so many voices, I never experienced any confusion because each change of narrative was so well signposted.

SHALL I COMPARE THEE TO...​​

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I'd recommend The Apocalypse 7 and Station Eleven to anyone who enjoyed this.
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ABOUT

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

THE BLURB

Visceral, disturbing and chilling in its realism, World War Z is perhaps the most famous work from the world's foremost expert on our undead counterparts. Paired with the equally gripping The Zombie Survival Guide, there is no better preparation for the inevitable uprising.

"The end was near." Voices from the Zombie War.

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched firsthand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.

He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living - or at least the undead - hell of that dreadful time. World War Z is the result. Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance, that gripped human society through the plague years.