Max Brooks – World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand 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 30 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.

Ranging from the now infamous village of New Dachang in the United Federation of China, where the epidemiological trail began with the 12-year-old Patient Zero, to the unnamed northern forests where untold numbers sought a terrible and temporary refuge in the cold, to the United States of Southern Africa, where the Redeker Plan provided hope for humanity at an unspeakable price, to the west-of-the-Rockies redoubt where the North American tide finally started to turn, this invaluable chronicle reflects the full scope and duration of the Zombie War.

Author: Max Brooks
Narrator: Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, Rob Reiner
Duration: 5 hours and 59 minutes
Released: 30 Aug 2006
Publisher: Random House Audio
Language: English

User Review:

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This may be my third read of World War Z and will likely have many more. As a small note, it does feel like the Audiobook is the way to go. The cast and the stories flow so much better. It really fits the NPR/radio show format so well. One of the best audio books I’ve ever listened to.

There’s a lot I can say here but I’ll just keep it short: this feels like a work of love that truly covers what it means to be human and covering real geopolitical considerations while using zombie as a backdrop to explore and manipulate those factors. It’s endlessly fascinating and I never want to force a sequel but I’d love a sequel of some kind. This book feels like what I wanted to feel with ready player one. I wanted to live in this world. I hope that ar/VR tech allows us to live realities in the future since apparently I just love zombie apocalypse so much.