Tuesday, October 17, 2006

World War Z

Imagine a dream audiobook:

The author is the son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft. He's also a great writer in his own right. Great. I don't use that term lightly.

The novel is set up as "an oral history" and uses the device of interviews with eyewitnesses to the war. The characters are vividly written and offer their own forms of social and political commentary about the war as well as their searches within their own souls.

The cast of voice actors is simply staggering:

Alan Alda

Henry Rollins

John Turturro

Carl Reiner

Rob Reiner

Mark Hamill

Jay O. Sanders

J├╝rgen Prochnow

and as they say, many more….

including the author Max Brooks.

Oh yeah, and Z stands for zombie.

It's a war against zombies. Nearly killt us, yes it did.

Yet if you are expecting a slasher horror novel / audiobook, you will be disappointed. There is very little violence depicted in this book. This is a social commentary / satire.

It's a great book. Best I've heard in a long while, maybe ever.

Which is why Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio had a bidding war for the film rights. Mr Jolie won, in case you were interested.

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