Max Brooks at Comic-Com

Watch this video on recording World War Z & The Zombie Survival Handbook as audiobooks. Interestingly, Brooks praises the Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic‘s audiobooks, featured in this Comic-Con post with Stan Lee, for helping him make it through school as a student with reading difficulties. World War Z is one of my personal all-time favorite audiobooks – one where the production lifts the words from the page and creates an entirely different literary experience, one recognized as the 2007 Audies Award winner for multi-voiced recording. The faux-documentary style is perfectly suited to a fully-cast reading – you are convinced that the survivors of a zombie plague are speaking directly into the microphone of a journalist. Although the voices belong to an ensemble of stars, listeners abandon any awareness of the production and are instead swept into the gory battles with the undead, with a large measure of deadpan humor and scathing political commentary. The ideal 6-hour length for a vacation trip, World War Z is a great listen for a car-full of teens and adults who like humor & horror in equal measure – the perfect palate cleanser after a dose of Twilight 😉

Thanks to Random House’s Science Fiction blog, Suvudu, for the link!



About the Author:

Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

3 Comments on "Max Brooks at Comic-Com"

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  1.' Keir says:

    Carl Reiner and Henry Rollins in a fistfight–love it.

    • Mary says:

      Like that? Just get Random House’s Dan Zitt in a corner someday and quiz him about the recording – he has even more great stories. Hey! That would make a great “Inside the Audiobook Studio!”

  2.' Trisha says:

    He does remind me of Ducky (Pretty in Pink). Thanks for the post, I am going to send the video to my World War Z friends. We LOVE the book, sounds like we will love the audiobook too! Although that might make it harder to sleep at night…

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