Literature Life


world war z


This summer has been FULL of travel. Driving, riding, flying, etc. I have spent many hours in one of those small, controlled environments where standing up/moving around is not really an option. It is in these instances that I am reading, or more often, listening.

I never thought I was one of those people who could listen to audiobooks. I thought they were hard to follow and understand. Difficult to concentrate on.

About 2 months ago I realized I was quite wrong. A friend of mine had been recommending World War Z by Max Brooks to me on the reg. He said it was a wonderful read. Easy, quick, to the point. My kind of book! I never felt like I had the time to sit down and read it, so when I had to make the 11 hour trek to see my friend in Idaho, I thought, “Why the hell not? Let’s give that audiobook thing a try!”

So I did.

And it was pretty great. I didn’t get distracted like I thought I might. In fact, my experience was quite the opposite. I felt the suspense of reading a novel. I felt intrigued. My drive flew by! Now, I do believe that had a lot to do with my choice of book. (I did try to listen to a different book on another drive recently, and did not have the same success).

World War Z is a collection of narrative stories from people who survived the Zombie apocalypse . While some are more entertaining than others (oddly enough, I enjoyed the female narratives the most), they are all just the right length. They grab the reader’s attention and tell an entire story before the reader is able to lose interest. Sometimes, it sounded like true historical material and I had to remind myself that it was fiction!

Now all I have to do is watch the movie, since I refused until I read the book.

My conclusion:

1) Get books that are easy to follow when you are driving. If the book requires more of your attention to understand it than can safely be allowed, perhaps it is not a good choice for driving entertainment.

2) Don’t buy audiobooks. Yes, there is an app called Audible for our smartphones, tablets, etc. However, many of the books need to be purchased and if you are like me, you will only listen to them once. That being said, if your group of friends or family all want to share an audible account, that may be worth the money 🙂

3) RENT audiobooks! For many years, I forgot how much of a resource the public library could be! Getting a library card from your local branch is usually free and it gives you ability to not only rent paperbacks, but also ebooks and audiobooks. My library has a webpage that allows me to find and download audiobooks for a short period of time. I don’t have to go anywhere. I don’t have to worry about the due date because the book will simply vanish from my library. I don’t have to spend money on a book I may not like. Depending on the device you use, you may need to download an audiobook app, but I just use my iTunes…Brilliant!


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