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Zone One

By: Colson Whitehead
Narrated by: Beresford Bennett
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In this wry take on the post-apocalyptic horror novel, a pandemic has devastated the planet. The plague has sorted humanity into two types: the uninfected and the infected, the living and the living dead. Now the plague is receding, and Americans are busy rebuild­ing civilisation under orders from the provisional govern­ment based in Buffalo. Their top mission: the resettlement of Manhattan. Armed forces have successfully reclaimed the island south of Canal Street - aka Zone One - but pockets of plague-ridden squatters remain. While the army has eliminated the most dangerous of the infected, teams of civilian volunteers are tasked with clearing out a more innocuous variety - the 'malfunctioning' stragglers, who exist in a catatonic state, transfixed by their former lives. Mark Spitz is a member of one of the civilian teams work­ing in lower Manhattan. Alternating between flashbacks of Spitz’s desperate fight for survival during the worst of the outbreak and his present narrative, the novel unfolds over three surreal days, as it depicts the mundane mission of straggler removal, the rigours of Post-Apocalyptic Stress Disorder, and the impossible job of coming to grips with the fallen world. And then things start to go wrong. Both spine chilling and playfully cerebral, Zone One bril­liantly subverts the genre’s conventions and deconstructs the zombie myth for the twenty-first century.

©2011 Colson Whitehead (P)2011 Random House Audiobooks

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I'm a simple man

I want to hear a story, not listen to a guy milking his English literature degree.

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Not for me

I have given up half way through the book. Nothing has happened yet, it is like every single paragraph is a blurb, with overly flowery prose being empty of story.

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Good story - terrible narration

The narrator’s tone and inflection seems completely divorced from the content of the story. As a result, it is very hard to become immersed in the narrative.

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The guy can write

Wonderful turns of phrase, metaphor and descriptions of affect. True literary merit. Surprising to find it in a zombie vehicle.

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Painful narration

I just can't even, I'm 3 hours in and I've got no idea what's going on and the narrator cannot tell a story.
Seriously, I tried. But it's so painful.

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