Often I do not have time to read as much as I would like and indeed late March and April is the crux of this time for me with the build up to and the actual event of Salute in London. Salute is the only wargame show which I attend directly along with the company and its a big task all around. So I often listen to audio books.
I have done this for many years but over time the technology to allow this has changed dramatically. Back in the 1990’s it was a big box of cassette tapes which then gave way to a portable CD walkman and in turn a small MP3 player with ear buds. In the last couple of years it has become a smart phone (which can carry about 50,000 cassettes!) and the source of the audio has changed too. I used to use the local libraries and purchase the odd box set too. Then the same with CD’s. But once everything went digital this all changed too. MP3 files for audio books and now it seems YouTube has literally thousands of audio books on it which are essentially free to listen to. This can be done online by going to Youtube.
I own both of Max Brooks books on the Zombie Wars, the Survival Guide and World War Z. Both are excellent and both are unlike the vast majority of cookie cutter zombie fiction. Where the Zombie Survival Guide is a practical manual much in the same vein as infantry training guides and such (makes you shiver to think that it is actually real and has just been popped into our world from some other dimension) the other book, this one, is a diary account like tale of a war finished already. Its evocative, its brutal and while often deeply personal it is also detached from what it is telling you overall. Brooks does a great job in telling you of the end of the world without actually showing it to you in the ‘big picture’. You get it in little chunks from seemingly random people. It works very well.
The voice acting is great as well. If you are a fan of zombie books but are looking for something more than shuffle and bite check it out and do it in a way that allows you to work on like I did while enjoying it. Go to YouTube.