Audiobook Review: The Zombie Autopsies: Secret Notebooks from the Apocalypse by Steven C. Schlozman

23 05 2012

The Zombie Autopsies: Secret Notebooks from the Apocalypse by Steven C. Schlozman

Read by Peter Berkrot, Stephen Hoye and Emily Durante

Tantor Audio

Length: 3 Hrs 44 Min

Genre: Zombie Apocalypse Mocumentory

Quick Thoughts: The Zombie Autopsies is at times fascinating and at times confusing. Schlozman combines fiction and science in an interesting way, and hardcore Zombie enthusiasts, who enjoy Discovery Channel type programming, will find this book a welcome addition to their Undead Library.

Grade: B-

I have always been fascinated by the science behind Zombies. While many books either do not explain the advent of the walking dead or use mysterious or supernatural events to explain reanimated copses, I have always preferred books that offer a scientific reason. For me, it makes it all the more scary. As someone who grew up in a religious household, we head a lot about apocalyptic events destined for our future. For me, events like The Rapture, Armageddon and the Tribulation has always been tied to faith. Faith is something you can choose to have, or choose not to have. In this way, I can control the apocalypse. I can decide whether or not I believe in a God who may eventually destroy the world. Yet, with science, I have no control. I can not control what made scientists are cooking up in the labs. I have no say over whether or not a brain parasite could infect our cerebrum and take over our central nervous system. Prions, amino acids, neurotoxins, mutated viruses, and DNA take no heed from me. This is why I find it scary. We are living in a time where science is at such a cutting edge, it could either save us, or kill us all. While I believe science has good intentions, even these intentions have side affects. These side affects may include our bodies rising from the dead, hungering for human flesh and incontinence.

In the Zombie Autopsies by Steven C. Schlozman we find the world in the midst of a Zombie Apocalypse and our last hope may be experiments being conducted in a secret facility called The Crypt. Here, Scientists are conducting autopsies of Stated 4 subjects to try to isolate the causes and possible solutions to the ANSD virus. Yet, as the scientists succumb to the virus, Dr. Stanley Blum, more administrators that scientist, is left to try to figure out and record the potential breakthrough the team has made. The Zombie Autopsies is a strange blend of fiction and Discovery channel documentary. I found the science, and scientific method used to try to understand the virus causing humans to transform into zombies to be fascinating, if not a bit over my head. As a layman, who is well read in science fiction and zombie literature, but who isn’t especially knowledgeable in Science, my understanding of the discoveries and theories being displayed in this novel was shaky at best. For the most part, the science was presented in an accessible manner, yet, the rambling of Dr. Blum becomes harder to follow as he begins to suffer cognitive issues, as a result of either catching the virus, or losing his mind. Here is where the fictional aspects of the novel took away a bit from the tale. I enjoyed the blending of fiction, but I feel right as I was starting to get a feel for the scientific speech of Dr. Blum, things began to fall apart. One aspect of the boom I really enjoyed was the Appendices. The author did a good job mimicking Bureaucratic speak when compiling governmental and scientific supplemental materials for the story. I found a sort of dark humor in the wording, particularly when discussing the legal status of the undead. The Zombie Autopsies is at times fascinating and at times confusing. Schlozman combines fiction and science in an interesting way, and hardcore Zombie enthusiasts, who enjoy Discovery Channel type programming, will find this book a welcome addition to their Undead Library.

I was unsure about listening to an audiobook version of this title, and almost went with a print version instead. I’m glad I didn’t. I think the performances of the narrators easily overcame any of deficiencies in experiencing the novel is audio format. Peter Berkrot gave a fast and frightening interpretation of Dr. Blum, which contrasted nicely with Stephen Hoye’s calm bureaucratic voice. Berkrot was all frantic performance, while Hoye brought a crisp matter of fact reading, and the interplay between the two made the telling even more frightening.  Tantor Audio also included a PDF file of the visual materials of the novel, which included drawling of cross sections of the infested brains, and visualizations of the stages of zombieism. All together, the production was nicely done, and made for an informative and entertaining package.

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3 responses

23 05 2012
Jenn Lawrence (@jennbookshelves)

I wondered how this would be as an audio book given how “visual” the print book is. Glad to hear it turned out great!

23 05 2012
Peter Berkrot

and so tasty too! thanks for the kind words! again.
peter

25 05 2012
DevourerofBooks (@DevourerofBooks)

This sounds like a super fun title, I’m going to have to pick it up.

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