• Lee Goettl


I've been working on a really interesting book, and the subject matter contains one of my biggest fears, the Killer Virus. It made me think of some of my favorite books that I've read (personally, not narrated), and some that I've listened to. One of my favorite books and especially audiobook is World War Z. The book is an oral history of a zombie outbreak, written by Max Brooks. It's really well done, but what's even more impressive is the audiobook. It's narrated by a massive cast, and just about everyone hits it out of the park. The author plays himself, then you have Rob Reiner, Mark Hamill, Henry Rollins, Alan Alda (among others) acting out the "oral historians" of the outbreak. I've listened to it a few times, and it never ceases to entertain.

I've mentioned it before, but Devil in the White City is probably my all time favorite. Tony Goldwyn's narration is one of my gold standard performances. The book itself, though, is such an interesting study of how many lives can intertwine with each other, how different societal circles can overlap. It just so happens to be, in this case, a landscape architect and a serial killer.

The Stand, the first Killer Virus book I ever read, was a big favorite of mine. I haven't read it since the mid-90s, but I can remember the book and the miniseries creeping me out something fierce. The news seemed to have stories about Ebola outbreaks or something along those lines at that time, so it seemed inevitable there was going to be some humanity-decimating outbreak.

On that lovely note, I'll end here.


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