Zone One

  • von Colson Whitehead
  • Sprecher: Beresford Bennett
  • 9 Std. 57 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch


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 civilization 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 rigors 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.



"A satirist so playful that you often don't even feel his scalpel, Whitehead toys with the shards of contemporary culture with an infectious glee. Here he upends the tropes of the zombie story in the canyons of lower Manhattan. Horror has rarely been so unsettling, and never so grimly funny." ( The Daily Beast)
"Highbrow novelist Colson Whitehead plunges into the unstoppable zombie genre in this subtle meditation on loss and love in a post-apocalyptic Manhattan, which has become the city that never dies." ( USA Today)
"For-real literary - gory, lyrical, human, precise." ( GQ)


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Unfortunately: Boring

Gibt es irgendetwas, das Sie an diesem Hörbuch ändern würden?

The story moves slowly but doesn't have a real reward.

Hat Sie Zone One nun im Hinblick auf andere Bücher dieses Genres beeinflusst

No. I still like zombie stories; this one is just a little lame.

Welche Figur hat Beresford Bennett Ihrer Meinung nach am besten interpretiert?

The narrator was good throughout.

Wenn dieses Hörbuch ein Film wäre, würden Sie ihn sich ansehen wollen?


Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Not anything close to the masterpiece that is The Underground Railroad.

Lesen Sie weiter...

- Monica

No plot

Much more of a lenghy report. The novel totally lacks a gripping plot. And nothing new on the zombie idea.
Lesen Sie weiter...

- Moris

Weitere Infos zum Titel

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 18.10.2011
  • Verlag: Random House Audio