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World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War | [Max Brooks]

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of 30 million souls, to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.
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Publisher's Summary

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of 30 million souls, to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.

He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time. World War Z is the result. Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance, that gripped human society through the plague years.

Ranging from the now infamous village of New Dachang in the United Federation of China, where the epidemiological trail began with the 12-year-old Patient Zero, to the unnamed northern forests where untold numbers sought a terrible and temporary refuge in the cold, to the United States of Southern Africa, where the Redeker Plan provided hope for humanity at an unspeakable price, to the west-of-the-Rockies redoubt where the North American tide finally started to turn, this invaluable chronicle reflects the full scope and duration of the Zombie War.

Note: Some of the numerical and factual material contained in this edition was previously published under the auspices of the United Nations Postwar Commission.

©2006 Max Brooks; (P)2006 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Winner of Audio Publishers Association 2007 Audie Award, Multi-Voiced Performance
  • Audie Award Finalist, Audiobook of the Year, 2007

"Hard to put down." (Publishers Weekly)
"A literate, ironic, strangely tasty treat." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Horror fans won't be disappointed: like George Romero's Dead trilogy, World War Z is another milestone in the zombie mythos." (Booklist)

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    Rob 10-25-08
    Rob 10-25-08 Member Since 2007
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    "This is great audio entertainment"

    Out of the dozens of titles i have downloaded this last year I would have to rate this book as the best. Amazing readings from a great cast. This story is well written and flows very well. It is also a good length for me under 7 hours. I like shorter books. This book is not as much of a 'zombie horror' as a 'fall of civilization' story. I highly recommend it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bev Alton, IL, USA 09-10-07
    Bev Alton, IL, USA 09-10-07 Member Since 2003
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    "Zombies, how they exist and why you should know."

    This book is excellant! The author tells us how Zombies exist and what the effects of the "zombie wars" are on the remaining human population. Told as the "edited out" findings of a governement report, the interviews are really good. Lots of famaliar voices and a great deal of thought provoking material. What would we do if a virus were moving unchecked throughout the world that turned us into zombies? One warning... if you are expecting a great deal of action, or lots of gore, then you're not going to like this book... it is written in the form of a goverment report and focus's a great deal on how several nations goverenment's handle mass infection and annihilation. So while there are tense moments, it is a bit political.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Professor 11-27-12
    Professor 11-27-12

    1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)

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    "BEST ZOMBIE BOOK I EVER READ"

    APPARENTLY ALL THE STARS AND PLANETS TURNED UPSIDE DOWN BECAUSE I FORGOT TO LEAVE MY REVIEW FOR THIS BRILLIANT PRODUCTION OF THE BEST ZOMBIE BOOK I EVER HEARD.

    THIS BOOK IS UNLIKE YOUR USUAL ZOMBIE BOOK CLONE, IT HAS ORIGINALITY CHARACTER AND LOGIC,AND IMHO THE SCENARIO PORTRAYED IN THIS BOOK IS THE CLOSEST TO WHAT COULD HAPPEN IN REALITY.

    ABRIDGMENT OF THE BOOK IS THE ONE AND ONLY NEGATIVE PART I NOTICED

    PS

    THE MOVIE "WORLD WAR Z" WILL BE PREMIERED ON JUNE 21st 2013

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Big Art San Ramon, CA, United States 04-06-12
    Big Art San Ramon, CA, United States 04-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Maybe I should have read this instead of listening"

    Yeah I was really excited to finally read this book knowing it’s a must read if you’re a zombie/apocalyptic fan. But it was a little slow and boring. It defiantly had some really good parts but with all the narrators some just didn’t work to this audio’s advantage. I know they are supposed to nail the accent of different countries but you can still do that and have them be understandable. I couldn’t understand like two or three of them and it made me wish audible had subtitles with its books. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I read the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Tacoma, WA, USA 11-29-09
    Daniel Tacoma, WA, USA 11-29-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Should not be missed!"

    A few words sum this book up. Engaging, scary, fun, thought provoking. While some of the voice acting is questionable, the overall sum/story makes this a great read. I am a true believer in the unabridged, and I really wanted to keep hearing more. I have listened to this 4 times!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Miamisburg, OH, USA 03-12-07
    Eric Miamisburg, OH, USA 03-12-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Great Uniqe Look at the Zombie Genre"

    Being a lover of zombie movies, I burned a credit on this as a guilty pleasure.

    Good choice.

    This is a great look into the Zombie Genre because it explores what zombie movies are really about- not the zombies- but the things human beings will do for (and to) each other in horrific life and death situations.

    I was especially surprised by all of the different narrators- Alan Alda & Mark Hammil especially. The "typecasting" of the different actors made a big impact on the delivery.

    All in all, very happy you will be if you are a zombie fan. If you are on the edge, give it a shot- I doubt you will be disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bjorn Pleasanton, CA, USA 01-22-07
    Bjorn Pleasanton, CA, USA 01-22-07 Member Since 2000
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    "Fantastic"

    This is possibly the best audiobook I have ever listened to (and I have listened to at least 200 of them). I couldn't put it down, and the only thing I didn't like was the fact that it was abridged. It ended too soon! Don't worry about the political bias that might be there. It wasn't too overpowering.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Glen Central Village, CT, USA 12-14-06
    Glen Central Village, CT, USA 12-14-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Wow - what a great listen!"

    I had read and enjoyed "The Zombie Survival Guide," so when I saw that Max Brooks had written this novel, I had to give it a try. I am not disappointed. A very interesting story wonderfully read by an all-star cast. The only problem I had was the same as a previous reviewer - way too short!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Hammond, LA, USA 09-18-06
    Ron Hammond, LA, USA 09-18-06
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    "GREAT Zombie story"

    I am a huge fan of Zombie movies. This was a great story! Almost perfect. This is what I have always looked for in a zombie story. I loved Brook's Zombie Survival guide as well.

    The reading made it come alive. I couldn't believe some of the people involved. Henry Rollins, and Alan Alda were my favorites.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    melanie United States 10-01-13
    melanie United States 10-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "The movie was better"

    I heard a lot of reviews of this book and was pretty excited to read it before I saw the movie. It was an interesting concept, documenting the aftermath of a zombie apocolypse, but the endless stream of unrelated journalistic stories ended abruptly, just as it was getting a little tiresome. I was disappointed.

    Not sure why they named the movie World War Z, as the story line did not follow any of the accounts in this collection of post apocalyptic news, but for once, I enjoyed the movie better than the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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