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World War Z Audiobook

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War Audiobook

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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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    Nathan OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, United States 01-04-12
    Nathan OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, United States 01-04-12
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    "Slow start but worth holding on for the ride."
    Would you listen to World War Z again? Why?

    Yes, This is a great example of taking a rehashed theme and making it your own. Max Brooks does an extremely thorough and detailed job with a ton of details and vivid imagery to create a theatre in your mind...more than that you feel the angst and stress of the situations he creates within the stories. Thats the best part, it's the compilation of stories that takes hold and the excitement from the different perspectives makes this book addictively entertaining. This is how a Zombie mini-series should be written.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Different perspectives from different characters.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Awesome cast- can't imagine it being read any different way.


    If you could take any character from World War Z out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The soldier from the first attack in NY. His personality and stories were the best. I liked his crude vocabulary and attitude. Made me feel at home.


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    Joseph Sioux Falls, SD, United States 01-03-12
    Joseph Sioux Falls, SD, United States 01-03-12
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    "If you like zombies, this book is a must-read"

    If you're checking out zombie books and haven't read Max Brooks, you should certainly pick this book up. The audiobook is great because the story is a collection of interviews and is performed by a full cast of characters. It's a bummer that it's abridged, but that's the only reason I took away a star on the story.

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    D. Davis Philadelphia, PA 01-03-12
    D. Davis Philadelphia, PA 01-03-12 Member Since 2005

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    "I don't need a movie!"
    What did you love best about World War Z?

    Max used the standard zombie formula (Romero style) and backs it up by basing his stories on real historical events. Add to that a full cast of known actors to read his book??? you can't go wrong with this one.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Bought this when it came out and it is one of the only audio books that continues to remain on my iPod (two iPods later)


    Have you listened to any of the narrators???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is much better than the Zombie Survival Guide but that comparison is a bit unfair as they are two very different books/stories.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is what any author of zombie fiction hopes to achieve. Thank you Max.

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    Ben Minot, ME, United States 12-26-11
    Ben Minot, ME, United States 12-26-11
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    "Great Novel"
    Would you listen to World War Z again? Why?

    The narration and style of writing is fantastic and involving. Strongly suggest this book for anyone who wants to hear a story about what it would be like in the real world if a pandemic of any kind were to strike the world.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked them all, Paul Redeker was my favorite as he had the guts, the vision and the gall to suggest the thing that no one else wanted to face.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not at this time.


    If you could take any character from World War Z out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Paul Redeker. only so I could figure out how he came to his conclusions.


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    Amazon Customer 12-23-11
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    "Magnificent! More an audio play than just a book."
    Where does World War Z rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Because of the variety of actors narrating the work, it was the single most gripping audio book I have heard. A truly magnificent experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was brought to life, and I lost myself within the drama.


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    Emily LARKSPUR, CO, United States 12-12-11
    Emily LARKSPUR, CO, United States 12-12-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome, but sadly missing a lot of the story"

    I absolutely love WWZ, it's undeniably one of my favorite books. When I saw that it was listed here I was literally like "ZOMGLOLWANTNAO!!!1!1one1!". However, I didn't check to see if the recording was complete and unabridged. I was confused when one of my favorite stories in the book was passed over, and my confusion turned into a tiny heartache when I looked again and saw that the recording was indeed abridged.
    While this really doesn't diminish the enjoyment for someone new to the story (and I DO 100% suggest this audiobook for anyone who enjoys a good yarn about the tenacity of the human spirit or the relentless hunger of the walking dead) it made me very sad that the book that I had read and loved was only mostly here. Regardless, listen to it, and if you like it pick up the real book too and read the entire story of the Zombie War.

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    Ryan TUCSON, ARIZONA, United States 12-11-11
    Ryan TUCSON, ARIZONA, United States 12-11-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Not a story, more a collection of personal account"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend to any fan of global catastrophes. How this tells the story of countries coming back from nothing and reorganizing a mislead society.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of World War Z?

    I enjoyed the downed Air Force pilot making her way thru the swamp.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Alan Alda is always great and Max Brooks did a superb job narrating.


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    Amazon Customer United States 12-01-11
    Amazon Customer United States 12-01-11 Member Since 2013

    Steph

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    "AMAZING! Best audio book and cast I've heard yet!"

    I'm actually a bit of a history buff. I wasn't always this way. In high school, history meant a lot of memorizing: dates, names, places, etc. BORING! But I discovered in college (with the help of a great professor) that history can be interesting. Really. History is really just old gossip. The more things change, the more they stay the same and I find it very interesting to imagine myself living in a time such as Henry VIII's England, Cleopatra's Egypt, World War II Era U.S. or...living through the Zombie War.

    One of my favorite ways to learn about to good ol' days is through the genre of oral histories. Basically, oral histories are a collection of people's stories as told by them. The cool thing for me is that this device helps me feel more immersed in the time period. Regular people seem to talk about little details and feelings that your typical history book won't touch (they're too worried about dates, names, places, you know...the boring stuff.)

    Anywhoo...back to the review at hand. Max Brooks has subtitled World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War. The book is put together as an organized collection of various survivors' recollections of the Zombie War. About two stories in, I found myself engrossed and actually believing we did survive a near-apocalypse. The entire tone of the book is so detailed and realistic that I no longer felt that I was reading (listening) to a fictional tale, but rather reliving a real-life event. Quite a feat for a novel about zombies.

    I actually listened to World War Z as an audio book on Audible and really, I'm not sure I would have it any other way. The tale is narrated by multiple actors including: Mark Hamill (yes, Luke Skywalker) , Rob Reiner, Alan Alda and Carl Reiner. The cast is amazing and the audio version has been nominated and won several awards. Mark Hamill's portrayal of seasoned soldier, Todd Wainio, was particularly impressive.

    This is the first novel is several months that I want to re-read already (think I'm going to buy the hardcover for that) because I enjoyed it that much.

    Max Brooks is also the author of The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection From the Living Dead and given my love of zombies and my love for World War Z, I'm pretty sure I want Mr. Brooks to be my new BFF.

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    Denis G. Dimick Los Alamos, NM USA 11-29-11
    Denis G. Dimick Los Alamos, NM USA 11-29-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Interesting background on the "Zombie" war"

    Normally, you only read/hear, the story after the Zombies have taken over the world, or at the start of the takeover. WWZ goes back and fills in the missing parts, gives you a very good back story; given from the point of view of those that where there, and lived it.

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    Gus Mount Clemens, MI, United States 11-29-11
    Gus Mount Clemens, MI, United States 11-29-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Not what I expected but very good nonetheless"

    A different kind of story in that it takes places after most of the World War is finished. The author interviews various people that took part in the war and the war effort. The actors who portray the people being interviewed are very good at interpreting the characters they are asked to portray. A movie is being filmed and I will be most interested in how they take what is basically interviews and weave them into a coherent film. I have listened to it twice and will most likely listen to it again.

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