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.
"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)
The audio style works very well for this title, and featured extremely good voice acting. I do wish it were the unabridged version, however.
The way it doesn't romanticize the idea of a zombie apocalypse as much as most other zombie media.
I really enjoyed them all, but the two female roles I particularly enjoyed, as well as the General and Vice President. They're all so good.
World War Z is a perfect title.
Max Brooks take the Zombie Apocalypse and turns it into fictional and educational research.
Yes...each character was a different acclaimed actor.
I wouldn't rename.
This is my first book I read because it was recommended to me by the podcast from Rooster Teeth.
The accents were really awesome and made the story much better than if I had just read the book alone.
I LOVED the book overall and the cast of characters really brought it to life! My only complaint is that I wished the book was the unabridged version instead of the shortened one.
When multiple narrators work on a novel it can improve an experience tremendously. But when you have the strength of great actors performing the narration, you are in for a treat. Max Brooks has the chops to write fiction, especially in this genre. The performances by the narrators draw you into this book further than most. The only reason I gave the story 4 stars, was due to it being the abridged version. I would buy this novel again, if Max were to release the unabridged version for sure. This is one of my top ten audio books of all time.
I'm an avid reader who loves having my hands free to work or engage in other projects.
The characterizations read by so many known and unknown personalities, as well as the short chapters which allowed for good stopping points when I couldn't listen.
I really felt like I was listening to actual accounts of a world changing event, despite the fictional nature of the story.
The recounting of the Battle at Yonkers was incredible!
The War To End All Wars.
seriousness and the intelligent way the subject is treated
the voice actors are all top notch. just wow. best cast ever!
Great voice actors
hmm its in a league of its own
all of them were amazing
Very good book and wonderful cast of readers. But THIS RECORDING IS ABRIDGED! I feel like I need to read the real book to see what parts got cut, and why. I avoid abridged audiobooks as they tend to remove minor parts that are important for flavor. I'm very disappointed to see Audible doesn't have an unabridged version of such a popular book.
This wanted to be a great story... or rather, I wanted it to be a great story. Unfortunately, I was let down by the hype. The book unfolds as a history of the aftermath of a zombie plague. It's intensely political and underwhelmingly tedious. Truth be told, and this may appear unfair, I abandoned the book halfway through. I couldn't do it anymore. After some ungodly quantity of pages involving African political struggles and the advancement of very unlikable human figures I couldn't take it. Read if you love government documents and the urbane tedium of bureaucracy. Avoid if you want to engross yourself in a thrilling tale of emotionally charged relationships. I was left dissatisfied and resentful that I'd spent money on it without doing more research in advance.
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