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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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    Kurt Norfolk, VA, United States 02-02-12
    Kurt Norfolk, VA, United States 02-02-12

    I'm an avid reader who loves having my hands free to work or engage in other projects.

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    "WWZ feels like an account of actual events..."
    What made the experience of listening to World War Z the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really felt like I was listening to actual accounts of a world changing event, despite the fictional nature of the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The recounting of the Battle at Yonkers was incredible!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The War To End All Wars.


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    Alan dublin 16, Ireland 01-30-12
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    "awesome"
    If you could sum up World War Z in three words, what would they be?

    surprising


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

    seriousness and the intelligent way the subject is treated


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    the voice actors are all top notch. just wow. best cast ever!


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    Kyle Fairfax, VA, United States 01-30-12
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    "Great Story, Better Voice Actors, doctor from mash"
    What made the experience of listening to World War Z the most enjoyable?

    Great voice actors


    What other book might you compare World War Z to and why?

    hmm its in a league of its own


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    all of them were amazing


    If you could rename World War Z, what would you call it?

    i wouldnt


    Any additional comments?

    nope

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    Darcy Whitlock 01-30-12
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    "ABRIDGED VERSION!!"
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    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.

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    Thomas United States 01-25-12
    Thomas United States 01-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "This wanted to be a great story, but..."

    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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    Deann Windsor, CT, United States 01-23-12
    Deann Windsor, CT, United States 01-23-12

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    "World War Z on audio"
    If you could sum up World War Z in three words, what would they be?

    Perfect storytelling aloud


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

    The blind warrior in the woods fighting zombies


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    So many narrators from around the world... the accents were wonderful.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    nooooo.. but fascinating to think of a true world epidemic/war in a zombie vein


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first ever audio book and I think it is a PERFECT novel for audio.

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    Joe Alpine, Ca, United States 01-16-12
    Joe Alpine, Ca, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2013
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    "A Worthey Selection"
    Would you consider the audio edition of World War Z to be better than the print version?

    I do not know as I have not read the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Very well done production. I just wish it wasn't abridged.

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    Tandgn Apache Junctionaz, United States 01-11-12
    Tandgn Apache Junctionaz, United States 01-11-12 Member Since 2012

    My Opinion's for your review, Thank You!

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    "Oral History of the Zombie War"

    Very interesting book if your into documentaries ( I mean Moc-umentaries) , zombies, and/or war. It was very well written and read. It kept my interest from be ginning to end and I don't like Zombie stories but this caught my ear. Maybe its because humanity won and survived to tell the tale. oops sorry I gave away the ending--not really. I enjoyed it very much.

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    Bruce Dulles, VA, United States 01-09-12
    Bruce Dulles, VA, United States 01-09-12 Member Since 2010

    My favorite listens are historical fiction. Robert Graves' "I, Cladius" and "Claudius the God" are my most enjoyable listens (and reads)!!

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    "C-SPAN Meets the flesh-eating Walking Dead"

    I REALLY wanted to like this work. But sadly, I did not.
    I LOVE the zombie apocalypse & last man on Earth genres. So. I had high expectations that I would enjoy this as much as "Walking Dead" or "I am Legend".
    However, the story lacks any tension or suspense due to the manner in which it is told. Less than 5 minutes into the listen you're aware that the Zombie War is over and that humanity, though battered, has survived. The story unfolds through a seemingly endless stream of interviews with survivors (scattered across all corners of the globe) of the Zombie War. The interviews are unrealistic virtual monologues that are too focused and all inclusive streams of consciousness to be believable. Occasional interruptions by the interviewer, seeking minor points of clarification, reinforce the clumsiness of the interview formula as a means of telling the story.
    Worse still is that the interview style of story telling negated developing any emotional connection with the characters. Because they are all survivors, there is no drama or tension or sense of peril conveyed. It had all the thrill of a text book.
    Some characters wade into foreign policy discussions that I suppose were intended to give the work a sense of realism, but in reality side-tracked too far away from the zombie apocalypse story for my liking. Too many of the interviews sounded like the characters were making appearances on C-SPAN with zombies as merely a mechanism to discuss global foreign policy.
    I bought this book based upon all the positive hype I read in reviews and was hearing from friends. I'm really disappointed that an exciting theme, that I was predisposed to like, could be so dull.

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    catherine tustin, CA, United States 01-09-12
    catherine tustin, CA, United States 01-09-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Not enough detail."
    Would you consider the audio edition of World War Z to be better than the print version?

    Yes!!!!! Actor's voices magnificent.


    Has World War Z turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


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

    First doctor. The asian doctor that narrated first.


    Who was the most memorable character of World War Z and why?

    The asian doc. I could hear his anger and sorrow in his voice.


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