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)
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.
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.
I enjoyed the downed Air Force pilot making her way thru the swamp.
Alan Alda is always great and Max Brooks did a superb job narrating.
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.
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.
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.
The only good zombie is a dead again zombie!
I've listened to this book more than once. It has to be one of the most well thought out zombie books ever written. It is for sure an inspiration to many other books written after this one was written. The voice acting was what really hooked me. It has a full cast with people all over the world being inverviewed after a war with the undead. Awesome! Worth the money for the download.
Criminal defense Lawyer in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read mostly non-fiction.....history, science, military biography. My quirky side likes Zombie Books? Will also pick up a fiction bestseller once in a while. Favorite movie: Being There
This was my first foray into Z "literature" and it was fun. All around good book. Kept me interested.
This was an amazing story. Well written and produced! The viewpoints and discussions were so real and lifelike keeping me glued to my seat and wanting more!!!
First of all, the performances in this audiobook were great. And I love Max Brooks blend of humor and social commentary. That said, this book was severely abridged. If you have not read the entire book then I suppose you wouldn't notice this, but as a fan of the original book I found that the abridgment took away from the story as a whole. What happened to the Russian chapters? What about the account of the Parisians forced to clear our the catacombs? I think that they were overzealous in their trimming here so be warned, if you have read the full book you will find the gaps in the story frustrating.
Expecting a chronological telling of the fictional zombie future, I bought this thinking I would be entertained but unsurprised- I am happy to say I was wrong on one count. WWZ presents a unique form of information convention- more like a NPR report on public radio than the telling of a story. The actors used were also a splendid edition, adding to the suspension of reality, drawing you into the idea, making it feel right and real. Thsi has to be one of the most entertaining audio books I've ever downloaded- I listened start to finish and could barely peel myself away to use the restroom. 5 stars all around- I recommend it to all, especialy the real zombie apocolypse/end of the world/horror connoisseur!
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