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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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    C. Michaels Rochester, NY 07-12-10
    C. Michaels Rochester, NY 07-12-10 Member Since 2015

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    "Good Read - Nice Voice Work"

    I enjoyed this book thoroughly. The story kept me hooked the entire time and the voice work was top notch. My only complaint (and it's a minor one) was some of the faux accents were tough to listen to for extended periods.

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    Blake Florida, MO 07-06-10
    Blake Florida, MO 07-06-10 Listener Since 2010

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    "Very Entertaining"

    I read the paperback version and loved it. When I joined Audible, I just had to download the audio version. This was one of the most entertaining books in recent memory. I highly recommend it, even if you are not a zombie fan. No need to be with this book.
    However, I really wish there was an unabridged version because there were so many characters from the novel that didn't make it into the audio version that really delivered 10x the amount of emotion.

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    Christina United States 04-30-10
    Christina United States 04-30-10 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Hard to stop listening"

    "World War Z" is an interesting documentary-style look at what could happen if monsters were real. It includes interview with military, civilians, politicians and experts who react to a world-wide attack of zombies in the aftermath that followed.

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    Lawrence Oxon Hill, MD, USA 01-05-10
    Lawrence Oxon Hill, MD, USA 01-05-10
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    "Loved it!"

    What more can I ask for than zombies pushing the feeble hummies to the brink of destruction.
    So I didn't like the voice work of that one narrators, it didn't sway my love of humanity fighting to survive.

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    Ryan D. Gilbert Huntington Beach, CA USA 08-19-09
    Ryan D. Gilbert Huntington Beach, CA USA 08-19-09 Member Since 2012

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    "A lot of fun, and a nice change of pace"

    I'm not usually into anything that has zombies, but I read a lot of the reviews and thought this might be a good change of pace from my normal listening habits. I was not disappointed. The production was top notch, and I was very happy about the overall writing of the book. It had a lot of good moments, with very few parts that I felt were predictable.

    If you have an open mind, and want to change up what you would normally listen to, this book was a lot of fun and well worth the listen.

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    Craig 07-13-09
    Craig 07-13-09 Listener Since 2008
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    "Great performance, just wish it were unabridged"

    I love this type of audiobook...the multi-reader performance piece. It really brings a book to life and I think this a perfect showpiece to get someone into Audible. The story itself keeps you interested and engrossed in the world that is created. The only downsides to the book are that I'd say maybe 2 or 3 of the characters readings were a little (I mean a little..still not bad) flat or mechanical, like you could tell they were reading..not performing...on the other hand, some were awesome, like they were REALLY acting out the part, my second downside is that it REALLY should have been unabridged...it's a bit short. Otherwise, it's like I said, a VERY entertaining book that makes you want more.

    Conclusion: -1 star for the lack of unabridged version and a couple of acting quirks, well worth the listen.

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    Ajax AZ,USA 06-30-09
    Ajax AZ,USA 06-30-09 Member Since 2009
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    "World War Z"

    What a great ride this story takes you on . if you liked "Night of the living dead" or "I am Legend" you'll appreciate the good yarn this is. All of the celeb voices really were part of the experience too but weren't necessary make this a great listen. The documentary style really was carried off quite well and added to setting the mood. Don't pass this one up.

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    Gabriel Ballwin, MO, USA 10-30-08
    Gabriel Ballwin, MO, USA 10-30-08
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    "Wonderful"

    What a find!
    This is an excellent re-telling of a fictional zombie world war. Don't worry, most of the story consists of looking deep into the human condition and what would likely happen if a "Great Panic" hit this world. Zombies and Ghouls are just used for dressing the story up a bit.
    The chapters are fairly short, each telling a certain part of the war. The length is perfect for my morning commute, creating a great stoping point. While not a dramatic reading, the different voices are top notch.
    This has become one of my favorite books of the last several months.

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    Nicholas Geneseo, NY, USA 09-17-08
    Nicholas Geneseo, NY, USA 09-17-08
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    "Unabridged"

    I loved this story! Like others have said, this would have been a 5 star production if it had been unabridged. I would unquestioningly recommend this.

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    Caleb Mechanicsville, IA, USA 05-25-08
    Caleb Mechanicsville, IA, USA 05-25-08
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    "CAnt wait for the movie"

    This is brilliant! Not only is the writing and the concept amazing they have managed to get some great voices to do the acting. This is not a zombie book like anything I have ever heard\seen\read.

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