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Publisher's Summary

The Zombie Survival Guide is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now. Exhaustively comprehensive, this book covers everything you need to know, including how to understand zombie physiology and behavior, the most effective defense tactics and weaponry, ways to outfit your home for a long siege, and how to survive and adapt in any territory or terrain.

Top 10 Lessons for Surviving a Zombie Attack:
1. Organize before they rise!
2. They feel no fear, why should you?
3. Use your head: cut off theirs.
4. Blades don't need reloading.
5. Ideal protection: tight clothes, short hair.
6. Get up the staircase, then destroy it.
7. Get out of the car, get onto the bike.
8. Keep moving, keep low, keep quiet, keep alert!
9. No place is safe, only safer.
10. The zombie may be gone, but the threat lives on.

Don't be carefree and foolish with your most precious asset: life. The Zombie Survival Guide offers complete protection through trusted, proven tips for safeguarding yourself and your loved ones against the living dead. It is an audiobook that can save your life.

©2003 Max Brooks; (P)2006 Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"One would expect the son of Mel Brooks to have a genetic predisposition to humor, and indeed, he does, and he exhibits it relentlessly here." (Publishers Weekly)

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Loved it :)

What made the experience of listening to The Zombie Survival Guide the most enjoyable?

I love the seriousness with which Marc Cashman reads Max Brooks book. I don't think the experience would be the same, if the narrator did not read it with some seriousness. Seriously love it. So calm and evenly paced, but with a gravity that behooves the line of story.

What about Marc Cashman’s performance did you like?

The way he reads it lends itself to the fact that, when your reading it , you want to lose yourself in it. You want to believe that this is something we have to seriously be concerned about RIGHT NOW, and not in an abstract, sort of "haha, oh this author" sort of way.<br/>Marc Cashman reads it as though he were preparing a group of people for this eventuality. It works.

Any additional comments?

I originally got this to listen on the bus and train ( fantastic for it, makes trips go quickly) but then one night, I was working late, and plugged it in to the speaker system. It was an interesting experience where I would actually stop doing anything and just listen, like I was in a lecture hall, just taking it in. Awesome.<br/>Granted, it also made me mildly paranoid about that fact that my store would not be terribly defendable with its 180 degree giant picture windows. Hahaha.<br/><br/>Great reading by Marc Cashman. I highly recommend it. :)

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  • Eder
  • Costa Rica
  • 08-08-13

Great guide for a Zombie apocalypse

In case that you love Zombies and want to be completely prepared, this is your guide. This is your best shot at survival. Great narration and works great with 1.5x narration speed.

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  • Wesley
  • ALBION, NY, United States
  • 07-12-13

Its exactly what it says it is.... a guide.

Would you try another book from Max Brooks and/or Marc Cashman?

Yes. I would.

What do you think your next listen will be?

My next listen is going to be '14' by Peter Clines.

Did Marc Cashman do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

N/A. The narrator only had to read this guide. There was no real story for him to tell.

Could you see The Zombie Survival Guide being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No I couldn't. I could see someone in a movie or show pulling out the guide or referring to it as a joke.

Any additional comments?

This was an ok read, but overall very bland. If you are looking to hear an actual storyline, this is not for you.

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Just too funny

If you think you need the book for the one or two visuals don't bother. The visuals were very 'bla' so don't let that slow you down when deciding to getting this book. A great little listen and worth a credit you don't know what to do with.

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  • Matthew
  • Signal Hill, CA, United States
  • 03-01-13

Very entertaining...for when the DEAD walk again!

If you could sum up The Zombie Survival Guide in three words, what would they be?

It would be "are you serious?" I love a good zombie game, movie or story; but, I can't tell if this guy is serious.

Who was your favorite character and why?

This is not applicable, but I was imagining one while listening. I don't know if that counts.

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

I haven't, this book is just stating information, so I don't know if I was able to experience his full potential. He was a very good reader.

If you could rename The Zombie Survival Guide, what would you call it?

"Zombie-Proofing for Dummies"

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Not meant for Audio

What disappointed you about The Zombie Survival Guide?

I had meant to pick this one up for a while now, but when I eventually got the audio version, I couldn't even finish it. Its dry and slow. I have to say that the print version is much better given that is is full of pictures and diagrams to explain whats going on. Audio versions is missing half the fun of the read. Really best delivered in a visual format.

Would you ever listen to anything by Max Brooks again?

Absolutely!

Would you be willing to try another one of Marc Cashman’s performances?

Sure would, it was not so much the narrators performance that got me turned off to the audio version of this book.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom

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Fun. Entertaining... but gets kinda repetitive.

What did you like best about The Zombie Survival Guide? What did you like least?

+ Very intriguing for the first half or so. Lots of good "advice" and info on the inevitable zombie threat.<br/><br/>- Joke kinda gets old half way or so through...

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Zombie Survival Guide?

I didn't know that zombies walked normally under water as if it were not much of a problem...

What three words best describe Marc Cashman’s performance?

Scientific. Nerdy. Textbook.

Did The Zombie Survival Guide inspire you to do anything?

Prepare....

Any additional comments?

Fun for the first half, gets stale.

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Interesting, But Not A Good Listen.

This is an INSTRUCTION manual. It's a weird listen. I just can't give a manual, especially a fictitious one, a good review.

If you are a zombie genre lover, you may like this. But again, it's a MANUAL.

Get the book, not the audiobook.

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Best book I've ever read!

What made the experience of listening to The Zombie Survival Guide the most enjoyable?

All of the voice actors are amazing!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Zombie Survival Guide?

The part where the movie stars are being guarded was pretty funny, and when the people had to eat each other in the north.... ALL of the moments are memorable!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I have a few times!

Any additional comments?

I have listened to this book so many time that I can mouth the words as they are saying them, but the thing that gets me is that this book gets better every time!

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It is what it says.

What did you love best about The Zombie Survival Guide?

This is a must have survival guide. It's main premise is based on the zombie apocalypse, but can be adapted to almost any situation.

What did you like best about this story?

It increases your awareness to the overall world around you. You cannot just live for that day, but must think ahead. When others think of an apocalypse, they think of the day after, not the months or years after.

Which character – as performed by Marc Cashman – was your favorite?

It is not the narrator's fault about his performance, just it is hard to narrate a survival guide.