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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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  • David
  • Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • 05-06-09

Amusing, but still terrifying


This is a pretty good book to listen to you if you want some fictional info-tainment on zombies. The content is humorous, but it still inspires a feeling of panic and terror if such a thing were to actually happen. The first hour was lackluster, when it's describing the origins and physiology of zombies. However, it suprisingly gains momentum when it gets to the section on weapons, defense, terrain, etc... Though it's meant to be purely fictional, the ideas presented can still be used in other massive-disaster scenarios. The information is still useful even though it's centered around a zombie outbreak.

I'd definately recommend this if you enjoyed World War Z. In addition, a good half of the book is similar to World War Z, as it tells the stories of survivors, but not as gripping and with as much detail as said book. It's done in a historical-drama, following zombie outbreaks from the 50,000 BC, ancient Rome, imperial China, all the way to the present, and how people in those time era and places thought of the zombies and how they fought them.

It's ripe with intelligent, though fictional, tips and strategies. Not anyone could have just written this book. I really enjoyed it.

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  • Bev
  • Alton, IL, USA
  • 09-26-07

I am now Zombie Proof

Written much like a survival guide, this book gives instruction for eveything from a Zombie attack to Zombie's underwater, the best way to stop a Zombie, and how to avoid Zombie's altogether. I listened to this book on a very drive at night, I found myself really listening as if a Zombie were going to try to attack me at a rest stop! Never losing its seriousness, this book is an odd one. I liked it and still think of Zombie's showing up on the beach.

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Interesting topic, but not a good audiobook.

I'm a big fan of anything zombie/zombie survival, so I really enjoyed the content of the book, but the whole 'guide' genre doesn't really lend itself to audiobook format.

Skip this one and get World War Z by Max Brooks instead.

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A zombie hunter's best friend

Want to know how to defend against radioactive zombies? This book covers that scenario. Want to know how to fight zombies underwater? This book covers that too. Want to know how to survive years, possibly decades, during the reign of the living dead? Once again, Max Brooks has your back. Everything you could ever ask about zombies and the looming zombie apocalypse is contained in this, surprisingly scientific, survival manual.

Furthermore, Mark Cashman does a terrific job narrating which is something considering that he's basically reading a really bizarre text book. I really enjoyed this, but I'd recommend listening to it in small bursts to let it sink in easier. Definitely worth one Audible credit and could save your life one day...
Highly recommended!

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Fun, Fun, Fun

Loads of fun; I'm sure the skills I learned listening to this book will server me well, when the inevitable Zombie war comes about

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  • Ashley
  • puyallup, WA, USA
  • 01-11-09

Great book but

the narrator was not that great. He wasn't terrible but there wasn't much life or variation in his voice and it seemed to be slightly off in pitch. Granted this is what it says it is a manual, sure its about surviving a hypothetical and wholly fictional zombie apocalypse but the narrator is still quite dry. Nonetheless if you're a zombie fan its right up your ally and I highly recommend it.

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Long, but stupid

I had expected this to be at least mildly amusing, but it is just tedious.

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A great read after you read world war z (abridged)

I read this in paperback and three time heard it on audio book. I read World War Z unabridged in paperback 6x and listed to it at least a dozen times. It’s different than reading the unabridged version.

If you listen to WWZ Abridged then this book then WWZ unabridged you get a complete satisfying story.

This is subjective. And my recommendation.

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Must get

I have listened to this book over and over again. I’m not a doomsday nut. But nothing wrong with being prepared. Either way it is very entertaining. Just get it.

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Quick, fun, and terrifyingly realistic

I've owned the physical book of this for quite some time but I just haven't had the time to read it. When I saw the rave reviews on Audible I figured I'd spend a credit & listen to it. I am glad I did. Max Brooks really has a way to terrify you in the best kind of way. His Zombie books are terrifying simply because they seem so realistic. Though this is not World War Z, it shares the realistic nature that we saw in his previous novel.

The Zombie Survival Guide gives you quite a glimpse into a future that is sure to make you think. I now know how to up my chances of survival (though I'm sure I would be the first dead in my zombie apocalypse group). It's fun, it is creative, and it makes for fun discussions between friends.

The biggest takeaway that I learned was that I need more cardio in my life.