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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.

Critic Reviews

  • 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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  • Big Art
  • San Ramon, CA, United States
  • 04-06-12

Maybe I should have read this instead of listening

Yeah I was really excited to finally read this book knowing it’s a must read if you’re a zombie/apocalyptic fan. But it was a little slow and boring. It defiantly had some really good parts but with all the narrators some just didn’t work to this audio’s advantage. I know they are supposed to nail the accent of different countries but you can still do that and have them be understandable. I couldn’t understand like two or three of them and it made me wish audible had subtitles with its books. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I read the book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Should not be missed!

A few words sum this book up. Engaging, scary, fun, thought provoking. While some of the voice acting is questionable, the overall sum/story makes this a great read. I am a true believer in the unabridged, and I really wanted to keep hearing more. I have listened to this 4 times!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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BEST ZOMBIE BOOK I EVER READ

APPARENTLY ALL THE STARS AND PLANETS TURNED UPSIDE DOWN BECAUSE I FORGOT TO LEAVE MY REVIEW FOR THIS BRILLIANT PRODUCTION OF THE BEST ZOMBIE BOOK I EVER HEARD.

THIS BOOK IS UNLIKE YOUR USUAL ZOMBIE BOOK CLONE, IT HAS ORIGINALITY CHARACTER AND LOGIC,AND IMHO THE SCENARIO PORTRAYED IN THIS BOOK IS THE CLOSEST TO WHAT COULD HAPPEN IN REALITY.

ABRIDGMENT OF THE BOOK IS THE ONE AND ONLY NEGATIVE PART I NOTICED

PS

THE MOVIE "WORLD WAR Z" WILL BE PREMIERED ON JUNE 21st 2013

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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A Rousing Zombie Listen, Much Better Than Most...

Audible has more than its share of zombie audiobooks. WAY more. Some of them are, simply put, a MESS. This is not the case in World War Z. This was here at Audible when there were very few zombie books around. They just weren't considered "cool" by the overall listening audience.

World War Z stepped into the arena with guns blazing - A global perspective, multipole narrators, some who are AWARD-WINNING ACTORS/PRODUCERS/DIRECTORS, and pulled it off beautifully. Jump to today - Hacks writing zombie drivel, using gore as the main character, wasting our time, and our valuable Audible credits. WWZ makes the disease a character, but still emphasizes good character interaction. That's the good, smart writing style that any solid zombie novel deserves.

Until Audible puts the Monster Island series in their catalog, most others pale tragically in comparison. Also, this is the novel Brad Pitt chose to make a zombie movie - That's gotta say something, zombie fans.

So, if you're gonna go "zombie," start here.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Eric
  • Miamisburg, OH, USA
  • 03-12-07

Great Uniqe Look at the Zombie Genre

Being a lover of zombie movies, I burned a credit on this as a guilty pleasure.

Good choice.

This is a great look into the Zombie Genre because it explores what zombie movies are really about- not the zombies- but the things human beings will do for (and to) each other in horrific life and death situations.

I was especially surprised by all of the different narrators- Alan Alda & Mark Hammil especially. The "typecasting" of the different actors made a big impact on the delivery.

All in all, very happy you will be if you are a zombie fan. If you are on the edge, give it a shot- I doubt you will be disappointed.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Bjorn
  • Pleasanton, CA, USA
  • 01-22-07

Fantastic

This is possibly the best audiobook I have ever listened to (and I have listened to at least 200 of them). I couldn't put it down, and the only thing I didn't like was the fact that it was abridged. It ended too soon! Don't worry about the political bias that might be there. It wasn't too overpowering.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Ron
  • Hammond, LA, USA
  • 09-18-06

GREAT Zombie story

I am a huge fan of Zombie movies. This was a great story! Almost perfect. This is what I have always looked for in a zombie story. I loved Brook's Zombie Survival guide as well.

The reading made it come alive. I couldn't believe some of the people involved. Henry Rollins, and Alan Alda were my favorites.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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abridged

these narrators were great but it's not all of the story's from the book. lots of it was left out.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A Significant Read to Understand Humanity

The storyline definitely made me think about the past and the future and shows how people in general are so self centered and unprepared to come together as one to fight to stand up against all crisises put before us. How we all must unite to defeat evil.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Abridged!

I loved reading this book and thought it would be fun to listen to but it is abridged and missing huge chunks of the story. Would be 5 stars if full version.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful