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World War Z Audiobook

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War Audiobook

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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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    Gene United States 03-13-12
    Gene United States 03-13-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Exciting!!!"
    Would you listen to World War Z again? Why?

    Due to my Loud job occupation I would listen to again, just to feel in the parts i've missed and to fully understand the book better.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There was few parts and characters that really grabbed me and as I said will have to listen to again.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Spoke very clear, had passion in what the situation called for.


    If you could rename World War Z, what would you call it?

    I would not.


    Any additional comments?

    Great audio book. Just wish it was longer. At first it is hard to grasp that we were almost annihilated. To pick up where the stories start and run with it. To me some were easier than others and can visually see myself in a couple circumstances. Great audio book and hope to listen to again soon.

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    Joseph Alliance, OH, United States 03-05-12
    Joseph Alliance, OH, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2017
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    "The Performances Are Fairly Good"

    The performances are are good but some of the actors gave the impression it was their first time seeing the text (Alan Alda was the worst for this although it may just be he was the most recognizable voice for me). They did not seem to put a lot of effort into their readings. John Turturro's reading was probably one of the better ones.

    The story didn't keep my attention. I realize it was abridged and the premise is based on interviews of survivors but I was hoping the people were going to be tied together in some way at the end. It had a fragmented feel for me. This may have been one those books better read. It did not make me anxious to see the coming movie adaptation.

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    Richie plains, pa, United States 03-05-12
    Richie plains, pa, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2015
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    "World War Zzzzzz"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Was mildly entertaining. I have not read the book but the audio version left me asking


    Would you ever listen to anything by Max Brooks again?

    Yes, I did enjoy how the story was presented by the author.


    Could you see World War Z being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Can't see it.


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    Ryan United States 02-29-12
    Ryan United States 02-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Would be better unabridged."

    I wasn't careful when I purchased this, and didn't realize that it was abridged. Performances were excellent, the book is pretty novel in concept, but I feel like it was missing something. Perhaps this was because it was abridged.

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    a Dahinda, IL, United States 02-27-12
    a Dahinda, IL, United States 02-27-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Reminded me of the old War of the Worlds"
    What made the experience of listening to World War Z the most enjoyable?

    I loved the interview format.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Although it wasn't the best written piece of sci-fi, it was very thought provoking.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you could take any character from World War Z out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Probably one of the soldiers to hear the stories of taking the planet back.


    Any additional comments?

    Very cool, very fun story. I enjoyed it very much. I wish it was unabridged. Can't wait for the movie.

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    velvet West Jordan, UT, United States 02-22-12
    velvet West Jordan, UT, United States 02-22-12 Member Since 2015
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    "The book was great can't wait to see the movie now"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the narrators were excellent. I couldn't even recognize some of the more famous voices.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I didn't really have a favorite. Each one was excellent in their own way.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Again, I didn't really have a favorite. The narrators did an excellent job.


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    Brian Manawa, WI, United States 02-21-12
    Brian Manawa, WI, United States 02-21-12 Member Since 2017
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    "A Must Read for Zombie Lovers"
    What did you love best about World War Z?

    I loved the concept of telling the story through interviews put in chronological order. I never really have thought about this approach to telling a story other than in court room, and I feel the author did an awesome job in finding a type of person that fit almost every sort of niche of differing personalities in the world.


    What did you like best about this story?

    While everything is a secondhand account, the personal level that is reached through out each interview takes the story way past being just about the living dead. In fact, I found there to be a lack of zombies at certain points, but the way the politics are portrayed, and all of the varying emotions about the war make some of those portions of the story more indulging than the constant fear aspect that a zombie apocalypse setting usually brings.


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

    No, I have not.


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

    This is an audio that I could not turn off. Every moment that I could be listening to it, I did. However, while taking it all in one sitting is what I desired, in the end it only made me realize how short the story ends up being. Because it is only roughly six hours of audio, I found that I wished I had spaced it out more so I could have had more of the initial enjoyment you get when hearing a story for the first time and not knowing what happens next. I can appreciate its length, though, from a standpoint that I can go back and easily listen to the entire story in a fairly shorter amount of time that it would take other books, allowing me to easily get more than one listen out of it.


    Any additional comments?

    The way this book was set up, you would almost have to think that it was more designed to be listened to rather than read. The change of pace between the different interviews, and constant introduction of new voices make this book really easy to stay focused on. I also really enjoyed the voice actors. They took the book to a whole new level of realism, and I think did the story even more justice than just the text alone. I highly recommend giving this book a listen through, because even if it doesn't entertain you the way it has for me, it's short enough that you won't feel you've wasted a bunch of time trying to get involved in the narrative.

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    Diana Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada 02-21-12
    Diana Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada 02-21-12
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    "Something's missing...But what was there was great"
    Would you consider the audio edition of World War Z to be better than the print version?

    No, but for only one reason - it's abridged. The book was almost made to be listened to - it's a great interview style that fits perfectly with the audible format and hearing different voices for each character truly added something. But the fact that parts of the book was missing meant I had to go back and read the print copy anyway (though I skimmed over places I have already heard).


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The story itself is compelling and interesting. It allows you to piece together the whole picture using stories and examples from many characters and situations.


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

    The large cast of voice actors made this truly a pleasure to listen to!


    Any additional comments?

    It is great to listen to - but beware! If you have listened to the book and your friend read the print copy be prepared when talking about the book with them to say 'I don't remember that' a lot!!! I still think it would be worth listening to - but I really wish they would have recorded it all!

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    I am a man of constant sorrow OAKLEY, CA, United States 02-20-12
    I am a man of constant sorrow OAKLEY, CA, United States 02-20-12

    Tinker, Nice Guy, Parent, Husband, Pet Lover

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    "Top of the threat pyramid"
    Would you consider the audio edition of World War Z to be better than the print version?

    The audio version of the book comes alive in most sections thanks to the very well cast actors.

    Although Mr. Turturro goes a bit over the top, as I couldn't shake the characterization being very similar to his mannerisms in


    What was one of the most memorable moments of World War Z?

    For me it was the story of the pilot downed in the Louisiana Bayou, the angst and conviction showed through most convincingly.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Max Brooks showed a deftness in writing the original and scripting the audio version that allows him to be the classic biographer interviewer.

    Omnipresent yet invisible to the stories being told.


    Who was the most memorable character of World War Z and why?

    The Wacko.

    Rob Reiner nails the essence of a strong man thrust into life or death survival politics, only to be chewed up and spit out after the threat is overcome.


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    Ted 02-15-12
    Ted 02-15-12
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    "Pretty good"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I probably would not change anything


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    It was strange


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    Maybe, but maybe not; who knows?


    Do you think World War Z needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, it covered everything


    Any additional comments?

    Not right now

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