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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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    Jacob WHITEWATER, WI, United States 02-13-12
    Jacob WHITEWATER, WI, United States 02-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Very well done."
    Would you consider the audio edition of World War Z to be better than the print version?

    The audio style works very well for this title, and featured extremely good voice acting. I do wish it were the unabridged version, however.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way it doesn't romanticize the idea of a zombie apocalypse as much as most other zombie media.


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

    I really enjoyed them all, but the two female roles I particularly enjoyed, as well as the General and Vice President. They're all so good.


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

    World War Z is a perfect title.


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    jason Mckinney, tx, United States 02-13-12
    jason Mckinney, tx, United States 02-13-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Intelligent"
    If you could sum up World War Z in three words, what would they be?

    Different..Intelligent....Bleak


    What did you like best about this story?

    Max Brooks take the Zombie Apocalypse and turns it into fictional and educational research.


    Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes...each character was a different acclaimed actor.


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

    I wouldn't rename.


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    Myles SAINT MICHAEL, MN, United States 02-10-12
    Myles SAINT MICHAEL, MN, United States 02-10-12
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    "Awesome!!!"

    This book is incredible. I would highly recommend this to any zombie novel lover that is out there!

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    Amanda 02-06-12
    Amanda 02-06-12
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    "Great Book But Wanted Unabridged Version"
    Where does World War Z rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my first book I read because it was recommended to me by the podcast from Rooster Teeth.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The accents were really awesome and made the story much better than if I had just read the book alone.


    Any additional comments?

    I LOVED the book overall and the cast of characters really brought it to life! My only complaint is that I wished the book was the unabridged version instead of the shortened one.

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    David G. Rhode Island USA 02-05-12
    David G. Rhode Island USA 02-05-12 Member Since 2005
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    "One of the best zombie novels going."

    When multiple narrators work on a novel it can improve an experience tremendously. But when you have the strength of great actors performing the narration, you are in for a treat. Max Brooks has the chops to write fiction, especially in this genre. The performances by the narrators draw you into this book further than most. The only reason I gave the story 4 stars, was due to it being the abridged version. I would buy this novel again, if Max were to release the unabridged version for sure. This is one of my top ten audio books of all time.

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    Kurt Norfolk, VA, United States 02-02-12
    Kurt Norfolk, VA, United States 02-02-12

    I'm an avid reader who loves having my hands free to work or engage in other projects.

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    "WWZ feels like an account of actual events..."
    What made the experience of listening to World War Z the most enjoyable?

    The characterizations read by so many known and unknown personalities, as well as the short chapters which allowed for good stopping points when I couldn't listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really felt like I was listening to actual accounts of a world changing event, despite the fictional nature of the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The recounting of the Battle at Yonkers was incredible!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The War To End All Wars.


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    Alan dublin 16, Ireland 01-30-12
    Alan dublin 16, Ireland 01-30-12
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    "awesome"
    If you could sum up World War Z in three words, what would they be?

    surprising


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

    seriousness and the intelligent way the subject is treated


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    the voice actors are all top notch. just wow. best cast ever!


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    Kyle Fairfax, VA, United States 01-30-12
    Kyle Fairfax, VA, United States 01-30-12
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    "Great Story, Better Voice Actors, doctor from mash"
    What made the experience of listening to World War Z the most enjoyable?

    Great voice actors


    What other book might you compare World War Z to and why?

    hmm its in a league of its own


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    all of them were amazing


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

    i wouldnt


    Any additional comments?

    nope

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    Darcy Whitlock 01-30-12
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    "ABRIDGED VERSION!!"
    Any additional comments?

    Very good book and wonderful cast of readers. But THIS RECORDING IS ABRIDGED! I feel like I need to read the real book to see what parts got cut, and why. I avoid abridged audiobooks as they tend to remove minor parts that are important for flavor. I'm very disappointed to see Audible doesn't have an unabridged version of such a popular book.

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    Thomas United States 01-25-12
    Thomas United States 01-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "This wanted to be a great story, but..."

    This wanted to be a great story... or rather, I wanted it to be a great story. Unfortunately, I was let down by the hype. The book unfolds as a history of the aftermath of a zombie plague. It's intensely political and underwhelmingly tedious. Truth be told, and this may appear unfair, I abandoned the book halfway through. I couldn't do it anymore. After some ungodly quantity of pages involving African political struggles and the advancement of very unlikable human figures I couldn't take it. Read if you love government documents and the urbane tedium of bureaucracy. Avoid if you want to engross yourself in a thrilling tale of emotionally charged relationships. I was left dissatisfied and resentful that I'd spent money on it without doing more research in advance.

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