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The first official Minecraft novel! In the tradition of iconic adventures like Robinson Crusoe and Treasure Island, the number one New York Times best-selling author of World War Z tells the story of a hero - stranded in the world of Minecraft - who must unravel the secrets of a mysterious island in order to survive.

Washed up on a beach, the lone castaway looks around the shore. Where am I? Who am I? And why is everything made of blocks? But there isn't much time to soak up the sun. It's getting dark, and there's a strange new world to explore!

The top priority is finding food. The next is not becoming food. Because there are others out there on the island...like the horde of zombies that appear after night falls. Crafting a way out of this mess is a challenge like no other. Who could build a home while running from exploding creepers, armed skeletons, and an unstoppable tide of hot lava? Especially with no help except for a few makeshift tools and sage advice from an unlikely friend: a cow.

In this world, the rules don't always make sense, but courage and creativity go a long way. There are forests to explore, hidden underground tunnels to loot, and undead mobs to defeat. Only then will the secrets of the island be revealed.

Two editions, two narrators, one thrilling story. Enjoy this version read by Jack Black, and then be sure to check out the other available version narrated by Samira Wiley.
©2017 Max Brooks (P)2017 Random House Audio

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Max Brooks and Jack Black does it get any better..

It's a short but very enjoyable story. Jack Black does a great job narrating it. As a fan of minecraft I really didn't know what to expect. It was a good story that reminded me of all the fun I had when I first started playing the game. It's got the joy of figuring out crafting recipes, and the discovery of new items and areas. I highly recommend this to any fan of the game.

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So relaxing and creative

I felt so calm and Jack did a good job narrating this amazing and relaxing book

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My three boys and I loved Jack Black's narration!

The story was laid out perfectly for the games actual progression, so it was fun to be able to identify with the character and understand each aspect that occurred. My oldest is 12, my middle son is 10, and my youngest is 6 and as there mom I have played the game together and found Mr. Black's narration to enrich the story line even more; we are really hoping he narrates the next one. Thank you!

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Surprisingly good

Jack Black did a great job narrating. I'm 36 and enjoyed it, and my son who is 7 enjoyed it equally as much. Teaches kids valuable life lessons, which is a bonus.

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Its pretty good

I like the story and how max brooks tells everything that he has learned from his experience

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Read this book

Love this book hope there will be more☺
Moo is a fun cow in this book

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Great for kids and adults alike

As a 24-year-old adult, I was very skeptical about this book's appeal to my age. But I decided to give it a chance because I've been a fan of Minecraft since I was a teenager.
This book greatly exceeded my expectations.
The story is well-paced and full of suspense.
It also feels nostalgic because it makes me relive the magic of the first time I played the game and the thrill of progress that came with each new discovery.
If you're a fan of Minecraft and enjoy a good adventure story, I highly recommend this book.

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My boys ages 7 & 11 loved it

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Wish we could minimize the background sounds, especially in the first chapters with water. Very distracting from the narration.

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Jack Black is the man!

Where does Minecraft: The Island (Narrated by Jack Black) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

So I'm pretty new to the audio book world, but I am a fan of both Max Brooks and Jack Black. I used to play Minecraft when it first game out and I'll tell you, as a 23 year old listening to a Minecraft book, this was a straight up blast from the past to listen to. It put me right back into the seat on my computer desk trying to figure out how to play and learning everything as I went.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I caught myself laughing several times, mainly because of the job that Jack Black did. I keep going back to his role in School of Rock when he gets excited while reading. It kept my attention well and it probably doesn't hurt that I like him anyway.

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The reason I gave it a 4 start on story and over all is mainly because how slow the story started. If you aren't a Minecraft fan I could see people getting lots or confused real fast while listening. In my case I am a fan and knew the basic fundamentals that, in my opinion, the book stayed too long on.

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An interesting take on MC

Would you consider the audio edition of Minecraft: The Island (Narrated by Jack Black) to be better than the print version?

I can't say that because the print and both audio versions had different tones that changed the way the story is perceived. However, Jack Black brought fire and passion into his narration and that translated very well with the story. I am glad to have heard it in addition to reading it myself.

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As someone who works in the children's department of a bookstore, I can tell you that a lot of these Minecraft books are trash. They're written poorly by fans with little to no experience. The trend of Minecraft books took off faster than talented writers could keep up. Max Brooks was brought on to write an MC novel on behalf of Mojang officially, and that was a smart choice. Brooks brings a lot of reflection and morals into the book which is a great takeaway for children. My only complaint with the story is that it takes on the POV of someone who has never played Minecraft before, which is something that most children can't relate to. They buy Minecraft novels to get more of what they love, more adventure and building and interaction with the crazy mobs and structures. Brooks didn't explore the way children crave. Perhaps the next big MC novel will.