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World War Z

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Publisher's Summary

"The end was near." Voices from the Zombie War.

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched firsthand 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 thirty 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.

©2012 Max Brooks (P)2012 Audible Ltd

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    John Lake Albert, Australia 23/03/2015
    John Lake Albert, Australia 23/03/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Unique and creative take on the Zombie genre."

    Listen to this. Never watch the movie. This considers angles, perspectives and scenarios hardly explored when delving into the scenario of a zombie plague. Cleverly constructed story arc with intriguing characters, all executed without the need for a narrative surrounding a single character. Amazing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katie Edmonton, Australia 16/02/2015
    Katie Edmonton, Australia 16/02/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Nothing Like The Movie"

    This is one of my all time favourite novels.
    It is nothing like the movie - thank goodness.
    This is read by many narrators, and they do a superb job!!! Every character seems real, and the story drags you right in, and you feel everything they feel. Heartwrenching at times. This is awesome

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. Jenkins Australia 21/08/2014
    S. Jenkins Australia 21/08/2014 Member Since 2014

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    "Forget the movie travesty - read the book"
    What did you like most about World War Z?

    A brilliant book - written as a oral history. I really liked the many different performers who lent their voices put this book ahead of the rest.


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

    I would have loved to have had the time to just sit and listen in one go!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    dntfeedthemnkys 18/05/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "#NailedIt"

    If anyone ever tells you the movie is better than the book, you have my permission to slap them. Seriously, it's okay to go right ahead and give them a high-five to their face.

    No... I kid. Sadly, it's not cool to slap someone in the face. Let alone for having an opinion, no matter how much you agree or disagree with them.

    So, why is this audiobook so good? Because both aspects of the audiobook are brilliant; both the audio and the story.

    Firstly, the award for best performance in an audiobook of all time goes to Christopher Ragland, Rupert Farley, Nigel Pilkington, Jennifer Woodward, David Thorpe, Adam Sims and Robert Slade.
    Luckily, that is not a physical trophy, otherwise they would have to develop some crazy algorithms to dictate how they shared it between themselves!

    In all seriousness, excellent voice acting. This alone added a huge sense of depth and engagement to the story.

    The story is fantastic... It isn't one flowing story but simultaneously, it is.

    Just so that statement doesn't bend your brain, a better way to explain it would be World War Z is a collection of interviews with survivors of the Zombie outbreak. The survivors are from all different parts of the globe, each discussing their own different experience.

    While each experience does not directly interrelate, they indirectly do - usually through referencing the major events that occur and how that event impacted on the current interviewee's specific experience.

    So, while separate interviews with unrelated interviewees from different geographic and political backgrounds, the interviews still build upon each other giving a flow to the overall story and a build towards the conclusion.

    If you've ever sat on the fence about whether or not to give this book a crack, it's time to stop risking splinters and spend a credit on it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Shirley 27/09/2016
    Shirley 27/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "outstanding"

    Entertaining and intelligently wrtten considering it's about zombie war. Analogous to the 2 world wars and a indictment on the lack of lessons humanity took from those wars.

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    Leisl Australia 10/07/2016
    Leisl Australia 10/07/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "ok but not the best zombie story out there. "

    A couple of the narrators were quite annoying like the Canadian girl... most were very good.
    The short story style was different. I found it hard to get into it like a normal novel.
    The submarine zombies weren't plausible.

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    Rani 25/04/2016
    Rani 25/04/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "I wanted to like it more..."

    I really wanted to like this book however I think that the style just isn't what resonates with me. Jumping from character to character just didn't quite grab me.

    In saying that I can see why most people have really enjoyed it. A different perspective than most in this genre and well written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 19/08/2015
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    "Very well done"

    Great audio book. Nothing to do with the movie starring Brad Pitt. Well worth listening too. A series of events told by many different people during World War Z

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    Yakov 14/07/2015
    Yakov 14/07/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Gripping and vividly intense"

    A fantastic approach to a classic genre, which keeps you enthralled and your earphones glued to your ears.

    Hard to put down.

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    Ann 24/11/2014
    Ann 24/11/2014 Member Since 2016
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    "Writing style and audio style are perfectly suited"

    The style of the book, multiple 1st persons, is so complimented by having the multiple and varied narrators represent.
    I had previously read this book and hesitated to purchase this audio version but was very pleasantly surprised when it turned out "BETTER" than reading the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • RaisinGirl
    Australia
    20/05/13
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    "A pity the unabridged version is inferior"

    Fans waited for an unabridged version of the audiobook with bated breath... and it's been a bit of a letdown. For a book that seems tailor-made for the aural medium - it is a spoken word history of the titular war after all - the performances were uneven, some of them particularly weak, and some of the accents were absolutely terrible. Given the care and thought that went into the original abridged celebrity-laden audio book - not even legally available in some countries - it's a pity that the same attention wasn't given to this unabridged version. There are countless audiobook performers who, although not stars like Alan Alda, Henry Rollins etc, could have done very good jobs with these stories and characters. I would recommend this version for hardcore fans only.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Madeleine
    London, United Kingdom
    11/09/13
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    "An Oral History (Not like the film)"

    It wasn't until I'd seen the film and read the reviews of how much it deviated from the original novel that I decided to take the plunge. If you're looking for a 'kicking zombie ass' post-apocalyptic action thriller, don't buy this.

    If, on the other hand, you're interested in just how craftily speculative fiction can be employed to critique modern society, this is a masterpiece.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jan
    Park Holme, Australia
    26/11/12
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    "Amazing."
    What did you love best about World War Z?

    World War Z felt realistic as much as a fictional world with zombie in it can be. After reading the Zombie Survival Guide, these short stories really captured the urgency and seriousness of a wide spread plague epidemic rather than a gung-ho kid's wet dream. Don't get me wrong those are fun but the seriousness and tragedy of these stories made me care about these people.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its format was really enjoyable and I can listen to any part just by itself. Since it is mostly made up of short stories, I can just play back the story I was listening to or just let it finish and start a new chunk.


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

    The accents. It made the apocalypse feel like it just wasn't isolated in America. I have no idea how accurate they were but it was great listening to these fictional people recount their stories from different countries.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Haven't finished it yet but I really liked the smuggler, spy, little girl and soldier short stories.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Garry
    Cannington, Australia
    25/06/13
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    "A great way to tell a story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of World War Z to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version but this book is tailor made for an audible book


    What did you like best about this story?

    The cast of voices, the stories that they told were very believable


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

    Zombies are doomed, by land, sea, air or space, we will get them


    Any additional comments?

    I was surprised by how better this was than I had expected. I loved the way we traveled the world listening to the stories of the survivors and the fighters. How the author turned a phrase or a nickname for a Zombie or a weapon was clever and well thought out.

    Enjoy this, I have not seen the movie yet but would be surprised if both are the same somehow to me that is not a discouragement for either.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jarrod Brodel
    16/03/16
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    "Perfect for Audiobook"

    This novel is perfect for an audiobook. The interview nature makes it very engaging. Not just that, the story is very smart and compelling

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • lauraNZ
    24/06/15
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    "Love it, love it, love it"
    If you could sum up World War Z in three words, what would they be?

    Variance, interesting, involved


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

    I would like I know what I could compare this to so that I could find more like it. It is essentially the typical zombie story, but told to an amazing depth because it is told from so many more perspectives. It is a wonderfully unique entrance point.


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

    The Japanese researcher, I can't remember who played him. That was a really interesting one. Even though the accent wasn't really that Japanese sounding, it was performed very well emotion wise


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

    There was a point where one smuggler is asked a a question about his own unethical behaviour during the first stages of the zombie war and his response is quite amusing.


    Any additional comments?

    This book I awesome and made so much better as an audiobook. I got my subscription here JUST to get this book, so do indeed try it out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    17/06/15
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    "awsome"

    one of if not the best audio books i have listened to BUY THIS BOOK

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Utkarsh
    31/05/15
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    "Brilliant"

    The movie was like a Zombie version of this beautiful book. Lifeless.
    The Audible version is especially well done. One of the best Audio Books around. Please go ahead and listen to this book.
    With respect for Max Brooks,
    Utkarsh.
    PS: Not a paid review. Just a genuinely happy reader/listener :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tracy
    9/10/14
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    "Thought-provoking and Beautifully Narrated"

    Even if you don't care for a zombie novel, this is just a great book - full of interesting ideas, social commentary and wonderful stories. Some of the individual accounts have stuck with me in a way that I wasn't expecting. The narration was very absorbing and added a level of realism, even if the accents weren't always spot on. Thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    9/09/14
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    "Interresting storytelling style for zombie stories"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    For entertainment, it was. But it is not a great book, it is a ok book. Some of the characters are very stereotypical or mono dimensional. There is very little surprise in the book and there is very little foundation of why the zombie plague succeeded to spread. Most of it relies on the fact that people are under prepared.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The diversity of situations is very interesting. Some of the stories are actually very good and plausible. Also, the criticism to some aspects of international and local politics are valid in my opinion.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s voice?

    Good not amazing


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

    It would be interesting if it was made in a documentary format. Stars? no idea. This movie would be better done with local actors of different countries than with famous ones.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for a thriller, this book is not for you. This book explores cultural differences and their flaws into deal with big crisis. In my point of view, it is a good snapshot of the world as it is right now, disguised inside a zombie outbreak.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • monkey-puzzle
    London
    21/11/12
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    "Good old fashioned gory fun"

    Max Brooks has attempted something really ambitious with World War Z - a zombie story told on a global scale.



    He's really given a lot of thought to how a zombie plague would affect every aspect of life on Earth, political, social, military, environmental etc.



    The story is told via a series of anecdotes from survivors of the War, the narration is for the most part pretty good, some is excellent, the American voices are more convincing than those that use accents.



    There are some pretty clunky national stereotypes and some far-fetched scenarios, (as if a zombie plague wasn't far-fetched enough) and possibly a little too much gore in places. Having said that this is a very entertaining listen and a brilliant achievement on the part of the writer.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • danny
    Heaton Norris, United Kingdom
    20/11/12
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    "Great book however...."

    Ok so I have heard the abridged version that was done a while ago and this new version but I have to admit that the voice acting is 10x better in the old version than this one. I mean the japanese, german, or even american accents sound shocking!!!



    I have no idea what has happened in the making of this audiobook but please redo the foreign bits (outside UK) with actors that don't make jap voices sound almost german????

    My opinion is stick with the original 2007 version it has more of what this book deserves rather than this one.

    28 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • martin
    MACCLESFIELD, United Kingdom
    25/11/12
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    "Different"

    Once you get used to the documentry style of this book its not a bad listen. Some accounts are more interesting than others but overall I found it enjoyable.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Annika
    Tallinn, Estonia
    1/05/13
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    "Best zombie story I have read. :)"

    I do not like zombie stories as I do not believe in possibility of zombies, at least not as living dead. But I like this story from the social and military and also people's personal point of view. How people would react on any such problems and what kind of solutions you could use and how they would have to cope and what might happen to nature. Also the insight on how and why our infrastructures are or are not weak on any such cases of global issues. Even the part on astronauts was very well thought through, how they had to cope in space. It was not just a zombie attack story, it was much more. So I have to give a maximum result to this book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Lauren
    Newton-le- Willows, United Kingdom
    28/01/13
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    "Intresting, Original and Exciting!"



    World War Z By Max Brooks. (May contain mild spoilers)



    This book was a thoroughly enjoyable listen. The story has an intresting take on the Zombie apocaplyse and is told through a series of interviews, each chapter followng different character and a different set of experiences. The interview style of World War Z is part of the charm of this audiobook, i did not find myself listening to the same narrator for very long, this helped keep the excitement and momentum going as well as the my focus.



    This story also bring some instresting ideas (how humanity deals with Zombie invasion) that i have not seen before... although i am releatively new to the genre!! however here lies my only criticism some of the ideas Max Brooks brings into this story i feel are rather far fetched and possibly unrealistic... but then this is a zombie, fantasy book.



    Anyway thoroughly enjoyable book, i highly recommed!



    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Crime Fiction Groupie
    High Wycombe, United Kingdom
    15/12/13
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    "Totally absorbing story..."

    ... which bears no resemblance to the (pretty mediocre) film.

    I've never read zombie fiction before, so wasn't sure what to expect. This book kept me totally engaged in the story all the way through. It almost felt real in the way the individuals' stories were presented, and I found myself reacting out loud at key points - thank goodness I was in the car and not in public!

    I took a star off for the narration. Although it was still very good indeed, some of the characterisations were less absorbing than others, and as others have said elsewhere, the non-English speaker accents didn't always hit the mark. I'd love to now find the alternative recording, which although abridged, seems to get better ratings on the performance side unsurprisingly with some of the stellar cast.

    But the story is the real star here, and I really enjoyed being made to think about what would happen from so many different perspectives, and how much the world changed. It was so absorbing that when I finally finished it, I actually hit replay to start listening all over again.

    Suspend belief, and strap yourself in for a really entertaining listen. Highly recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Katie Price
    London, London United Kingdom
    28/04/13
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    "Even for a Z fan .."

    .. this is a wonderful experience. The audio book must be the best way to access this fascinating story - stories, in fact, as the account of the "real" war Zombies vs the Earth is told through post-war interview, with those who survived. The harrowing accounts are well-told and all-involving, from old and young, all over the world. Be prepared (a Zombie fan's mantra) to learn about survivalism, military tactics, despair, desperation, determination and human resilience. It's all in there.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Sean
    Cheshire, UK
    23/12/12
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    "Simply Brilliant"

    This book is simply the most clever and thought out zombie book ever written. The research into the social economics and politics of each country mentioned within is simply sublime. It throws a whole new spin on the zombie apocalypse and is written with brilliance and consideration.



    You feel and empathise with each of the characters interviewed and you are genuinely sad when the book comes to an end. Best zombie read ever

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jamie
    BROADSTONE, United Kingdom
    4/12/13
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    "Why didn't I listen to this sooner?"

    I've had the book of World War Z on my shelf for ages! I was determined to read it before I sat down to watch the film but just never have the time! Sound familiar?

    I tried the version of the audiobook which I already had and I was hooked instantly! When I tried to locate my position in the physical book, I realised I had an abridged audiobook. I thought to myself, I need to hear every last word of this - so I signed up with Audible and grabbed the unabridged version.

    I was completely surprised as I had preconceptions that the book (regardless of the film) was somehow a comedy?! I can't believe how detailed and thought out the story is. It takes the form of a series of retrospective interviews with survivors of a war that almost wiped out humanity and I have to say I was completely sold. It's almost as if Brooks knows something that I don't!

    I've read mixed reviews of it on the site, but I would definitely recommend it to people who want an intriguing listen! It's a gripping, tense and sometimes humorous (not very often though) story. All the different voice actors also give a brilliant depth and add to the feeling of realism. My only very minor criticism would be the voicing of the Englishman midway through the story - we don't all talk like that!

    Really enjoyed the listen and think it might inspire me to listen to more zombie fiction - and I never thought I would say that!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
    20/06/13
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    "Buyer beware"
    Any additional comments?

    This is not the new movie tie-in edition which supplements the previously abridged full cast recording with new material from previously unrecorded chapters by the talents of Simon Pegg, Frank Darabont, Martin Scorcese etc. I felt really tricked when I paid for this. Hang on for the full edition with people who give actual performances, rather than the droning automatons who ENUN-CI-ATE every damn syllable in this version. A soulless cash-in.

    Buyer beware

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful

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