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The Zombie Survival Guide

Complete Protection from the Living Dead
Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
4 out of 5 stars (40 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Drawing from reams of historical data, laboratory experiments, field research, and eyewitness accounts, this comprehensive guide is the only book you'll need to face the greatest challenge mankind has ever encountered. Granted, you probably already know that skills such as wilderness survival, leadership, and basic first aid are important when fighting off hordes of the undead.

But The Zombie Survival Guide doesn't stop there, teaching you how to: Identify cases of infection by the zombie virus, Solanum, and recognize the hourly progression of symptoms: 'Hour 8: Numbing of Extremities and Infected Area, Increased Fever [103-106 Degrees], Increased Dementia, Loss of Muscular Coordination'; choose the right weapon: 'A Section of Lead Pipe Will Work for a Single Encounter but Is Too Heavy for Those on the Move'; defend your home: 'A Ten-Foot Cinder-Block Wall, Reinforced with Steel Rods and Filled with Concrete, Is the Safest Barrier in Both Class 1 and Class 2 Outbreaks'; and much more.

The Zombie Survival Guide is the only guide you will need to survive a most certain pandemic.

"Ignorance is the undead's strongest ally, knowledge their deadliest enemy," Brooks writes. "Personal choice, the will to live, must be paramount when the dead begin to rise. The choice is up to you."

©2012 Max Brooks (P)2012 Audible Ltd

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Not what I expected

Having listened to and thoroughly enjoyed World War Z, I was looking forward to another well thought out slice of zombie apocalypse.
I was very disappointed. It is almost as if this book was written by someone else. I found a lot of topics poorly researched and the writing quite amateurish.
Mildly entertaining but an overall disappointment.
Read/listen to World War Z

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Read before World War Z

Being a fan of all things zombie related I definatly enjoyed this guide! While there were parts that dragged on a bit it did provide an insight and better understanding of what follows in World War Z

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voice acting is amazing

Stephen Hogan does a great job narrating this novel. feels like a real survival guide

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great reading

I really enjoyed this in-depth of what you should and shouldn't do book on survival. Brilliantly read also.

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  • C Bytenski
  • 27-03-2015

Fantastic

This has to be one of the best audio books I have ever heard. Amazing listen.

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  • David J Stroud
  • 17-09-2013

Zombie guide repeats

If you could sum up The Zombie Survival Guide in three words, what would they be?

Could it happen?

Would you recommend The Zombie Survival Guide to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes. The "documented cases" at the end is the best part.

Which character – as performed by Stephen Hogan – was your favorite?

His reading is very good.

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

When you need to run from walkers.

Any additional comments?

Although I enjoyed this book I found parts of it repetitive. Throughout the novel the author says things such as... "As previously discussed earlier..." Still... It's a fun ride.

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  • jo o.
  • 02-03-2018

not a natural audio book

I love the concept of the book as a zombie apocalypse instruction manual but it dosent work well as an audio book. Listening to it can be a bit of a struggle as the narration can be a bit dry and as it's written to instruct you it can be a bit hard going to listen to for any length of time. It's what I call a toilet book, something you can dip in and out of for a short period of time. Not so good for your long trip to work. Buy the physical book, it's great but don't rush to by the audio version.

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  • I OFarrell
  • 19-04-2016

Detailed and extensive

Was The Zombie Survival Guide worth the listening time?

That depends on if the zombie apocalypse actually happens. I'm sure that if zombies begin to take over my town then I will be really glad that I spent several hours listening to the book.

Any additional comments?

This is a comprehensive guide, it leaves nothing out. If you read this then you will be fully equipped to deal with the zombie apocalypse, saying that, you may not be able to finish it in time. The book is long, or at least it seems that way because it isn’t very engaging. I read it right to the end but I struggled to keep my attention on the words. The information within is brilliant but extracting it, not so great.

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  • mr
  • 18-11-2013

Interesting but outlasts its welcome.

Would you try another book written by Max Brooks or narrated by Stephen Hogan?

I do not think there was any problem with the narration, it is just that the book is more like reading an instruction manual and can be very dry going at points.

What could Max Brooks have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Inter spliced some of the 'after action reports' within the instruction section of the book.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

No problem with the performance, it was more likely the nature of the book that does not work as well as a traditional work of fiction when it comes to enjoying an audiobook.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

I can't imagine how this would work, but if they did I would see it out of interest.

Any additional comments?

Interesting and has many 'wow I didn't think of that' moments. However, the entire book is just a little dry and emotionless to be a truly enjoyable listen.

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  • Marcus
  • 04-07-2019

A great well written guide to the end times.

If a zombie horde comes a knocking this is the book of choice to get you through the bad times.

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  • Jurgen
  • 26-02-2019

I didn't realise how......

inferior chain-link fences are compared to walls until I listened to this book. This is worth reading/listening to before World War Z, but to do it the other way around wouldn't spoil anything.

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  • Chris
  • 20-11-2017

Great companion to world war z

I was a bit put off by some other reviews but i greatly enjoyed the book.
The narrator pulled of the dry wit and authoritative manner of an instructional manual.
There isnt a plot to be found but if you've ever daydreamed about having a zombie plan then this might be a fit for you, it goes into great detail about pros and cons of certain approaches and feels authentic.
Maybe too dry for some but i geeked out the whole time and now im ready to take on the undead and survive.

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  • sophie
  • 01-10-2016

brilliant and funny

extremely enjoyable. almost seems as if it could of really happened! max brooks is an amazing author

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  • Karl
  • 08-09-2016

all you need to know on how to kill zombies

good listen and entertaining. bit works well in conjunction with world war z, wish it was longer.

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  • Mark Snowdon
  • 01-06-2015

5 stars

It's a good book and very well written and performed. I have in joyed this book and world war z.

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  • Daniel
  • 12-04-2015

Ok

What did you like best about The Zombie Survival Guide? What did you like least?

I liked that it's believable but it dragged.

What other book might you compare The Zombie Survival Guide to, and why?

None. It more of an instruction manual.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I didn't get on with the narrators voice at all.

Did The Zombie Survival Guide inspire you to do anything?

Prepare.

Any additional comments?

Not as good as the print version as in my opinion the narration spoilt it. But don't let that put you off.