World War Z

World War Z

An Oral History of the Zombie War

eBook - 2006
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"The end was near." --Voices from the Zombie WarThe 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 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.Ranging from the now infamous village of New Dachang in the United Federation of China, where the epidemiological trail began with the...
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, 2006
ISBN: 9780307351937
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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YLPLTEENBOOKBLOG Jun 17, 2019

Truly, the books are better than the movie. World War Z is a phenomenal narrative that contains several “interviews” following the aftermath of the Zombie War, which the author gathers the perspectives of survivors and their survival stories in a zombie plagued Earth. The confusion of the infection of the plague in remote villages to the hospitals of major hospitals will pump you full of adrenaline and anticipation. Pakistan's and Israel’s conflict, astronauts watching the globe burn before them, people seeking survival to the sea, the military breaking outside New York, are just some of the stories written as if they had taken place. World War Z was a great read and definitely recommend. Rating 4/5
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drkbjones
Mar 06, 2019

thank you all the comments are very helpfull. Thanks

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green_cheetah_2201
Dec 27, 2018

I think this book is great. Most science fiction horror stuff focuses more on the zombie, technology, or the alien in this. WWZ doesn't do that it focuses more on the international factor of this. It sees what happens to countries and politics and what happened financially. This made the book very interesting and entertaining.

BookReviewer2015 Nov 06, 2018

Excellent audiobook and has an all star cast!

Looks at the Zombie War with a lens towards how it would realistically affect the world--in terms of politics, society, religion, and economics.

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PinkyRosada
Oct 18, 2018

This quick read offers fans of zombie related fiction the story of a world-wide zombie epidemic told in the form of interviews with various survivors. It is actually quite interesting because it isn't from the perspective of one protagonist. It was fast paced, sometimes funny, definitely full of gross zombie details and overall a good "entry level" book for anyone looking to explore the literary world of zombies!

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BitterAdult
Jul 06, 2018

Not good, y'all. Really, really not good.
All the dialogue and characters seem as though they were written by a teenage boy, I constantly found myself laughing or rolling my eyes at things that were being said by the speakers and was never really able to get into the story because of how melodramatic it all was.
The voice actors were great but they weren't given great material to work with.

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faithmurri99
May 26, 2018

For some reason, the creators of this audiobook thought it necessary to skip parts of the book; sometimes whole sections, sometimes just paragraphs, seemingly indiscriminately. What it actually included was great, and I really liked the different readers, but I wanted to listen to the whole book, not just a sample.

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Cran_Man
May 15, 2018

Before listening to this audiobook, I couldn’t have cared less about zombies. They have never interested me nor held any appeal whatever. But this audiobook changed all of that. It was consistently interesting and very well researched. It did not obsess with the gore and horror associated with zombies, but presented the overall picture of a massive global conflict and how people responded differently in different regions. The narration is, with a few exceptions, extremely good. It is performed by an ensemble cast, which is a very effective approach for the content because the entire book is divided into accounts told from different persectives. Max Brooks, the author, narrates the voice of the government agent who is interviewing various people, and his performance is easily the worst. But the others are excellent and the listener will recognize many voices from their roles in film. I strongly recommend this audiobook to anyone interested in zombies, apocolypses, or just good stories.

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pjurek3
Jan 28, 2018

An interesting book written from many different perspectives. This provides the reader with a wide spectrum of reaction and emotions on the zombie event and walks the reader through how different societies around the world deal with the crisis.

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mitchelclay
Nov 07, 2017

Max Brooks writes and weaves a complex narrative and leaves the reader (listener in this specific instance) to pick up the pieces of the unsaid, and the undead. Listening to this well written book is an absolute treat due to its full cast of readers, such as Simon Pegg, Alan Alda, Rob Reiner, Common and many more.

This is absolutely worth the investment. I enjoyed the recording very much.

My only gripe at all is that the second half is much stronger than the first half (in my personal opinion...)

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JihadiConservative
Feb 25, 2016

Coarse Language: Quite a bit of swearing,

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JihadiConservative
Feb 25, 2016

Violence: Gory violence in parts, however, unlike most zombie novels this one goes more for the suspense.

WestCoastFilms Oct 25, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Of course, people just escaping zombies, and multiple shootouts. There is quite a bit of intensity.

WestCoastFilms Oct 25, 2013

Coarse Language: Almost every swear word used at least once. But most are used several times.

WestCoastFilms Oct 25, 2013

Violence: Plenty of violence. It's a zombie horror event, you gotta expect it.

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mariednguyen
Sep 23, 2013

Other: Release date June 21, 2013 (USA)

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rayyan0705
Feb 22, 2013

Violence: there is alot of killing and war

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cmills10
Apr 03, 2011

Violence: Gore, dead bodies, walking dead, cannabalisim,

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cmills10
Apr 03, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

librariann Jan 27, 2011

Violence: It's a book about dead people coming back to life and eating other people. I think it may be a TOUCH violent, don't you?

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jferrerosa2
Aug 01, 2015

"The book of war, the one we've been writing since one ape slapped another, was completely useless in this situation. We had to write a new one from scratch."

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Tingwerson
Jul 28, 2013

What about your parents?
What about them? We lived in the same apartment, but I never really conversed with them. I’m sure they thought I was studying. Even when school closed I told them I still had to prepare for exams. They never questioned it. My father and I rarely spoke. In the mornings my mother would leave a breakfast tray at my door, at night she would leave dinner. The first time she didn’t leave a tray, I thought nothing of it. I woke up that morning, as I always did; gratified myself, as I always did; logged on, as I always did. It was midday before I started to feel hungry. I hated those feelings, hunger or fatigue or, the worst, sexual desire. Those were physical distractions. They annoyed me.

username1998 Jun 14, 2012

scary and a really good book

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LazyNeko
Nov 20, 2011

It's fear, dude, just fear and you don't have to be Sun freakin Tzu to know that real fighting isn't about killing or even hurting the other guy, it's about scaring him enough to call it a day. Break their spirit, that's what every successful army goes for, from tribal face paint to the "blitzkrieg" to... what did we call the first round of Gulf War Two, "Shock and Awe"? Perfect name, "Shock and Awe"! But what if the enemy can't be shocked and awed? Not just won't, but biologically can't!

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