World War Z

World War Z

[an Oral History of the Zombie War]

Audiobook CD - 2013 | Complete ed.
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This is the fictional, searing, gruesome account of the decade-long period when civilization stood on the brink of extinction due to a viral plague that transformed anyone it infected into a ghoulish creature with an appetite for living flesh, as told by the civilians, soldiers, and politicians who survived it.
Publisher: [Westminster, Md.] : Books on Tape, p2013.
Edition: Complete ed.
ISBN: 9780449806951
Branch Call Number: BROOK
Characteristics: 10 sound discs (12 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.


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slawr084 Apr 22, 2017

There are a few books that I wish had never been turned into movies. This is one of them. The movie is in fact unrecognizable if you've ever read the book; they seem related in name only. For a wonderfully dramatized adaptation, check out the full-cast audiobook!

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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...)

Oct 04, 2017

I loved listening to this audiobook, the cast really make the story work well. Some of the great voices are instantly recognizable, Alan Alda in a war story what isn't to love?

JCLDianeH May 09, 2017

While I enjoyed reading the book some years ago, I relished the audio version with its star-studded cast. Having a different voice for each character added a whole other delightful element to the story.

ArapahoeLesley Nov 10, 2016

This audio was completely awesome. Everybody had a different narrator and some really well known actors lend their voices which was great but despite loving the documentary style of the book and the high quality audio... I still just want to give this 3 stars.

May 01, 2016

This fascinating novel reads more like a collection of loosely-related short stories. Most of the stories are interesting and quite a few are very cleverly written. On the surface, these are realistic, visceral stories about zombies. But reading between the lines, you'll discover some excellent insights about human nature and how the world as a whole chooses to deal with global crisis situations.

Feb 25, 2016

Finally a zombie story that isn’t shit! WWZ is a document of the first person accounts by survivors of the zombie apocalypse. Zombies take a backseat in this story and Brooks instead focuses on characterization and political satire.

Brooks didn’t skip on his homework. He researched technology, politics, economics, culture, and military tactics which is more than Congress can say. I absolutely loved this book if you haven’t noticed yet. The author has almost redefined what a zombie book is. The format is unconventional, it is character as opposed to plot driven, and has the drama of a Matthew Weiner script. The book has recently been adapted into a blockbuster hit (or Redbox for that matter…ha!) Okay I digress. What the movie doesn’t have is the political satire. What the book doesn’t have is Brad Pitt. Both mediums have their advantages and stand on their own feet but what is remarkable about the book is the fact that you easily forget you are reading a FICTION book. The first person narratives of the well rounded characters are that badass. Hands down, the best zombie book on the market at the moment.

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Feb 25, 2016

Coarse Language: Quite a bit of swearing,

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.

Sep 23, 2013

Other: Release date June 21, 2013 (USA)

Feb 22, 2013

Violence: there is alot of killing and war

Apr 03, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

Apr 03, 2011

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

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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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."

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

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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