World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook
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An oral history of the global war the evil brain-chewers came within a hair of winning. Zombies are among us turn on your television if you don t believe it. But, Brooks reassures us, even today, human fighters are hunting down the leftovers, and we re winning. [His] iron-jaw narrative is studded with practical advice on what to do when the zombies come, as they surely will. A literate, ironic, strangely tasty treat. * Kirkus Reviews (starred review) * Max Brooks has charted the folly of a disaster response based solely on advanced technologies and brute force in this step-by-step guide to what happened in the Zombie War. He details with extraordinary insight how in the face of institutional missteps and greed, people in unexpected ways achieve unique, creative, and effective strategies to survive and fight back. Brooks s account of the path to recovery and reconstruction after the war is fascinating, too. World War Z provides us with a starting point, at least, a basic blueprint from which to build a popular understanding of how, when, and why such a disaster came to be, and how small groups and individuals survived. -- Jeb Weisman, Ph.D., Director of Strategic Technologies, National Center for Disaster Preparedness Possesses more creativity and zip than entire crates of other new fiction titles. Think Mad Max meets The Hot Zone . . . It s Apocalypse Now, pandemic-style. Creepy but fascinating. * USA TODAY * Prepare to be entranced by this addictively readable oral history of the great war between humans and zombies. . . . Will grab you as tightly as a dead man s fist. A. * Entertainment Weekly, EW Pick * Probably the most topical and literate scare since Orson Welles' War of the Worlds radio broadcast. . . . This is action-packed social-political satire with a global view. * Dallas Morning News * Brooks [is] America s most prominent maven on the living dead. . . . Chilling. . . . It is gripping reading and a scathing indictment of weak responses to crises real and over-hyped. * Hartford Courant * A sober, frequently horrifying and even moving account. . . . Brooks has delivered a full-blown horror novel, laced with sharp social and political observations and loads of macabre, gruesome imagery. . . . The real horror of World War Z comes from the all-too-plausible responses of human beings and governments to the menace. * Fangoria * A horror fan s version of Studs Terkel s The Good War. . . . Like George Romero s Dead trilogy, World War Z is another milestone in the zombie mythology. * Booklist * Brooks commits to detail in a way that makes his nightmare world creepily plausible. . . . Far more affecting than anything involving zombies really has any right to be. . . . The book . . . opens in blood and guts, turns the world into an oversized version of hell, then ends with and affirmation of humanity s ability to survive the worst the world has to offer. It feels like the right book for the right times, and that s the eeriest detail of all. * A.V. Club, The Onion * The best science fiction has traditionally been steeped in social commentary. World War Z continues that legacy. . . . We haven t been this excited about a book without pictures since well, since ever. * Metro * Each story locks together perfectly to create a wonderful, giddy suspense. Brooks also has the political savvy to take advantage of any paranoia a modern reader might feel. . . . The perfect book for all us zombie junkies. * Paste * This infectious and compelling book will have nervous readers watching the streets for zombies. Recommended. * Library Journal * --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
The Stud Terkel of zombie journalism,"MAX BROOKS is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Zombie Survival Guideand The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks. formed the core of the world s civilian survival manuals during the Zombie War. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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I ended the book feeling an immense amount of gratitude for the amount of work and time the author clearly put in to this surprising gem of fiction. It is rare to find someone explore a plot so thoroughly and so thoughtfully, and this book will definitely sit pride of place on my bookshelf.
This is basically how this book runs, it took me a little while to get into as it doesn't run like your usual story with a beginning, middle and an end. This is one person's short account of what they experienced during the war, then the next person's and so forth. Some of the situations are well thought out and do highlight some interesting revelations about what people fighting an army of Zombies may have to endure. Don't expect one big climax at the end because that's not the way World War Z works, it's full of little crescendos throughout, which does make it an interesting read and "yes, I did enjoy it", if your into the living coming back for revenge once they've breathed their last and you fancy something a bit different I don't think you will be disappointed.
The product itself; As someone who is not a particular fan of the zombie genre itself. I have to say I really enjoyed the narraitve style and writing of this book. The interview/documentary/report style really offers a unique perspective of many different peoples and cultures and thier experiences. It chronicles from patient zero to the aftermath of the breakout of the zombie war. This is a great book whether you are realitvely new to the zombie genre or a veteran reader of zombie novels I would say this book definitely has something to offer/appeal to all readers. Having also listened to the audiobook adaptation as well as having read the book I would say this is great across various media's depending on your preference. In the case of some narrative tales in this book I would say that Audiobook is actually a better way to enjoy this book as it captures the emotions and experiences of the characters a lot better than if one was simply reading the book.
Now for those of you who are curious as to how this book compares to the film adaptation. I would say if you enjoyed the film you wouldnt necessarily enjoy the book as the film is World War Z in title only. The zombies in the book are a lot more the traditional concept or public perception of zombies. I.e slow moving and the way it transmits the zombie pathogen is a lot more terrifying as it can go unnoticed easily until you hit the later stages so again it's interesting to read about that in the books. In the film adaptation, the report/documentary style is completely absent and the zombies are more that of 28 days later. I go into some detail about the differences merely to convey that the book is vastly different from the film and in terms of enjoyment of this particular title this information can make all the difference in your decision to buy this book.
Would I recommend this book? Definitely I think this book is a great addition to any book collection as the narrative style etc is excellent and I think this book has something to appeal to readers of all types be it your new to the horror genre or already a fan. Eitherway this book is a most certainly a must read.
It works because so many of the tales ring true. When I mentioned to a friend her cooking skills would in great demand after the zombie war, she exploded with protests about her professional background and job. Right at that point in the text, an organiser was talking about how difficult it was to convince a man who used to "get hold of the rights to classic rock songs for commercials" that his skills weren't just inappropriate, they were obsolete - the post-apocalypse world needs carpenters and builders and manual trades, not marketers...
The way the eyewitness interviews develop over time, spanning countries and viewpoints, come together as a single, coherent picture of just what happened, how we solved it, how difficult it was. This book is truly something different. And that's not common in today's lit. A fantastic read.
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