World War Z

  • by Max Brooks
  • Narrated by Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, Rob Reiner
  • 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The 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 30 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 12-year-old Patient Zero, to the unnamed northern forests where untold numbers sought a terrible and temporary refuge in the cold, to the United States of Southern Africa, where the Redeker Plan provided hope for humanity at an unspeakable price, to the west-of-the-Rockies redoubt where the North American tide finally started to turn, this invaluable chronicle reflects the full scope and duration of the Zombie War.Note: Some of the numerical and factual material contained in this edition was previously published under the auspices of the United Nations Postwar Commission.

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What the Critics Say



Winner of Audio Publishers Association 2007 Audie Award, Multi-Voiced Performance


Audie Award Finalist, Audiobook of the Year, 2007
"Hard to put down." (Publishers Weekly)
"A literate, ironic, strangely tasty treat." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Horror fans won't be disappointed: like George Romero's Dead trilogy, World War Z is another milestone in the zombie mythos." (Booklist)

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Good but Too Short!

I listen to tons of audiobooks and I found this one to be very entertaining and well done. The ensemble cast was vital to making the tale believable. The author's spin on the military, social and economic response to, and recovery from, a worldwide plague of zombies should be adopted as our manual "just in case." Of course, I am a sucker for stories that present a believable, real-world response to a completely fictional scenario. Film-wise it's more "28 Days" than "Land of the Dead."
My only complaint is the abridged format. Abridged audiobooks should be banned by the United Nations.
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- Steve

needs to be unabridged

i think it misses out on alot of crucial points because it is abridged... i think that they need to do an unabridged version of the book. i was really disappointed with the abridged version.
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- Catherine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-30-2006
  • Publisher: Random House Audio