World War Z

World War Z

An Oral History of the Zombie War

Book - 2006
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * "Prepare to be entranced by this addictively readable oral history of the great war between humans and zombies."-- Entertainment Weekly

We survived the zombie apocalypse, but how many of us are still haunted by that terrible time? We have (temporarily?) defeated the living dead, but at what cost? Told in the haunting and riveting voices of the men and women who witnessed the horror firsthand, World War Z is the only record of the pandemic.

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, 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.

THE INSPIRATION FOR THE MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

"Will spook you for real." -- The New York Times Book Review

"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

"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's War of the Worlds radio broadcast . . . This is action-packed social-political satire with a global view." -- Dallas Morning News
Publisher: New York : Crown, c2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307346605
0307346609
9780307346612
9780307888686
9780770437404
Branch Call Number: FICTION Brooks Max
Characteristics: 342 p. ;,25 cm.

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LibraryK8 Sep 02, 2020

We survived the zombie apocalypse, but how many of us are still haunted by that terrible time? We have (temporarily?) defeated the living dead, but at what cost? Told in the haunting and riveting voices of the men and women who witnessed the horror firsthand, World War Z is the only record of the... Read More »

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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.

Every celebrity you can think of has a bit part in this. It's great.

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,recording the testimony of men... Read More »

Brooks has taken it upon himself to document the "first hand" experiences and testimonies of those lucky to survive 10 years after the fictitious zombie war.


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earlosatrun
Jul 08, 2020

Well, I tried...

The story required a few too many 'suspending disbelief' moments in it.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Apr 23, 2020

World War Z is a Zombie novel written by Max Brooks. It is regarded as one of the greatest zombie tales of all time and for good reason. The book is set from the view of interconnected interviews by several characters retelling their own stories of surviving the zombie apocalypse ravaging the world. The storytelling is unique due to the fact that there is no central protagonist. The story unfolds through the eyes of the witnesses. This method of storytelling works exceptionally well for a story like this one. The characters are also unique and each have their own personalities and goals. One character is an everyday guy who turns into a full fledged survivor. All the way to a high ranking military man. The novel is very gritty and realistic and isn't afraid to show a mature and engaging storyline to the reader. I greatly enjoyed this book as the chapters aren't very long and the pace never falls. I would give this a full five stars.
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jeff1885
Aug 26, 2019

IT was better than the movie in some ways. The interview style that book has is fun, and lets a story betold as remembered. It does however, get boring, and not really having the action described as it happens. Better than the movie, but that doesn't say much.

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
@Ezekiel_Hannegan of the Yorba Linda Public Library Book Bloggers

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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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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.

WestCoastFilms Oct 25, 2013

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

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

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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cmills10
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?

librariann Jan 27, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

librariann Jan 27, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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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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