World War Z

World War Z

An Oral History of the Zombie War

Book - 2006 | 1st ed.
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An account of the decade-long conflict between humankind and hordes of the predatory undead is told from the perspective of dozens of survivors who describe in their own words the epic human battle for survival.
Publisher: New York : Crown, c2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307346605
0307346609
9780307346612
9780770437404
9780770437411
Branch Call Number: FIC BROOKS, M.
Characteristics: 342 p. ; 25 cm.

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A dark, witty take on the zombie apocalypse, told as a series of interviews. The movie was fine, but the book is killer.


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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.
@Moebooks of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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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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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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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.

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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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