#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 apocalyptic years.
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
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Would've been a five star if it had been complete...
The audio for this book is good. But I have read the actual hard cover and I know there are some stories missing from the audio version that were key points in the original. Fine, listen to the audio book... But don't leave it at that. Read the real version too.
Abridged books are for noobs.
Well, as I was unable to find an unabridged version of this book, I bit the bullet and went ahead and downloaded the abridged version here. Generally I never by an abridged audio-book (what’s the point), but I really wanted to hear this one, and thought I would give it a try. I was both surprised by how good the World War Z story is, and disappointed by the fact that the story seemed not only short, but a little hollow. Reading the other reviews here, I would have to agree that a great deal is missing (too much).
This book should be available UNABRIDGED. It’s a great story, and the cast reading this is amazing (not always true for audio-books with a “cast” involved). However, the abridgement is nothing but a tease. I think I would have to recommend -not- purchasing this here on iTunes until a full version is available. There’s no sense in getting half a taste, and/or anyone but the author’s intended vision of the story.
Abridged books almost always ruin a story, this one promises so much but in the end just flat disappoints the listener.
A mild Disapointment
As a huge fan of the novel I was sorely disappointed in the omissions of the audio book. The vast majority of the most inspirational passages that made this an instant classic and horror enthusiasts must read were left on the editing room floor. If one who only experienced the story from the audio book you've been robbed of what feels like 40% of the novel. The voice actors performed admirably but the shear lack of the affects on the majority of the world outside the US left out the story of the two most populous countries as well as Russia (probably the best). If one wants to experience the true horror of the zombie war one must take the time and read it for oneself.