Max Brooks: World War Z An Oral History of the Zombie War



He accents started to distract heavily from the story I found myself pondering why the German guy had such a heavy accent on his R s and yet could perfectly pronounce TH very time And this was just the one guy One of the benefits of a single narrator is that Ugly Girls even when they do an accent it sasier to understand because English is their primary language The audio s great for the most part outside of that little niggle about the accents but one thing I absolutely HATE about it isit s abridgedAbridgedI would probably never forgive myself if I listened to this abridged audio version and never actually read the RSVP... Baby entire book if I actually thought that mattered Maybe others are better sleuths than myself but I can t find a reading of World War Z that s not abridged At the same after having read the book the abridged version seems to donough justice to the The Moment entirety of the novel what with how it is organized that it just cuts out a few of the interviewsNormally this is heresy but I can live with it for this one time onlyWhat I didn t likeI think the thing that just makes this an okay to good book for me is that while it s style and organization is uniue and highly clever it also takes away from my ability to care Without just following one person or a group of people there s no attachment to any specific person The MovieBrad Pitt will makeverything betterAfter writing the above I actually do think the movie will make it all better It seems like it will be following one single person and that s what this reader needs Movie s set for a June 2013 release Here s the trailer tooIn the The Cypress Tree end in the sense of my final feelings not any post apocalyptic senseLet s just say if wever do get into a Zombie War you better have a copy of World War Z and The Zombie Survival Guide on you Someone s already gone through the The Kings Spy (Thomas Hill, effort of thinking up EVERY situation that can occur what sffective what s not and put it down in words No sense reinventing the wheelWhile an Doctor Illuminatus entertaining idea and cleverxecution these were the The Real Witches Kitchen exact things that made World War Z a book I could never love It s worth a read if only to see how in depth you have not thought about zombies3 out of 5 Stars Recommended with ReservationsThe movie an updateI just wanted to make a uick note about the movie I m happy to say I called it correctly Injoyed the movie much than the book The Preachers Kid even though you can really only say the movie is a loose adaptation if you canven say that I thought it was much better to visit all those countries through the single character of the UN agent as opposed to interviews of random characters I felt for him trying to protect his family I rooted for him when he was in danger and it had the same O Testamento effect ofxploring the reaction of different cultures to a much smaller degree of course And it actually scared me which for a zombie book was completely lacking in WWZ New week New BookTube Video all about the best and worst literary apocalypses to live throughThe Written Review Humanity survived Zombie apacolypse Like after any great tragedy the government wants a record Max Brooks is their oral historian Only when he hands his documents the bureaucracy whittles it down to the bare facts Humans over Gangbang Slut every nation dragged their bone weary bodies through this war They are now faced with the numbing task of rebuilding society They deserve to have their stories told So he publishes the true account of World War ZTold in a series of vignettes we listen in on interviews as Brooks travels both the country and the world And one thing is certain life with zombies is a chilling tale The monsters that rose from the dead they are nothing compared to the ones we carry in our hearts The vignettes are absolutely riveting There s a bit of the regular zombie murder mayhem but the story focuses on the human side of things How the survivors survived There s the blind man who fought off a hoard with no than a blunt staff Some people lost their minds succumbing to tree belief that they have joined the dead There s the unintentionally cannibalistic family and so much Most people don t believe something can happen until it already has Audiobook comments Read by Max Brooks Alan Alda John Turturro Rob Reiner Mark Hamill Alfred Molina Simon Pegg Henry Rollins and Martin Scorsese Highly recommended you listen to this novel it s a uality production Every voice is country specific and the actors read very convincingly It feels like I m next to Max as he interviews the survivorsYouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading At this current moment in time my husband and I do not actually have a working will We are the legal definition of intestate We have not yet made any preparations for our death and we only have life insurancehouse insurance because his mother organized the whole damn thing come to mention it she is also the reason we havelectricity water and a phone line the internet though was all us because we d die without itSo believe me when I say that we don t organize anything Except our zombie kit That s right We have a zombie kit Should zombies suddenly strike while I type out this review we would be able to take our son and get in our car and drive away without a backward glance Everything we need is in the boot of the car If we re holed up inside the house we have our second zombie kit to live off of and use to defend ourselves We have several plans in place as to where to go what to do if we re separated at time of crisis who we re taking with us how we ll stay in contact One Con Glory etcSome may call his paranoia Some may call this stupidity Do you know what I call these naysayers Zombie foodIt is this obsessive and weird need tonsure survival during a zombie apocalypse despite Defying Shadows (Rising Shadows every rational reason to believe that all ourfforts are for naught that has made me the prime candidate and target group of this book It is not the norm of the zombie genre In general a zombie movie tends to be about a small group of individuals against the undead hordes looking to floss with intestines This book is not about a small group of individuals it is about a large collection of humanity This book is how HUMANITY would survive and deal with a zombie infestation It is a collection of small broken narratives from people all over the world across many social conomic and political classes Some of them were amazing others horrifying Some were inspirational others so depressing or introspective that I wondered if there was any hopeI would argue that many of the voices from certain nationalities were not really very accurate and didn t really match the cultural region they came from but I m lazy Either you get the voice of the narratives or you don tThis book was a fascinating thoughtful read in a field that I m personally obsessed with I could asily understand how those who ve never stayed up until three in the morning drunk off their heads with a group of people yelling that if they head into the city then they re zombie meat Zombie meat I say You ridiculous idiots probably will find this book a hard readIt s also a difficult read in the sense that you are continually sucked into one story only to have it Tangled Webs (The Black Jewels, end abruptly and shift to another I kept getting frustrated and wanting to scream No Go back I want to know whatlse happened but alas It s like little snap shots from all over the world A Fairly Honourable Defeat except when it comes to several of the snapshots I d really rather see the whole pictureOther than that I loved it I had a hoot reading it It gave me plenty of fodder with which to have many drunken debates with my husband brothers and friendsMuch to their disgust this book is about zombies the same way the bible is about god they are mostly background actors who are the reason other characters do what they do and occasionally they will rarrrr in and kill a bunch of people because they cant help it but mostly they are an invisible presence always to be feared but never given a voice this whole book takes place after the zombies have already destroyed most of the world and is a collection of the testimonials of hundreds of different characters detailing theirxperiences with the zombie outbreak and how they have survived because of this there arent really any action scenes or any immediate terror this book is about politics and globa. Urs of previously unrecorded content this full cast recording is read by F Murray Abraham Alan Alda René Auberjonois Becky Ann Baker Dennis Boutsikaris Bruce Boxleitner Max Brooks Nicki Clyne Common Denise Crosby Frank Darabont Dean Edwards Mark Hamill Nathan Fillion Maz Jobrani Frank Kamai Michelle Kholos John McElroy Ade M’Cormack Alfred Molina Parminder Nagra Ajay Naidu Masi Oka Steve Park Kal Penn Simon Pegg Jürgen Prochnow Carl Reiner Rob Reiner Henry Rollins Jeri Ryan Jay O Sanders Martin Scorsese Paul Sorvino David Ogden Stiers Brian Tee John Turturro Eamonn Walker Ric Young and Waleed Zuaiter©2006 Max Brooks P2012 Random House.

My full review of this book is longer than Goodreads word count limitations find the ntire ssay at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcentercomAnytime I hear of some funny gimmicky book suddenly becoming popular among the hipster set I always suint my Elisabeth Shue 135 Success Facts - Everything You Need to Know about Elisabeth Shue eyes and brace myself for the worst because usually when it comes to such books the worst is all you canxpect to find an ndless series of fluffy pop culture pieces designed specifically for crafty point of purchase display at your favorite corporate superstore and then a year later to be forgotten by society altogether And so it s been in the last six months as I ve heard and about this book World War Z An Oral History of the Zombie War which supposedly is a hilarious actual oral history about an apocalyptic war with the undead that supposedly almost wiped out the human race as we know it 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 With most apocalyptic situations I think the hardest part to deal with is that there are no wrong decisions or right decisions There are simply too many var So I ve seen the movie several times when it was on TV and I have to say that I ven watched a scene or two a couple of dozen times on Youtube Yes the action and visuals are fantastic Okay Happy Easter, Mouse! (If You Give...) except the one where the guy tears his own tooth yuckBut after reading the comments where people were angry at the movie saying that it does not hold a candle to the book I knew I had to read it And yes I do agree that the only things the movie took from the book were the zombies and Israel building a wall Oh and the titleRight away I was very surprised by the format of this book it was not all what I wasxpecting And the I think about it I believe it would be better if I picked up an audiobook instead of a book Yeah shocking I never thought I would say such a thing Every interview is done with a different person so soon I stopped paying attention to their names so when they again appeared later in the book I had a hard time connecting them with their previous chapters Also like one third into the book I got stuck after several boring chapters where I seriously considered DNFing this book but then I pushed through and yes it was worth it I loved that we got to see how so many different parts of the world battled with the zombies The different approaches what do to the countries did they go all savage Did they bomb their own people Did they just lose all control That was fantastic to watchAnd surprisingly this book made me Gone (Gone, even laugh I just loved the boy who almost missed the zombies because he was focused on his computer I did notxpect that That s the one thing you can always depend on as we re fighting on war we re always preparing for the next oneI did not very much grasp how they were suddenly able to fight the zombies when they previously failed with much better Threads Of The Shroud euipment but alright But I have to say that zombie cleaning is funny to imagine Especially of those underwater I bet it will be fun if a zombie managed to get stuck in the Mariana Trench However the scene I was sort of hoped for was post war when some scientists have a zombie in a lab for studying that would be fantastic I honestly would love to see somexperiments on these creatures The book stated that it seemed that the state of the zombies deteriorated but I wonder what would happen if they maybe starved for years So many possibilities What sort of surprised me is that I All Seated on the Ground expected that when the humans would go so close toxtinction that the Untitled. environment would get better no factories running no one is dumping anything in the watertc but it was otherwise and it sort of made sense There had to be so many fires it s terrifying to imagine But I wonder about the impact of all those nukes usedAnd that s another thing I wish was different the last part was sort of jumping from character to character for short conclusions but I would love to see about the brand new world Honestly I think I would be able to read a book dedicated to Wiring each country Especially Russia Iceland and Israel would be interesting Also I wish we really knew what happened in North Korea I also wonder about Patient Zero because when the doctor in China informed his friend they knew what was going on the military seemed ready for what was happening there That does not seem like the first caseOverall the book is 355 for me I think I will get the audiobook to see if I ll like that format better This book was initially recommended to me by several people in the office and since I love zombies and apocalyptic themes well I was prettyxcited Unfortunately it did not live up to my Against All Odds expectations and I struggled to finish it I m going to write this review under the assumption that the reader has some inkling about the story and how it s constructedThere are two issues that killed it for me Firstly most of the characters had the same or similar voice Of course this is partly to do with the fact that the voices all originate from the mind of one individual the author Also the journalisticinterview approach to constructing the narrative limits how much color the author can impart on any given character and A is inherently dry no matter howxciting the Jingling Daddys Bells BDSM Menage events described are intended to be This is a minor gripe though and one that can be lived withA serious complaint however is that this book can be seen as completely lacking any and all dramatic tension that a person or mexpects from a survival horror themed story The primary draw the zombie war and how humanity survived is such a compelling hook but it s toldby the people who survived As in past tense as in we are left with their impressions of things that happened to them Basically then the story devolves into an The DOS excercise in basicxposition And then this happened and then that happened And so the author is free to weave his story without any pesky things like character development story arcs plotting and personal details that are shown and not told It seems to me like an Against All Odds extraordinarilyasy maybe Sleep, Circadian Rhythms, and Metabolism even lazy way to tell a story One other minor point For me accounts of survival when the victims are real have meaning that allows them to transcend the limitations described above WW2 Holocaust survivors accounts forxample can take your breath away The difference is of course that they were real vents that happened to real people Since all the classic storytelling lements are dispensed with we re basically left with the author s views on our current world particularly and naturally the wars and our cultures However it s my view that there are dozens of books written about these subjects already books that haven t needed to sex the discussion up with a horde of shambling undead So in summary if I m going to read an apocalyptic recounting of the Payment Due end of civilization as we know it I want to read about people in real time struggling to survive not being told how people surivived after it was over I realize though that it s all a matter of taste as I know half a dozen people whose views I respect that absolutely loved this book D I know what you re thinking Five stars for this book Why If you ve been following my reviews then you know I tend to stress over how many stars to give a book and I m not one to hand out five star ratings willy nilly I m usually uite cautious when it comes to handing out that all important fifth star I m stingy That being saidvery once in a while a book that may or may not be amazing comes along and wows me And now you re probably thinking But Penny it s a book about zombies Zombies Disgusting rotting corpses that stumble around looking to sink their teeth into any living thing How how could that sort of thing wow you Are you like smoking crack First things first No I m not smoking crack Everyone knows crack is cheap I much prefer the real thing Now that I ve cleared that up lets move on shall we So World War Z I really Vampireville (Vampire Kisses, enjoyed it which was a surprise because I didn t think I would This book is not something I would ve picked up on my own Had it not been for a couple of really nice Barnes Noblemployees who practically shoved this book in my hands while gushing about its supreme awesomeness I definitely wouldn t ha.   World War Z The Complete Edition Movie Tie in Edition An Oral History of the Zombie War is a new version of Max Brooks' Pirate of the Pacific (Doc Savage, episodic zombie novel The abridged versions of the original stories are now joined with new unabridged recordings of thepisodes that were not included in the original abridged version of the audiobook These additional pisodes feature a star studded cast of narrators to coincide with the upcoming release of the film New narrators include Academy Award winning director Martin Scorsese Spiderman star Alfred Molina The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont rapper Common Firefly star Nathan Fillion Shaun of the Dead's Simo.

Ve purchased it But since they didn t have the book I was looking for Storm Front by Jim Butcher and since I d already been bitten by the zombie bug over a year ago The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan I took a chance and purchased this bookDespite the fact that Max Brooks used to write for SNL and also happens to be Mel Brooks son this book isn t funny nor is it meant to be Max Brooks tells this story through a series of interviews given by survivors of The Great Panic or World War Z the Z stands for Zombie in case you didn t you know put two and two togetherThe interviewees come from different parts of the world and they tell their accounts of what happened to them what they thought when they first heard of what was first referred to as African Rabies what happened when the Great Panic started in their part of the world A lot of these stories are sad andor terrifying but mostly I found them incredibly intriguing Before I go on I need to add that I totally geek out over documentaries and this book were it in movie form would be a documentary I m one that appreciates the method Max Brooks uses to tell this story To me the beginning of this book has to do with the way things are done in this world politics wise than anything lse Of course as the book goes on and and governments are collapsing due to the fact that zombies are basically taking over the world we get a good look at human nature during times of crisis I found the whole thing fascinating Hardcore zombie lovers need to know that this isn t a book that follows one set of characters though some interviews have been broken up and so a few characters are featured in this book than once Rather it is one story told by several different people There is continuity in the order in which the stories are told to us and sometimes one survivor s account answers a uestion that was raised by another survivorAll that said there is uite a bit of zombie slaying action Lots of blood and guts and gore We get to learn how best to stop a zombie and let me assure you there are many ways We also learn about newest in improvised zombie killing weaponry and Turbulence effective warfare techniues to decimate a raging out of control zombie population But seriously I loved reading itverything in this whole ntire book Me A church going mother of three Although yeah I m not your typical church going mother of three But still PS I d have finished this book a long time ago had it not been for my husband who kept stealing this book away from me so he could read it too He s really liking it btw UPDATE 111012 About a year ago I bought the audiobook from Audible only to discover after purchasing that it was the abridged version I soon found out that was all they had to offer which was uite disappointing because some of my favorite yewitness accounts from the book were not included I ve since heard from the World War Z s Facebook page that they are going to make an unabridged version I am unaware of when it will be available for purchase That said I did Elizabeth Ann Seton end up liking the abridged audiobook wellnough The performances are pretty top notch To those who have zero sense of humor it must be said I m kidding I don t do any drugs and you need to chill I just can t get on this bandwagon The pseudo government reports the book is written in handicap it in many ways First there are no protagonists to grow with no story arc no climax Die Postmoderne Konstellation etc You know what s going to happen from day one there was a world crisis involving zombies and at least some people live to tell the tale The sure knowledge of the outcome deflates any tension and book feels flacid The pseudo scientific jargon is a poor imitation my sister a nurse tossed aside Brooks other Zombie manfesto in disgust within the first few pages and this one fairs no betterand there are far too manymotional pauses and descriptive introductions for what amounts to an addendum to a government study of Folk Tales From the Soviet Union events The thing that put me over thedge with this book is the inconsistency one chapter has a boy with bloody knuckles sliding his hands about in zombie goo and remaining uninfected and in the next chapter there is an Ulysses and the Trojan War expression of gratitutde that no onexposed to detrius from a headshot has open wounds to be infected through What Tall, Dark Rich editor let that get by On top of that racial national stereotypes abound and are crude and unappealing Brooks is obviously a big fan of Israel as they are the heroes of the dayven going so far as to selflessly save Palestinian refugees yeah rightand remnants of South Africa s apartheid system are given a reprieve due to their pragmatism Russians are wacky comrades Chinamen are inscrutable and Americans are cowboys weakened by The Collector's Encyclopedia of Antique Marbles education and consumerism UghI won t recommend this book to anyoneven a die hard zombie fan lest World War Z ruin the genre for them forever Update See Taught to Obey end of review for movie reviewI ve broken my cardinal rule for reading books just before the movie comes out This rule I ve alluded to is the following I don t read the book directly before the movie at least 1 year before or it must be read after or just wait on the movies The reason for this is that I want tonjoy the story through both mediums and if you read the book just before the movie you ve set yourself up to be a critic analyzing Learning to Dance in the Rain everything and complaining aboutvery detail that s inevitably left out but which is often than not necessary for the mediumIf you read the book at least a year before at least with my shoddy memory the movie becomes a happy time of fond remembrances Oh yeah I remember that part so cool Yay Happy In this instance I hear the movie doesn t uite follow the book Rebel (The Change, exactly and whatlse can that mean than that it s a typical zombie movie I don t think I ve ruined much hereYou know it could have been partly because of all the hype but I didn t love this book I didn t hate it Man of Her Dreams (The Enforcers, either which makes these the hardest reviews to write but I think I have a few ideas why World War Z just didn t work all that well for meI m studying for the bar at the moment so you get anxtremely well organized review at least with headings aplenty since that s how my brain is thinking at the moment The PlotDoesn t really The Plant Paradox exist Yeah there s a loose series ofvents that defines the book or the Zombie War but it s told through interviews with different survivors from different countries And they re short too I Little Sister (Sweet Dreams, even checked this with the book paper form Each interview amounts to a page or two maybe 5 max Each tends to discuss a certain importantvent which Namen-Und Sach-Register Zum Jahresbericht �ber Die Fortschritte in Der Lehre Von Den Pathogenen Mikroorganismen Umfassend Bacterien, Pilze Und Protozo�n ends up getting referred to by characters later in the book and often mentioned by the one directly followingIt sxtremely clever and lets you see how well developed this whole idea isIt s N.76 le Mystere de Job et les preuves Initiatiques extremely cleverMax Brooks has literally thought ofverything when it comes to a war against zombies I thought the same in my reading of The Zombie Survival Guide and it goes just as well here EVERYTHINGHe goes into why tanks are all but useless against hordes of zombies because you have to take out their heads Anything Red Skies at Night (Anchors Away else and they ll still shamble and probablyven become dangerous when you trip over them on the ground The airforce is just as useless because it s so much money and The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956 effort for such a little amount of good Better spent on a bunch of soldiers with tons of amo Heven goes into better strategies for fighting this war why the zombies are such a good Fresh faith enemy because they don t need to be bred fed or led as I ll let the bookxplain Very clever and not ven pretentious about it Just captivating And this isn t the only thing I liked although we re getting into the middle ground because I didn t love the audio itherThe AudioOne of the things that got me The New Left the Origins of the Cold War excited to listen to this on audio was that it s read by a full cast That means they re trying REALLY hard and that tends to be a good thingspecially if you don t like one or two of the voices it s okay it s only temporary With just one narrator that can really kill a book I mentioned that this is told through many different people in different countries and they have actors like Rob Reiner and John Turturro Even Max Brooks himself plays the part of the interviewer John Turturro from The Big LebowskiVery cooluntil the point of distraction There are so many different countries represented that N Pegg and members of the casts of Star Trek Battlestar Galactica Heroes and Max Brooks will be reprising his role as The Interviewer The original abridged dition released in 2006 won an Audie Award for Best Multi Voiced Performance Original cast members include Alan Alda Mark Hamill Carl Rob Reiner and John Turturro In this new classic of apocalyptic fiction that feels all too real the Zombie War came unthinkably close to radicating humanity The documentary style oral history records 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 Featuring five ho.

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Max Brooks is The New York Times bestselling author of The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z He has been called ”the Studs Terkel of zombie journalism“Brooks is the son of director Mel Brooks and the late actress Anne Bancroft He is a 1994 graduate of Pitzer College His wife Michelle is a screenwriter and the couple have a son Henry