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- Listening Length: 12 hours and 8 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Abridged
- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: May 14, 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BIK73QA
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World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War Audiobook – Abridged
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I think the following quote best sums the whole thing up: “All human armies need supplies, this army didn’t. No food, no ammo, no fuel, not even water to drink or air to breathe! There were no logistics lines to sever, no depots to destroy… It’s ironic that the only way to kill a zombie is to destroy its brain because, as a group, they have no collective brain to speak of. There was no leadership, no chain of command, no communication or cooperation on any level. There was no president to assassinate, no HQ bunker to surgically strike. Each zombie is its own, self-contained, automated unit, and this last advantage is what truly encapsulates the entire conflict… They had no limits of endurance. They would never negotiate, never surrender. They would fight until the very end…”
I read this book right after it came out years ago and have gifted probably a dozen or more copies to friends along with the statement of: "No, really... it isn't some cheesy horror story". But I felt I should re-read it after I gave my wife a copy to read some months back... (by the way, she is VERY anti-horror, anti-science fiction, etc.. so it took some convincing for her to pick it up)...
...and she ended up loving it!
She, (like most of the folks I've given it to), said that she kept wanting to write things down that were in the book because they were so insightful or just plain interesting... (THIS from a cheesy "Zombie Book"?... you're kidding me...). She completely fell into the world that was created by the author with little effort needed to suspend disbelief.
Ok... enough of the self-absorbed pontificating... Here is the low down on this book if you are trying to decide to buy it:
Just go ahead and buy it.
If you are even considering it, you won't be disappointed... and if you are thinking of giving it as a gift to someone that "may" like "that kind of book"... definitely do it... they (and you) will be pleasantly surprised.
Oh... and one last thing that I probably don't need to tell you... DON'T judge it by the movie... the movie was "not bad" despite the fact that it was almost totally unrelated to the book... (I know, not much of a surprise there, eh?)... but, as is the norm for blockbusters with costly effects and actors... it was little more than a one-dimensional series of scenes stitched together to create emotional reactions... (which it did fairly well).
But, believe me, this book has MUCH more depth in every way possible... characters, plots, supporting science, you name it... (and you won't have the ardent desire to hold down Brad Pitt and wash his hair... (ick)... ;-)