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Publisher's Summary

The first official Minecraft novel! In the tradition of iconic adventures like Robinson Crusoe and Treasure Island, the number one New York Times best-selling author of World War Z tells the story of a hero - stranded in the world of Minecraft - who must unravel the secrets of a mysterious island in order to survive.

Washed up on a beach, the lone castaway looks around the shore. Where am I? Who am I? And why is everything made of blocks? But there isn't much time to soak up the sun. It's getting dark, and there's a strange new world to explore!

The top priority is finding food. The next is not becoming food. Because there are others out there on the island...like the horde of zombies that appear after night falls. Crafting a way out of this mess is a challenge like no other. Who could build a home while running from exploding creepers, armed skeletons, and an unstoppable tide of hot lava? Especially with no help except for a few makeshift tools and sage advice from an unlikely friend: a cow.

In this world, the rules don't always make sense, but courage and creativity go a long way. There are forests to explore, hidden underground tunnels to loot, and undead mobs to defeat. Only then will the secrets of the island be revealed.

Two editions, two narrators, one thrilling story. Enjoy this version read by Jack Black, and then be sure to check out the other available version narrated by Samira Wiley.

©2017 Max Brooks (P)2017 Random House Audio

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  • ron
  • 2020-05-19

Do more Jack Black!

This was my sons first audio book. He loved it. It has sparked an interest. Jack Blacks performance was amazing. I listened with him and found it very entertaining. Seriously. If you or your little ones like Minecraft this one is a must. Audible - if you are reading this - get Jack Black to narrate more. Cheers.

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Awesome audio

Jack black and the sounds effects make the book come alive and my son loved it so much so that he listened to it several times already

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Great book!

I love the story. The performance was amazing, the exact voice I always thought the main character to have. My favorite part was at the end when the character told all of the life lessons he learned from Minecraft

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Grate book

It was an overall great book but a little expensive Jack black was the right person to read it

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Not what I expected

I must say when I first heard about this book I had no idea what to expect. As someone who loves the game I wasn't sure what a novel adaptation would entail. When I saw it was written by Max Brooks, and read by Jack Black I really didn't know what to expect. And it was amazing. It was great seeing the world through the eyes of someone who didn't know what was happening, or anything about the world they found themselves in. The exploration and need for the main character to be creative to overcome situations exceeded what I thought was going to a quick summary rather than main points of the book.

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fun

my kids loved listening to this and I enjoyed it as well. Jack black was great. the story was funny and entertaining. I will recommend it to my friends with kids or adults who like Minecraft.

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Surprisingly I loved it

Funny enough, I've never played minecraft in my life. But I loved the book is was so interesting. Jack Black did an amazing job narrating the book.

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The background noises and music is annoying

Who’s idea was it to have background sound? It is so distracting and annoying. Particularly the waves and water sounds in chapter 1 (even though the text even says the water was calm and quiet). Jack Black narrating the book is pretty great, so I’m a little disappointed by the background making it harder to listen to the story. I’ve only finished the first two chapters and I was so thankful that the music and noise had stopped as chapter 2 began, but then after a little while the music started again. I’ve been listening with a 10 year old boy and he doesn’t seem to mind though.

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loved it

it was hard to stop listening when you got into it. worth the read forsure

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So good

It was so amazing minecraft is just a great game I love this book who agrees? (:

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  • Dave Norris
  • 2017-07-22

Max Brooks and Jack Black does it get any better..

It's a short but very enjoyable story. Jack Black does a great job narrating it. As a fan of minecraft I really didn't know what to expect. It was a good story that reminded me of all the fun I had when I first started playing the game. It's got the joy of figuring out crafting recipes, and the discovery of new items and areas. I highly recommend this to any fan of the game.

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  • Joanna A. Bryant
  • 2017-08-26

My three boys and I loved Jack Black's narration!

The story was laid out perfectly for the games actual progression, so it was fun to be able to identify with the character and understand each aspect that occurred. My oldest is 12, my middle son is 10, and my youngest is 6 and as there mom I have played the game together and found Mr. Black's narration to enrich the story line even more; we are really hoping he narrates the next one. Thank you!

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  • RRS
  • 2019-08-11

Jack Black slays narration

Jack Black makes this story a treat for kids and adults alike. My 6 and 4 year olds love Minecraft and they can’t get enough of this story. They have listened to it at least 10 times all the way through and continue to ask for it. My husband and I both enjoyed listening to it as well. If your kid likes Minecraft- you can’t go wrong with this story!

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  • godsxmessenger
  • 2019-02-27

Should make a sequel.

I want to give jack black a high five for this. It feels like an amazing roleplay perspective of someone playing minecraft and getting into the game over time, while making some subtle jokes about the player. Max Brooks brings in a great survival mindset and lessons as well.

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  • kelly lerche
  • 2019-08-27

Amazing....

The best Minecraft novel I've ever listened to. iv e listened to it 10 times!!!!😀😀😀

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  • Michael f.
  • 2019-03-12

was looking at memes and saw this story

this story was amazing a truly inspiring story by max Brooks and a wondrous performance by Jack black

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  • Autodidact Andy
  • 2019-11-03

Surprising enjoyable story ride!

Jack Black really nails it! Listened to with my 14 year old son and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. Use that credit here. You won't regret it

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  • Britton R
  • 2019-06-11

Jack Black is the man!

Jack Black is the most amazing narrator! Please more Jack Black! The story itself is amazing as well!

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  • Autumn
  • 2019-03-15

Kept my son entertained, injured eye

My son couldn't see for a day; this book saved us from ultimate boredom! 💗

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  • Denise Koehnke
  • 2019-03-02

i like the storyline and i run and listen to it

the hole thing is a 9 out of 10 i like the book a lot

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