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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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Great fun!

Book was a lot of fun for me and my kids. Jack Black really made minecraft come to life.

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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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  • 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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  • Steve Sohn
  • 2018-11-14

Surviving is fun

the end is the beginning
the beginning is the end
be positive
books make you think

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  • R. MCRACKAN
  • Raleigh, NC
  • 2018-08-25

Good for young minecraft fans

Younger minecraft fans will find a lot to love in this book. The earnestness of the lessons is more than a little heavy handed though. The narrative is thin. The novel is mainly a way to discuss minecraft mechanics and how they relate to these self-help life lessons.

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  • sofia ortiz
  • 2018-04-17

Liked it, good for kids

It's a clean book, I feel it would be a good book for kids that are into minecraft . I actually enjoyed the story and may read it again sometime.

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  • Robert
  • 2017-09-20

So relaxing and creative

I felt so calm and Jack did a good job narrating this amazing and relaxing book

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  • Technosteve
  • 2017-07-27

Surprisingly good

Jack Black did a great job narrating. I'm 36 and enjoyed it, and my son who is 7 enjoyed it equally as much. Teaches kids valuable life lessons, which is a bonus.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-05-13

Great book

Definitely a great listen, but feel like there so much more potential. It's great for the start of a possible series...? Well developed, and overall great.

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  • Jeff
  • 2019-04-30

Fun adventure story and awesome narration

Jack Black's high energy narration is so complimentary of this story of what it might be like to suddenly wake up in a minecraft world. My 8 year old Minecraft enthusiast son was hooked!