“Minecraft: The Island” (Narrated by Samira Wiley) An Official Minecraft Novel By Max Brooks 

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An Official Minecraft Novel
By: Max Brooks
Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
Release date: 07-18-17
Publisher: Random House Audio

Whether it’s a Zombie survival guide or this Minecraft survival story, Max Brooks can create a story that will not only suck you in but have you looking around making sure you have the tools.

I wasn’t sure what I was getting into with this book but with Max Brooks writing I knew it would be fun. I’ve thought of Minecraft as a kids’ game, but after hearing the protagonist survive zombies, creepers, endermen and more, I think I may revisit the Minecraft world. This book not only gives a story within the Minecraft world and one person’s surviving being suddenly plunged into this world of right angles and no curves, but also several life lessons.

I wanted the audiobook read by Jack Black because I’m a Jack Black fan, but I accidentally got the version read by Samira Wiley (Orange is the New Black). It actually turned out to be better than expected. Wiley delivered the story with a sense of discovery that made the journey through this world fun.

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 Samira Wiley, and then be sure to check out the other available version narrated by Jack Black.
©2017 Max Brooks (P)2017 Random House Audio