• Minecraft: The Island (Narrated by Jack Black)

  • The First Official Minecraft Novel
  • By: Max Brooks
  • Narrated by: Jack Black
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Minecraft: The Island by Max Brooks.

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.

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.

©2017 Max Brooks (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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Minecraft Stoicism

Obviously the book is far more than a story about a man stuck in Minecraft.

The man wakes up lost, alone, afraid, like we all are in life. His first experiences are simply pain and fear, no one is good at first nor does everyone have a plan for life, without the vital knowledge of learning though experiences.

At first his pain his bought on by the environment, when he learns self-strength through knowledge and learning, he is able to over come the difficulties and reach a level of comfort. The man, from then on, is the author of his own pain. His failures to plan, to think about actions, to stick to good habits instead of impatience. This ends up destroying his achievements through hubris.

His friends are simply his mind speaking subconsciously. They impart the wisdom that going it alone his very hard. That destroying conections with outside people. Despite the fact that the man cannot communicate fully and completely to his friends, which by human nature is impossible, they stand by him and provide moral, ethical and physical support. Later that same man's actions will be harm to his friends and he must endure pain and suffering to save them. This is symbolic of the fact your friends cannot only give aid to you but will need help from you too. More than a business transaction, it is a relationship built on compassion and loyalty.

His growth comes from the struggles that is his forced to endure, either through outside forces or his own actions. Once he restores the topmost island, surface issues, he is left with the harder task of correcting the rotten underground, which are symbolic or hidden personal issues. He must grow beyond his more basic faillings to deal with the tasks of cleaning the tunnels.

His regret of the destruction of the apple trees, is the foundation for his mental growth. The apple trees are our earliest childhood and teenage years. We may have had other ways to make our way in life but through our own actions those paths have been closed. He may be regretfull of his needless burning of the past path, the sapplings, but his correct understanding is that: the path once walked cannot be untread. His acknowledgement that even in destroying the opportunity, it has brought him too today with experiences and knowledge he may not have otherwise gotten on the other path. Regrets should only go as far in teaching you lessons, they should be learned from but not used to crush your spirit of today.

Leaving the island to explore is obviously about continuing to grow instead of being stuck in a comfortable place for the rest of your life.

At the most basic level, I would call this Stoicism for Zoomers. Which if nothing else is an interesting idea.

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Huge frenzy of glee and smiles

I couldn't stop listening and jack black makes it that much better. I think Max Brooks did a great job.

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  • Jen W
  • 04-30-20

I love it

This is the best book on history and it should be a royal book for the Queen

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  • Katherine A Gwilt
  • 11-05-18

Lit

This app is amazing I am 11 and I love it it’s lit so definitely try it out

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  • Danny
  • 05-03-20

epic book for Minecrafters (10 year old son)

my 10 year old son loved the paper back book. and found the audiobook very entertaining, fun, educational.

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  • Michael W.
  • 05-06-18

awesome

i love minecraft and jack blacks voice really suited it. i really enjoyed listening to this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-08-20

Enjoyable to listen to while working.

I've been a player of the official game for a while and this, in a way, captures how the game used to play pretty well from the mobs to the mechanics of Minecrafts cube world and weaves a pretty compelling story. Though this book is certainly aimed at kids, it's definetly enjoyable for all ages and has some fun and exciting moments and Jack Blacks performance is what makes it all so real, with out him I fear this wouldn't of been as good.

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  • G496FIO
  • 06-09-20

I love It!

I found this book on YouTube because my favourite youtuber told me about it. I just think it’s Amazing!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-08-20

This Is GREAT!!!!!!!!!

I couldn't bear to leave the this book. IT .WAS. GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND. I LOVED . IT

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  • pauline marsh
  • 04-03-18

A relatable Book for life and Minecraft

It had heart and soul written in the form of lessons everyone can learn from.

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  • Sunflowerinrain
  • 08-27-20

This was great!

Loved it, sad it ended. Looking for the next installment to see what happens on the next adventure (reviewer, age 7)

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  • Tom Scott
  • 08-04-20

great for minecraft fanatics

this kept my son absolutely enthralled and taught me so much about the minecraft stuff he talks about constantly. Its a slow start but builds well to a climatic finish.

if you're looking for a complicated plot look elsewhere though. This is more like a minecraft manual than a novel.

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  • Kat
  • 11-06-19

sick man

A surprisingly good novel. I was unsure whether I would really enjoy this, considering I have never played Minecraft and often find audio book narrators annoying, but the combination of Max Brooks story, the soundtrack, and Jack Blacks great storytelling made this perhaps one of the best audio books I have experienced.

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  • Sara
  • 07-17-22

Delightful

The kids absolutely loved this one and I got really into it too. Jack’s delivery was exactly what you’d expect from him and was delivered in a most exciting way. My boys were a little sad that the story had finished, they would have loved to hear more books written by Max and narrated by Jack.

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  • Michael
  • 07-12-22

verry inspirering

it made think about the lessons that he learned and reflect them in to my life and others, espesialy my brother he loves minecraft and is verry kind though finds it hard to controle himself and i think this book really helped our lifes :) .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-13-22

Cool

So cool, I’ve listened to this so many times. Jack Black did an awesome job at it. The story is great and I can relate to my own adventures in Minecraft

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-08-22

the best

I loved the story and the voice 10/10 good character development jackblack was awesome.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-30-22

Amazing!

Amazingly good book and story! Jack’s voice was the perfect touch.
Almost left me in tears in ch. 9!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-27-21

great book and voice

great like listening to Jack black reading me a story each night before I go to bed

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  • Emma
  • 11-20-21

Five year old's review.

The best bit was the final chapter! - A review from my 5 year old.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-20-21

I love it!!

A beautiful story, topped off by amazing narrating by Jack Black. This book almost left me in tears. Would recommend to anyone!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-10-21

An awesome adventure with many deep life lessons!

adults and children alike can learn much from the teachings and lessons within. The hilarious and energetic narration by Mr.Black only adds to the solid action and storytelling.
definetely recommend, especially to people who have never played Minecraft.