Here are the facts:
1. Audible made a mistake and put "unabridged" next to the book's title. They admitted their mistake and offered me a refund (via email), which I declined. I'm sure they'll honor a refund to you as well.
2. This edition is A) the first release (which did have some "in-chapter" edits) and B) a bunch of new stuff. That's why chapter 3, for example, is missing some passages: because they were missing in the first edition.
3. Your complaints or requests for an unabridged version should go to Random House, for they are the producers of the audio book.
4. Despite the (yes, very annoying) omissions, this new edition is simply excellent.
5. #4 is an opinion. Not a fact.
I can now enjoy the book in the car ride to work
It is a new way of telling a zombie story
Yes it was
There seems to be a few tracks missing. Most notable the first story with the Chinese doctor between the doctors arrival at the village and him first seeming the young boy.
I listened to the abridged version previously released and really enjoyed it, so I was excited to find this longer version available.
There were so many of them: the Chinese Doctor and his patient zero, the Canadian solder and his experience in a cave, the Israeli spy and his discovery, I could go on...
This audio book has a large cast of narrators-brilliant idea!
I did well up a couple of times, the story is so plausible.
I admit I love zombies, what can I say? This book is among the best I have read. Max Brooks had to do extensive research here and it shows. It is so realistic. I found myself wanting to go to the sporting goods store to begin stocking up-just in case. In addition, some of the stories are truly moving. I really felt for these people and wanted to know more. What better accolade can you give a novel?
It's to bad the Movie used this books title because it is not the book and the book is leaps and bounds better.
Let alone the story being engaging the full cast of characters preformed by different individual brings this book not just to life but in your lap.
The fact that you get so many different accounts, from so many different types of people from all over the world, of what happened just before and during the zombie apocalypse.
There are so many great characters, being voiced by so many great actors.
I felt this was a very creative way to tell what has become a very familiar story.
It's really a shame that the movie of the same name may lead some people to ignore the book or Audible book, because this is a TREMENDOUS audiobook that you can get truly lost in.
Very well narrated, enjoyable but still poop-your-pants-intense. Maybe don't listen to it at work though like I did. A few times I was so engrossed in a story that someone touched my shoulder to get my attention and I nearly screamed.
This is one of the few audiobooks that I would highly recommend to my non-audiobook loving friends. The full cast of narration is fantastic!!! Really I can't say enough good things about the narration. Getting to hear all of the interviews in the voice of the character really brings the book to life.
The story itself gets a little stale after awhile but it's definitely worth a listen.
I also really admire that this is the first piece of zombie literature that I've read that actually uses the word zombie in it.
If you ever imagine the systematic breakdown of society by a great plague from personal accounts; this is your book! World War Z brilliantly captures the physical, emotional and psychological toll of survivors of the great zombie war.
The star studded ensemble cast is absolutely amazing!
World War Z: This time, it's personal!
World War Z is by far one of the best audio books I have listened to date. I had to listen to it several times to truly soak up all the information presented in this grand production!
Better story line. It was very predicable. Military guys in story were liberal archetypes. Not very believable.
Over doing the stereo types.
While this complete version contains the material left out of the original abridged recording (World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War), I didn't find that it added anything particularly compelling.
Don't get me wrong, this is a great book with some great performances (Mark Hamill did an INCREDIBLE job, and I didn't even know it was him until the credits at the end), but -- unlike nearly every other audio book -- I found the abridged version was better by keeping it concise and missing some of the weaker performances.
Had I not listened to the original abridged recording first I may have felt differently, though.