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.
If you always have a book with you...
This is by far the worst Zombie book I have listened to. I just don't get what everyone else sees in this book. After the first couple of hours it was just boring to listen to the basically repetitive stories. The book was hardly entertaining. It's only saving grace was a stellar cast of narrators. I don't think anyone could complain about the narration, but for me, the end could not come soon enough.
The story is so complete. Max Brooks thought of everything, from every angle, and does a brilliant job bringing the story to life through the various (well defined) characters.
I'm sure everyone says Todd Wainio, and I might have to agree, if only because his recurrence allows for a very complete divulgence of the American campaign. We get to know him as a character, and through him get a really good idea of the wartime American experience. I am also quite partial to Christina Eliopolis' story, as well as Henry Rollins' version of T.Sean Cullins and admiral Xu Zhicai.
It's the author. There's a fantastic element of authenticity in that.
It made me think. And then listen again. That, I think, is invaluable.
There were a few casting decisions I think could have been stronger. All the voice actors do great, but too often you can tell when an accent is being faked.
All of the different voice actors! I loved the variety of readers. All were amazing.
Every chapter was a new story. And the majority of the chapters were a new thrill.
So much. I can't put it into words as I'm not a writer, but a reader, but I felt as if I were sitting in on the individual interviews.
A few. The woman who parachuted out of her crashing plane . . . the doctor and the transplant patient . . . the chapter about the dogs . . . so many excellent stories that kept me listening! They hit all over the planet so that just about everyone can relate to one of the situations and instill just enough fear of familiarity.
The book is 100x better than the movie. Your own imagination can terrify you much more than what Hollywood wants you to see.
Thaddeus--"While I breathe, I hope
I thoroughly enjoyed the story and voice acting, but the playback was riddled with pockets of no audio(like a damaged CD).
My husband and I listened to this book on a long drive before we saw the movie. We might have spent a little extra time driving just to listen a little bit more. The story is intriguing. It is really nice how it is broken up into smaller "accounts". It is AMAZING that each of these accounts is read by another narrator. We hadn't looked at the list of narrators when we purchased it. We just wanted to listen to World War Z. We got so much more! We're listening in the car, and we're going... "Is that Mark Hamill? Is that..." It was really cool. And then when we went to see the movie, I think it was just BETTER after the book. It really is a great tie-in.
If you have seen the movie, read the original book, or none of the above, you are still going to enjoy this book. I've already recommended it to my friends. Now I'm recommending it to you. Enjoy!
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.