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.
Huge fan of fantasy and sci-fi.
The many stories that make up this book jump around in terms of focus, be it political, military, ordinary Joes surviving, or some that seemed to only be there to give an occasional creepy air. It did, at least, group them in a manner that made chronological sense. Some stories were memorable. Others were so drab my mind continuously wandered. I couldn't get past 40 pages of this author's Zombie survival guide so I wasn't expecting much going in. I'd have given this book 3 stars if not for the absolutely stellar narration from the many readers of this work. If you are looking for zombie thrills, look on. Only a couple hours will fit the bill. Its more of a post apocalypse chin scratcher.
Working Joe with a penchant for good stories.
Highly recommended! The different approach to the narrative is what really sets it apart from other zombie stories. It's funny, heartbreaking and terrifying all in one.
Can't recall any at the moment.
It makes it very personal from the accounts and suspends disbelief.
I was so excited to see this! I have owned the abridged version for years and it is remarkable but being a compleatest I felt it was necessary to get this version as well. I mulled over just getting The Lost Files but I thought it would be better to have this version as it had everything in sequential order. It was worth every penny to hear this tale the way it should have been done from the beginning.
There are so many moments that are memorable, this cast was amazing and the performances were excellent.
Hearing each episode in the "voice" of the character makes this compelling and hard to stop listening to. Missing sleep to finish this, my rational mind says...it will still be where I left it when I get up. However, its just too good to stop listening.
Well, it actually took me several sittings due to the length but I missed quite a bit of sleep to get it listened to as soon as possible.
Many thanks to Mr. Brooks and all the cast and crew for making available this remarkable production.
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!