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L. Macks

Portland, OR, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (3697)
    Performance
    (3479)
    Story
    (3488)

    World War Z: The Complete Edition is a new recording of Max Brooks’ best-selling novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, featuring 21 additional Hollywood A-list actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original edition. New narrators include Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, Spiderman star Alfred Molina, The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, Firefly star Nathan Fillion, Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg, and members of the casts of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes and more!

    Kim Venatries says: "A Good Story with an All Star Cast but ABRIDGED"
    "Excellent, but I pre-ordered Unabridged..."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Of course! This is one of the best multiple-cast audiobooks I've heard. There were too many fine performances to count, and it was less an audiobook than a picture-less movie. Along with others, however, I too eagerly pre-ordered as soon as the option became available and am angered by the same issues already raised.

    How could Audible.com, an Amazon company, release an audiobook with an obvious omission of over four minutes? Even more shocking, the missing portion of the recording had already been completed for the (first) abridged version.

    What bothers me much more than that, though, is the misrepresentation that this is an unabridged version. Is "Complete" a new pseudonym for "Abridged, but not as abridged as before"? Perhaps this was rushed to market to take advantage of the "Movie Tie-in," prominently featured on the book image. From all reports, this sounds like a great summer action movie featuring Brad Pitt, but far removed from the moving, chilling, thought-provoking novel on which it is based.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Max Brooks gave an excellent performance, perfectly portraying the reporter--always in the background, but providing a consistency throughout the many stories of "survivors."


    29 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • Free Dirt: The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas

    • ORIGINAL (41 mins)
    • By Charles Beaumont
    • Narrated By Eric Bogosian
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (104)

    A penny-pincher carts off free soil from a graveyard in which to grow his own fruits and vegetables - but eventually the free dirt gets him in over his head.

    Anthony says: "Short but still a waste of time"
    "Not up to snuff for a Twilight Zone"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not as much as I'd hoped. I love Charles Beaumont's writing, but this was more silly than spine-tingling. The Twilight Zone doesn't really integrate comedy very well into the science fiction genre.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm currently listening to The Twilight Zone Companion.


    What three words best describe Eric Bogosian’s performance?

    Well done, accurate.


    Could you see Free Dirt being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Never; it's a finite story.


    Any additional comments?

    I hadn't known there was a Twilight Zone radio series and would consider giving another episode a shot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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