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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
    (3379)
    Performance
    (3192)
    Story
    (3198)

    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"
    "Would Have Preferred the Abridged Version"
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    What disappointed you about World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition)?

    Not sure what the fuss is about. The book felt disjointed. There were too many different stories, many of which just weren't that interesting. I would have preferred fewer characters, and going back for multiple visits with the same characters. I also would have preferred a more coherent timeline and more background info from the narrator/reporter.

    Nothing much added to the genre that hasn't been explored before. Really, the only interesting thing about this novel is the concept, and that wears off rather quickly. Also, there were some very good performances, and some very bad ones (wheelchair guy narrator, I'm looking at you).


    Has World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition) turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No -- love zombie/apocalypse books.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    Yes, for some of the narrators.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. Expected more.


    Any additional comments?

    Recommend getting the abridged version first. If you love it, and crave more, then consider getting the complete version. Wish I had done that.

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  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    Overall
    (6955)
    Performance
    (5321)
    Story
    (5403)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "Hopefully, the movie is better."
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    What would have made Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter better?

    A better narrator. Performance was terrible (accents bad, sounded young and inexperienced). Long breaks with no speaking, or bad music.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Story was ok. Disjointed, reaching. Incorporating the vampire stuff was not seamlessly done -- like trying to shoehorn a big left foot into a small right shoe.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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