Audie Award Winner, Multi-Voiced Performance, 2014
World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War is a new version of Max Brooks' episodic zombie novel. The abridged versions of the original stories are now joined with new, unabridged recordings of the episodes that were not included in the original (abridged) version of the audiobook. These additional episodes feature a star-studded cast of narrators to coincide with the upcoming release of the film.
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! Max Brooks will be reprising his role as The Interviewer.
The original abridged edition, released in 2006, won an Audie Award for Best Multi-Voiced Performance. Original cast members include Alan Alda, Mark Hamill, Carl & Rob Reiner, and John Turturro.
In this new classic of apocalyptic fiction that feels all too real, the Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. The documentary-style oral history records the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time.
Featuring five more hours of previously unrecorded content, this full-cast recording is read by F. Murray Abraham, Alan Alda, René Auberjonois, Becky Ann Baker, Dennis Boutsikaris, Bruce Boxleitner, Max Brooks, Nicki Clyne, Common, Denise Crosby, Frank Darabont, Dean Edwards, Mark Hamill, Nathan Fillion, Maz Jobrani, Frank Kamai, Michelle Kholos, John McElroy, Ade M’Cormack, Alfred Molina, Parminder Nagra, Ajay Naidu, Masi Oka, Steve Park, Kal Penn, Simon Pegg, Jürgen Prochnow, Carl Reiner, Rob Reiner, Henry Rollins, Jeri Ryan, Jay O. Sanders, Martin Scorsese, Paul Sorvino, David Ogden Stiers, Brian Tee, John Turturro, Eamonn Walker, Ric Young, and Waleed Zuaiter.
©2006 Max Brooks (P)2012 Random House
great story and great performance, however not really sure how' it ties into the movie. It does give more back story to the story but even if you haven't seen the movie you'll be fully informed and engrossed by this title.
I'd recommend this to a friend as the movie poorly executed this piece of fiction. It has angst, drama, action, and you feel some connection with the individuals telling these stories. I wouldn't say that you built as much of a connection as you would when you have one protagonist. In this story, the protagonist is humanity.
The numerous backgrounds and changing in scenery. It helped keep the story alive, though I only wish that I was able to discern more of a timeline instead of vaguely guessing.
I enjoyed the entire cast. The narrator did indeed sound like an official interviewer, trying his best to document such a tragic history and pushing for more information.
Yes. There was a few times I had to rewind about 60-120sec to re-listen to certain pieces to reverify what I had heard as to not miss out on anything.
It's by no mean a perfect piece of fiction involving a zombie apocalypse. That being said, I would say it's one of the BEST pieces out there. It adds a human element which adds the flavor of drama, angst, determination, and perseverance. Perhaps this isn't a must-read, but I'd still highly recommend it to anyone that has any adoration to the zombie genre.
This book is definitely up there. What truly makes this audiobook one of the better ones has to be the performance. With an all-star cast, the story just comes to life. The story itself is well written too, but the performance is what makes this audiobook so fantastic.
The narrators were my favorite part about this experience.
Mark Hamill as Todd Wainio was my favorite. His voice and character were so convincing. Common as Darnell Hackworth was a close second. Common has a lovely voice, and his character was my favorite.
No extreme reaction, but it was enjoyable and it did stir up emotions, just nothing extreme.
If you want to read World War Z, this version is the way to go!
Did you hate that fucking movie? Did you hate sick people being the antithesis to zombies? Then listen to this audiobook! It has nothing to do with that movie!
Instead, it's a harrowing tale told by the accounts of people all over the globe, voiced by an amazing cast.
Srsly, f that movie and buy this audiobook, you will not regret it!
One of the best narrated books I've ever listened to. Each actor plays their character well, actually getting the tones, sarcasm, or whatever feeling they're trying to portray. So many other narrators fall into a monotone, but these sound like people recounting actual experiences. I consider this a must-hear for all zombie fans.
Kinda stupid to brand it as the movie tie-in, though. The movie had nothing to do with this book.
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