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
LOVE. THIS. BOOK.
There are so many moments where I was gripping the edge of my seat the entire time. I can;t give a specific moment without ruining anything either.
I can't pick just one, sorry.
Many moments made me think, which I like for a book to do.
If you hated the movie, read this. If you loved the movie, read this. I have to admit, this was my first zombie genre read. I've tried another few books in the genre that don't hold a candle to this one. The "hype" is real in my opinion.
Because the movie looks so awful, I avoided the book like the plague (pun intended). After hearing Max Brooks talk about it on the Nerdest podcast, I realized I was missing out on something special. This is a great book with a great cast and an I nteresting perspective. 30 minutes of this has more intelligence than every season of The Walking Dead put together. It's a hell of a thoughtful achievement, and I really want to know what happened to North Korea.
It is a shame more stories aren't written as well and with the variety of voices that max brooks used. It's likewise a shame that so few readings use the caliber of voices as the author was able to. I loved the book and have been blown away by the performances on this rendition.
Fantastic cast. I could break away from it. the use of so many voices gave it all the best characteristics of a move while maintaining the mystery and detail of a book. very well done.
The way it was written like a documentary and the research behind it. Brooks really went all out to find the solutions mankind would have to zombies as well as mankind's reluctance to battle a fictional disease. I don't want to give it all away, but he writes it in a way that you can see it happening in real life.
The Phalanx guy. He's such an a-hole, but I love his reasoning to why he did what he did.
You really felt the emotion. One particular chapter that was much better was the regressed woman that spoke like a child. My jaw was on the floor when I first heard it. It's nothing like reading it.
When the general dies after almost killing his son and then having to nuke his own country. I love that it wasn't gratuitous with violence and that it was subtle. He just sits in his chair and dies; that's it.
If you buy this book thinking "it's like the movie" you are wrong. The book was created with hopes of being based on the book, but it ended being an original story. The zombies don't move the same way, the characters are different, the locations are different, the solutions are different, the entire story is 100% different.
THIS IS NOT THE MOVIE!
Gerry Lane does not exist!
This audiobook, both in quality and content, is one of the best I have ever listened to. The voice actors, all of whom are fantastic, imbue their characters with emotional depth and a humanity that is real and touching. Excellent.
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