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
Started Audible to listen while I did work in my 5.5 acre yard. Now, I listen all the time. My TV is now only on when company is at my home.
The full cast reading is incredible. You'll recognize at least have the voices, if not: you're too young. The story isn't Shakespeare, but its also not the World War Z movie, either. Great fun. I re-listen to, often, when I want a nice fun ride without a lot of mental investment.
I loved the unique written form of "history from recent memory" style where it plays out as a historical(fiction) of events that unfolded, from origin of the Zed Head catastrophe, when it was noticed by major governing powers and their failure to act preemptively, Stories of events that happened around the world, how each culture banded to fight the skurge. to then help the listener find closure as the world begins a new, new found patriotism and sense of belonging. the book was definitely a stand out due to the full cast and range of personalities completely made me feel like i was watching a dramatic history channel documentary in my head!
due to the nature that this book is, i still haven't found a comparative style or book that would be comfortable recommend, this book stands out from the rest.
the fact that it wasnt just one Narrator, it was several, i really enjoyed listening to the author play his part, and how the supporting cast took to their part!
well, they already did! but i would recommend the listener go into the movie expecting the Universe that this book is based on, and to not expect events to unfold like they did in the book.
I really like this book. it's novel approach to a zombie apocalypse really pulled me in.. The only problem I have is with the vulgarity of language that Brooks uses on occasion. But if you can stand a couple of f bombs then you really should listen to this. The performance is great and the language is the only thing that keeps me from giving this a five star rating.
I haven't read the book or seen the movie, but I can understand the popularity based on the subject material.
This story is very well written. It addresses some very interesting (and concerning) aspects of our current society, including lack of self-reliance. To my knowledge, the author did an excellent job of researching his subject material.
The performances by each of the different characters were top notch.
I highly recommend this Audible.
This has become one of my go to audiobooks. All of the voice actors and actresses do a wonderful job. I didn't find the book scary or frightening in anyway and I don't mean that as a negative. Some stuff was creepy to be sure and it felt like listening a history of real events not like what you think a horror story should be. I would recommend this book to anyone.
what a crappy book. it really makes me wonder how books become best sellers. maybe there should be a new ranking that counts for copies sold and quality of content. the boom is initially interesting but then just becomes so repetitive with the same accounts of zombies with just different countries and new characters. it gets boring fast as you wait for a climax and some sort of real storyline. you will wait till you die because it doesn't exist. this book, like the zombies in it has no pulse.
Although I enjoy action, this work primarily concerns individual responses to action. I enjoyed each character's personal journey.
Kondo Tatsumi: He is a Hikikomori who's forced into life by the crises.
Each character is separately narrated. This adds to the life of the story.
Thoughtful and entertaining.
I gave into the hype and all the 5-star ratings and purchased this book. Definitely having buyer's remorse. 4 hours into it and I have no desire to finish it. So incredibly boring. The narration is great, I'll give them that. But the story.... ugh. Returning for credit.
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