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

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!
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, 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

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    Spencer AUSTIN, TX, United States 05-24-13
    Spencer AUSTIN, TX, United States 05-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A brief explaination of why the book is "abridged""

    This book is essentially unabridged, all of the characters and all of the chapters are intact and in the book. The abridgement comes simply from the omissions of the original audio play.

    For example: because the chapters that mentioned General Raj Singh in a major capacity were initially not in the original abridged audio book, the passing mentions, such as in the battle of hope are not included. Also a conversation between Kondo Tatsumi and Tomonaga Ijiro that was skipped in the first audiobook is still missing, again because Kondo Tatsumi was not in the original audiobook. Suffice to say, if some specific statement was omitted from a chapter in the original, it will not appear now in the new chapter as none of the previously recorded chapters were re-recorded for the new edition. With that said, all of Max Brooks' audio has been re-recorded, and it is just as good as it was last time, and it is 100% unabridged.

    As for the quality of the new segments: Three struck me as very poor casting choices, but the rest were superb and I would recommend. The three that were questionable were:

    Simon Pegg, a british actor playing an American, putting on a very phoney sounding Texas-esq accent.

    Nathan Fillion, sounds a bit too traumatized about something that happened twenty years ago.

    and Jeri Ryan puts on a very terrible Russian accent for her part as Maria Zhuganova.

    In addition to this, there is an issue I also have with one of the original casting choices, Xolelwa Azania needed a different voice actor, I will not explain why other than point out that the character, in spite of his name and behavior is supposed to be a white Afrikaner, and having him portrayed in any other way diminishes, though does not completely undermine, the effectiveness of the character. Eamonn Walker does a fantastic job, but his voice, while absolutely fantastic, is wrong for the character.

    Overall though, this should be considered the definitive version of the audiobook, it's worth the listen and other than the few slip-ups I've mentioned, this is a great value for your buck.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    marcus United States 07-06-13
    marcus United States 07-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "WHAT A BORE AND A SNORE"
    What disappointed you about World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition)?

    I was so upset when i finished this trash. It is the worst audio book I have ever listened to. I kept waiting for the action to start. Guess what it never did. There is no action. It is about a bunch of stupid inteviews, and I mean stupid. Dont waste your money or a credit on this garbage. Zombie book are suppose to scare you at least a little, this one put me to sleep. The should call it world war sleep. What a DUD. Don't get it or you will regret it. Trust me you will. I am going to cancel my membership. This is to much. You get a tiny sample to test. Then you find out it's your to keep. That's how much I hated it. I love zombie books . I'm just reading the fourth book in a zombie book by D. J. Molles. Now that is zombie.


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

    Yes this audio book suck. I want my credit back . As a matter of fact I am canceling my membership. I can't get a refund for this crap. what the point of paying for audio books. This is the last straw. That's how much I hated it.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator was good. Story sucked zombie ass.


    What character would you cut from World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition)?

    They all sucked


    Any additional comments?

    DON'T BUY THIS CRAP. DON'T DO IT. THIS IS MY FIRST REVIEW EVER. THAT'S HOW MUCH I HATED IT.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Janet M. Foltz Richmond, TX United States 06-03-13
    Janet M. Foltz Richmond, TX United States 06-03-13 Member Since 2009

    Etude

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    "Beware! This is NOT complete"
    What would have made World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition) better?

    This would have been a much better book it had lived up to the advertised title of "complete". It is NOT complete! Do not believe that only four minutes are missing. There are deletions throughout the stories. I like unabridged books, and was suckered in by the title. Another reviewer said the problems were fixed, so I bought the book. Nope. Not fixed. Love the story. Love the performances. Hate the abridgement!


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Christian Copenhagen, Denmark 03-04-14
    Christian Copenhagen, Denmark 03-04-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Past tense narrative is not exciting"
    Would you try another book from Max Brooks and/or the narrators?

    I'd like that. I was not fond of the story


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

    No


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Not really that much, but ok.


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

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher RACINE, WI, United States 01-10-14
    Christopher RACINE, WI, United States 01-10-14 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Not plausible enough for me..."
    If you could sum up World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition) in three words, what would they be?

    would never happen


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Chinese Doctor, the first character


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first scene, with the Chinese Doctor


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Not the Zombie story you've heard before


    Any additional comments?

    I am in no-way for Zombie stories. Someone whose opinion I value a great deal recommended World War Z to me VERY STRONGLY. She too is not into Zombie story-type stuff. I gave it a shot believing it would be a realistic vision of how a Zombie could really happen. Anyway, I could not, and still cannot, believe the outbreak would get to be pandemic given the traditional characteristics of the "disease" - that it is not airborne, that the Zombies have no ability to reason, and that the Zombies can "live" against the rules of physics and chemistry. That said, I did enjoy listening to it very much - much more than I thought I would.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michal Potwin, KS, United States 11-10-13
    Michal Potwin, KS, United States 11-10-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Waste of Time"

    I have NO idea why this book is so popular! The author does a great job at character development, but just when you start to get interested in a story it ends, never to be revisited. When I realized that it was pointless to invest any time in any of the characters, as I would never learn any more of their story, I shut off the book. One of the few I never finished, and the only book that I can honestly say "The movie was SO much better than the book!"

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    manleyphoto Cape Canaveral, FL 09-16-13
    manleyphoto Cape Canaveral, FL 09-16-13

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    "Slow"
    Would you try another book from Max Brooks and/or the narrators?

    No


    What was most disappointing about Max Brooks’s story?

    Boring, slow made up history of zombies. Yawn.


    Any additional comments?

    Just not what I was expecting. Now don't even want to see the movie.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mike madera, ca, United States 09-15-13
    mike madera, ca, United States 09-15-13 Member Since 2013

    M. E. Bowles

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    "Um, what's the refund process?"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone in need of fire starter or outhouse supplies.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    If looking for something better than this book maybe billboards.


    Any additional comments?

    So what is the refund policy?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Clayton Providence, RI, United States 08-24-13
    Clayton Providence, RI, United States 08-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Uninteresting"
    Would you try another book from Max Brooks and/or the narrators?

    Possibly. I just couldn't get into any of the tales. I thought most were disjointed and boring.


    What was most disappointing about Max Brooks’s story?

    It's certainly a unique way to look at the zombie apocalypse, but most of the stories just didn't hold my interest. I didn't make it half way through the book. Perhaps I will try again someday....


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

    Boredom


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher United States 08-20-13
    Christopher United States 08-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Hard to imagine this being dull, but it is"
    What would have made World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition) better?

    More action, present the various stories in the present tense or at least less passive way. How many different times did I have to listen to some actor say something like, "how could we have missed the signs."


    What was most disappointing about Max Brooks’s story?

    The way the story was told was so disjointed that it wasn't really even a story or a usable "history" of the Z war, it felt like a collection of very lame short stories about what certain cultures/political groups might do if confronted with zombies. The treatment of every political group was at maximum cynicism.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    No. No more Max Brooks


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

    Deep disappointment. Especially in light of the reporting around the movie where the author was concerned about his vision being maintained. No one could make an interesting movie out of this.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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