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
I think the book would appeal to liberals who think that the know whats best for everyone and who will force it on them. I am a liberal myself, but this book is preachy and you can almost hear the writer stepping up on his soap box when a new chapter starts. I go so sick of it by the end, I wanted the Zombies to win.
If I were trapped under the Paris tunnels waiting for zombies to eat me, and there was only one book down there and by reading that one book I would save the lives of the 250,000 people trapped with me, and that book was by written by Max Brooks, I might read it.
I thought some of the Actors did a great job of capturing the spirit of their character, some actors seemed to just be reading the book. But overall the performances were mostly hindered by the words.
I didn't care about the characters, or the narrator or really anything in this book. Oh that's it. There was no arc! There was nothing learned, no character development and no journey I like my stories to include, well a story.
This is one of the few books that bounces between multiple first person narrations without being confusing. There is so much great content and thought through details I was consumed by this book. when it ended I wanted to cry.
The narration in this was phenominal. I guess that can be expected considering all the big name actors they casted for it.
This book is nothing like the movie. I appreciate that the movie did not even try to be like the book and I liked the movie. Basically they only share the same name with the book being the better of the two great but unrelated stories.
If you always have a book with you...
This is by far the worst Zombie book I have listened to. I just don't get what everyone else sees in this book. After the first couple of hours it was just boring to listen to the basically repetitive stories. The book was hardly entertaining. It's only saving grace was a stellar cast of narrators. I don't think anyone could complain about the narration, but for me, the end could not come soon enough.
1) Ignore the 'movie tie-in' mention. This is the original book. The movie had zombies, and that's about it for similarities with the book. If you slow the movie zombies down to normal zombie speed, the movie might fit in as a single story within the structure of the original book.
2) The original audiobook had entire stories and sections missing. This edition includes the original version and fills in the holes. Almost all of them. There are still a few bits and pieces missing, but personally, I only noticed two missing sections. A few of the Mark Hamill segments had missing paragraphs when compared to the original text, and the double-interview section with both the Japanese Otaku and blind gardener was left out (though the much larger solo interview sections for both of them are included).
3) This has the best cast imaginable. Seriously, look over the cast list. Every character is portrayed by a different actor, and nearly all of them are recognizable Hollywood names. Only one actor gave a flat reading, and that stands out because it IS the only bad reading in the entire audiobook.
4) The story itself is compelling. I was moved to tears or anger or fear on occasion.
The basic (non-spoiler) overview is that the Zombie Apocalypse happened, Zombies nearly took over the world. The story is told from the perspective of someone who went around the world collecting interviews and data after the war ended, who then compiled the interviews into a single volume, arranging the stories in roughly chronological order.
The main drawback of the book is that it might spoil you for other zombie-related stories. While not a zombie expert myself, all other zombie books I've seen have fallen short of WWZ.
World War Z is an exemplary piece of an ensemble cast story with excellent choices for voice actors. The story itself is a compelling and startlingly realistic vision of the how life might play out if some bizarre circumstance set forth the reanimation of the dead. There is also an excellent social commentary about modern first world and third world cultures. One could even go so far as to speculate that the Zombies represent the vast majority of our species in that we consume and consume, blindly devouring the thinkers, producers and creators for the purpose of our own insatiable hungry to devour merely because its there to take and often with no more effort than a shuffle stepping zombie. Ever see a long line at the apple store.. or how about a black friday sale? Other questions? do the zombies represent that lazy of our cultures? People who gain money, food or whatever they seek without working to earn it? Those who do not produce, only consume? Are these zombies like the people who mindless follow the call of one to another and, like lemmings, follow along with whatever the other zombies does? Lots of interesting social parallels and generally a fun book for a long cold nights drive.
I have 4 Audible accounts and my wife thinks I may have a problem.
Its ranks pretty pretty high.
If you have seen the movie then you should get this book. Its completely different. In a good way.
I haven't read the print version, so I honestly couldn't say, although this is an unabridged copy so am I really missing anything?
The fact that this book was capable of legitimately making me cry over the plight of people who don't exist. It's not easy, evoking that kind of emotion, even for real people, with just words on a page or even the spoken word.
Well, in the book, you need to create your own emotional tone for what you're reading based on the limited information that the print can convey. You don't need to do that for the audio version, the emotion is there, in the actor's performance. Some fall a little flat but it makes sense that they do, this is an after-action report to an apocalyptic war, some people will no doubt have turned inward and suppressed their emotions just too emotionally survive the sort of things they witnessed.
I did listen to it in one sitting, twice.
Kept my interest well and the performances were generally excellent, though there were a couple that were over acted to Shatner levels and these stood out.
Thought provoking and well written for the most part.
This will probably be in my top ten audio book rotation.
Yes it was so well done.
The entire casts of characters was great
Laugh a few times
The real world is nicely incorporated into World War Z.
Favorites include Alan Alda and his Distress stories, the Castles of the Zombie wars-they really do exist. Most memorable and the scenes that stay with me include: the Queen of England opening her castles to those that could reach and defend them (the use of the word duration was powerful)-the Castles of the Zombie wars do exist: South Africa and Mandiba-what can I say it was powerful; Maisie, Pongo, Perdita, and Darnell (even the dogs had a story and Common told that story beautifully). Most haunting goes to Nathan Fillion and his Canadian soldier Mackey
each story was told by a different individual, so not sure this applies
Absolutely and I will listen it to it many many times
I love this book and recommend the complete unabridged to anyone who enjoys a great alternative history book.
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