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.
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As it is billed as an oral history, this book was a fantastic audiobook! The boom is set up as vignettes and the format works perfectly. The voice actors are phenomenal and it makes you feel like you are with them in the room.
I read this book years ago but I'm so glad I revisited it as an audiobook!
The cast does and amazing job and the book structure really makes it easy to pick up and poot down (I listen over a 30 minute commute which is about perfect for most chapters in the book). The series really focuses on the human element and response to such a surprising situation as a zombie apocalypse. It also really focuses on the logistics of how a war with the undead would play out. The only nitpick that I have is the ending left me feeling a little wanting. Not a bad ending, just not one that I felt gave much finality.
This was my first purchase on Audible and it was AMAZING. I had read it before but hearing it read aloud with the whole cast was terrifying and I couldn't stop listening. My only wish was that there was a cast list breakdown by chapter. I ended up looking it up online to see who read what.
Having a full cast for the book was fantastic! Because the books was done in an interview style, the different voices really made it. Surprisingly, there were quite a few big names among the cast as well.
I enjoyed the boom when I read it, and I may have ever enjoyed it even more listening to it this way.
Interesting take on a zombie apocalypse. Spooky, engaging, and filled with excellent audio performances. Nathan Fillion as a haunted Canadian soldier was particularly noteworthy. Throughout, I heard so many familiar voices that I finally looked up a cast list so I would stop trying to figure out who that was and just listen to the story. Some of the vignettes haunted me for weeks after I listened to them, (puppy store, space station, San Diego invasion) and the overall story keeps you listening. One warning though: I wouldn't recommend listening to it while walking your dog through fog-shrouded streets at one a.m. Just a bad idea, really. Listen during daylight hours when it's a little harder to imagine this reality coming to pass....
I've now read the book, and (in this case) listened to the ABRIDGED audiobook. And, starting tomorrow (when it's released [14May13]), I will also listen to the UNabridged audiobook version (probably just the different parts!). In the two cases so far - I am constantly in awe of Max Brooks' ability to seamlessly stitch the plot together...giving you just enough information so you understand a snippet of the story - but not too much! - then fusing that vague element into the next "interview" story, where it gains greater clarity. I hate to use the word "masterful"...but it's pretty damn well-done!!! Anyway - I love how this book is about Zombies (Z's, Zeds, G's, The Undead, Zacks)...Duh!...but really NOT about them. Insert the plague, or catastrophe, or paradigm-altering event of your choice, and this same sort of mental and physical exercise would play out pretty much as Max has outlined! Well done! Now, I need to read "The Zombie Survival Guide" so I know exactly how to us the "Lobo" tool to it's greatest effect!
ADDENDUM: I have now finished the LESS-Abridged (newest/movie tie-in) version [It still has a little of the original text missing, so can not honestly be called UNabridged!] The parts that were added back from the original Abridged version were (mostly) AMAZING! How cool is it to have Frank Darabont (Exec.Producer for Pilot and Season 1 of "The Walking Dead") narrate the part of a film producer that makes a zombie war propaganda piece!!!???!!! PFCool!!! With the exception of the Ric Young part (the actor's voice is too slow and over-ennunciated) the new parts were phenominal! It really added back the missing impact that the original book had, and with some great voice talent! Great book! And, if you opt for the audiobook - go for the "Movie Tie-in" version released in 2013 (vs. the 2006 Abridged version).
"Best audio book ever!"
I've lost count of how many times I've listened to it! Equally as good is the Zombie Survival Guide also by Max Brooks. Encore!!
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