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
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.
I would. I feel like I would pay attention to different things the second time and gain more insight into the story.
Even though I typically prefer stories where I connect with 1 character, I felt connected to each and every short story. Like each person was a different aspect a possibility of how I or people I know would react.
Every character was so different and wonderful. I really felt like they were those people!
When one of the characters (a young girl that was mentally damaged by the traumatic events) describes her mother deciding to kill her to save her the pain and torment. I was running at the time and I was so choked up I had to stop.
I am so happy I purchased this audio book. It was my main motivation for getting out to run every day. "Oh I have to go run so I can hear the next part of the book!"
I would Highly recommend this book to anyone
The use of voice actors to portray the people being interviewed really took this book to the next level. It brought a sense of realism and depth that made me feel as though I were listening to the people who "lived" the experiences, rather than just one person reading the accounts. The actors did a great job of infusing the emotion and inflection necessary to keep me enrapt in the story. Even though I had already read the book, it was fascinating to hear it told as the author had intended
No, this was the first one
I normally listen to audiobooks in my car. This book was so compelling and captivating that I found myself extending my drives, or just sitting in my car after I had reached my destination, just so that I could continue listening.
Max Brooks can arguably be called the foremost expert in the zombie genre, and this books did a remarkable job of combining both the elements of a horror story and the compelling drama of the survival of the human race as well as our basic humanity. The stories collected and printed in this book make it easy to lose yourself and believe that you are not reading a fiction, but the accounts of a catastrophe that nearly ended our world. I couldn't recommend this book any higher. If you've never read or heard it and you are a fan of the living dead, waste no more time and buy this book!
The use of a variety of well-known actors added to the depth of the book. Each actor was able to delve into their character and embody their narrative.
The moment where the Japanese kid is so disconnected from the rest of the world that he doens't even realize his parents have fled the apartment. He has to climb out the window of his skyscraper apartment, but has never used his muscles for athletic purposes because his entire life is lived online. He has no genuine human-to-human interaction...and therefore, he somewhat realizes that he is less than human - even if more than a zombie.
Alan Alda is no stranger to social criticism through the lens of a war story. His role as Arthur Sinclair Junior stood out as particularly brilliant.
It takes a lot to make me cringe or stand in awe. There were numerous points in this book where it elicited those precise reactions.
Like all great zombie narratives, this book was really about the inhuamanity of humanity. While the monsters dominated the landscape, they were never the focal-point of the story. The story was always, in each piece, about how humanity uses, abuses, destroys, and is destroyed by itself. The thing that separates humanity from the zombies is that 'human element,' as the author notes at the beginning. But throughout the book, he works hard to show that the human element all but disappears at our worst moments - leaving us with little distinction between ourselves and the monsters. Social criticism and monster movies belong together like Nicholas Sparks and lots of crying.
The multiple narrators each telling a story of survival. It's more of a radio play than just a great audiobook.
This story is told from multiple points of view, all combined describe an epic horrific event with remarkable detail and emotion. Zombies are an absurd impossibility in our reality, but this story is told in a very plausible and real manner in a reality where zombies exist.
The Battle of Yonkers
The movie is crap compared to the book. If you've only seen the film, and not heard Max's story, you must read or listen!
I'm not a horror or action-adventure reader, but I wanted some long, popular-fiction to get me through my travels. I bought this book despite those potential categories, and disregarding the description of multiple narrators, each telling stand-alone stories (also not usually my thing.)
I am so glad I followed intuition and not biases in choosing this juicy tome.
To begin, the all-star cast does a fabulous job reading. Real stars -- people like Alan Alda and Rob Reiner, whose voices you will recognize -- lend depth to many sections.
But the real star of the book is the thoughtful, sophisticated analysis of the world we live in, and how that would affect responses to an epidemic of violent corpse attacking across the planet.
How would modern China contextualize a virus into an ancient curse? Japanese society disintergrate with the shame of contamination? What would a first round US Military response look like, and why would it fail?
There is some, but not a lot of hand-to-hand combat and gore in this book. For me, not too much, or too little. And there is almost no continuity -- no named characters, followed through, giving emotional attachment to a story line plot.
Normally, I would find that a problem.
But the richness of imagination and intelligent comprehension was sufficient to make me forget the things I wasn't getting from this book; and shaking my head in wonder at the mastery of storytelling in these precise, humorous, provoking sketches and novellas about the pet monster of our times, the zombie.
Whatever type of reading you usually enjoy, don't miss this book!
Yes, its different and captivating.
Probably the American doctor in Brazil.
there are too many to count.
I've already listened to this book twice, and it will stay on my MP3 player. The performance is amazing, and I'm glad that I listened to the book vice going to see the movie.
I highly recommend this book to anyone. It's a great listen and the narration is outstanding. The different narrators do a superb job of tell thier parts of the story. I gaurntee that once you start listing to this book you'll make excuses to keep from putting it down.
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