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 saw the movie. It was standard Hollywood crap. I read the reviews for this and thought it sounded worth a listen. The performances are terrific. The bits of narrative are pretty good as well, but I'm left with the impression that, overall, there is no actual story. That may be because of the abridged version (always a terrible idea). Anyway, any high school kid that had seen one episode of The Walking Dead or Night of The Living Dead could give you the whole plot is a paragraph.
I've decided to listen to books I've enjoyed reading in the past and this was the first I purchased with that idea in mind.
I enjoyed the cast reading so much! It was like listening to a radio show! What struck me about this book was how much thought Max Brooks gave to a zombie apocalypse. He covered so many angles of what such a thing would look like. It's relatively tame as far as gore goes but it's big on scope.
One thing that I didn't quite enjoy so much with the story was the constant reference to Americans being individualists. I felt like I was getting hit over the head with it and I don't understand why it had to be repeated so often. That is my one minor quibble.
I have read the book twice but I think this audio recording is better. The different voice got u more into the story. The people who voiced the different people conveyed such emotion. Awesome
THIS long story got me through some tough times by keeping me entertained. Very imaginative. I love that the characters from different backgrounds often had dynamic personalities, jobs and histories. the author didn't create charicatures or stereotypical versions of people all over the world. Each person felt unique and interesting. I was engaged. the mix of unfamiliar and familiar voices was fun too.
Really well written book about a supposed zombie war. Books describes event from the perspective of a man interviewing other people throughout the events of the wars after it's end. Detailed enough to make it seem plausible and well thought but not so much as though bore you with unnecessary jargon. Voicing is well done with every character coming to life as though they are real. Overall must buy if you are into the genre.
The ensemble cast of celebrities delivers in every way. The detail in which the world collapsed under the weight of the Zombie apocalypse is amazing.
World War Z is almost a misnomer for such a brilliantly conceived and executed book. The Zombie Plague is only a backdrop for some wonderfully well written characterizations of Human Experience under a blanket of shared duress and fear. I would recommend it to schools for purposes of studying the impact of crisis on people and bringing up discussions about ethics, heroism, and nationalism versus globalism. The acting is superlative. One of my favorite books of all time.
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