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
For someone who doesn't like zombies, I sure have been reading a lot of zombie stuff lately. Huh... Honestly, I couldn't care less if it were zombies we were up against or some other creature. Zombies just seem so overdone to me. I guess it's pretty clear why the zombie factor isn't why I picked up World War Z. Honestly, I picked it up because of the format of it. The recounting of events by different people with different perspectives, backgrounds, and geographical locations.
I was not disappointed. And I was even rewarded with a believable-- VERY believable-- account of what a world war against the zombies could be like. This was a thorough, thought-provoking recounting of a fictional war that had me from the onset. It can be very easy to sink into this story and wonder if this really happened... somewhere else, just outside of your own little world.
It is one of my favorites
I very much enjoy the ending
Since most of the Narrators are professional screen actors this novel comes alive. Each character is detailed and unique.
There are parts that are happy and very sad.
I just wish the audio version had all of the stories and was completely unabridged. that is the only reason for 4 star rating in story. The whole story is a 5 star story but the audio version has pieces missing. Max Brooks is an amazing author and I feel that it is sad that his work is abridged.
The performance was wonderful. Not your ordinary zombie book. I felt like I had learned more about how our world works.
I read the book when it first came out and I was hooked. When I saw the cast for the audio book I couldn't resist.
the book is set up in an interview format. so to have amazing actors bring life and emotion to each role takes this book to another level.
Choices for voice talent made the journey that much more compelling. So many different currents of meaning as well. Bravo.
Call it a little petty Its missing the movie tie-in. Otherwise, it's a fun story and as realistic as a zombie book could be.
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